LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

drug enforcement

Sununu signs drug enforcement bill

Jul 15, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a bill to authorize more funding and state troopers to fight drug trafficking.

The bill, SB 131, sailed through the House and Senate with large majority votes. It sends $2.1 million to the state police and forensics lab and $2....Read more

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fiscal health, taxes, bills, and budgets

NH ranks in the middle for ability to pay bills

Jul 14, 2017

According to a new report, New Hampshire ranks in the middle of states when it comes to “fiscal solvency,” or the ability of the state government to pay short-term bills and meet longer-term obligations. 

The...Read more

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meals and rooms tax in tourist towns

More state money for tourist towns?

Jul 13, 2017

Over the years the New Hampshire Legislature has rejected several attempts to give tourists towns more state revenue.

What is the meals and rooms tax?

The meals and rooms tax, collected at restaurants and hotels, accounts for about 13% of all state tax revenue.

Under...Read more

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biomass renewable energy

Controversial energy bill becomes law

Jul 13, 2017

By waiting and not acting on the bill, Gov. Chris Sununu allowed SB 129 to become law without his signature.  SB 129 is a somewhat controversial bill that supports solar and biomass energy in the Granite State.  The bill does three things:

voter registration laws, voter ID

Voters will need to prove domicile

Jul 12, 2017

This week Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 3, a bill that requires voters to prove their intent to stay in New Hampshire long-term. 

The bill has the biggest impact on voters who register within thirty days of an election.  Those voters must show proof they will...Read more

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funding for local road infrastructure repairs

More local funding for roads

Jul 11, 2017

This Tuesday, July 11 Gov. Sununu signed a bill that increases funding for local roads and bridges.

The bill, SB 38, uses $36.8 million from a projected surplus this year.

New Hampshire roads need repair

Bill supporters point to widespread...Read more

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child support from prison

Child support relief for prisoners?

Jul 10, 2017

According to studies, around one-quarter of prisoners in the United States owe child support. This has led to many prisoners racking up thousands of dollars in debt while in...Read more

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study committee

Here come the study committees

Jul 10, 2017

When faced with a complex issue, the New Hampshire Legislature will often vote to create a committee to study the issue.  After meeting over the summer and fall, the committee is responsible for recommending any bills the following year.

Here is a summary of some of the major issues...Read more

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veterans court

Sununu signs veterans court bill

Jul 08, 2017

Over the Fourth of July holiday Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 652, a bill that authorizes veterans courts in New Hampshire. 

The bill puts in law what is already happening in New Hampshire; courts in Nashua and Manchester have created programs for veterans...Read more

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childhood pediatric cancer cluster

Pediatric cancer cluster investigation continues

Jul 07, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that establishes a commission to continue the investigation into a childhood cancer cluster on the seacoast.

The commission will take over from a taskforce established by former Gov. Maggie Hassan, which is...Read more

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cell phone GPS tracking

Shea-porter cell phone amendment gets shot down

Jul 09, 2017

A U.S. House committee voted down an amendment that would have limited employer access to GPS data from company cell phones.

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, would have banned GPS tracking during non-work hours and "for purposes other than legitimate business purposes...Read more

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student protest

Free speech on campus

Jul 08, 2017

Public colleges and universities in New Hampshire are currently allowed to set their own policies about when and how campus outdoor spaces can be used by students who want to demonstrate, distribute flyers, or hold signs.

On University of New Hampshire’s Durham campus, for example,...Read more

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