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.   

restaurant tipping

Eliminate tipping at restaurants?

Jul 06, 2017

The 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover gained national attention after announcing a plan to ban tips starting this Labor Day.

The restaurant will instead raise prices 15-20% and pay servers $45-50,000 a year.  If a customer still leaves a tip, the restaurant will donate the tip to...Read more

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business development in NH

“DRED is dead”

Jul 06, 2017

On Wednesday Gov. Chris Sununu quipped, “DRED is dead.”

He was referring to the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED). This year’s budget bill divided DRED into two departments: the Department of Business and Economic Affairs and the Department of Natural and Cultural...Read more

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Underage drinking under parental supervision?

Jul 05, 2017

New Hampshire legislators have considered allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink under the supervision of a parent or guardian, but no bill has passed.

Recent bills

Most recently, in 2016 Rep. Max Abramson sponsored a bill that said, "It...Read more

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New Hampshire residents ranked 4th most independent

Jul 05, 2017

Like many U.S. presidents, Abraham Lincoln valued self-reliance.  He once said, “You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”  According to a new study, New Hampshire residents also value independence.

Granite state financially,...Read more

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voting data

NH to turn over public voter records

Jul 03, 2017

This week, controversy was raised when New Hampshire’s governor and secretary of state announced they would comply with a request from the Trump administration for information about New Hampshire voters.

The information was requested by a new election commission, charged with...Read more


medical marijuana

Gov. Sununu OKs expansion of medical marijuana

Jul 03, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed several bills that increase access to medical marijuana in New Hampshire.

​Deer culling and Lyme disease in New Hampshire

Jun 30, 2017

Lyme disease is a real concern in New Hampshire. The Granite State has the 8th highest incidence rate in the nation, with about 1,400 diagnosed cases a year. The risk of contracting Lyme is lower here than in neighboring Vermont...Read more

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Fewer health exchange plans on offer for 2018

Jun 29, 2017

Consumers who will be looking to purchase health insurance through the HealthCare.gov exchange got a sneak preview of what might be on offer in 2018 when the New Hampshire Insurance Department released its...Read more


agricultural farm land preservation

More money for NH agricultural land preservation?

Jun 29, 2017

This year the New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that would have dedicated $6 million over the next two years to preserving agricultural land.

The New Hampshire agricultural lands program was established in 1980 to fund agricultural easements. With an...Read more

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Judge retirement age

Mandatory retirement age for judges?

Jun 28, 2017

New Hampshire’s Constitution requires judges to retire at age 70. It is the reason that Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy must retire in July, something she does not want to do

"I...Read more

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grandparents custody

NH becomes 1st state to favor grandparents as guardians

Jun 28, 2017

At a ceremony this week Gov. Sununu signed a bill that gives preference to grandparents for child custody if the parent is abusing drugs. 

According to bill sponsor Mariellen MacKay, the law is the first of its kind in the country.

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DWI OUI sobriety checkpoint for drunk driving

Should the NH legislature ban sobriety checkpoints?

Jun 27, 2017

Since the early 1980s, sobriety checkpoints have been used as a tool by law enforcement officials to help take drunk drivers off the road.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled checkpoints to be constitutionally permissible. However, some state courts have deemed them illegal for violating...Read more



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