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.   

New Hampshire safety

NH ranked 5th safest state

Jun 20, 2017

According to a recent ranking, New Hampshire is the fifth safest state in the U.S.

The report from WalletHub used 37 different measures of safety, divided into five categories: personal and residential...Read more

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involuntary commitment for drug addiction

Involuntary commitment for opioid addicts

Jun 19, 2017

In Massachusetts, it’s becoming an increasingly common practice: relatives or doctors petitioning courts to forcibly commit addicts at risk of opioid overdose for treatment. In fact, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced in May that he would seek to expand the policy, pushing for a bill...Read more

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Needle exchange bill now law

Jun 19, 2017

On Friday, June 16 Gov. Chris Sununu signed SB 234 into law, allowing needle exchanges in New Hampshire. 

SB 234 allows community health organizations to collect needles with trace amounts of drugs and dispense clean needles, without any state funding...Read more

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PFC contamination in drinking water

Bill for lower PFC limits in water dies in committee

Jun 17, 2017

A conference committee of representatives and senators failed to agree on a final version of a bill to set stricter limits on the amount of PFCs in water.

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are chemicals used in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware, stain-resistant carpeting, and many other...Read more

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Feeding Bears

Jun 17, 2017

Earlier this week, a couple in Stoddard were arrested by Fish and Game officials after being caught hand-feeding...Read more

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gold depository

Texas announces contract for first state-run gold depository in U.S.

Jun 18, 2017

This week Texas selected a private company to build and operate a bullion depository - a gold vault - for the state.

While the United States no longer owns enough gold to back up the value of all the U.S. dollars in circulation, the federal government does keep gold reserves at Fort Knox...Read more

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common core

Committee recommends bill against Common Core

Jun 16, 2017

A conference committee of representatives and senators is recommending the full House and Senate pass a bill that bans the state from requiring schools to use Common Core educational standards. The bill, SB 44, also requires the state Board of Education to consult...Read more

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3D mammogram

Should insurance cover 3D mammograms?

Jun 15, 2017

The Senate Commerce committee is studying a bill that would require health insurers to cover 3D mammograms. 

In a standard, 2D mammogram, doctors can inspect just two images of compressed breast tissue, top-to-bottom and side-to-side.  A 3D mammogram...Read more

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rural broadband internet

Gov. Sununu urges federal funds for rural internet

Jun 15, 2017

On Monday Gov. Sununu sent a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging more federal funding to expand broadband internet access in rural New Hampshire.

It is not very profitable for companies to build internet infrastructure in rural areas, so the FCC...Read more

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Puerto Rico votes to become a state

Jun 14, 2017

On Sunday 97% of voters in Puerto Rico expressed support for the island becoming a state.

The referendum was non-binding, and the United State Congress would have to pass a bill to change Puerto Rico's status from a territory to a state.

As a territory of the United States, Puerto...Read more

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mental health and child abuse

Sununu to sign child protection, mental health bill

Jun 14, 2017

On Wednesday, June 14 Governor Chris Sununu will sign a bill that aims to increase protections for children and people with mental illness in New Hampshire.

The bill, HB 400, adds a new category to reports of child abuse.  A founded report has definite...Read more

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Loaded long guns in vehicles?

Jun 13, 2017

HB 84 is the last of the gun rights bills to go before New Hampshire’s legislature this year.

While the laws on concealed & open carry for different types of guns vary from state to state, current NH law prohibits a loaded long gun in any vehicle.

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