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.   

charter school funding

Charter school funding debate

Aug 17, 2017

In the past, the state Board of Education could turn down an application for a new charter school simply because the state lacked money.

Charter schools receive more state dollars per student than public schools, because they don't have the added boost of local tax dollars to help cover...Read more


moose plates

Moose Plates raise over $20 million

Aug 17, 2017

This month New Hampshire’s Conservation and Heritage License Plate – nicknamed the “Moose Plate” – passed $20 million in lifetime sales.

The license plates, which feature the illustration of a moose, are available to the public for an annual $30 fee.  That fee goes to historical, cultural...Read more

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medical marijuana for pain

Should marijuana be allowed for acute, not just chronic pain in New Hampshire?

Aug 16, 2017

New Hampshire, along with 28 other states and the District of Columbia, allow the use of medical marijuana. But only certain chronic conditions are eligible for medical marijuana treatment, by a doctor’s prescription and with the issuance of a state identification card.

In New Hampshire,...Read more


toplessness on Hampton beach

Should towns be allowed to regulate toplessness?

Aug 16, 2017

On Saturday, August 26 women will remove their tops on Hampton Beach to advocate for gender equality.

“Go Topless Day,” organized by Free the Nipple, has happened annually since 2015.

Local Hampton officials are not planning any extra police presence on the day, and representatives...Read more

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day care regulations

Delay on new day care rules

Aug 15, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu and the Department of Health and Human Services have requested a delay before finalizing new rules for day care in New Hampshire.

New day care regulations in the works

The rules were scheduled for an August 17 vote before the Joint Legislative Committee on...Read more

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beer on the beach

Should NH allow alcohol consumption on public beaches?

Aug 14, 2017

Want to crack open a cold brew on the beach? You could end up in legal trouble. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on New Hampshire state beaches, and most New Hampshire towns have bylaws that make it illegal to drink in public, including town beaches and parks.

The rules are different in...Read more

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expanded Medicaid payments

Is NH’s expanded Medicaid funding illegal?

Aug 14, 2017

According to representatives of President Trump’s administration, New Hampshire’s funding for expanded Medicaid eligibility may violate federal law.

Donations are part of NH’s expanded Medicaid funding

The problem is “voluntary provider contributions” from hospitals and insurance...Read more

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Florida gives parents, residents power to challenge books

Aug 13, 2017

Earlier this summer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a new law that grants both parents and local residents more power to challenge textbooks and other course materials being used in Florida schools.

Florida’s new law strengthens powers for parents, residents

Under the new law:...Read more

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school lunch money

If you owe money for lunch, you may have to sit out celebrations

Aug 12, 2017

School administrators in Londonderry, New Hampshire are considering a policy that would prevent students from participating in graduation, senior week, or other non-academic, end-of-year activities if they owe money for school lunches.

School lunch debt is climbing

Right now...Read more

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high school sports safety

NH ranks 44th on high school athletic safety

Aug 12, 2017

A new study ranked New Hampshire 44th for keeping high school athletes safe from life-threatening injuries. 

The study came from the Korey...Read more

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Northern Pass

Dept. of Energy recommends Northern Pass approval

Aug 11, 2017

On Thursday, August 10 the U.S. Department of Energy issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the proposed Northern Pass transmission line.  The FEIS recommends the federal government grant a permit for the project.

Permitting process for the Northern Pass

The...Read more

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Trump and Kasich

Poll puts Kasich ahead of Trump in presidential primary

Aug 10, 2017

An August poll from the American Research Group, Inc. found 52% of respondents would vote for Ohio Governor John Kasich if a presidential primary was held in New Hampshire tomorrow.  40% would vote for current...Read more

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