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.   

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NH sues over OxyContin marketing

Aug 10, 2017

The New Hampshire Attorney General is suing the manufacturer of OxyContin for deceptive marketing.

According to the court filing, Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, violated New Hampshire law by:

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Does NH need a stronger ‘Good Samaritan’ law?

Aug 09, 2017

Good Samaritan laws generally provide basic legal protection for those who assist a person who is injured or in danger. In essence, these laws protect the “Good Samaritan” from liability if unintended consequences result from their assistance.

New Hampshire has a Good Samaritan law (...Read more

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Towns to vote on keno

Aug 09, 2017

Franklin is the first New Hampshire town to put keno on the ballot for voters this November.  Nashua is also considering a vote on keno.

Under the law signed by Gov. Sununu this July, businesses that serve alcohol may also offer keno games – if their town votes to allow keno.

The...Read more

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drug addiction treatment funding

More state funding for drug treatment?

Aug 08, 2017

Treatment for drug addiction is expensive. For some addicts, private insurance plans will cover all or part of the cost. New Hampshire residents covered under the state’s Medicaid expansion can also get treatment paid for, while more limited benefits are available to standard Medicaid patients...Read more

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New Hampshire ranked 4th best for health care

Aug 08, 2017

In a new ranking of the states, WalletHub said New Hampshire was the fourth best state in the nation for health care. 

The report included thirty-five measures of health care, from the average...Read more

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Antrim wind turbines headed to Supreme Court

Aug 07, 2017

The New Hampshire Supreme Court has accepted a lawsuit to stop nine wind turbines along Tuttle Hill and the Willard Mountain ridge line in Antrim.

The Supreme Court appeal is the latest challenge to the proposed project. 

Wind turbines proposed five years ago

The state...Read more

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SAU Requirement?

Aug 06, 2017

School administrative units (SAUs) are offices that oversee the operations of school districts. The size and makeup of an SAU can vary greatly, from a single school to multiple schools across several towns. They can also include just a single school district or multiple districts.

State...Read more

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Do invisible dog fences need regulation?

Aug 05, 2017

Laconia resident Marc Burrell is lobbying the city to change its ordinances governing the confinement of dogs, requiring more supervision with invisible electric fences. ...Read more

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Should NH raise the smoking age to 21?

Aug 05, 2017

This past week Maine became the fourth state to raise the purchasing age for cigarettes to twenty-one years-old.

255 counties and municipalities in...Read more

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NH cities sign on to Paris climate agreement

Aug 04, 2017

Lebanon is the latest New Hampshire municipality to sign on to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

President Trump pulled the United States out of the international agreement to reduce carbon pollution earlier this year.  Since then many states, municipalities, and businesses have...Read more

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Does NH need to pay state employees more?

Aug 03, 2017

Governor Chris Sununu is in the middle of a battle with state employees over their next contract. 

One point of disagreement: pay raises for state employees. 

Public worker shortages caused by low wages?

In an...Read more

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moose ticks

Should NH suspend the annual moose hunt?

Aug 02, 2017

The moose population is on the decline in New Hampshire, and one of the primary reasons is a parasite called the winter tick.

Shorter, warmer winters in the region make the moose more susceptible to winter ticks, which feed on the moose, causing them to lose their protective fur. Moose...Read more

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