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.   

public employee

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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teaching and nursing jobs

NH job projections: fewer teachers, more nurses

Aug 02, 2017

According to a July report from New Hampshire Employment Security, every industry in New Hampshire will see job growth through 2018 – except education. 

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body camera

Body Camera Legislation in NH

Aug 01, 2017

While there currently is no law in New Hampshire requiring police officers to wear body cameras, some New Hampshire towns have adopted the use on their own. Those departments who have not embraced the policy often cite cost of equipment and data storage.

Recent incident on NH I-89...Read more

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recreational cod fishing

Ban on recreational cod fishing

Aug 01, 2017

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is continuing a ban on recreational cod fishing through the rest of the summer in the Gulf of Maine.

NOAA has also placed limits on recreational haddock fishing.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is working on...Read more

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public campaign finance

Public election financing in New Hampshire?

Jul 31, 2017

New Hampshire does not currently offer any sort of public financing for elections, but there are some in the state calling for that to change.

Specifically, members of NH Rebellion point to the neighboring state of Maine, where a “clean elections” law has been in place since 1996.

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car inspection

Should car inspections still be annual?

Jul 31, 2017

In a recent report, New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) tried to answer the question, “Why does New Hampshire require annual automobile inspections?” 

According...Read more


gender "x"

"X" gender on licenses?

Jul 30, 2017

This year, Oregon became the first state to allow residents applying for a driver’s license to identify as neither male or female, instead getting an “X” in the gender field on their ID.

Supporters of transgender rights argue the change will make transgender citizens safer in public...Read more


no smoking areas

Towns in western NH tighten outdoor smoking laws

Jul 29, 2017

The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities has worked with nine towns in western New Hampshire to ban smoking at outdoor recreation areas, such as parks.

Many other New Hampshire towns have ordinances that restrict smoking in public outdoor spaces. For example, the town of...Read more

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great dane puppy

Plans for new animal cruelty bills

Jul 29, 2017

In response to the recent Great Dane puppy mill in Wolfeboro, state Sen. Jeb Bradley is planning to sponsor legislation next year that tightens laws related to animal breeding and cruelty.

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young adults

NH has fewer at-risk youth

Jul 28, 2017

According to a new report from WalletHub, New Hampshire ranks 49th among states for the percentage of youth at risk of negative outcomes such as poverty, violence, and health problems. The report...Read more

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transgender citizens in the military

Lawmakers react to Trump’s transgender military ban

Jul 27, 2017

On Wednesday, July 26 President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he is reinstating a ban on transgender citizens serving in the U.S. military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not...Read more

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