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 Legislature will study marijuana legalization

Jun 03, 2017

A marijuana decriminalization bill is headed to Gov. Sununu for his signature.  Is marijuana legalization next? 

On Thursday, June 1 the Senate voted to...Read more

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House resurrects drone regulations

Jun 02, 2017

Earlier this year the New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that limited the use of drones by law enforcement, businesses, and private citizens. 

On Thursday, June 1 the House of Representatives resurrected the bill by adding its language to an unrelated...Read more

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immigration ICE enforcement

Trump expands local immigration enforcement program; NH not participating

Jun 01, 2017

Soon after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order expanding a program that trains state and local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration enforcement duties.

The program, called 287(g), includes four weeks of training for...Read more

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state budget

Senate passes budget; next step House

Jun 01, 2017

Late Wednesday night the New Hampshire Senate passed a budget bill for the next two fiscal years.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives, which will likely request a committee of conference to negotiate a final version.  That committee will present the budget for one more vote...Read more

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smoking and smokers

Smoker Hiring Bans

May 31, 2017

Late last year, two hospitals in Pennsylvania announced they would no longer hire employees who used tobacco. The move was seen as a way to promote healthier lifestyles, reduce sick days, and lower health insurance costs.

Refusing to hire smokers is perfectly legal in the Keystone State,...Read more


minimum wage state contracts

Should state contracts have higher minimum wage?

May 31, 2017

Since taking office this January, Executive Councilor Andru Volinsky has asked the same question before voting on any state contract: what is the lowest wage the contractor pays an employee?

Volinsky highlights the results in each...Read more

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black bear

Fish and Game to relocate, not euthanize bears

May 30, 2017

A family of bears - a sow and three yearlings -- entered a home in Hanover, probably in search of food. This raised concerns that the bears had become “habituated” and that they would repeat the behavior of trying to get into homes to find food.

In response, N.H. Fish and Game officials...Read more

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recreational gold prospecting

Does NH need to regulate a gold rush?

May 30, 2017

According to a recent article in the Union Leader, TV shows like Yukon Gold have sparked a small gold rush in New Hampshire.  

There...Read more

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Memorial Day veterans

Memorial Day: We Honor Those Who Served

May 29, 2017

This Memorial Day we at Citizens Count, New Hampshire's Live Free or Die Alliance honor the service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

While Memorial Day comemmorates those who died in military service, the holiday also reminds us to honor veterans living and working in...Read more

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Roe v. Wade Supreme Court

Should NH pass a “trigger law” making abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned?

May 28, 2017

In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion across the nation. However, President Donald Trump made statements during his campaign promising to appoint judges who would work to overturn the ruling—though his most recent appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, has...Read more

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child protection DCYF

Funding for DYCF counseling for parents?

May 27, 2017

This week, the Senate Finance Committee endorsed a key reform related to child protective services in the state.

If passed by the House and Senate and signed into law, the amendment would create a third category regarding allegations of child abuse that have been brought to the attention...Read more


retired military veterans

NH ranked 3rd best state for military retirees

May 27, 2017

According to a new ranking from WalletHub, New Hampshire is the third best state in the nation for military retirees. 

The ranking considered twenty-one factors, from the number of VA health...Read more

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