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.   

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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sea level rise coastal property tax break

House to vote on coastal property tax breaks

May 26, 2017

Next Thursday, June 1 the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that enables property tax breaks for improvements to handle storm surge and sea level rise.

The bill, SB 185, is based on a law that allows towns to give property tax breaks for efforts...Read more

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kayak and canoe registration fee

Fish and Game director: canoe, kayak fees “a tough gig”

May 25, 2017

The Fish and Game Department provides a variety of services to New Hampshire, from search and rescue to managing boating access sites. Unfortunately, the department has been battling a budget deficit for years.

Most of the department’s funding comes from license fees and the federal...Read more


voter registration restrictions to prevent voter fraud

House recommends voting restrictions

May 25, 2017

On Wednesday, May 24 the House Election Law committee voted in favor of a bill that adds new requirements for voter registration. 

The bill, SB 3, is intended to prevent temporary workers – particularly campaign workers – from voting in New Hampshire...Read more

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kindergarten and keno

Should Keno pay for full-day kindergarten?

May 24, 2017

While there is general political consensus among Democrats and Republicans that full-day kindergarten is a good idea for New Hampshire schools, finding the funding has proved difficult.

One idea proposed this week is to finance full-day kindergarten with proceeds from Keno. That means,...Read more


alcohol fund addiction treatment funding

Senate budget to increase alcohol fund

May 24, 2017

Last week the Senate Finance Committee voted to increase the percentage of liquor sales that go to the alcohol fund for addiction treatment and prevention.

The fund, established in 2000, sets aside up to 5% of liquor tax revenue to fight addiction.  However, the Legislature has almost...Read more

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hunting rifle long gun truck

One gun rights bill remains

May 23, 2017

There is one gun rights bill left in the legislature this year. The bill, HB 84, was written to expand the rights of gun owners to carry a loaded long gun in a vehicle. 

The House amended the bill to only allow a loaded long gun in a parked motorhome.

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bobcat hunting

Should NH bring back a bobcat hunt?

May 22, 2017

According to UNH researcher John Litvaitis, the bobcat population in New Hampshire has rebounded significantly from its low in the 1980s.

Litvaitis has worked with the state Fish and Game Department to study bobcats and understand why the population has increased.

One factor is the...Read more


school choice private schools

School choice bill moves forward

May 22, 2017

Last week a New Hampshire House committee voted in favor of a bill that would let some students use tax dollars to attend private school.

The bill, SB 8, would allow a school district to pay to send a child to a private school if the district does not have...Read more

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