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.   

Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge

Plans to expand wildlife refuge in western NH

Jul 26, 2017

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a long-term plan to expand the Silvio O. Conte Wildlife Refuge, which spans four states around the Connecticut River watershed. 

Right now there are...Read more

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women's prison

Staffing struggles for new women’s prison

Jul 25, 2017

In response to a lawsuit in 2012, the New Hampshire Legislature approved a new women’s prison in Concord.  That prison will be completed this fall, but the Department of Corrections expects it will be a challenge to fully staff the prison.

A shortage of corrections officers

New...Read more

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vasectomy for reduced sentence

Vasectomies for reduced sentences?

Jul 24, 2017

Earlier this year, a county judge in Tennessee raised eyebrows by issuing a standing order, offering inmates in the county jail a 30 day reduction in sentence if they volunteered to get a vasectomy or a Nexplanon implant (a form of birth control that lasts roughly three years).

General...Read more

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Boutin and Cavanaugh special election

Big money in state Senate election

Jul 24, 2017

On Tuesday, July 25 voters will choose a state Senator to replace the late Democratic Sen. Scott McGilvray.

The candidates and various independent committees have spent over $200,000 in advertising for the election.

Visit our Elections page...Read more

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screen time at daycare

New daycare regulations in the works to limit screen time

Jul 23, 2017

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services is preparing new daycare regulations. One of the proposed changes would limit passive screen time (such as watching a movie) to two hours every two...Read more

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dogs on state beaches

Dogs on NH State Beaches

Jul 22, 2017

In New Hampshire, dogs aren’t allowed on beaches at any state park, whether lakeside or oceanside.

That includes the off season and late or early morning hours.

An exception is made for service dogs, such as those that assist the blind. They can accompany their owners on state...Read more

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poker at home

Private home poker games now legal

Jul 22, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 164, which legalizes private, at-home poker games. 

The host cannot take a cut of the winnings or charge for seats, the game cannot be publicly advertised, and there can be no more than ten players.

Bill supporters noted...Read more

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water infrastructure funding

More local funding for water infrastructure

Jul 21, 2017

This week Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 57, which dedicates $3.5 million to local water infrastructure projects.  The bill also authorizes a $5 million loan for Amherst to extend public water to 110 residents with wells contaminated by PFCs. 

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health insurance

“Reinsurance” to lower premiums?

Jul 20, 2017

The New Hampshire Insurance Department is seeking permission from the federal government to establish a reinsurance program to lower individual health insurance rates.

Reinsurance helps insurance companies share risk

A reinsurance program creates a pool of money that insurance...Read more

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textalyzer check for texting while driving

Checkpoints for texting?

Jul 19, 2017

Currently in New Hampshire, police can use sobriety checkpoints to find drunken drivers, while other authorities occasionally use checkpoints to see if firewood being brought into the state has the emerald ash borer, a destructive beetle that targets ash trees.

Should there also be...Read more

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marijuana decriminalization

NH decriminalizes marijuana

Jul 19, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu signed HB 640, decriminalizing the possession of three-quarters of an ounce or less of marijuana for residents over age twenty-one.  That makes possession a similar offense to a speeding ticket.

The new law takes effect in 60 days. 

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fossil fuels off-shore

Searching for oil and gas reserves

Jul 18, 2017

In April, President Trump signed an executive order authorizing further gas and oil exploration of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as part of his promise to unleash more of America’s energy reserves while reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil. More recently, it was announced that five...Read more

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