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.   

teen gay conversion therapy

No gay conversion therapy ban in NH this year

May 20, 2017

This week Nevada became the eighth state with a law against conversion therapy for minors. The New Hampshire Legislature considered two bills to ban conversion therapy for minors this year, but a House committee voted to keep both bills over the summer for more work.

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school resource officer police

Police presence in NH schools?

May 20, 2017

In North Hampton this week, Police Chief Michael Maddocks met with the school board to solicit feedback on whether board members support a police presence in their school district.

Voters in North Hampton recently rejected a proposal to hire a school resource officer (SRO) for the school...Read more

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Food Trucks in NH

May 21, 2017

In April, the Portsmouth Parking and Traffic Safety Committee rejected a proposal to expand a food truck program.

Food trucks are mobile kitchens built into...Read more

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Property Tax Break for Business Improvements

Senate approves local tax break for businesses

May 19, 2017

On Thursday, May 18 the New Hampshire Senate passed HB 316, a bill that lets towns give new businesses a break on local property taxes. The bill now heads to Gov. Sununu for his signature.

Under HB 316, if a business increases the value of property...Read more

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States move to ban female genital mutilation

May 18, 2017

Following federal charges against two doctors for performing female genital mutilation in the state, this week the Michigan Senate passed a bill to ban the practice. 

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Hassan, Shaheen sponsor student loan refinancing bill

May 18, 2017

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are sponsoring a bill to allow citizens to refinance their student loan debt at current federal interest rates.

Right now students with federal loans do not have any option to refinance. The Bank on Students Emergency Loan...Read more

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NH congressional delegation supports federal drug policy office

May 17, 2017

U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, and Maggie Hassan, D-NH, have filed a measure in Congress to protect funding for the federal agency that coordinates policy to combat the opioid epidemic.

The agency is called the Office of National Drug Control Policy. It was created in 1989 by then...Read more

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senior citizens

NH ranked 5th healthiest state for seniors

May 17, 2017

According to a new report from the United Health Foundation, New Hampshire is the fifth healthiest state in the nation for seniors. 

Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont ranked sixth, seventh, and eighth. Maine ranked...Read more

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foster care

Foster parent shortage in NH

May 16, 2017

Child advocates in New Hampshire agree that the state is facing a shortage of foster homes for an increasing number of kids in need of care.

The issue was highlighted in a...Read more

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voter ID and fraud

Voter investigation powers for Sec. of State?

May 16, 2017

This Thursday, May 18 the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill that would give the Secretary of State power to investigate possible voter fraud.

The bill, HB 552, specifically allows the Secretary of State to look into letters that were undeliverable...Read more

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religious rights, religion, discrimination, equality

Does NH need a law to protect religious freedom?

May 15, 2017

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) is a federal law intended to protect the right of individuals to follow their beliefs.

The RFRA, passed in 1993, says that national laws can only limit a person's exercise of religion if there is "a compelling government interest" and there is...Read more

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Should NH change its alimony laws?

May 15, 2017

This Wednesday, May 17 a House committee will begin work on two bills to change New Hampshire’s alimony laws.

Alimony is payments to a former spouse. Under current New Hampshire law, judges must...Read more

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