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.   

Should NH continue to allow carrying firearms at polling places?

Jan 11, 2017

HB 350, a bill sponsored by Rep. Wayne Burton, would make it illegal to carry a firearm into a polling place during a federal or local election. The law would apply to both loaded and unloaded weapons, whether carried openly or concealed.

Currently, NH law does not prohibit carrying...Read more

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Should NH remove hepatitis B vaccine requirements?

Jan 11, 2017

Rep. Valerie Fraser is sponsoring two bills that would end the requirement for children to be vaccinated against hepatitis B.

HB 361 would only allow the state to...Read more

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Bill considers parental rights in child manslaughter cases

Jan 10, 2017

Rep. John Burt is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would require the state to terminate an individual’s parental rights if he or she is convicted of the murder or manslaughter of...Read more

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Bill would end tax exemption for premium cigars

Jan 09, 2017

Rep. Timothy Horrigan is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would tax premium cigars at 15% of the wholesale price.

Right now premium cigars are exempt from New Hampshire's...Read more

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Should ratepayers fund pipelines?

Jan 09, 2017

Eversource is taking the state to court over whether electricity rates can cover the cost of natural gas pipelines.

This past fall Eversource asked the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) if it could enter a twenty-year contract to purchase natural gas from the Access Northeast pipeline,...Read more

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Should NH give the power to draw voting districts to an independent commission, instead of the Legislature?

Jan 07, 2017

Currently in New Hampshire, the power to draw the boundaries of voting districts for congressional, legislative, and Executive Council seats lies with the state Legislature. But that could change, if...Read more

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Rep. wants more proof in sexual assault cases

Jan 07, 2017

In recent years, several high profile sexual assaults cases - reaching from the Catholic archdiocese of Boston to Bill Cosby in California - have prompted some lawmakers to support lifting some of the barriers to sexual assault prosecutions.

New Hampshire Rep. William Marsh thinks the...Read more

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Should NH pass a right-to-work law?

Jan 06, 2017

Under right-to-work laws, collective bargaining agreements cannot require employees to join a union. Unions in turn are not required to represent employees that are not union members.

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Gov. Sununu talks priorities at inauguration

Jan 06, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu was inaugurated as New Hampshire Governor on January 5.

In his remarks, Sununu discussed bipartisanship, the loss of young workers, energy costs, and the substance abuse crisis.  He laid out the following specific priorities.

First, Sununu addressed the...Read more

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Repeal the Rail Transit Authority?

Jan 05, 2017

The Rail Transit Authority was created in 2007 to expand commuter rail opportunities in New Hampshire. The group includes elected officials and members of the public and has so far overseen several studies of expanded commuter rail service....Read more

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Funding for full day kindergarten?

Jan 04, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill to provide more funding for schools that offer full-day kindergarten. Right now the state funds all kindergarten programs as if they are half-day programs.  The bill, HB 155, would acknowledge full-day...Read more

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Medical marijuana for chronic pain?

Jan 04, 2017

This year both the House and Senate will consider bills that would allow medical marijuana to treat chronic pain in New Hampshire.

SB 15, sponsored by Sen. John Reagan...Read more

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