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.   

Bad news for NH women in business?

May 22, 2015

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the growth of...Read more

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Senate: No money for commuer rail

May 22, 2015

The New Hampshire Senate has decided against funding further study of a southern New Hampshire commuter rail.  The study would have cost $4 million.

Opponents of further study noted that a commuter rail would need state or local subsidies to stay afloat - anywhere from $4 to $15 million...Read more

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Senate opposes Keno

May 21, 2015

The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted 4-1 against authorizing Keno this week.

Keno is a lottery game offered in bars and some other establishments that serve alcohol.  A player selects numbers on a slip, and a computer generates random numbers every four minutes.  The player gets a...Read more

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Ban on military equipment for police?

May 20, 2015

This week President Obama issued an order prohibiting the use of federal funds to buy "military-type" equipment for law enforcement.

The ban includes everything from bayonets to tracked armored vehicles.

"We've seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like they...Read more

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NH Rankings: How green is NH?

May 19, 2015

How does NH compare to the rest of the US when it comes to keeping things green? WalletHub recently released a report ranking the most eco-friendly states in terms of fourteen key metrics, from air and and soil quality to renewable energy consumption. NH came in 7th overall, with neighboring...Read more

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Guinta under pressure

May 18, 2015

Last week U.S. Representative Frank Guinta (R) signed a settlement with the FEC admitting he accepted an illegally large campaign donation from a bank account controlled by his parents.

Guinta says he signed the Federal Election Commission (FEC) settlement to put the dispute behind him,...Read more

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Supreme Ct. overturns voter registration changes

May 15, 2015

On Friday the New Hampshire Supreme Court struck down 2012 changes to the voter registration form. 

Voters must sign a form that confirms they are domiciled in New Hampshire.  In 2012 the New Hampshire Legislature rewrote that affidavit to include the following sentence:

"In...Read more

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Fee increase against domestic violence

May 15, 2015

This week the New Hampshire Senate approved a $5 increase for the marriage license fee, earmarked for the state's domestic violence prevention fund.

Supporters of the fee increase note that New Hampshire's domestic violence shelters had to turn away 1,130 adults last year due to...Read more

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Bill formalizes right to film cops

May 14, 2015

HB 287, now under consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee, allows New Hampshire citizens to record law enforcement traffic stops.

The bill is inspired by the 2010 case of Carla Gericke, who filmed her friend's traffic stop.  Gericke was charged with wiretapping, but the US Appeals...Read more

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Foster family shortage in NH

May 13, 2015

According to the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), there are not enough foster families to accommodate a growing number of foster children in the Granite State.

NHPR ...Read more

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NH business-friendly ranking improves

May 12, 2015

According to a survey of executives by CEO Magazine, New Hampshire ranks 21st among states for business-friendliness.

The magazine surveyed 511 CEOs on taxes and regulation, quality of workforce, and living environment.

New Hampshire's ranking is up from 24th in 2014 and 26th in...Read more

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Hassan vetoes anti-Common Core bill

May 12, 2015

On Friday Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) vetoed SB 101, a bill that explicitly gives school districts the power to reject the Common Core education standards.

Gov. Hassan noted that school districts already have the power to implement their own education standards.  Manchester wrote their own...Read more

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