Citizen Voices

Higher rates for biomass power?

Aug 06, 2018

In June, Sununu vetoed SB 365, a bill that would require Eversource and other NH utilities to pay above-market rates to the state’s six biomass (wood-burning) power plants. The governor said it would cost too much for consumers, placing a strain... Read more

Ban "use it or lose it" vacation policies?

Jul 06, 2018

This year legislators voted down HB 1201, a bill that would prohibit “use it or lose it” vacation policies. If the bill had passed, companies would have had to pay workers for vacation time they earned but couldn’t take due to the needs of the... Read more

More all-electronic tolling for NH?

Jul 02, 2018

New Hampshire’s latest 10-year transportation plan — which was recently signed by Gov. Sununu — includes the installation of all-electronic turnpike tolls in Bedford, Dover, and Rochester. All-electronic tolls deduct from pre-paid transponders or... Read more

Limits on law enforcement use of genealogy websites?

Jun 27, 2018

This year law enforcement identified serial killers from New Hampshire and California after investigators uploaded DNA evidence to genealogy websites. Those websites showed possible distant relatives; officers used that information to construct... Read more

Changing table requirement in public restrooms?

Jun 22, 2018

A New Hampshire father of four recently made news when he posted on social media about having to change his daughter’s diaper on the floor of a restaurant mens’ room due to the lack of a changing table. Right now, New Hampshire law does not... Read more

Teacher raises for police training?

Jun 18, 2018

North Carolina is considering a bill that would give teachers a $3,000 pay raise if they complete training to become a school resource officer, with the same powers as a police officer. School districts could decide whether those teachers carry... Read more

Do armed citizens prevent mass shootings?

Jun 13, 2018

A gunman in Oklahoma City recently shot and wounded 3 people at a restaurant before being killed by two armed civilian bystanders. Some have pointed to this incident as proof that armed citizens can be part of the solution to gun violence. Others... Read more

Extend student work hour limits?

Jun 08, 2018

Current law limits teens to 48 hours of work while they're on vacation and 30 hours during a five-day school week. A recent effort to increase the limit to 56 hours over vacation weeks failed. Proponents say the change would help combat the state... Read more

No Title X funding for facilities offering or referring abortions?

Jun 07, 2018

New Hampshire’s U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan both oppose President Trump’s proposal to end federal Title X funding for any family planning facility that offers abortions on-site, or that refers patients for abortions. Title X... Read more

Remove Manchester homeless camps?

Jun 04, 2018

This month, the city of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation evicted the residents of homeless camps along the Merrimack River. The inhabitants say it is public property and they have a right to be there. Others say the... Read more

Allow 16-year-olds to vote?

May 29, 2018

The 26th Amendment says that states cannot set a voting age higher than 18, though they can set a lower voting age. Supporters of lowering it say young people are becoming more involved in politics and are anxious to help choose candidates who... Read more

Ban conversion therapy for minors?

May 25, 2018

The NH House and Senate have passed HB 587, which bans conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy seeks to change sexual orientation. Bill supporters argue that gay conversion therapy is tantamount to mental abuse. Bill... Read more

Should NH have a helmet law?

May 18, 2018

New Hampshire is only 1 of 3 states without a motorcycle helmet law. Bills mandating helmet use have repeatedly failed to pass the Legislature. The last attempt was in 2010. Opponents believe adults should have the choice to wear a helmet and... Read more

Concealed carry anywhere in US with NH permit?

May 16, 2018

Legislation in Congress proposes to amend federal law to allow an individual who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in one state to carry that handgun in other states. Currently, individual states decide which permits they’ll recognize. For... Read more

School choice the right choice for NH?

May 11, 2018

SB 193 would allow some students, such as those with special needs or lower-income families, to receive their per-pupil share of state education funding as a scholarship for private school or homeschool expenses... Read more

Banning abortion after twenty weeks?

May 10, 2018

Pro-life advocates believe that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. The youngest reported baby to survive outside the womb was in gestation just under 22 weeks. Pro-choice advocates point to evidence that survival is almost impossible before 24... Read more

Reinstate concealed carry permits?

May 03, 2018

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, a Democratic candidate for governor, argues anyone carrying a concealed weapon in NH should need a permit to do so. In 2017, Gov. Sununu signed a repeal of such concealed carry licenses. Proponents say permits keep bad... Read more

Ban smoking on Hampton Beach?

Apr 09, 2018

Voters in Hampton at a town meeting earlier this month passed a petition to ban cigarette smoking on Hampton Beach. Petitioners say cigarette smoke infringes on beachgoers’ rights to breathe fresh air. Hampton selectmen say they won’t carry out... Read more

Death penalty for some drug dealers?

Apr 02, 2018

In March, President Trump spoke in Manchester about his plan to combat the opioid crisis. He laid out a three-prong strategy focused on raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, stemming the flow of illicit drugs, and expanding treatment... Read more

'Red flag' gun law in NH?

Mar 27, 2018

‘Red flag’ laws, known variously as extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) or gun violence restraining orders, allow a court to issue an order to confiscate the weapons of someone deemed a threat to themselves or others. Connecticut, Washington,... Read more

Allow double security deposits?

Mar 23, 2018

The New Hampshire House recently killed a bill that would have doubled the amount landlords are allowed to charge for a security deposit, from the equivalent of one month’s rent to two months’ rent. It was the... Read more

Luxury hotel on Mt. Washington?

Mar 15, 2018

Cog Railway owner Wayne Presby intends to build a 35-room hotel 1,000 feet from the summit of Mount Washington. Presby faces zoning challenges and opposition from conservation groups. Proponents argue that that entrepreneurs like Presby have the... Read more

Punish students for walkout protests?

Mar 12, 2018

Following a school shooting in Florida, students in New Hampshire and across the United States announced they would organize walk-out protests to call for legislative action on guns, such as a ban on assault weapons. School responses to these... Read more

Replace death penalty with life imprisonment?

Mar 09, 2018

A bill from Sen. Kevin Avard, SB 593, would eliminate New Hampshire’s death penalty, replacing it with life imprisonment with no chance of... Read more

Replace food stamps with food boxes?

Mar 01, 2018

As part of its federal budget, the Trump administration proposed giving the majority of food stamp recipients about half of their benefits in what it calls an “America’s Harvest Box”—a container of nonperishable food items such as milk, juice,... Read more

Higher registration fee for hybrid and electric cars?

Feb 27, 2018

HB 1541, currently under consideration by the state Legislature, would apply a sliding registration fee to hybrid and electric vehicles. The bill is intended to make up for lost gas tax revenue from these... Read more

Property tax credit for disabled veterans?

Feb 23, 2018

Senator Gary Daniels is sponsoring SB 341, legislation that would allow municipalities to exempt all totally and permanently disabled... Read more

Anonymity for lottery winners?

Feb 19, 2018

A New Hampshire woman who won the recent $560 million Powerball game that is played in several states, including New Hampshire, has filed a lawsuit in an effort to remain anonymous. In New Hampshire, the names of lottery winners are considered... Read more

Alcohol for 20-year-olds?

Feb 16, 2018

A bill being considered by the New Hampshire Legislature, HB 1753, would allow 20-year-olds to drink on private property, but it would still be illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under age 21. Twenty year-olds... Read more

Banning sobriety checkpoints

Feb 15, 2018

HB 1283 would ban sobriety checkpoints in New Hampshire. Sobriety checkpoints are currently legal in New Hampshire, but law enforcement agencies wishing to hold one need to get approval from a Superior Court, and... Read more

Offshore drilling in NH?

Feb 12, 2018

The administration of President Donald Trump has announced plans to open nearly all U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. The proposal would include previously off-limits acreage in the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic oceans, including areas... Read more

Raising the smoking age?

Feb 09, 2018

Senator David Watters (D-Dover) is sponsoring SB 545, a 2018 bill that would increase the minimum age to buy or possess tobacco... Read more

Residency, not domicile, for voting rights?

Feb 07, 2018

On Wednesday, January 3 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that revises the definitions of residence and domicile so that a person living in New Hampshire must be a resident in order to vote. Under current... Read more

Coyote hunting restrictions?

Feb 01, 2018

Current regulation in New Hampshire allows the year-round hunting of coyotes. An advocacy group, Voices of Wildlife in New Hampshire, is petitioning the state Fish and Game Department to limit the coyote hunting season to Oct. 15 through March 31... Read more

Residency requirement for student votes?

Jan 29, 2018

HB 1543, proposed for consideration in the 2018 legislative session by Rep. Brian Stone (R-Northwood), requires out-of-state college students to provide proof that they are... Read more

Prohibit jailing those who can't afford bail?

Jan 25, 2018

Rep. Brian Stone is the primary sponsor of a new bill, HB 1395, that requires courts to consider the financial resources of a person when setting bail. Under the bill, a judge... Read more

Penalties for public use of marijuana?

Jan 24, 2018

A bill being considered by the legislature this year, HB 1815, would create a new offense for consuming or displaying marijuana in public. It would be a misdemeanor charge, which does go on a criminal record, and... Read more

Pain contracts for opioid prescriptions?

Jan 22, 2018

A bill Rep. John Janigian (R-Rockingham) has put to the Legislature this year, HB 1574, would require patients and health care providers to sign a form before an opioid... Read more

Home growing medical marijuana?

Jan 19, 2018

A bill being considered in the 2018 legislative session, HB 1476, would allow patients with medical marijuana identification cards and their caregivers to cultivate their own marijuana in a locked, enclosed... Read more

Out-of-state health insurance?

Jan 17, 2018

Rep. Glenn Cordelli is the primary sponsor of HB 1362, a bill that would allow New Hampshire residents and small employers to purchase health insurance from out-of-state... Read more

Annulling records of marijuana offenses

Jan 17, 2018

A bill being considered by the Legislature this year would make it easier for adults to have arrests and convictions for possession of small amounts of marijuana removed from their criminal records. The bill... Read more

Boat fees for search and rescue

Jan 16, 2018

HB 1794, proposed by Rep. Jonathan Manley, would implement a $1 fee on rentals of canoes, kayaks, jet skis and other small watercraft, with proceeds going to the state’s... Read more

Raising the minimum age to marry?

Jan 15, 2018

Today, New Hampshire law allows boys as young as 14 and girls as young as 13 to enter into a marriage contract, with parental permission and approval from a court. Representative Jacalyn Cilley (D-... Read more

Guns on campus?

Jan 10, 2018

A bill sponsored by state Rep. Brian Stone (R-Northwood) would prevent public colleges and universities in New Hampshire from passing restrictions on carrying firearms... Read more

Fund body cameras with vanity plates?

Jan 09, 2018

HB 1730 creates a new “public safety enhancement” fund to pay for police body cameras for local, county and state police. The fund would include money from federal grants and private donations, as well as... Read more

Penalties for town gun laws?

Jan 09, 2018

If HB 1749 becomes law, it would end all ordinances or rules made by any local public or private entity regarding the sale, use, or possession of firearms, their supplies, or knives. It would also impose... Read more

Cell phones at stoplights?

Jan 02, 2018

HB 1270 would loosen rules on cell phone use while driving a car, allowing motorists to handle their cell phones while stopped at a traffic light. Currently, the law prohibits a driver of a motor vehicle from... Read more

Repeal bottle rocket ban?

Dec 29, 2017

HB 1416 would repeal the state's ban on bottle rockets. Under current state laws, only individuals with a commercial fireworks license can purchase bottle rockets in New Hampshire. The bill would permit the... Read more

Discrimination protection for gender identity?

Dec 27, 2017

New Hampshire Sen. Ed Butler is sponsoring a 2018 bill to include gender identity as part of the state’s anti-discrimination laws. The bill would apply to employment,... Read more

Unisex restaurant bathrooms?

Dec 22, 2017

Rep. Dan Hynes is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would repeal the requirement that larger restaurants have separate bathrooms for each sex. Current state law requires restaurants... Read more

Toll rate hikes?

Dec 19, 2017

Republican Executive Councilor Russell Prescott has proposed an increase in the state’s turnpike tolls to fund repairs and improvement to the state’s roads and bridges. If passed, it would be the first... Read more

Abortion after viability?

Dec 15, 2017

Rep. Keith Murphy is sponsoring a 2018 bill, HB 1680, that would ban abortion after viability. The bill defines viability as, "the point in pregnancy when, in... Read more

Assessments for homeschooled kids?

Dec 12, 2017

A new bill, HB 1263, would require parents to report a home-school... Read more

No soda with children's meals?

Dec 08, 2017

Rep. Rebecca McBeath is sponsoring a 2018 bill, HB 1668, that would prevent restaurants from offering soda as part of children's meals, instead limiting choices to beverages such as juice, milk and water.  ... Read more

Should NH allow school liability for suicide?

Dec 01, 2017

Earlier this month, the father of an MIT graduate student brought a lawsuit against the school claiming the college was responsible for his son’s death in 2009. ... Read more

Should NH redesign the state flag?

Nov 12, 2017

Rep. Timothy Josephson is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would establish a committee to study redesigning the state flag. The committee would be tasked with developing... Read more

Steroid testing for state police?

Nov 09, 2017

Rep. J.R. Hoell is sponsoring a 2018 bill that would require random testing of state police officers for steroid use. Rep. Hoell sponsored a similar bill in 2016, which would... Read more

Planned Parenthood contract for family planning care?

Nov 06, 2017

The New Hampshire Executive Council recently voted on giving state and federal dollars to ten health care providers who offer family planning services to low income residents. ... Read more

Ban on vaping indoors?

Nov 01, 2017

New York last month became the latest state to ban e-cigarettes and vaping in indoor public areas where traditional tobacco cigarettes are prohibited, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. ... Read more

Marijuana in state liquor stores?

Oct 31, 2017

New Hampshire legislators are considering how the state should regulate weed sales if recreational use becomes legal in the future. HB 377, which is currently in committee, would require the New Hampshire Liquor... Read more

Should liquor be sold only in state stores?

Oct 24, 2017

In New Hampshire, beer, wine, and fortified wine can be sold at grocery or convenience stores. However, the state has a monopoly on sales of hard alcohol. Read more about... Read more

Part time work for retirees with state pensions?

Oct 22, 2017

As New Hampshire’s workforce is getting older, there is a trend of local government employees retiring, collecting a pension, and then returning to work part-time in similar positions. ... Read more

Should NH prohibit firing an employee because of politics?

Oct 19, 2017

Some states, such as South Carolina, have laws that prohibit firing an employee for his or her political beliefs. Read more about this issue. On October 19... Read more

Should parents of bullies face fines or jail time?

Oct 17, 2017

Several communities in the U.S. have instituted fines or jail time for parents whose children are repeatedly caught bullying. Read more about this... Read more

Should towns install surveillance cameras in public parks?

Oct 16, 2017

The town of Derry plans to place surveillance cameras around Hood Park in an effort to reduce criminal behavior such as drug use and vandalism. But will the cameras make the park safer, or infringe on people’s privacy rights? ... Read more

Should NH ban bump stocks?

Oct 09, 2017

Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas,  debate arose over how state regulators should handle bump stock attachments, which allow rifles to fire more rapidly. Read more about this issue. On October 9,... Read more

Property tax breaks for caregivers?

Sep 24, 2017

In 2016, New Hampshire considered – and then rejected - offering a tax credit to people providing home healthcare services to an ill, injured or disabled family member living in their home. ... Read more

Should NH privatize state prisons?

Sep 11, 2017

New Hampshire has considered privatizing the prison system in the past, but has also rejected a state law that would have banned private prisons. Read more about this issue. On September... Read more

Should NH tax prescription opioids?

Sep 07, 2017

This year several states have considered a tax on opioid-based prescription painkiller sales, with revenues going to fund addiction treatment. Read more about this issue. On September 7, Citizens Count,... Read more

Top two primary in NH?

Sep 05, 2017

A top two primary system is where candidates from all political parties are listed on a single primary ballot. The two candidates who get the most votes, regardless of political affiliation, advance to the general election. ... Read more

Should state tests be based on Common Core?

Aug 31, 2017

School districts are all required to administer state performance assessments in order to qualify for federal funding. In New Hampshire, most schools use the Smarter Balanced Assessments, which are based on Common Core.... Read more

Should teens vote in the primaries?

Aug 28, 2017

Allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries does not violate the 26th Amendment, which only forbids states from setting a voting age older than 18. Read more. On August 28, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die... Read more

Shipyard climate change concerns

Aug 24, 2017

A 2016 report from the Union of Concerned Scientists predicted that in a worst case scenario, one quarter of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will be underwater by the end of the century.... Read more

Citizens divided on healthcare scholarships – 107 participants

Aug 19, 2017

This year, a bill to create a healthcare scholarship program was shot down in the New Hampshire House. Read more about this issue. On August 19, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided... Read more

Strong majority oppose more funding for private heroin treatment programs – 248 participants

Aug 08, 2017

Uninsured addicts can be left struggling to pay for treatment, and even those who are covered can have difficulty finding space in residential or intensive outpatient treatment centers, where demand far exceeds capacity. ... Read more

Strong majority favor disqualifying students paying out-of-state tuition from voting – 235 participants

Aug 07, 2017

The issue of out-of-state college students and their right to vote has been the subject of bills nearly every legislative session for the past few years. Read more about this issue. On August 7, Citizens Count,... Read more

Citizens divided on investing in job training programs – 202 participants

Aug 03, 2017

With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, New Hampshire has a shortage of workers in several fields, particularly in health care and technology. Read more about this issue. On... Read more

Strong majority oppose public campaign financing – 151 participants

Jul 31, 2017

New Hampshire does not currently offer any sort of public financing for elections, but there are some in the state calling for that to change. Read more about this issue. On July 31,... Read more

Retreat requirement for deadly force outside the home?

Jul 25, 2017

Under castle doctrine laws, a resident may use deadly force without first attempting retreat if the resident is attacked in his or her home.  Under so-called "stand your ground" laws, a resident may use deadly force anywhere he or she has a right... Read more

Slight majority in favor of later school start times – 226 participants

Jul 20, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that middle/high schools delay start times until 8:30 am or later. Read more about this issue. On July 20, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance... Read more

Strong majority oppose a millionaire tax in New Hampshire – 445 participants

Jul 17, 2017

In 2018, voters in Massachusetts will consider adding an extra income tax on earnings that exceed $1 million per year. Read more about this issue. On July 17, the LFDA... Read more

Strong majority oppose giving more meals and rooms tax revenue to tourist towns – 84 participants

Jul 13, 2017

Over the years the New Hampshire Legislature has rejected several attempts to allocate more meals and rooms tax revenue back to the towns that generated it. Read more about this issue. On July 13... Read more

Majority support giving towns veto power over high voltage line projects - 330 participants

Jul 11, 2017

A bill defeated this year, HB 145, would have required towns and cities to approve high-voltage power line projects passing through their borders. Read more... Read more

Strong majority support demonstrations without a permit on campus – 126 participants

Jul 08, 2017

Some colleges and universities in New Hampshire currently restrict when and where students can demonstrate, hold signs, or distribute literature. Read more about this issue here. On July 8, Citizens Count,... Read more

Should New Hampshire let adults aged 18 to 21 drink with a parent?

Jul 05, 2017

New Hampshire legislators have considered allowing adults between age 18 and 21 to drink under the supervision of a parent or guardian, but no bill has passed. Read more about this... Read more

Citizens split on including incidents off of school grounds in bully law – 136 participants

Jul 02, 2017

In 2010, New Hampshire’s bully law was revised to include incidents that occur off of school property, like cyberbullying, provided the bullying interferes with the child’s learning. Read more about this... Read more

Should local law enforcement officers being deputized to act as federal immigration officers?

Jun 01, 2017

Soon after taking office, President Trump issued an executive order expanding a program that trains state and local law enforcement to carry out federal immigration enforcement duties.... Read more

Should members of the public be able to see annulled criminal records?

May 23, 2017

Currently in New Hampshire, records of annulled offenses are ‘sealed’, which means they do not appear on a person’s criminal record. However, there has been – and continues to be - controversy over whether annulled records should ‘unsealed’ and... Read more

Majority oppose building wind turbines in Antrim – 249 participants

May 08, 2017

The state Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) gave final approval for Antrim Wind Energy LLC to build nine wind turbines along Tuttle Hill and the Willard Mountain ridge line. Antrim Wind will start construction later this year. ... Read more

Strong majority oppose adult seat belt requirement – 489 participants

May 04, 2017

New Hampshire is still the only state the nation that does not require adults to wear seat belts in motor vehicles. Read more about the issue here... Read more

Should assisted suicide be allowed in NH?

Apr 22, 2017

In Maine and in other states, debates are ongoing regarding legislation that, if passed, would allow assisted suicide. Read more about this issue. On April 22, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die... Read more

Strong majority favor increasing veterans tax credit – 264 participants

Apr 13, 2017

HB 430, which passed the Legislature in April, grants towns the power to increase the property tax credit offered to veterans. Read more about this... Read more

Decriminalizing marijuana?

Apr 01, 2017

HB 640 would decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana, making it a violation, similar to a speeding ticket. Read more about this... Read more

Should NH hire new police to fight the drug epidemic at NH's borders?

Mar 25, 2017

SB 131 would increase funding for law enforcement efforts to combat the drug crisis, particularly at the state’s borders. Read more about this issue. On... Read more

Strong majority oppose all-electronic tolling - 574 participants

Mar 20, 2017

SB 134 would replace human-operated tolls in Rochester, Dover, and/or Hooksett with all-electronic or ‘E-ZPass’ tolling if it is financially feasible for the Department of Transportation.... Read more

Majority in favor of making oral contraceptives available over the counter in NH - 382 participants

Mar 19, 2017

Two bills being considered by the New Hampshire Legislature, SB 154 and HB 264, would establish a committee to study making oral contraceptives available over the counter in New... Read more

Should drones be prohibited from flying or taking pictures over private property without permission?

Mar 18, 2017

HB 97 would institute a series of rules governing the use of drones. For non-government drone users, the bill would ban flying over private property at a height lower than 250 feet without permission, and establish... Read more

Strong majority in favor of allowing towns to reschedule elections - 359 participants

Mar 14, 2017

On March 14, a nor’easter led moderators in many towns to reschedule town meeting day elections. The move exposed a possible ambiguity in New Hampshire’s law. A bill, SB 248, would provide legal protection for... Read more

Strong majority oppose reducing eligibility for food stamps - 656 participants

Mar 08, 2017

SB 7 would make changes to eligibility for food stamps, bringing the state into line with federal work requirements and income levels. The move would constitute a reduction in current limits for eligibility.... Read more

Overwhelming majority favor allowing medicinal marijuana for chronic pain - 561 participants

Mar 07, 2017

Two bills currently under consideration in the Legislature, HB 157 and SB 15, would add chronic pain to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in New Hampshire.... Read more

Strong majority favor reducing business tax rates - 78 participants

Mar 04, 2017

SB 2 would gradually reduce business tax rates in New Hampshire, cutting the business profits tax from 8.2% to 7.5% in 2017, and the business enterprise tax from 0.72% to 0.5% in 2018.... Read more

Divided opinion on banning abortion after viability – 429 participants

Mar 02, 2017

New Hampshire law does not currently have an abortion ban after a fetus reaches a certain gestational age, though a bill to do so was considered and then killed in the Legislature this year. Read more... Read more

Strong majority oppose allocating electoral college votes to national popular vote winner – 435 participants

Feb 28, 2017

Rep. William Pearson (D-Keene) is the prime sponsor of HB 447, which would have seen New Hampshire join in an interstate agreement to allocate its electoral college votes to the winner of the national... Read more

Citizens divided on granting state funds to parents for private or home-school education - 295 participants

Feb 25, 2017

SB 193 is a "school choice" bill which would give parents of New Hampshire school-aged children who are not attending traditional public... Read more

Hobby liquor distilling?

Feb 19, 2017

Currently, though it is legal for an individual to own a still, only persons possessing a state license can actually produce hard liquor. If HB 427 becomes law, liquor would be added to state statutes governing... Read more

Strong majority favor high school civics requirement - 253 participants

Feb 18, 2017

SB 45, passed by the New Hampshire Senate, would require students in New Hampshire to take a civics class before graduating high school. Read more about this... Read more

Should NH pass a fetal homicide law?

Feb 15, 2017

A fetal homicide law would allow prosecutors to file murder charges if a pregnant woman is the victim of a crime that results in the death of the fetus she is carrying. There are two bills currently being considered by the New Hampshire... Read more

Strong majority favor casino gambling in New Hampshire - 292 participants

Feb 11, 2017

A bill sponsored by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, SB 242, would legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire, authorizing the creation of two casinos.... Read more

Should NH authorize the death penalty for any murder case with a victim under age eighteen?

Feb 09, 2017

The New Hampshire House is currently considering a bill, HB 351, that would allow the death penalty in murder cases involving a victim under age 18.... Read more

Should NH legalize firecrackers?

Feb 08, 2017

Many types of fireworks are currently legal in New Hampshire, including fountains, wheels and Roman candles. However, firecrackers, rockets, missiles, and devices designed solely to produce smoke can't be sold or possessed inside the Granite... Read more

Majority favor ending daylight savings time by joining Atlantic time zone - 376 participants

Feb 08, 2017

A bill that recently passed the New Hampshire House, HB 209, would see the Granite State end daylight savings time permanently by joining the Atlantic standard time zone. The bill is contingent on Massachusetts... Read more

Opinion divided on state holidays for election days - 276 participants

Feb 07, 2017

A bill sponsored by Rep. Ellen Read, HB 625, would make primary and general election days state holidays in New Hampshire. Government offices and schools would be required to... Read more

Background checks for commercial firearms sales?

Feb 05, 2017

Rep. Katherine Rogers is sponsoring a bill, HB 201, that would require background checks for commercial firearm sales. A 'commercial sale' would be defined as a sale,... Read more

Strong majority support free park admission for children - 247 participants

Feb 02, 2017

SB 217 is a bill to give free admission to state parks and recreation areas for New Hampshire residents under age fifteen. Right now the state offers free park admission to anyone under age five or over age sixty-... Read more

Concealed carry without a permit?

Feb 01, 2017

Currently, firearms owners in New Hampshire who wish to concealed carry their weapons must apply for a permit from their local police department. A bill to eliminate the permit requirement in order to carry a concealed firearm,... Read more

Strong majority oppose road use fee - 225 participants

Jan 31, 2017

A road usage fee is intended to make up for lower gas tax revenue from hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles. HB 621, would add a such a fee to annual car registration, based on the miles per gallon of the vehicle... Read more

Registry for animal cruelty?

Jan 28, 2017

New Hampshire could become the next state to create an animal cruelty registry. A bill, HB 594, sponsored by Rep. David Cote, would create a public list of individuals in New... Read more

Strong majority support ban on water fluoridation - 194 participants

Jan 27, 2017

There is currently no prohibition on water fluoridation in New Hampshire, but that could change if a bill sponsored by Rep. Valerie Fraser, HB 585, becomes a law. Under... Read more

Legal marijuana in NH?

Jan 26, 2017

On the heels of recent votes to legalize recreational marijuana in the neighboring states of Maine and Massachusetts, a New Hampshire bill, HB 656, would legalize and tax marijuana cultivation and use for persons... Read more

NH citizens in favor of absentee voting option - 168 participants

Jan 25, 2017

A bill currently being considered by the New Hampshire House, HB 622, would allow all registered New Hampshire voters the option of voting by absentee ballot. Currently, voting by absentee ballot is an option in... Read more

Should NH implement a needle exchange program?

Jan 24, 2017

Representative Lino Avellani, R - Sanbornville, is sponsoring HB 610, a bill that would implement needle exchange programs in New Hampshire. Avellani's bill would only... Read more

Banning conversion therapy?

Jan 23, 2017

There are currently two bills being considered by the New Hampshire Legislature that would ban conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen: SB 224 in the Senate, and HB 587 in... Read more

Should NH decriminalize sex work?

Jan 22, 2017

Criminal penalties for prostitution in New Hampshire could be a thing of the past if HB 287 becomes law. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Edwards, would establish a... Read more

Strong majority oppose debt-free higher education - 286 participants

Jan 21, 2017

Rep. Marjorie Porter has sponsored a concurrent resolution, HCR 2, declaring that the New... Read more

Slight majority oppose repeal of the renewable portfolio standard - 104 participants

Jan 19, 2017

New Hampshire’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requires utility companies to obtain a certain percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources. Rep.... Read more

Strong majority in favor of keno in New Hampshire - 187 participants

Jan 18, 2017

Once again, the Legislature is considering legalizing keno in New Hampshire. HB 560 would enable towns and cities to authorize keno by way of a ballot vote before restaurants, bars, or other establishments with a... Read more

Majority oppose allowing towns to regulate plastic bags

Jan 16, 2017

Rep. Christy Bartlett is sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 481, that would allow towns to either prohibit the distribution of plastic shopping bags or require retailers to... Read more

Slight majority oppose prohibiting gender identity discrimination - 365 participants

Jan 15, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill to prohibit gender identity discrimination. In the bill, HB 478, "gender identity" is defined as "a person's gender-related identity, appearance or... Read more

Strong majority support allowing patients to grow their own marijuana - 509 participants

Jan 14, 2017

Currently, medicinal marijuana patients in New Hampshire must acquire the drug through one of four licensed dispensaries. However, that could change if HB 472 becomes law. The bill, sponsored by... Read more

Majority oppose seat belts on school buses - 155 participants

Jan 08, 2017

HB 196, a bill sponsored by Rep. Mariellen MacKay, would establish a joint legislative committee charged with studying whether NH should require passengers on school buses... Read more

Majority oppose independent redistricting commission - 200 participants

Jan 07, 2017

Two bills—SB 107 and HB 203—would see the power to draw voting district boundaries in New Hampshire granted to an independent redistricting commission. Currently, the right to set... Read more

Slight majority oppose right-to-work in New Hampshire - 417 participants

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.... Read more

NH divided on repealing Rail Transit Authority - 222 participants

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

Majority oppose funding for full day kindergarten in New Hampshire - 194 participants

Jan 04, 2017

This year, several legislators are sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 155, which would acknowledge full day kindergarten programs, essentially doubling kindergarten funding for those school districts. The bill does not... Read more

Majority favor notifying parents of objectionable course material - 382 participants

Dec 27, 2016

Rep. Victoria Sullivan is the prime sponsor of HB 103, a bill that requires schools to notify parents no less than 2 weeks prior of educational materials or curriculum... Read more

Overwhelming majority support legalizing industrial hemp - 894 participants

Dec 26, 2016

Rep. Daniel Itse is sponsoring a 2017 bill, HB 151, that would prohibit classifying industrial hemp as... Read more

Strong majority supports putting cameras on school buses – 1,304 participants

Dec 21, 2016

Several states have passed laws allowing school districts to mount cameras on school buses to record whether drivers are passing illegally when buses are stopped to let off or pick up children. On December 21, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or... Read more

Majority support taxing church parking spaces - 398 participants

Dec 14, 2016

New Hampshire's Supreme Court recently came to a decision in a dispute between St. George's Episcopal Church in Durham and the town of... Read more

Strong majority support legally protecting celebrating winter holidays in NH schools - 520 participants

Dec 11, 2016

In 2013, Texas passed the “Merry Christmas Bill”, a law that states that teachers and students have the right to display winter holiday decorations... Read more

Strong majority against new hotel on Mount Washington - 212 participants

Dec 08, 2016

Developer Wayne Presby is interested in building a 35-room hotel about a mile below the summit of Mount Washington. Although there is no formal application, the Coos Planning Board recently held a meeting for Presby to discuss the proposal with... Read more

Strong majority against raising cigarette tax - 437 participants, 789 responses

Dec 06, 2016

Earlier in November, voters in California passed Proposition 56, a ballot measure that increases the state’s cigarette tax by $2 with the proceeds going to fund... Read more

Would you support a seasonal ban on fireworks use in your town?

Dec 04, 2016

Officials in Rochester are considering a proposal that would ban the use of fireworks except for select holidays and during the months of June, July and August. Currently, fireworks are legal to use in Rochester year-round. On December 4,... Read more

Strong majority not concerned about rising sea levels - 156 participants

Dec 03, 2016

In December, the Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission released a report outlining recommendations for state and local officials... Read more

Loaded firearms on snowmobiles?

Nov 30, 2016

Earlier this year, Iowa passed a law allowing drivers or passengers on snowmobiles or ATVs to carry loaded firearms while operating their vehicles. Currently, NH law prohibits carrying loaded firearms on snowmobiles, with an exception for law... Read more

Majority believe claims of voter fraud in NH - 390 participants, 1058 responses

Nov 28, 2016

On November 27 president-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media... Read more

NH divided on declawing cats - 311 participants

Nov 27, 2016

Last week, a legislative committee in New Jersey recommended passage of a bill that would ban the practice of declawing cats, making it an animal cruelty offense. Sanctions under the bill would fall on veterinarians who execute the procedure or... Read more

Majority oppose allowing doctors to prescribe heroin - 247 participants

Nov 25, 2016

In an effort to combat heroin addiction, this September the Canadian government approved new regulations that allow medical professionals to provide pharmaceutical-grade heroin to patients with severe cases of addiction.... Read more

Strong majority say store workers should be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving - 364 participants

Nov 23, 2016

Earlier this year, lawmakers in California shot down a measure that would have granted employees required to work on Thanksgiving time-and-a-half pay. The bill applied only to retail and grocery store workers at businesses with more than 500... Read more

Should convicted drunk drivers have special colored license plates?

Nov 23, 2016

If you are convicted of drunk driving in Ohio, you have to get a red and yellow license plate. In Minnesota and Georgia, convicted DUI offenders have certain letters and numbers in their plates that help law enforcement identify their vehicles,... Read more

NH divided on rumble strips - 167 participants

Nov 21, 2016

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (DOT) is placing a moratorium on new rumble strips through 2017 due to public opposition, according to the Union Leader. Rumble strips are striped indentations in pavement along center lines... Read more

Would you support allowing drinking alcohol in public in your town?

Nov 19, 2016

Cities such as New Orleans and Memphis have long tried to boost tourism and the entertainment economy by allowing legal outdoor drinking. More recently, the town of Canton, Ohio set aside 42 blocks of its downtown as an “outdoor refreshment area... Read more

Strong majority support allowing ballot initiatives in NH - 372 participants

Nov 09, 2016

In addition to electing a new president, this election saw voters in several states weigh in on key policy issues that appeared on their ballots thanks not to legislators, but to the efforts of fellow citizens. These included ballot initiatives... Read more

Do you support the Manchester police department's choice to encrypt radio communications?

Nov 09, 2016

In September, the Manchester police department switched to a new radio system that encrypts transmissions. Previously, it was possible for members of the public to listen in on police radio communications through a scanner, online or mobile... Read more

Strong majority oppose ban on campaign clothing at polling places - 124 participants

Nov 03, 2016

In 2016 the New Hampshire Legislature passed a law that does not allow campaign clothing or pins inside polling places. The law is intended to protect voters from any intimidation or influence to vote one way or another. A voter will never be... Read more

Citizens unanimously oppose fining new homeowners for old code violations - 127 participants

Oct 29, 2016

In Farmington, a family is facing possible fines of $550 per day from the town for code violations related to their new home, as the previous owners finished the attic and basement without proper permits. As a remedy, the family must return the... Read more

Strong majority against corporal punishment in schools - 188 participants

Oct 17, 2016

Although New Hampshire forbids corporal punishment in schools, nineteen states still allow school employees to use corporal punishment, such as paddling. Read more about this... Read more

Strong majority oppose single payer healthcare system in NH - 106 participants

Oct 16, 2016

During the November 2016 general election, Colorado voters weighed in on a ballot question that could have made them the first state in the nation to institute a single payer healthcare system. The ballot measure was ultimately defeated. An... Read more

Strong majority against insurance plans covering transgender healthcare services - 136 participants

Oct 15, 2016

Recently, aldermanic committee members in Manchester voted to recommend that transgender healthcare services, such as sex change surgery, be covered by city health insurance. Human Resources Director Jane Gile estimates an additional cost of... Read more

Slight majority favor ranked choice voting - 113 participants

Oct 13, 2016

On November 8, Maine voters approved a change to the ranked-choice system of voting, in which voters can rank candidates by preference rather than choose just one. Ranked voting comes into play when there are three or more candidates for one seat... Read more

Strong majority against banning sale of realistic-looking toy guns - 224 participants

Oct 12, 2016

A New Jersey lawmaker, Sheila Oliver, has proposed a bill that would prohibit the sale of toy guns that resemble actual weapons. There is currently no such bill proposed in New Hampshire.... Read more

Slight majority oppose road accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists - 194 participants, 355 responses

Oct 12, 2016

A ‘Complete Streets’ approach to transportation development requires that municipalities routinely take into account the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and mass transit users as well as drivers when updating or developing roads.... Read more

Legislators purchasing marijuana?

Oct 03, 2016

On Friday, September 30, the New Hampshire Attorney General released a report detailing marijuana sales between state legislators in 2015. Four legislators interviewed by the Attorney General admitted to marijuana offenses.... Read more

Slight majority oppose distributing condoms in schools - 213 participants

Oct 02, 2016

At a recent board meeting at Stevens High School in Claremont, members conducted a first reading of a draft policy to establish guidelines for a condom distribution program. According to the proposed policy, the school nurse would distribute... Read more

Do you think NH should have sobriety checkpoints?

Sep 28, 2016

Members of the Free State Project recently made the news for their protests at sobriety checkpoints in Manchester. Currently, sobriety checkpoints in New Hampshire are legal, although law enforcement officers must send out a public notice about... Read more

Strong majority oppose early voting - 220 participants

Sep 26, 2016

Roughly two-thirds of U.S. states allow voters to cast ballots in person early during a designated period without requiring them to give an excuse or justification. Read more about this issue here.... Read more

Strong majority against drowsy driving legislation - 318 participants

Sep 22, 2016

Roughly 41% of drivers have fallen asleep at the wheel, according to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. An even higher percentage report having operated a motor vehicle while fatigued. Estimates of the role that fatigued driving... Read more

Strong majority oppose increased enforcement of motorcycle noise limits - 986 participants

Sep 17, 2016

Some residents of areas popular with bikers have called for increased enforcement of motorcycle noise limits, maintaining that police are not doing an adequate job identifying and ticketing offenders.... Read more

Strong majority against eminent domain - 353 participants

Sep 11, 2016

This week in Portsmouth, the city council voted to take land by eminent domain from businessman James Boyle. City officials want to take a 4.6-acre portion of Boyle’s land, which is currently vacant, to preserve a nearly 50 year old sewer line... Read more

Strong majority oppose stricter limits on greenhouse gas emissions - 279 participants

Sep 10, 2016

New Hampshire already participates in a cap and trade program through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which has an overall goal of reducing carbon emissions across the nine participating states to 45% of 2005 levels by 2020.... Read more

NH divided on ten commandments monument - 342 participants

Sep 06, 2016

On Tuesday, September 6, the Somersworth City Council voted to reinstall a monument to the Ten Commandments that was vandalized in August. Read more about this issue. On September... Read more

Majority oppose restoring state funding for drivers' education programs - 350 participants

Sep 03, 2016

Currently in New Hampshire, drivers between the ages of 15 and a half and 18 who wish to apply for a license must complete a drivers education course. In 2012, New Hampshire lawmakers eliminated a subsidy that subsidized drivers education classes... Read more

Do you support criminalizing Kratom?

Sep 01, 2016

This week the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced it will add kratom to the Schedule I list of illegal drugs. The New Hampshire Legislature considered, but ultimately rejected, a ban on kratom this year.... Read more

Strong majority oppose encouraging more bear hunting - 218 participants

Aug 31, 2016

New Hampshire, and many other New England states, has seen a steady increase in wild bear populations over the last few years. New Hampshire alone is estimated to have over 6,000 black bears, causing some to question whether the bear population... Read more

Strong majority oppose permanently disenfranchising felons - 226 participants

Aug 28, 2016

Currently in NH, felons are not allowed to vote while imprisoned, but have their voting rights automatically restored once they have been released. However, in states such as Florida and Iowa, some or all felons permanently forfeit voting rights... Read more

Strong majority against drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants - 1104 participants, 2142 responses

Aug 21, 2016

Currently, 12 states plus the District of Columbia allow illegal immigrants to acquire drivers’ licenses or alternative driver authorization cards if they can provide documentation such as a foreign birth certificate, passport, or consular card... Read more

Strong majority against raising White Mountain National Forest entrance fees - 129 participants

Aug 18, 2016

The White Mountain National Forest is proposing a change to its fee structure. The proposal increases the cost of a daily pass from $3 to $5 dollars and the cost of an annual pass from $20 to $30. The proposal also eliminates fees at nine... Read more

Should NH make violence against police a hate crime?

Aug 18, 2016

In effect since August 1, Louisiana’s "Blue Lives Matter" law makes violence against law enforcement officials, such as police officers or firefighters, a hate crime. Convictions under hate crime laws allow for harsher penalties for charges such... Read more

Strong majority oppose releasing name of St. Paul’s assault victim - 166 participants

Aug 15, 2016

Should the names of sexual assault victims be protected in high-profile civil lawsuits? This question was put to the test when the parents of a freshman at St. Paul’s School who accused senior Owen Labrie of rape filed suit against the school for... Read more

NH split on criminalizing animal hoarding - 322 participants

Aug 14, 2016

Animal hoarders are individuals with a compulsive need to collect animals. A variation of hoarding disorder, those who suffer from this form of mental illness often do not recognize they have a problem. However, animal hoarding often results in... Read more

Should towns be able to fine disorderly neighbors?

Aug 13, 2016

In Pittsfield last month, a discussion took place at a Board of Selectmen meeting regarding whether homeowners or landlords should be fined if police are called to a residence more than twice in one month. Drafted by Pittsfield Police Chief Jeff... Read more

Majority against allowing motorcycle lane-splitting - 517 participants

Aug 09, 2016

Earlier this month, the California Legislature passed a bill to allow motorcycle lane-splitting. If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the bill, the state highway patrol will be responsible for setting guidelines for lane-splitting. The New Hampshire... Read more

Overwhelming majority supports long term residency in campgrounds - 769 participants

Aug 09, 2016

In Rochester, dozens of residents living in RVs year-round within a campground may be forced to move if the city wins a court case against the campground owners. The lawsuit results from a notice of violation the city sent last summer that... Read more

Firearm rights for medical marijuana patients?

Aug 08, 2016

The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits anyone using a controlled substance unlawfully from owning a firearm. Currently, 25 states, including New Hampshire, have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, but marijuana is still federally... Read more

Strong majority believe hands-free law is ineffective - 323 participants

Aug 06, 2016

According to data released by the New Hampshire Department of Safety Division of Motor Vehicles on August 1, fatalities from car crashes are up 52 percent this year from last year, from 48 fatalities to 73. The numbers led some to question the... Read more

Strong majority oppose automatic voter registration - 247 participants

Jul 27, 2016

In states with automatic voter registration, eligible voters are sent a card after an interaction with a government agency, informing them that they have been registered to vote and giving them the choice to opt-out if they desire.... Read more

Overwhelming majority support allowing medical marijuana for chronic pain management - 1,748 participants

Jul 20, 2016

New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law currently allows doctors to prescribe marijuana for a limited number of conditions, which does not include to manage chronic pain. Read more about... Read more

Overwhelming majority oppose per-mile road use fee - 286 participants

Jul 16, 2016

Some have begun to question the fairness of the gas tax as revenues stagnate and more fuel-efficient or alternative fuel vehicles take to the roads. One such alternative is a road use fee, a program being tested right now in California. Road use... Read more

Majority support allowing citizens to propose statewide ballot initiatives - 244 participants

Jul 13, 2016

New Hampshire law does not allow citizens to propose ballot measures for inclusion on the statewide ballot. The only time citizens can vote directly on a proposed law is if the Legislature places a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot... Read more

Should NH send some mental health records to the national background check system?

Jul 11, 2016

The New Hampshire Attorney General is interpreting state law in a way that requires courts to share information about mental illness with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Attorney General Joe Foster based his decision... Read more

Majority support creation of police civilian review boards - 399 participants

Jul 10, 2016

Civilian review boards (CRBs) are designed to create a level of community oversight over police departments. Their most common area of responsibility is investigating or auditing investigations of alleged police misconduct. In 2009 the New... Read more

Majority against letting towns ban saggy pants - 385 participants

Jul 07, 2016

On July 5 the Timonsville, South Carolina Town Council voted to outlaw wearing pants in a way that intentionally exposes undergarments. Earlier this year the state Senate passed SB 347, a bill that would let towns... Read more

Strong majority against a $12 minimum wage in NH - 658 participants

Jul 06, 2016

At a stump speech in Hampton this week, Gov. Maggie Hassan announced her support for an increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12 per hour. The statement put her at odds with the official Democratic party agenda, which is pushing for... Read more

Majority favor allowing citizens to break dogs out of hot cars - 250 participants

Jun 30, 2016

It is a misdemeanor to lock a pet in a cold or hot car in New Hampshire. However, only a law enforcement officer or agent of a licensed humane organization may break into a car to free a pet.... Read more

Slight majority against ‪call for NH to secede from the U.S. - 864 participants, 2282 responses

Jun 29, 2016

Following on the heels of the "Brexit" vote that saw United Kingdom residents call for their nation to leave the European Union, activists in New Hampshire have initiated a NHexit campaign pushing for the state to secede from the U.S.... Read more

Slight majority support relicensing Seabrook Station - 249 participants

Jun 25, 2016

Last month in Hampton, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held its annual public information meeting where one topic of discussion was the future of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant. Currently, NextEra Energy, which owns Seabrook... Read more

Strong majority support allowing ATVs on public roads - 1,385 participants

Jun 22, 2016

New Hampshire, like most states, allows local counties and municipalities to decide whether parts of their public road systems should be opened to use by ATVs. In most cases, these are specific sections of roadways used as crossings, trail... Read more

Overwhelming majority oppose soda taxes - 174 participants

Jun 20, 2016

Earlier in June, the Philadelphia City Council voted for a 1.5% tax on sugary drinks, such as soda. Read more about this issue. On June 20, the LFDA decided to put the issue to its Facebook... Read more

Strong majority against fining the homeless - 190 participants

Jun 18, 2016

In June, Lebanon city councilors dropped an ordinance that would have fined people $100 to camp or park overnight on city land. The decision to drop the ordinance came after a public hearing at which approximately 200 people attended.... Read more

Strong majority oppose increased heroin enforcement - 130 participants, 451 responses

Jun 16, 2016

On Thursday, June 16 the New Hampshire Legislature convened a special session to authorize $1.5 million in grants for local law enforcement to fight heroin trafficking, as part of Operation Granite Hammer.... Read more

Support for new federal gun regulations?

Jun 15, 2016

The deadly terrorist shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida prompted a new wave of support for gun control legislation among Democrats in Washington, D.C., including a move to block individuals on federal terrorist watch lists from... Read more

NH divided on military uniforms at graduation ceremonies - 335 participants, 553 responses

Jun 12, 2016

New Hampshire recently passed a law allowing graduates to opt to wear a military uniform at graduation ceremonies as long as they have completed basic training. Read more about this issue.... Read more

Unanimous opposition to making spouses pay court fines - 136 participants, 233 responses

Jun 11, 2016

The New Hampshire Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules is considering changes to rules that govern how judges deal with low-income people unable to pay court fines. One rule proposed by Supreme Court Justice Robert Lynn would allow a judge... Read more

Strong majority support requiring pharmaceutical companies to justify large drug price increases - 178 participants

Jun 08, 2016

On June 3, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill that requires pharmaceutical companies to justify drug price increases. As part of the bill, state health care regulators will be required to identify fifteen drugs with the highest price... Read more

Majority against ban on lead fishing tackle - 134 participants

Jun 01, 2016

On June 1, a new law took effect that bans lead fishing tackle weighing one ounce or less. The law was passed in 2013.  Prior to that bill, the state banned larger lead sinkers. Read more about this... Read more

Strong majority support dropping marijuana possession charges to a violation - 410 participants

May 31, 2016

On June 1, the New Hampshire House and Senate adopted SB 498, a bill that allows—but does not require—courts to treat possession of 1/4 ounce or less of marijuana as a violation. Read more... Read more

Strong majority support requiring 10-day voter residency requirement - 157 participants

May 28, 2016

On June 1, the state House and Senate voted on, but could not pass, SB 4, a bill that would have required voters to live in the state at least ten days before voting. SB 4 had previously passed the House and Senate... Read more

NH split on charging drug dealers for overdose deaths - 343 participants

May 25, 2016

In December, Attorney General Joe Foster announced his office was going to aggressively pursue holding drug dealers legally responsible for overdoses. Referred to as “death resulting” and less serious than a murder charge, it could still result... Read more

Majority against border patrol agents making arrests in Coos County - 319 participants

May 24, 2016

In May, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a bill that provides legal protections to federal border patrol agents operating in New Hampshire. The bill, HB 1298, was originally written to address property damage from snow mobiles and OHRVs.  The... Read more

NH divided on spraying for mosquitoes - 94 participants

May 23, 2016

A report from the Union Leader indicates that New Hampshire has issued pesticide permits to 37 towns for mosquito spraying this year, which is roughly the same number of towns as last year. According to the New Hampshire Department of Health and... Read more

Strong majority against motorcycle helmet law - 174 participants

May 22, 2016

According to preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), motorcycle fatalities in New Hampshire increased over 50% from 2014 to 2015. There were 26 motorcycle fatalities in New Hampshire in 2015 compared to 17... Read more

NH split on exempting children from vaccines - 130 participants

May 17, 2016

Currently, New Hampshire requires that all schoolchildren receive immunizations for seven illnesses, but an exemption may be granted if a physician certifies the immunization could be detrimental to the child's health, or if parents/guardians... Read more

Strong majority against abolishing death penalty due to Pfizer ban - 393 participants

May 16, 2016

In May, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer imposed controls on the distribution of its drugs to prevent them from being used in lethal injections. Pfizer was the last pharmaceutical company approved by the U.S. government to provide the drugs used in... Read more

Strong majority against banning the feeding of wild deer - 149 participants

May 11, 2016

Recently, the New Hampshire House of Representatives amended a bill that would have allowed a ban on feeding wild deer. As originally passed in the Senate, SB 384 stated "No person shall knowingly place food for consumption by wild deer if the... Read more

Majority supports reciting pledge of allegiance every day - 225 participants

May 10, 2016

The New Hampshire School Patriot Act states that a school is required to schedule time during the day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Participation is voluntary, and students who choose not to participate may sit or stand silently while... Read more

Should Governor Maggie Hassan veto HB 582, which would allow concealed carry without a permit?

May 08, 2016

On May 4, the New Hampshire Senate approved HB 582, voting 14-10 along party lines. This bill would allow someone to legally carry a concealed gun without first acquiring a permit. While some would still opt to apply for the permit, as it would... Read more

Strong majority support legalizing sale of firecrackers - 418 participants

Apr 25, 2016

HB 1266, a bill that legalizes the sale of firecrackers, passed both the House and Senate earlier this year. However, the bill was vetoed by Gov. Maggie Hassan. Read more about this issue. ... Read more

Strong majority support starting child neglect cases if a parent is addicted to opiates - 731 participants

Apr 24, 2016

On April 21, the House of Representatives voted in favor of SB 515, a bill that establishes a parent’s opioid addiction as evidence of child neglect. Current law requires other evidence of harm to the child before a finding of neglect.... Read more

Strong majority against using license plate scanners - 585 participants

Apr 23, 2016

In May, the governor signed HB 1154, which allows New Hampshire law enforcement to use electronic license plate scanners to identify targeted vehicles. Read more about... Read more

NH divided on whether to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill - 419 participants

Apr 21, 2016

The U.S. Treasury Department is changing the front of the $20 bill to show Harriet Tubman, an African American abolitionist, suffragette, and humanitarian. President Andrew Jackson will still appear on the back of the bill.... Read more

Strong majority against public preschool option for four year olds - 104 participants

Apr 18, 2016

New Hampshire does not currently offer public funding for preschool except for children with special needs requiring early educational intervention. Individual towns, then, decide whether to offer a public preschool option.... Read more

Slight majority favor allowing police to check cellphones after accidents - 1,248 participants

Apr 09, 2016

The New York Legislature is considering a law that would allow police to use so-called ‘Textalyzer’ technology which enables access to time and date stamps on calls, text messages, and other mobile use without accessing a user’s personal content... Read more

Strong majority support free park admission for seniors - 255 participants

Apr 07, 2016

SB 441, a bill currently being considered by the New Hampshire House, repeals a law that requires free admission to state parks for residents age 65 and older, and instead allows the Division of Parks and Recreation to set fees for seniors on... Read more

Overwhelming majority support use of experimental drugs by terminally ill patients - 396 participants

Apr 06, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the New Hampshire Senate would allow terminally ill patients to request experimental drugs that have not yet received approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).... Read more

Strong majority support term limits for state legislators - 242 participants

Apr 05, 2016

Currently, fifteen states have limits on the number of terms an individual can serve in their state House or Senate. New Hampshire is not one of them, and there is currently no move to institute term limits in the Granite State.... Read more

NH divided on sharing of sexual images - 169 participants

Mar 23, 2016

In March, the governor of Arizona signed a measure that explicitly criminalizes “revenge porn”, or the sharing, selling or otherwise distributing sexual or intimate images of another person without their consent, joining over two dozen other... Read more

Strong majority oppose further commuter rail study - 180 participants

Mar 22, 2016

On Thursday, March 10 the New Hampshire House voted against spending $4 million in federal dollars to continue commuter rail studies in southern New Hampshire. Read more about this issue. On March 22,... Read more

Strong majority favor body cameras for state troopers - 512 participants

Mar 19, 2016

HB 617, a bill which will require state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public, passed the House in February and is currently being considered by the New Hampshire Senate. In many towns,... Read more

Strong majority against taxing soft drinks - 269 participants

Mar 17, 2016

This March, California lawmakers proposed adding a $0.02 per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks to fund obesity and diabetes prevention programs, safe drinking water, and oral health. An attempt to impose a soft drink tax in New Hampshire... Read more

Majority oppose mandating use of the prescription drug monitoring program - 210 participants

Mar 16, 2016

A hot item on the legislative agenda this session has been mandating use of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. One bill requiring medical professionals to query the database before writing a prescription has already been signed... Read more

Strong majority against raising legal smoking age in NH - 338 participants

Mar 15, 2016

Recently, California raised the legal age for purchasing and using tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. Currently, there are no bills in the New Hampshire Legislature that propose changing the legal smoking age from 18.... Read more

Strong majority support NH’s voter ID law - 494 participants

Mar 14, 2016

This year marked New Hampshire’s first presidential primary in which the full voter ID law was active and in place. The law, which passed in 2012, requires voters to show a photo ID before receiving a ballot.... Read more

Strong majority against regulating sale of raw milk - 143 participants

Mar 10, 2016

Last week, West Virginia passed a bill that allows "herd-sharing" in which multiple individuals can share the raw, unpasteurized milk from dairy cows. New Hampshire is one of twelve states that allow raw milk sales at retail stores with some... Read more

Majority favor removing prohibition on hunting with silencers - 250 participants

Mar 05, 2016

New Hampshire first passed a ban on hunting with a silencing device or sound suppressor in the 1940s, along with several other states. A bill which recently passed the New Hampshire House and is now being considered by the Senate,... Read more

Should NH allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit?

Mar 01, 2016

The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering HB 582, a bill to repeal the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. Currently, NH requires that individuals who wish to carry... Read more

Strong majority against breaking into encrypted iPhone - 166 participants

Feb 27, 2016

Defying the requests of the FBI and Department of Justice, Apple refuses to create a “backdoor” to access secure data from one of its iPhones. The phone in question belongs to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook.... Read more

Majority oppose allowing lane-splitting for motorcycles - 944 participants

Feb 23, 2016

New Hampshire Representative Joseph Lachance is sponsoring HB 1308, a bill that would allow motorcycles to pass a vehicle in the... Read more

NH divided on pharmacists prescribing birth control - 169 participants

Feb 20, 2016

Oregon recently put into effect a new law that allows pharmacists to prescribe birth control after completing a training course. The law applies to women over the age of 18 and those under 18 who have evidence of a previous prescription from a... Read more

NH divided on vacant Supreme Court seat - 172 participants

Feb 17, 2016

On Saturday, February 13, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died of natural causes. New Hampshire’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte and her Democratic challenger, Gov. Maggie Hassan, have stated differing opinions on whether the Senate should consider... Read more

Strong majority support revising animal cruelty law - 613 participants

Feb 16, 2016

NH's sub-zero temperatures in February raised questions about whether it is considered cruel or neglectful to leave animals outside for extended periods of time in cold weather. While states like Minnesota and Illinois include language about cold... Read more

Should liability insurance be required for NH gun owners?

Feb 15, 2016

HB 1368, which was recently voted down in the House, would require individuals who sell, purchase, or own a firearm to possess liability insurance. ... Read more

Majority in favor of keeping mobile use while driving a primary offense - 293 participants

Feb 14, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee, HB 1435, would limit enforcement of the prohibition on... Read more

Strong majority support labeling on genetically modified foods - 158 participants

Feb 08, 2016

A bill submitted for the 2016 session, HB1674, would have required labels on food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The... Read more

Majority support gambling, skeptical of single casino proposal - 317 participants

Feb 05, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the Senate Ways and Means Committee, SB 551, would create a single casino with video lottery and table gaming, to be located at Rockingham Park in Salem, NH.... Read more

Strong majority support denying services for same-sex weddings - 288 participants

Feb 02, 2016

The state of Georgia recently proposed legislation that would allow businesses to refuse goods or services for wedding ceremonies if they went against their religious beliefs. Read more about... Read more

Majority favor dog licensing - 189 participants

Jan 28, 2016

Rep. Robert Hull has sponsored HB 1576, a bill that would repeal the $7 annual license for dogs that is shared between... Read more

Strong majority favor testing police for steroid use - 401 participants

Jan 23, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee, HB 1335, would... Read more

Strong majority oppose ban on flamethrowers - 349 participants

Jan 20, 2016

A bill currently being considered by the House Criminal Justice Committee, HB 1600, would ban possession of flame throwing devices... Read more

Strong majority support meat labeling - 1,203 participants

Jan 13, 2016

Last month, Congress repealed a federal law that required pork, chicken, and beef sold in the United States to be labeled with its country of origin. In the absence of a federal labeling requirement, some have argued that states should step in to... Read more

Overwhelming majority favor allowing home growing medical marijuana - 844 participants

Jan 09, 2016

A bill (HB 593) would allow qualifying New Hampshire medical marijuana patients, or their... Read more

Strong majority against forcing homeless people into shelters in freezing temperatures - 172 participants

Jan 04, 2016

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is experiencing criticism for an executive order that requires social services and the police to move homeless individuals to shelters when temperatures dip below freezing.... Read more

Strong majority support protecting recess time - 361 citizens

Dec 23, 2015

Currently, state education rules encourage but do not require schools to include recess in their schedules. However, various pressures that could entice schools to cut or eliminate recess time have lead concerned parties in states such as Hawaii... Read more

Strong majority oppose fines for parents of bullies - 343 participants

Dec 21, 2015

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing a $50 fine for parents whose children are caught bullying or potentially breaking other rules. Although there is no such proposal in New Hampshire, lawmakers will consider a bill in 2016 that lets students sue a... Read more

Opinion divided on mandatory auto insurance - 280 citizens

Dec 16, 2015

Every state in the nation requires drivers to carry some type of automobile insurance, with New Hampshire standing as the lone remaining exception. Instead, uninsured drivers who cause an accident are required to pay out of pocket for the costs... Read more

Should silencers be allowed when hunting?

Dec 12, 2015

After first passing a ban on hunting with a silencer in the 1940s, the House Fish and Game and Marine Resources committee is recommending that New Hampshire repeal the prohibition on hunting with a silencer.... Read more

Strong majority opposed to criminalizing female toplessness – 558 citizens

Dec 10, 2015

Rep. Brian Gallagher is sponsoring a 2016 bill that would make toplessness a misdemeanor for women. The bill excludes breastfeeding.  Read more about this... Read more

Citizens divided on whether drug dealers should be charged with second degree murder – 517 citizens

Dec 09, 2015

Recently, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced that his office would begin charging drug dealers with second-degree murder if the drugs they sold resulted in an overdose death. ... Read more

Majority opposed to raising the minimum wage – 250 citizens

Dec 08, 2015

Currently, New Hampshire’s minimum wage is identical to the federal minimum wage. However, two bills to gradually increase the minimum wage have been submitted for the 2016 legislative session, one for all employees and another only affecting... Read more

Majority favor candy and soda ban for SNAP benefits – 620 citizens

Dec 02, 2015

Officials from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services announced they would seek a federal waiver to ban the purchase of candy and soda with benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps. ... Read more

Overwhelming majority supports agritourism - 512 participants

Dec 01, 2015

Following a controversial case heard last June by the state Supreme Court, two bills have been submitted for the 2016 session that would include “agritourism” in the definition of activities that constitute agriculture and farming in New... Read more

Citizens support use of flaggers over police at low-risk work sites – 365 citizens

Nov 24, 2015

In November, a special legislative committee issued a report recommending the passage of legislation specifying that flaggers are sufficient for traffic control at low-risk work sites, with the use of uniformed police limited to higher-speed or... Read more

Citizens split on rebates for wood pellet boilers – 177 citizens

Nov 22, 2015

With winter settling in, residents are looking at new ways to heat their homes. Currently, renewable energy rebates in New Hampshire include funds for the commercial or residential installation of wood pellet boilers or furnaces. ... Read more

Majority believe school buses should have seat belts – 509 citizens

Nov 19, 2015

In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said school buses should be retrofitted with three-point seat belts. Read more about this issue. On November 19,... Read more

Strong support for marijuana legalization - 1,782 participants

Nov 04, 2015

The debate over marijuana legalization in NH looks likely to heat up next year, with two bills filed for the next session that would legalize and regulate the drug. In light of this move, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) decided to get a read... Read more

Strong majority support opting out of federal lunch program – 283 citizens

Oct 25, 2015

Earlier this year, Londonderry High School became one of the first schools in NH to withdraw from the federal school lunch program. On October 25, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Would... Read more

Majority support video visitation services for NH state prison inmates – 172 citizens

Oct 24, 2015

Several state departments of corrections have authorized the use of software that allows friends and family members to pay to chat via video connection with prison inmates. In NH, such video visitation services are available at some county... Read more

Strong majority support repealing tinted glass prohibition – 392 participants

Sep 26, 2015

Three separate bill requests have been made for the 2016 legislative session related to NH’s prohibition on tinted glass on the windshields and front side windows of automobiles. In response to this oncoming policy debate, the Live Free or Die... Read more

Strong majority oppose accepting more Syrian refugees – 567 citizens

Sep 13, 2015

The Syrian refugee crisis was a hot topic with presidential candidates who visited New Hampshire in September after an announcement by President Obama that the United States would accept at least 10,000 displaced Syrians over the next fiscal year... Read more

NH citizens support letting independent voters choose their ballot - 125 citizens, 458 responses

Sep 05, 2015

Currently, independent NH voters may vote in the party primary of their choice on election day, though registered members of a party must vote on their own party’s ballot. On September 5th, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put this policy to... Read more

Strong majority oppose online voter registration - 123 citizens

Sep 02, 2015

More than half of all states allow online voter registration in which individuals can register through a website by providing unique identifying information, such as a driver’s license number or social security number. To gauge public citizen... Read more

Citizens support Seabrook license renewal - 188 citizens, 369 responses

Aug 22, 2015

Seabrook Station operators NextEra Energy are currently seeking a renewal of the plant’s license that would extend operations from 2030 to 2050.  In light of this development, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Do you... Read more

Majority support allowing female breast exposure - 1,450 citizens

Aug 05, 2015

Female protestors gathered on Hampton Beach on August 23, calling for women to have the right to go topless in public. Current NH law does not explicitly prohibit female breast exposure, but the “Free the Nipple” movement has drawn both... Read more

Majority oppose relieving student debt - 234 citizens

Aug 02, 2015

In the wake of a study showing that average debt for students graduating from NH colleges was the largest in the country, the LFDA decided to put the issue to Facebook members, asking, “Should NH take action to alleviate student debt?”

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Majority oppose public funding of Planned Parenthood - 133 participants

Jul 22, 2015

A controversial video released in July that allegedly showed a top Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal tissues sales from abortions led to a condemnation of the agency by the state Republican executive committee. In the wake of the... Read more

Strong majority oppose Iran nuclear deal - 174 citizens

Jul 18, 2015

After months of intense negotiations, President Barak Obama announced a potential deal with Iran aimed at curbing the nation’s nuclear capability. Congress, including NH’s two U.S. Senators, was divided on the issue. On July 18, the Live Free or... Read more

Majority oppose the Affordable Care Act - 190 citizens

Jul 11, 2015

Since its passage in 2009, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been a source of continuing controversy, with detractors as staunch as its supporters. Most recently, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding the ACA’s ‘subsidies provision’,... Read more

Strong majority oppose town fireworks bans - 393 citizens

Jul 01, 2015

The July 4th holiday is defined by firework displays, which led the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) to pose the question to Facebook members, “Should NH towns be able to ban fireworks?”

“Should NH towns be able to ban fireworks?”

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Strong majority oppose Obama hostage ransom rule change - 164 citizens

Jun 29, 2015

Diane Foley, mother of slain New Hampshire journalist James Foley, has criticized the federal government for blocking her family's efforts to save her son by raising ransom or speaking to the media. In light of President Obama’s recent... Read more

Citizens split on Supreme Court gay marriage decision - 525 citizens

Jun 27, 2015

In light of the US Supreme Court ruling in which it declared that gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members, “Do you agree with the US Supreme Court decision that same-sex marriage... Read more

Majority oppose state employee pay raises - 113 citizens

Jun 17, 2015

This year’s budget negotiations have turned out to be particularly controversial, with Gov. Maggie Hassan following through on a threatened veto of the legislature’s proposed 2016-2017 spending plan. One of the areas of disagreement cited by... Read more

Strong majority oppose motorcycle helmet law in NH - 785 citizens

Jun 14, 2015

NH remains one of three states where motorcyclists are not required to wear helmets. In light of Motorcycle Week in Laconia, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue to Facebook members, asking “Should NH pass a law requiring... Read more

Slight majority oppose increasing charter school funding – 104 citizens

May 16, 2015

With the future of any increase in funding for charter schools in doubt based on the current budget proposal recently passed by the NH Senate, on May 16 the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) asked Facebook members to weigh in, posing the question... Read more

Strong majority oppose police recording bill - 165 citizens

May 14, 2015

The NH Senate Judiciary Committee is currently considering HB 287, a bill that would codify the right of members of the public to record audio or video of police officers during traffic stops. The bill has proven controversial not because some... Read more

Strong majority support teaching sex ed in schools - 168 citizens

May 09, 2015

Recently, the NH Senate passed HB 332, which will require schools to give parents advance notice if any course material will deal with human sex or sexuality. The bill speaks to the larger issue as to whether sex education should be taught in... Read more

Slight majority support hands-free driving law - 332 participants

May 03, 2015

In addition to barring adult drivers from holding their cell phones and talking beginning July 1, HB 1360—which passed last May by the NH House—will disallow drivers under 18 from hands-free mobile phone use altogether. But where does NH public... Read more

Do you agree with Gov. Hassan's plan to keep concealed carry licenses in New Hampshire?

May 02, 2015

The Granite State took a step closer to the gun rights ideal of “Constitutional Carry” last week when the House passed SB 116, a bill that would allow residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. However, Gov. Maggie Hassan stated that... Read more

Strong majority support physician-assisted suicide - 380 responses

Apr 20, 2015

When the subject of physician-assisted suicide is brought up, a spirited response can be expected. This is precisely what happened when the Live Free or Die Alliance posed the question, "Should NH legalize physician-assisted suicide?” to Facebook... Read more

Strong majority support NH death penalty - 427 participants

Apr 12, 2015

While allowable under NH law, the last execution in the state was carried out in 1939. Michael Addison, convicted in 2008 of murdering a Manchester police officer, is the only inmate currently on NH's death row. On April 12, Citizens Count, NH’s... Read more

Strong majority support 30-day voter residency requirement - 153 participants

Apr 11, 2015

Thinking of moving? A bill recently passed by the NH Senate (SB 179) would require adults to establish residency in the state for at least thirty days before being eligible to vote. On April 11, the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) put the issue... Read more

Citizens divided on town panhandling ordinances - 262 participants

Apr 07, 2015

In the past few years, numerous NH towns and cities have considered passing ordinances that would ban panhandling in public places. Lebanon is currently reviewing an ordinance that would allow individuals to still hold up signs asking for money,... Read more

Majority support right of parents to opt kids out of standardized tests - 116 participants

Mar 30, 2015

The Common Core curriculum has encountered no small amount of controversy, and the Smarter Balanced exams – standardized tests based on Common Core – have caught a fair share of the flack. The Department of Education switched from the NECAP exams... Read more

Strong majority favor eliminating some mandatory minimum sentences - 98 participants

Mar 26, 2015

Minimum mandatory sentences have been touted as an important way of deterring crime, but at what cost? Opponents of the practice cite overcrowded NH prisons that place a hefty burden on taxpayers as an important reason to consider eliminating... Read more

Slight majority favor privacy for 'good neighbor' agreements - 72 participants

Mar 18, 2015

When renewable energy company Granite Reliable Power proposed a wind power operation in Millsfield, NH, the company quietly negotiated ‘good neighbor’ agreements with several property owners, agreeing to compensate them for increases in property... Read more

Strong majority oppose marriage license fee increase - 719 responses

Mar 09, 2015

Hidden tax, or a valid way to support a worthy cause? That was the question raised by HB 681, a bill recently passed by the NH House that adds $5 to the state marriage license fee to provide additional support to the New Hampshire Coalition... Read more

Strong majority support marijuana decriminalization - 448 participants

Mar 07, 2015

On March 11, the NH House passed HB 618, a bill that would reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana to a violation, and make the cultivation of six or less marijuana plants a misdemeanor. Instead of potential jail time,... Read more

Strong majority oppose REAL ID - 172 participants

Mar 05, 2015

Aimed at making it tougher for terrorists to evade detection, REAL ID standards dictate the information and security measures that should be included in state driver's licenses. The first phase of implementing the standards started last January,... Read more

Strong majority oppose additional hotel and motel occupancy fees - 116 participants

Mar 04, 2015

Sen Martha Fuller Clark (D – S21) is the prime sponsor of SB 253, a bill that would allow municipalities to assess hotel and motel occupancy fees of up to $1.00 per night to offset the cost of municipal services. It is not a bill, however, with... Read more

Are casinos right for NH? - 330 participants, 675 responses

Feb 14, 2015

With a projected $70 million budget shortfall, the debate over allowing casinos in NH is hotter than ever. But would they prove the solution to the state's financial woes? Senator Lou D'Allesandro thinks so, and has sponsored a bill (SB 113) that... Read more

Should NH no longer require a permit to carry a concealed pistol or revolver?

Feb 10, 2015

The term "Constitutional Carry" has become rallying cry for advocates of gun owner's rights. A bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee – SB 116 – would take the state one step closer to this ideal by eliminating the need... Read more

Strong majority support civics test requirement in NH - 162 participants

Feb 07, 2015

It's a requirement for every legal alien seeking U.S. citizenship, but should NH's high school students also be able to pass the U.S. Citizenship Civics Test in order to graduate? That's the question raised by a bill (SB 157) currently under... Read more

Strong majority oppose seat belt law - 321 participants

Feb 05, 2015

Seat belts proved a hot topic of conversation when the Live Free or Die Alliance (LFDA) posed the question to Facebook members, "Should NH require adults to wear safety belts?" New Hampshire is currently the only state in the U.S. that does not... Read more

Majority support right-to-work - 281 participants

Feb 04, 2015

It's a hot-button topic throughout the United States: 'right to work' legislation, which requires that workers in union shops be allowed to opt out of joining the union and paying dues. Roughly half of states have some sort of 'right to work' law... Read more

Slight majority support annual car inspections - 212 participants

Jan 29, 2015

HB 387 would nix the annual inspectino requirement in favor of checking cars every other year. On January 29, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should New... Read more

Strong majority support banning 'high tech' hunting - 195 participants

Jan 28, 2015

Should hunters be allowed to use advanced technologies such as drones, computerized rifles, and cameras streaming real-time feeds to cell phones and computers? That's the question the NH Fish and Game Department is considering with a proposed... Read more

Majority favor leaving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - 98 participants

Jan 27, 2015

Since 2009, New Hampshire has participated in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state program that requires fossil fuel-burning power plants to cap emissions or trade for allowances to release more carbon dioxide. On January... Read more

Overwhelming majority oppose raiding dedicated funds - 53 participants

Jan 08, 2015

Several times during the course of New Hampshire’s history, lawmakers have used money from “dedicated funds” to shore up budget deficits. On January 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook... Read more

Strong majority oppose allowing natural gas pipeline developers to use eminent domain - 171 participants

Jan 06, 2015

With Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America, planning a gas pipeline route through southern New Hampshire, some landowners are concerned about the company taking their land. In response, Rep. Jim Belanger (R-... Read more

Majority support keeping two year terms for governor - 171 participants

Dec 17, 2014

New Hampshire currently limits a Governor’s term of office to two years, which Representative Mario Ratzki suggests should change to four years in his request for a bill in the 2015 legislative session. On December 17, Citizens Count, NH’s Live... Read more

Strong majority support body cameras for troopers - 366 participants

Dec 07, 2014

Following the highly publicized police shooting of an unarmed citizen in Ferguson MO, President Barack Obama announced a plan to partially fund the distribution of body cameras to police across the nation. The effort was echoed in New Hampshire... Read more

Majority oppose commuter rail in New Hampshire - 245 participants

Nov 24, 2014

A November 2014 study by the New Hampshire Rail and Transit Authority (NHRTA) examined the feasibility of extending commuter rail services from Massachusetts to Nashua, Manchester or Concord, and estimated that state contributions would range... Read more

Majority support allowing ballot selfies - 194 participants

Nov 08, 2014

Some Granite Staters elected to post ballot ‘selfies’ during this past election in protest of a law that prohibits them from doing so. On November 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its Facebook members... Read more

Would you support the sales of 'smart guns' in New Hampshire?

May 28, 2014

While there may never be a consensus as to what constitutes a ‘smart’ decision regarding how and when a firearm should be utilized, recent developments in computer technology could render such debates academic. Referred to as ‘smart guns,’ these... Read more

Majority oppose arresting parents whose protests interrupt school board meetings - 135 participants

May 17, 2014

When we send our children off to school, we assume that for the most part the education they receive conforms to generally accepted—either implied or written—societal rules of moral decency. If such rules are crossed in some way, however, parents... Read more

Majority say land owners should not block access to beaches - 61 participants

May 14, 2014

When one buys a piece of land, it is generally accepted that such an individual is now the sole owner of that particular piece of property. Such logic becomes muddied, however, for landowners whose property blocks access to publicly owned lands—... Read more

Strong majority oppose abolishing death penalty - 201 participants

Apr 22, 2014

Few punishments in our legal system engender such diametrically opposed viewpoints as does the death penalty, as those for it argue the sentence should fit the crime, while opponents cite strong moral objections. On April 22, Citizens Count, NH’s... Read more

Majority support mandate to bury Northern Pass lines - 68 participants

Mar 31, 2014

Recently, the NH Senate held a public hearing on HB 569, which would require the state Site Evaluation Committee to give preference to any plan or project, including Northern Pass, that bury electrical lines and place them along public rights of... Read more

Citizens divided on pipeline construction - 237 responses

Mar 23, 2014

While the exact causes may be in dispute, the fact that the cost of electricity is rising is not, as rates have increased 55 percent in New England in the past year. Electricity providers claim more regional gas pipelines are needed and all six... Read more

Strong majority support banning the purchase of alcohol and tobacco on EBT cards - 604 participants

Mar 19, 2014

A proposed bill to ban the purchase of alcohol and tobacco products on Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards will likely not be passed this year. On January 8, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die Alliance decided to put the issue to its... Read more

Strong majority support physician assisted suicide - 120 participants

Mar 10, 2014

The notion that one has a right to live free or die is more than our state’s motto, but rather a fundamental principle woven into the very fabric of American ideology. A question that troubles many, however, is if terminally ill patients have a... Read more

Strong majority oppose property taxes for RVs - 133 participants

Jan 19, 2014

Travel throughout New Hampshire and there probably is no issue that can rouse such an impassioned conversation with any state resident as the issue of property taxes. Currently, some NH towns do not tax recreational vehicles parked at seasonal... Read more

Majority oppose mandatory auto insurance - 140 participants

Jan 12, 2014

In response to the debate over cell phone use in cars, Concord resident Fred Smith recently wrote the Concord Monitor to argue that auto insurance should also be legislated and mandatory. On January 12, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or Die... Read more

Majority support fetal homicide bill - 92 participants

Dec 17, 2013

When the United States Supreme Court defined fetus viability at 28 weeks in its controversial decision in Roe V. Wade in 1973, it attempted to legally answer a profound question: When does human life begin? The ruling, however, does not satisfy... Read more

Majority oppose increasing minimum wage - 86 participants

Dec 05, 2013

While the idea that every working person should be paid a fair wage is not codified into law, it certainly rings true for most Americans. However, some say New Hampshire’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour places families well below the... Read more

Should NH police be able to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?

Oct 30, 2013

The notion that we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is perhaps one of the most cherished and inviolable rights enjoyed by our nation’s citizens. For many Live Free or Die (LFDA) Facebook members, however, a recent bill proposed... Read more

Majority oppose proposed ban on cell phone use while driving - 129 participants

Sep 30, 2013

While New Hampshire prohibits reading and sending text messages and the two-handed use of any electronic device when driving, state lawmakers will consider new legislation next year that would ban cell phone use while driving altogether.On... Read more

Majority favor casino gambling - 115 participants

May 21, 2013

On May 15, a New Hampshire House joint Fiscal and Ways & Means Committee voted 23-22 against Senate Bill 152, which seeks to clear the way for a single casino in the Granite State’s southern tier.  On May 21, Citizens Count, NH’s Live Free or... Read more

Majority oppose raising tobacco tax - 406 responses

Jan 12, 2013

Even the most hardcore cigarette smokers acknowledge they are in the grip of a filthy, destructive addiction, yet they can take grim solace that their habit, via the state’s power to levy so-called sin taxes, helps bankroll social programs,... Read more

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