UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES

This section provides information on the policy issues facing New Hampshire.  Click on a category below to see a list of issues, or explore issues by clicking on one of the following links:

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY
Gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the death penalty are some of the many issues included in this category.

Was NH right to revise the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act to hold schools responsible for activities online and/or off school grounds?
Should annulled criminal records stay sealed to the public?
Should NH keep the death penalty?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Should NH lower the drinking age?
Should NH pass stricter gun control laws?
Should NH take action to combat heroin abuse?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH legalize the recreational use of marijuana?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Should NH continue the Prescription Monitoring Program?
Should NH reform sentencing and/or parole laws to decrease the prison population?
Should NH require seat belts?
Should NH repeal Stand Your Ground and return to the Castle Doctrine?

ECONOMY, BUDGET & TAXES
From this year's property taxes to next year's budget, this category includes issues related to taxpayer issues.

Should NH government do more to address the aging population?
Should NH government invest more in economic planning?
Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Is income inequality a problem in NH?
Should NH revise the meals and rooms tax?
Should NH raise the minimum wage?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should nonprofits pay more taxes?
Should the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard stay open?
Should NH continue to use property taxes instead of a new broad-based tax, such as an income tax?
Should NH revise the laws governing collective bargaining to shift more power to the state?
Should NH government switch from a pension system to a 401(k)-style retirement plan?
Should NH pass right-to-work legislation?
SB2
Do you support the SB2 ballot alternative to annual town meetings?
Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?

EDUCATION
Curious about Common Core or school funding? Browse these issues related to education in the Granite State.

Was NH right to revise the Pupil Safety and Violence Prevention Act to hold schools responsible for activities online and/or off school grounds?
Should NH provide more funding for charter schools?
Should NH keep the Common Core State Standards?
Should NH high schools start later in the morning?
Should NH pass a constitutional amendment giving the legislature more control over the distribution of school funding?

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
This issue category starts with eminent domain and ends with wind farms. Click here to see issues related to your next electricity bill.

Should NH do more to limit eminent domain?
Should NH lawmakers support or oppose the Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline?
Should NH allow the Northern Pass to proceed with some (not all) of the lines buried?
Should NH continue to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative?
Should NH maintain the renewable portfolio standard for NH public utilities?
Should NH encourage more residential solar installations?
Should PSNH be allowed to bill customers for the cost of the scrubber?
Should the license for the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant be renewed?
Should NH invest more in water infrastructure?
Should NH restrict further wind power development?

HEALTH CARE
Do you support the Affordable Care Act in NH? What about the medical marijuana or physician-assisted suicide? This category covers all of those issues and more.

Should NH continue to have the federal government run the online health insurance exchange?
Was NH right to expand Medicaid eligibility, using private insurance wherever possible?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
Should NH take action to combat heroin abuse?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Should NH continue the Prescription Monitoring Program?

POLITICS/POLITICAL PROCESS
Learn about campaigns and voting rights, from SB2 elections at the town level all the way up to the Electoral College in Presidential elections.

Should NH broaden campaign finance disclosure laws?
Should NH pass legislation to bypass the Electoral College?
When should free speech be limited in NH?
Should NH keep its "citizen legislature" as-is?
Should New Hampshire keep the current redistricting process?
Should NH allow binding referendums?
SB2
Do you support the SB2 ballot alternative to annual town meetings?
Should out-of-state students be allowed to vote in NH elections?
Should NH abolish partisan primaries and adopt the "Top 2" primary system?
Should NH allow some 17 year-olds to vote in primary elections?

SOCIAL ISSUES
Abortion restrictions, immigration enforcement, and welfare restrictions fall in this category, which covers issues related to social services and morality.

Should NH government do more to address the aging population?
Should NH lower the drinking age?
Should NH limit access to abortion?
When should free speech be limited in NH?
Should NH authorize one or more casinos?
Should NH take action to combat heroin abuse?
Should NH increase law enforcement policies and penalties for heroin-related offenses?
Should NH increase funding for heroin treatment programs?
Should NH decriminalize small amounts of marijuana?
Should NH continue to allow medicinal marijuana?
Should NH allow physician-assisted suicide?
Should NH take regulatory action to combat prescription drug abuse?
Should NH do more to enforce federal immigration laws?
Should NH add restrictions on welfare recipients?

TRANSPORTATION/RECREATION
NH doesn't require seat belts or motorcycle helmets, but there are boat speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee. Click here to learn about laws affecting travel, infrastructure, and recreation.

Should NH pursue expanded commuter rail?
Was NH right to ban hand-held cell phone use while driving?
Was NH right to raise the gas tax in 2014?
Should hikers contribute to the search and rescue fund, whether or not they are negligent?
Should NH require car insurance for some or all drivers?
Should NH require motorcycle helmets?
Should NH increase tolls and/or add new toll booths?
Should NH use taxpayer money to build a memorial to the Old Man?
Should NH require seat belts?

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