LFDA Highlights

Every day, Highlight stories, written by our editors, dig into the facts behind key New Hampshire policy issues. We try to present both sides of the story,  in an effort to give a balanced and insightful look at the facts. Read on to get informed.   

rape shield law witness stand

House committee backs broader definition of sexual history for rape victims

Apr 27, 2017

On Wednesday, April 26 a House committee voted in favor of a SB 9, bill that writes a broad definition of what qualifies as a victim's sexual history. 

State law already forbids the defendant in a rape case from using evidence about a victim's prior sexual...Read more

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emergency hospital in-patient mental health treatment

Bill to increase in-patient mental health treatment

Apr 27, 2017

This week the Senate Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony on a bill amendment that would increase in-patient treatment options for individuals in...Read more

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Allowing private poker games in NH

Apr 26, 2017

The Senate Ways and Means committee is reviewing HB 164, a bill that would add an exemption that allows poker games in private residences so long as there is no benefit for the host. T​he bill has already passed the NH House.

Under...Read more

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handicap parking enforcement

Stricter handicap parking enforcement?

Apr 26, 2017

Last week the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that requires law enforcement to issue a fine if a person with a walking disability gives a sworn statement and photographic evidence of another person parking illegally in a handicap parking space...Read more

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campaign finance donation loophole

Is there a loophole in NH campaign finance law?

Apr 25, 2017

Last Thursday, April 20 the Senate killed a bill that aimed to close a supposed loophole in New Hampshire’s campaign finance laws.

The bill, HB 537, aimed to limit individual donations to a candidate before the candidate officially declares he or she is...Read more

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Medicare for all

Shea-Porter sponsors Medicare for all

Apr 24, 2017

This April U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-First Congressional District introduced HR 2065, a bill that would allow anyone to use Medicare for health insurance.

"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, our national uninsured rate is the lowest on record – now it’s time to take the next step...Read more

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Caleb Dyer and Mariellen MacKay switch political parties

Representatives switch parties

Apr 24, 2017

Last week state Representative Mariellen MacKay of Nashua switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican.

MacKay is not the first representative to switch parties this session. In February, Rep. Robert Theberge also changed parties from Democrat to Republican. The same month,...Read more

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medical marijuana and first responders

Medical marijuana for police, EMTs, firefighters?

Apr 23, 2017

This week saw the passage of a handful of bills expanding New Hampshire’s medical marijuana law. That includes two bills that would add chronic pain as a qualifying condition for use of the drug (a move the CCNH community...Read more

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physician assisted suicide

Assisted suicides in NH?

Apr 22, 2017

In Maine and in other states, debates are ongoing regarding legislation that, if passed, would allow assisted suicide.

In Vermont where such legislation has passed, physicians can legally prescribe life-ending medications to hasten the deaths of ill patients with a life expectancy of 6...Read more


car registration fee for local road repair

Optional fee increase for local roads?

Apr 21, 2017

Next Thursday, April 27 the state Senate will vote on a bill that would allow towns to add $5 to annual car registrations to fund local transportation improvements.

Current state law already allows towns to charge an additional $5; this bill would increase...Read more


PFOA water contamination

Saint-Gobain paying for public water extension

Apr 20, 2017

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is paying for public water extensions in at least four communities.

Most recently, the company is paying to design a public water extension to sixty-one homes in Bedford with private wells contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

PFOA is a...Read more

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fantasy sports football player

Should NH regulate online fantasy sports?

Apr 20, 2017

Lawmakers in New Hampshire are considering HB 580, a bill that would regulate online fantasy sport contests. Under this bill, fantasy sport operators would pay an annual fee of up to $5,000 and a 5% tax on revenue based on the percentage of their players who are...Read more

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