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.   

road salt versus brine in winter weather

Should NH use brine on roads?

Mar 26, 2017

There is a debate in New Hampshire and other states about using liquefied road-clearing materials like brine instead of rock salt.

Brine works quicker and is more effective at preventing ice.  Brine can therefore make roads safer.

However, brine also causes car rust and corrosion...Read more

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border drug enforcement

Increased drug enforcement on NH borders?

Mar 25, 2017

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Senate voted in favor of SB 131, a bill that would increase funding for law enforcement efforts to combat the drug crisis, particularly...Read more


syringe and needle exchange program

Senate passes needle exchange bill

Mar 24, 2017

On Thursday, March 23 the New Hampshire Senate voted to allow needle exchange programs in New Hampshire.

Needle exchanges allow drug users to trade used hypodermic syringes for clean ones. 

The bill,...Read more

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Sen. Hassan sponsors bill for over-the-counter hearing aids

Mar 23, 2017

On March 21, New Hampshire's U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan introduced federal legislation to make hearing aids available over the counter.

The FDA would regulate the hearing aids for safety.

"Even when hearing aids are covered by insurance as they are in New Hampshire, seniors can...Read more

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UNH budget

More legislative oversight of UNH budget?

Mar 23, 2017

Next Tuesday, March 28 the Senate Finance committee will host a public hearing on two bills intended to increase the Legislature’s involvement in the state university budget.

One bill,...Read more


NAFTA flags

Does NAFTA help or hurt New Hampshire?

Mar 22, 2017

During his trip to Canada this week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu said that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) needs updates, but should stay in place.

NAFTA eliminates most tariffs on...Read more


veterans court

Should NH have more veterans courts?

Mar 21, 2017

On Thursday, March 23 the New Hampshire House will vote on HB 652, a bill that authorizes veterans courts in New...Read more


All E-ZPass tolling?

Mar 20, 2017

This Wednesday, March 22 the New Hampshire House will host a public hearing on a bill that would replace all human-operated toll booths with electronic or “E-ZPass” tolling.

The bill, SB 134, would replace human-operated tolls in Rochester, Dover, and/or...Read more


local road and bridge repair budget

Senate will vote on funds for local roads, bridges

Mar 20, 2017

This Thursday, March 23, the state Senate will vote on a bill to send $36.8 million to local road and bridge projects. 

The funds are intended to come from a...Read more

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birth control contraception pharmacy

Should oral contraceptives be available without a prescription from a doctor in NH?

Mar 19, 2017

If passed, SB 154 would make oral contraceptives available without a prescription.

According to the bill, pharmacies, including mail-order pharmacies, could dispense...Read more


NH drone regulations

Limits on drones over private property?

Mar 18, 2017

Drones are a relatively new technology, and therefore raise a multitude of issues for legislators. HB 97, sponsored by...Read more


Maggie Hassan delivers first speech on addiction, substance abuse treatment, and Medicaid expansion

Hassan gives first speech, discusses addiction and Trumpcare

Mar 17, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan delivered her first speech on the floor of the Senate. 

Hassan’s...Read more

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