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.   

sex education curriculum

New law requires notice of sex topics

Apr 19, 2017

On Monday, April 17 Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that requires parental notification at least two weeks before any course material "used for instruction of human sexuality or human sexual education." 

"It is important to let parents know what students...Read more

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States consider requiring schools to use "yes means yes" in sexual education

Apr 17, 2017

In 2015 California became the first state to require public schools to teach students that "yes means yes" rather than "no means no." This "affirmative consent standard" teaches that both participants in sex need to actively, preferably verbally consent.

This year Maryland, Pennsylvania,...Read more


Governor Chris Sununu

Gov. Sununu finishes first 100 days

Apr 18, 2017

Friday, April 14 marked Chris Sununu's 100th day as Governor of New Hampshire. Here's a round-up of his major actions so far.

Repealing the license requirement for concealed carry

Gov. Sununu signed eight bills in his first 100 days, but most of those bills were just housekeeping...Read more

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NH is either 13th best or 2nd worst state for millennials

Apr 17, 2017

According to two competing studies published this month, New Hampshire is either the 13th best or 2nd worst state for millennials.

WalletHub ranked New Hampshire 13th...Read more

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SAU Consolidation?

Apr 16, 2017

Although the number of students in the state has decreased by 10 percent in the past decade, the number of School Administrative Units (SAUs) have increased. SAUs have existed in some form in New Hampshire for nearly 100 years--and every school district is required to belong to one.

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Backyard chickens in NH

Apr 15, 2017

Maintaining a backyard hen house has become an increasingly popular practice in New Hampshire, with rates of chicken ownership on the rise after years of decline.

State law does not address keeping poultry for personal use, which leaves policy on the issue in the hands of New Hampshire's...Read more

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Bill would increase optional veterans' tax credit

Apr 13, 2017

This week a House committee voted against HB 430, a bill that would increase the annual property tax credit towns may choose to give veterans, from $500 to $1,000. 

Towns would not be required to raise the credit, just as towns are not required to offer...Read more

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More support for biomass and solar energy?

Apr 13, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 a House committee heard testimony on a bill that would increase state support for biomass and residential solar energy.

The bill, SB 129, directs money from the Renewable Energy Fund to financing for low to moderate income solar...Read more

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NH Rankings: A Bevy of Millionaires

Apr 13, 2017

According to a report by Marketing International, New Hampshire has held steady this year in its ranking for percentage of millionaire...Read more

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mental health funding

Debate over state mental health care

Apr 12, 2017

In March, it was reported that New Hampshire reached a record high with 68 people waiting for an open bed at the state psychiatric hospital in Concord. On...Read more

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Drug enforcement funding questioned

Apr 12, 2017

At a public hearing April 11, only two of eleven individuals testified in favor of increased funding for drug enforcement.

The hearing was for SB 131, a bill that appropriates $2.1 million for the state police and forensics lab and $2.4 million for local...Read more

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Staff shortage at DCYF

Apr 11, 2017

Staffing levels at the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) continue to be an area of concern, as the agency struggles to cope with a backlog of 2,000 cases. 

Following the deaths of two toddlers under DCYF care, former Gov. Maggie Hassan called for an...Read more

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