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.   

marijuana decriminalization in new hampshire

Marijuana decriminalization bill moves forward

Apr 10, 2017

On Tuesday, April 11 a Senate committee will host a public hearing on HB 640, a bill to decriminalize marijuana. 

Decriminalization would make possession of one ounce or less of marijuana a violation, similar to a speeding ticket. ...Read more

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Ballot selfie ban bill in limbo

Apr 09, 2017

In 2014, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a law that prohibited taking photos of a completed ballot and sharing them on social media. Supporters of the ban included Secretary of State William Gardner, who argued that the practice could lead to vote buying or fuel voter intimidation.

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Nuclear Option?

Apr 08, 2017

In a party-line vote, Republicans agreed on Thursday to end the 60-vote threshold for confirming Supreme Court nominees.

The move resulted from a vote on Monday in which Senate Democrats secured the votes needed to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Breaking a...Read more

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NH House fails to pass a budget

Apr 07, 2017

On Thursday, April 6 the New Hampshire House of Representatives failed to pass the budget drafted by the House Finance Committee.

Gov. Chris Sununu's budget proposal will now go straight to the Senate for any amendments. The House will get a final opportunity to weigh in after the Senate...Read more

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Shaheen, Hassan re-introduce "Paycheck Fairness Act"

Apr 06, 2017

On April 4 New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined 39 other U.S. Senators to re-introduce the "Paycheck Fairness Act."

According to a...Read more

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Civil engineers: NH infrastructure gets a C-

Apr 06, 2017

A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave New Hampshire infrastructure a C- grade. 

A committee of civil and environmental engineers from New Hampshire considered...Read more

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Town Line Perambulation Law?

Apr 05, 2017

Nestled in the midst of New Hampshire’s state laws is a little-known provision dating back centuries, requiring that every...Read more

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Senate kills historic horse racing

Apr 05, 2017

On Thursday, March 30 the New Hampshire Senate rejected a proposal to allow wagers on historic horse racing in New Hampshire.

Historic horse racing terminals give players limited information about a horse race that happened in the past, such as the jockeys’ winning percentages, without...Read more

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National Grid proposes transmission line project in NH

Apr 04, 2017

Last week, National Grid shared a proposal for a high-power transmission line to bring hydroelectric power from Canada to New England. The transmission line, called the Granite State Power Link, would...Read more


Coyote hunting contests stir controversy

Apr 03, 2017

Earlier this year the New Mexico Legislature considered a bill to ban coyote hunting contests. Should New Hampshire follow suit?

At least...Read more


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No more banking regulations for bitcoin?

Apr 03, 2017

Tuesday, April 4 the Senate Commerce committee will host a public hearing on a bill to exempt bitcoin transmitters from regulation by the Banking Department. 

Bitcoin is a virtual currency.  It’s a little bit like a stock insofar as the...Read more

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Traffic signal bill moves to the Senate

Apr 02, 2017

A bill that would allow personnel who operate fixed-route public transportation buses to change traffic signals has passed the New Hampshire House.

The bill, HB 154, would allow such personnel to use traffic signal prioritization technology for congestion...Read more



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