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

Marijuana decriminalization bill moves to the Senate

Apr 01, 2017

A bill to decriminalize possession of small quantities of marijuana by adults aged 21 or older has passed the New Hampshire House.

The bill, HB 640, would reduce possession of one ounce or less of marijuana or five grams or less of hashish to a violation,...Read more

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voter registration restrictions

Senate passes voter registration restrictions

Mar 31, 2017

On Thursday, March 30 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to make voter registration laws stricter.

The bill, SB 3, explicitly excludes anyone in New Hampshire “for temporary purposes,” such as short-term workers and campaign volunteers. 

If a...Read more

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domestic violence public shaming

Public humiliation for domestic abusers?

Mar 30, 2017

A judge in North Carolina this month gave three men a choice: plead guilty to domestic violence and hold a sign outside the courthouse saying "This is the face of domestic...Read more

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gun industry and firearms manufacturing

Report: NH dependent on firearms industry, but gun ownership low

Mar 30, 2017

According to a recent report, of all states New Hampshire is the most dependent on the firearms industry.

The report, from WalletHub, ranked states on the impact of the firearms...Read more

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Grandparents custody in New Hampshire

Custody preference for grandparents?

Mar 29, 2017

HB 629 would make it easier for grandparents to get custody of their grandchildren in situations where a parent or parents are suffering from a substance abuse problem.

The bill has passed the New Hampshire House and is now being considered by the Senate....Read more

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transmission lines Northern Pass

Competition for Northern Pass?

Mar 29, 2017

Another New England electricity provider has proposed a transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec through New Hampshire.

The proposal, titled Granite State Power Link, bears some marked similarities to the Northern Pass proposal. 

Granite State Power Link would carry...Read more

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Food marketing in schools

Mar 28, 2017

The NH House recently heard testimony on SB 103, a bill aimed at limiting food and beverage advertising and marketing on school property. 

Specifically, the bill would prohibit marketing food that may not be sold on school property during the school day,...Read more

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casino gambling

Does casino bill have a chance?

Mar 28, 2017

Last Thursday, March 23 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to allow two casinos in New Hampshire. 

The bill, SB 242, differs from last year’s casino bill in that it does not require a casino location at Rockingham Park in Salem.  Instead, there is an...Read more

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Utah leads states with lowest BAC for drunk driving

Mar 27, 2017

On Thursday, March 23 Utah's Governor signed a law that lowers the state's alcohol limit for driving under the influence.

The law lowers the allowable blood alcohol content (BAC) for most drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent.

BAC depends on many factors, but a 150-pound male who...Read more

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Alcohol fund provides money for addiction treatment

Should treatment money come from a dedicated fund?

Mar 27, 2017

Last week the House Finance committee voted to repeal the Alcohol Fund and instead appropriate money for addiction treatment from the General Fund of all tax revenues.

The Alcohol Fund, established in 2000, sets aside up to 5% of liquor tax revenue for addiction treatment and prevention...Read more

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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 at the state’s borders.

The bill uses $1.5 million out of an estimated $80 million...Read more

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