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.   

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, SB 234, specifically authorizes community...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, HB 409, states that “The chancellor of the university system and the...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 Hampshire. 

Such courts offer veterans with mental illness and/or substance use disorder the opportunity to complete court-monitored treatment...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 projected surplus from the fiscal year ending in June.

Gov. Chris Sununu argued for the bill...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 oral contraceptives "to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription after an...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 Republican Rep. Neal Kurk and Rep. Renny Cushing, a Democrat, attempts to address some of those issues by instituting a series of rules governing...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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Shaheen co-sponsors bill for special Afghan visas

Mar 16, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen joined Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) to introduce a bill that would add 2,500 more visas to the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program.

The SIV program allows interpreters and other...Read more


career and technical education vocational school

Bill allows sooner start for technical school

Mar 16, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15 the House Education committee hosted a public hearing on earlier access to career and technical education (CTE), also known as vocational school, for high schoolers in New Hampshire.

High school students in the Granite State may attend CTE programs during their...Read more

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