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.   

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NH School Choice Bill?

Feb 25, 2017

This week, the Senate passed SB 193, a "school choice" bill which gives parents of New Hampshire school-aged children who are not attending traditional public schools the option to establish education savings accounts.

The state would fund the accounts...Read more

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Senate votes to expand medical marijuana

Feb 25, 2017

On Thursday, February 23 the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 144, a bill that would give doctors more leeway when recommending medical marijuana for a patient. 

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Senate supports some state funding for private schools

Feb 24, 2017

On Thursday, February 23 the Senate passed a bill that would allow school districts to use state funds for a student to attend private school, if there is no public school in town.

The bill, SB 8, is motivated by a dispute between the state and the town of...Read more

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Bill would limit cellphone "stingrays"

Feb 23, 2017

The New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has voted unanimously in favor of a bill to limit the use of cell site simulators such as "stingrays."

Those devices mimic cellphone towers, allowing a user to gather data from nearby cellphones.

New Hampshire...Read more

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More business tax cuts?

Feb 23, 2017

On Wednesday, February 22 the Senate heard public testimony on two bills to cut business taxes.

SB 1 would gradually cut the business profits tax from 8.2% to 7.5% by 2021. 

SB 2 would cut the business profits tax from 8...Read more

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Four hours of testimony on transgender rights bill

Feb 22, 2017

On Tuesday, February 21 a House committee received four hours of public testimony on a bill that would prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals.

The bill, HB 478, specifically prohibits discrimination in housing, employment, and public...Read more

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Bill would limit food stamps

Feb 21, 2017

The New Hampshire Senate is considering a bill to limit access to food stamps.

The bill, SB 7, received an 'ought to pass' recommendation from a Senate committee. 

The bill makes three specific changes to food stamp eligibility.  First, the bill...Read more

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Should NH eliminate its ban on the hobby distillation of liquors?

Feb 17, 2017

New Hampshire’s prohibition on hobby distillation of liquors—liquor distillation for personal use—could end, if a bill sponsored by Rep. Scott Wallace becomes law.

Currently, only the personal production of beer and wine is permitted in the Granite State, for adults of legal age. Though...Read more

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Poll: Drug abuse most important problem in NH

Feb 20, 2017

When asked about the most important problem facing the state, 44% of New Hampshire residents identified drug abuse, according to a recent poll

The poll was...Read more

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Assistance for dairy farmers after drought?

Feb 18, 2017

Next Thursday, February 23 the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill to provide financial assistance to dairy farmers. 

Dairy farmers in New Hampshire have faced much higher feed costs during the drought. At the same time, the federal government...Read more

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NH Rankings: Heroin Deaths and Opioid Overdoses

Feb 17, 2017

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as presented in a series of graphics on DrugAbuse.com, New Hampshire leads the nation for heroin deaths among men aged 25-34. The Granite State...Read more

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Civics course for high school graduation?

Feb 17, 2017

Next Thursday, February 23 the New Hampshire Senate will vote on a bill that would require a civics course for high school graduation. 

The Senate Education committee voted unanimously in favor of the bill, SB 45.

Currently, all public and private...Read more

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