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.   


House votes to legalize industrial hemp

Feb 16, 2017

On Wednesday, February 15 the New Hampshire House passed HB 151, a bill to legalize industrial hemp at the state level. 

Hemp is a plant that can be used to manufacture paper, fuel, and a wide range of other products.

The federal government outlawed...Read more

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NH considers abandoned pets at foreclosures

Feb 15, 2017

On Wednesday, February 15 the House is scheduled to vote on HB 623, a bill that would make it a crime to leave a pet at a foreclosed property. 

The bill specifically states that if an animal is not removed when a sheriff arrives to carry out eviction...Read more

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New Hampshire's state berry?

Feb 14, 2017

Earlier this month, House legislators passed HB 262, a bill sponsored by Rep. Clyde Carson (D - Warner) to establish the blackberry as New Hampshire's state berry. Carson sponsored the bill on behalf of the fourth grade class at Simonds Elementary...Read more

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electronic waste

Electronic waste recycling program for NH?

Feb 14, 2017

Rep. Peter Bixby is sponsoring a 2017 bill that would create a statewide program to recycle electronic waste, available to the public at no cost.  Manufacturers that sell electronic devices in New Hampshire would pay a fee to fund the program.  

The full...Read more

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Student loans and student debt

Student debt relief for graduates working in NH?

Feb 13, 2017

On Tuesday, February 14 the Senate Education committee will hold a public hearing on a bill to provide some student debt relief to college graduates who work in New Hampshire.

The bill, SB 228, establishes the “New Hampshire Graduate Retention Incentive...Read more

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retirement savings

Should NH contribute more to local employee retirement?

Feb 11, 2017

Next Thursday, February 16, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill to add state contributions to the retirement system for local government employees.

The New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) was established several decades ago to consolidate the retirement plans for many...Read more

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Governor Sununu works on the budget proposal

Gov. Sununu lays out budget proposal

Feb 10, 2017

On Thursday, February 9 Gov. Chris Sununu presented his budget proposal to the New Hampshire Legislature. His plan increases spending by about 2% and does not increase any taxes or fees.

Here are some of the spending priorities Sununu identified in his budget address:

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Committee considers death penalty if victim is under age eighteen

Feb 09, 2017

On Tuesday, February 7 a House committee heard public testimony on HB 351, a bill that would allow the death penalty for any case where someone "knowingly causes the death" of someone under age eighteen. 

Current...Read more


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House committee votes against Right to Work

Feb 09, 2017

On Wednesday, February 8, after hearing over seven hours of public testimony, a House committee voted against two Right to Work bills.

The vote was 14-7, with several Republicans joining Democrats to recommend the...Read more

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Should NH legalize firecrackers?

Feb 08, 2017

On Thursday, February 9 the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill to legalize firecrackers in New Hampshire. 

Many types of fireworks are currently legal in New Hampshire, including fountains, wheels and Roman candles. However, firecrackers, rockets, missiles...Read more

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Public hearings on voter registration laws

Feb 06, 2017

On Wednesday, February 8 a House committee will hold public hearings on several bills to make voter registration laws stricter in New Hampshire.

For information on how to register to vote in New Hampshire, visit our Voter...Read more

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Bill aims to curb smoking in cars with children

Feb 06, 2017

Sen. David Watters is sponsoring SB 145, a 2017 bill that would make it a violation to smoke in a car with a passenger under the age of sixteen.  Law enforcement would only be able to enforce the law if they first cited the...Read more



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