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.   

Towns debate SB2 in NH

Feb 10, 2015

As town meeting season gets underway, New Hampshire municipalities are experiencing the pros and cons of a traditional town meeting versus SB2 procedures. 

Towns that have adopted SB2 procedures hold a "deliberative session" to debate the budget and various articles, but voting takes...Read more

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Gov. Hassan to unveil budget on Thursday

Feb 08, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan will take the wraps off her proposed biennial budget during an address to the New Hampshire Legislature on Thursday, Feb. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.

The budget from the Democratic governor covers the fiscal years 2016 and 2017 and will be delivered to both a House and...Read more

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Safety officials urge drivers to use caution after 19 cruisers struck

Feb 07, 2015

State officials say 19 New Hampshire police cruisers have been struck by other vehicles since Thanksgiving, prompting law enforcement, fire and emergency officials to warn drivers to slow down, move over and be more careful.

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NH Week in Review: Commuter rail promoted for state

Feb 07, 2015

Gov. Maggie Hassan and other Democratic leaders in the state got behind a report released this week that extols the virtues of a commuter rail line from Boston to Nashua and Manchester.

The Capitol Corridor Rail Study can be found in full...Read more

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Committee nixes Common Core bills

Feb 06, 2015

This week the Senate Education Committee recommended killing several bills against Common Core in New Hampshire.

Two of the bills, SB 81 and SB 82, aimed to limit the authority of the state Board of Education over curriculum and assessments.  A third bill, SB 101, explicitly prohibited...Read more

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Proposed bill would give Medicaid expansion oversight to ACA legislative committee

Feb 06, 2015

State Sen. Jeb Bradley is sponsoring a bill that would give additional duties to the joint health care reform oversight committee, which oversees the state's Affordable Care Act implementation. New responsibilities would include providing additional oversight, recommendations, and policy...Read more

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Senate committee weighs in on banning synthetic drugs

Feb 06, 2015

A bill aimed at outlawing synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts was received with strong support by the Senate Commerce Committee.

Democratic Senator Molly Kelly, the lead author on the bill, said, “We know, and people do know, in our state, that heroin is dangerous. They know that...Read more

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Sen. Shaheen says Homeland Security showdown could impact first responders

Feb 06, 2015

The showdown over Homeland Security funding could affect first responders, right down to local firefighters, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Thursday.

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Final NH commuter rail report

Feb 05, 2015

This week state officials released the final report from a two year study on expanding southern New Hampshire commuter rail.

The study examined connecting Massachusetts commuter rail to Nashua, Manchester, or Concord.  The farther the route, the greater the cost for the state.  However,...Read more

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New formula for NH school funding?

Feb 04, 2015

The New Hampshire legislature is considering a change to the state education funding formula.

State education funding for each town is calculated according to many factors, including enrollment numbers, the number of students receiving free lunches, and the number of English language...Read more

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Should NH let parents opt out of new immunization registry?

Feb 04, 2015

The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that will allow parents to opt out of a stat-run registry that tracks vaccinations. The state was supposed to set up an immunization registry back in the late 1990s, but it’s still in the works.
 

The registry would allow the state...Read more

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Study indicates commuter rail would spur economic growth

Feb 04, 2015

Results of the two-year New Hampshire Capitol Corridor Rail and Transit study, released Tuesday, indicate that expanding the commuter rail line from Lowell, Massachusetts, to Manchester, New Hampshire, would boost local economies by attracting employers and new residents.

The expansion of...Read more

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