Citizen Voices®

Citizen Voices makes it possible for people to take part in how policies are made in New Hampshire in an easy and convenient way: online.

We post clear ‘yes or no’ questions about hot issues facing the Granite State, inviting citizens to share their opinions. We analyze the discussion, summarizing the results in an easy-to-read report which we then deliver to elected officials at key points in the policy-making process, often including in-person presentation at a public hearing or emailing the New Hampshire House or Senate ahead of votes on related bills. Click here to learn more about how it's done.

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How do you think New Hampshire schools can fight the high rate of teen suicide?
Apr 16, 2019 - According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), suicide is the leading cause of death for New Hampshire residents age 15 through 19.  Data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that 16% of... read more
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Should NH make coverage for essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions part of state law?
Apr 12, 2019 - New Hampshire has taken a step closer to passing an Affordable Care Act “backstop” law, which would write certain provisions of the ACA into state law. This would keep those provisions in effect if the ACA is repealed or revised at the... read more
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Should NH allow swimming at some non-motorized boat launches?
Apr 11, 2019 - On Tuesday, April 16 the New Hampshire House will hold a hearing on a bill aimed at allowing swimming at non-motorized boat launches in the state.  As introduced, the bill would have allowed swimming at all non-motorized “car... read more
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Should NH increase how much mental health providers are paid for services to Medicaid patients?
Feb 28, 2019 - New Hampshire’s Medicaid program sets the rates for how much it will reimburse providers for a service, which is like the way insurance companies negotiate prices with health care providers. Some lawmakers believe New Hampshire needs to... read more
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Have you or a loved one sought out treatment for opioid addiction in New Hampshire? What was your experience like?
Feb 27, 2019 - In 2018, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services won a $45 million grant to help fund a new statewide system for curbing opioid addiction. The new “hub and spoke” program, which kicked off on January 1, creates an... read more
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Browse the archive: see where citizens stand

Explore our archive of over 300 past Citizen Voices reports by choosing an issue category, or search for specific keywords (e.g. "guns", "animals") to find related reports.

Should NH have a “red flag” law?
Jan 25, 2019 - Rep. Debra Altschiller has proposed legislation for 2019 instituting “extreme risk protection orders”. A person subject to an “extreme risk protection order” would be required to surrender any firearms and ammunition to law enforcement and would be... read more
Absentee ballots for all?
Jan 24, 2019 - Rep. Katherine Rogers (D-Concord) is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would allow all voters to vote by absentee ballot.   Roughly half of all states allow this “no-excuse absentee voting.” Arguments for, against absentee voting... read more
Background checks for gun shows?
Jan 23, 2019 - Right now, those wishing to purchase a gun in New Hampshire must undergo a background check in accordance with federal law.  This regulation does not apply to private sales made at gun shows, however.  This year, lawmakers will... read more
Should auto insurance be mandatory in NH?
Jan 22, 2019 - New Hampshire is one of the few states in the nation that does not currently require motorists to carry auto insurance.  HB 613, sponsored by Rep. Peter Leishman (D-Peterborough), would require proof of insurance in order to register a motor... read more
Waiting period to buy a gun?
Jan 21, 2019 - When it comes to gun laws, New Hampshire is a Constitutional carry state. No license is required to buy, own or carry a firearm. Federal law requires licensed firearms dealers — but not private sellers — to do a background check on the individual... read more

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