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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Should New Hampshire ban coupons from pharmaceutical companies for non-generic prescription drugs, if a cheaper generic drug is available?
Mar 22, 2019 - On Tuesday, March 19 the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed a bill that prohibits pharmacies from accepting coupons for a brand-name prescription drug if a cheaper, generic version of the drug is available.   The... read more
Should NH eliminate the requirement that a person have undergone sex reassignment surgery in order to change the sex listed on their birth certificate?
Mar 22, 2019 - This week, the New Hampshire House passed a bill that eases the requirements for changing the sex listed on a person’s birth certificate. Currently in New Hampshire, it is only possible to change the sex listed on a person’s birth... read more
Should New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress move to make Puerto Rico a state?
Mar 20, 2019 - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico held a referendum in June of 2017 where 97.18% of voters favored statehood. The vote faced criticism for low turnout, at just 23%, due to a boycott by members of the political party on the island in favor... read more
Should NH ban anyone convicted of felony animal abuse from owning or living with animals for a minimum of five years?
Mar 13, 2019 - Right now, the New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill to clarify and strengthen penalties for animal abusers. The bill adds language to the existing state animal cruelty laws. For example, it requires courts to hold a preliminary... read more
Should NH create a tax on capital gains in order to lower state property taxes and increase public school funding?
Mar 08, 2019 - The NH Legislature is currently debating a bill that would create a 5% tax on capital gains, lower the state education property tax, and increase funding to public schools.   The problem of property-poor towns... read more
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
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

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.

Strong majority against new hotel on Mount Washington - 212 participants
Dec 08, 2016 - Developer Wayne Presby is interested in building a 35-room hotel about a mile below the summit of Mount Washington. Although there is no formal application, the Coos Planning Board recently held a meeting for Presby to discuss the proposal with the... read more
NH divided on declawing cats - 311 participants
Nov 27, 2016 - Last week, a legislative committee in New Jersey recommended passage of a bill that would ban the practice of declawing cats, making it an animal cruelty offense. Sanctions under the bill would fall on veterinarians who execute the procedure or cat... read more
Would you support a seasonal ban on fireworks use in your town?
Dec 04, 2016 - Officials in Rochester are considering a proposal that would ban the use of fireworks except for select holidays and during the months of June, July and August. Currently, fireworks are legal to use in Rochester year-round. Read more about this... read more
Majority believe claims of voter fraud in NH - 390 participants, 1058 responses
Nov 28, 2016 - On November 27 president-elect Donald Trump tweeted, "Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias - big problem!" Trump's team did not respond to media requests for... read more
Strong majority say store workers should be entitled to overtime pay on Thanksgiving - 364 participants
Nov 23, 2016 - Earlier this year, lawmakers in California shot down a measure that would have granted employees required to work on Thanksgiving time-and-a-half pay. The bill applied only to retail and grocery store workers at businesses with more than 500... read more


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