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 NH require the makers of digital devices to make the necessary tools, parts, and documentation for repairing those devices available to anyone, instead of just their official repair shops?
Feb 19, 2019 - New Hampshire is one of about two dozen states to consider a “right-to-repair” law.   Whether it’s a dying battery or a more serious issue, users of modern electronics equipment usually have to... read more
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Should NH prohibit businesses such as restaurants and cafes from giving customers disposable plastic straws, unless a customer specifically requests one?
Feb 15, 2019 - California recently became the first state to ban single-use plastic straws in many food service businesses, unless a customer specifically requests one.   Rep. Judith Spang would like to see a similar policy put into place... read more
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Should the state require health insurers to cover fertility treatment if it is medically necessary?
Feb 15, 2019 - Sen. Martha Hennessey is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would require health insurers to cover some fertility treatments and fertility preservation.   The bill, SB 279, specifically requires coverage for: Diagnosis of... read more
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Should primary day and Election Day be statewide holidays, with mandated time off?
Feb 12, 2019 - New Hampshire voters can have difficulty making it to the polls amid work and family obligations. Polling places tend to be heavily congested around lunchtime and 5 p.m. Rep. Ellen Read has proposed HB 506, a... read more
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Should New Hampshire repeal the law allowing public elementary school teachers to recite the Lord’s Prayer with their students?
Feb 08, 2019 - A New Hampshire law from 1975 states that school districts may authorize the recitation of the traditional Lord’s Prayer in public elementary schools. The law makes clear that saying the prayer would be voluntary for students.... read more
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Should New Hampshire require that middle and high schools offer feminine hygiene products in restrooms free of charge?
Feb 08, 2019 - After being approached by a high school student about an issue described as “period poverty,” state Sen. Martha Hennessey is sponsoring a 2019 bill that would require middle and high schools to offer feminine hygiene products in... 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.

Teacher raises for police training?
Jun 18, 2018 - North Carolina is considering a bill that would give teachers a $3,000 pay raise if they complete training to become a school resource officer, with the same powers as a police officer. School districts could decide whether those teachers carry... read more
Do armed citizens prevent mass shootings?
Jun 13, 2018 - A gunman in Oklahoma City recently shot and wounded 3 people at a restaurant before being killed by two armed civilian bystanders. Some have pointed to this incident as proof that armed citizens can be part of the solution to gun violence. Others... read more
Extend student work hour limits?
Jun 08, 2018 - Current law limits teens to 48 hours of work while they're on vacation and 30 hours during a five-day school week. A recent effort to increase the limit to 56 hours over vacation weeks failed. Proponents say the change would help combat the state's... read more
No Title X funding for facilities offering or referring abortions?
Jun 07, 2018 - New Hampshire’s U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan both oppose President Trump’s proposal to end federal Title X funding for any family planning facility that offers abortions on-site, or that refers patients for abortions. Title X... read more
Remove Manchester homeless camps?
Jun 04, 2018 - This month, the city of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation evicted the residents of homeless camps along the Merrimack River. The inhabitants say it is public property and they have a right to be there. Others say the... read more

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