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 restaurants have the option to allow all dogs – not just service animals – on their premises?
Feb 22, 2019 - The New Hampshire Legislature is considering a bill that would open the door to more pet-friendly dining options in the Granite State.   HB 249 would give restaurants the option to allow all dogs, not just service animals... read more
Should New Hampshire eliminate the one-week waiting period for unemployment benefits?
Feb 22, 2019 - On Valentine’s Day the New Hampshire Senate passed a bill that would repeal a one-week waiting period to file for unemployment benefits.  The bill, SB 146, is sponsored by Sen. Dan Feltes.  History of... read more
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
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
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
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
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
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

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.

Majority oppose increasing minimum wage - 86 participants
Dec 05, 2013 - While the idea that every working person should be paid a fair wage is not codified into law, it certainly rings true for most Americans. However, some say New Hampshire’s current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour places families well below the poverty... read more
Should NH police be able to take away guns from someone threatening suicide or harm to others?
Oct 30, 2013 - The notion that we are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law is perhaps one of the most cherished and inviolable rights enjoyed by our nation’s citizens. For many Live Free or Die (LFDA) Facebook members, however, a recent bill proposed by... read more
Majority support fetal homicide bill - 92 participants
Dec 17, 2013 - When the United States Supreme Court defined fetus viability at 28 weeks in its controversial decision in Roe V. Wade in 1973, it attempted to legally answer a profound question: When does human life begin? The ruling, however, does not satisfy the... read more
Strong majority oppose abolishing death penalty - 201 participants
Apr 22, 2014 - Few punishments in our legal system engender such diametrically opposed viewpoints as does the death penalty, as those for it argue the sentence should fit the crime, while opponents cite strong moral objections. On April 22, Citizens Count, NH... read more
Would you support the sales of 'smart guns' in New Hampshire?
May 28, 2014 - While there may never be a consensus as to what constitutes a ‘smart’ decision regarding how and when a firearm should be utilized, recent developments in computer technology could render such debates academic. Referred to as ‘smart guns,’ these... read more


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