In 2013 the National Institute on Money on State Politics gave New Hampshire an “F” for campaign finance laws. However, many issue advocacy groups argue that more restrictive campaign finance laws in New Hampshire would hurt free speech during elections.
There is some belief that states, not the federal government, should have more say over immigration policies.
Despite repeated attempts in recent years, the legislature has been unable to pass legislation that would allow adults to purchase and use small amounts of marijuana. In March the House passed a decriminalization bill, but the bill failed in the Senate.
Northern Pass is a proposed 180-mile transmission line which would bring electricity from Hydro-Quebec, a provincial government-owned utility which generates most of its power from hydroelectric dams, from the NH-Quebec border to a substation in Deerfield, where it would connect to the existing power grid.
In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal statute that marks Congress's chief health care reform legislation. In 2014 New Hampshire dealt with two key portions of the ACA: Medicaid expansion and the online health insurance exchange.