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. New Hampshire is now managing expanded Medicaid eligibility and an online health insurance exchange.
The state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 runs from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. The process of crafting that biennial budget started in October and November against the backdrop of a changing political dynamic in New Hampshire.
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.
Under the current law, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, and a $2,000 fine.
On June 27, 2013, Northern Pass officials said they intend to reroute the path of the high tension lines in order to put about eight miles of lines underground. However, opposition to the Northern Pass continues.
Wind power supporters argue that wind farms are a clean, sustainable alternative to burning fossil fuels. Critics argue that wind power plants are ugly, cause destruction of many acres of mountain top forestation, and disturb the natural habitat in those locales.