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.
In February 2013 the Executive Council voted 4-1 to approve a $3.6 million federally-funded feasibility study for restoring passenger rail service along the Merrimack River, from Boston to Nashua to Concord, in what has been dubbed "The Capitol Corridor" project. URS Corp., the group completing the study, will present a report in the fall of 2014.
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.
New Hampshire has the lowest minimum wage in New England, but there are movements at both the state and national level to raise the minimum wage.
SB 286, proposed in January 2012 by Wolfeboro Republican Sen. Jeb Bradley, was signed by Gov. Lynch June 11, 2012. The bill established a controlled drug prescription monitoring program funded entirely through "grants, gifts, or user contributions." The program officially launched October 16, 2014.