NH Council of Churches - Public Policy Update 28 January 2011


Expansion Bills


Please plan to attend Public Hearings or contact legislators on Committee before Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 1

10:30 AM: HB 147

1:00 PM: HB 162

House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee 


Both hearings in Representative's Hall, Statehouse. See previous action alerts here for more info, resources and reflections.


Stand vigil on Friday, February 4 with supporters of the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty! Gather noon - 1 PM, front of Statehouse. More info at





Slots in NH


Public hearing set on HB 267-FN, a bill permitting the adoption of slot machine gaming in a city or town. 

Tuesday, February 1

1:00 PM

Room 301, Legislative Office Building
 House Municipal & County Gov't Committee


This is the first of a number of legislative proposals this year to expand gambling and allow slot machines in New Hampshire. We are tracking these bills and will alert you as they become actionable. For more information on the true costs of expanded gambling, see Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling's site, www.noslots.com.

NHCC member denominations stand united in opposition to expanded gambling, and believe it is not a responsible solution to our state's fiscal problems. You may read the collective statement of member denominations here.




Worker's Comp

Public hearing set on HB 236, which would limit payments under workers' compensation law to medical, hospital, and remedial payments in the case of any undocumented worker injured in the course of employment.


Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2:00 PM

House Labor, Industrial & Rehab Svcs Comm.
Room 307, Legislative Office Building



Can We Have Civil Dialogue on Immigration?

RSVP Today! 


"Immigration, the Church, and the Bible"

A day-long workshop for clergy and lay leaders 

Friday, March 11, 2011

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wesley United Methodist Church

114 Main St. Worcester, MA 


Presenter: Professor M. Daniel Carroll R., Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Denver Seminary, Author of Christians at the Border: Immigration, the Church, and the Bible


Cost of registration: $20 includes lunch and a copy of Strangers in the Land, the 6-week devotional guide on immigration from the editors of Sojourners. Scholarships are available.


Why attend? You can help shift the conversation about immigration reform. We need to know what our Bible says about this contentious topic. We believe that local congregations can be centers of respectful, honest, biblically-grounded conversation about hard issues. Like most hard choices, there is no room for cheap grace; there is a path to costly discipleship. This workshop and the resources that follow can help.


A flyer with registration form is available at www.nhchurches.org. Please share this with your networks*. Send a team from your church. We encourage Pastor and lay leaders to come together. All participating congregations will be acknowledged in the workshop materials.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions- 603-224-1352 or info@NHchurches.org. We look forward to seeing you in Worcester.



*Sample Bulletin/Newsletter Insert:
 Immigration, the Church and the Bible- Friday March 11, 2011
: You are invited to a day-long ecumenical workshop in Worcester on the Christian Churches, the Bible and Immigration Reform, led by Prof. Daniel Carroll of Denver Seminary. $20 includes lunch and a copy of Strangers in the Land, the 6-week devotional guide on immigration from the editors of Sojourners. Pastors and Lay Leaders encouraged to come as a team. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register visit: www.NHchurches.org or call 603 224-1352.




Medicaid Caps

Public hearings on two of several bills on Medicaid that will come up for debate this session will be heard in the coming weeks. As the discussion about healthcare and entitlements and state and federal budgets continues, let us remind lawmakers that it is lives at stake!  


Upcoming Medicaid hearings:

HB 214 - establishes a committee to study whether the state should continue to participate in the Medicaid program.


Tuesday, February 1, 2:45 PM

Room 205, Legislative Office Building

House Health & Human Services Committee 


HB 263-FN - caps lifetime Medicaid eligibility to 24 months instead of 60 months.  


Thursday, February 3, 11:30 AM

Room 302, Legislative Office Building

House Commerce & Consumer Affairs


Title Loans

A public hearing is set for SB 57, a bill that would allow lenders to charge up to 300 percent annual interest on car title loans, putting the most vulnerable families at risk of losing their means of transportation.

Tuesday, February 1, at 10:15 AM

Room 102, Legislative Office Building

Senate Commerce Committee


For more information about predatory title lending and how this legislation would hurt working poor families, contact Sarah Mattson, New Hampshire Legal Assistance at 223-9750, ext. 2803 or smattson@nhla.org.


Legislative Calendar

January 26: Last day to introduce HBs, or to amend House Rules by majority vote

February 19: Governor's Budget Address

February 28-March 4: Senate break (note: House members will not break this session)

March 31: Crossover (House Bills pass to Senate, Senate Bills pass to House)

May 25-June 8: Filing period for 2012 session House bills (Senate has not published 2012 bill introduction calendar)

June 23: 2011 Legislative session ends

Legislative Resources:



  • Reach your Congressman or Senator by calling the Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121. Or, type in your ZIP code here to link to both NH Senators and your Congressperson's pages.

NHCC Members in the Public Square

MLK Day of Action

Wednesday, February 2, 2:00 pm

Walker Auditorium, Frost Hall, Southern NH University

2500 N. River Rd., Manchester

More info/registration: diversity@snhu.edu


AFSC-NH Program Coordinator Arnie Alpert will discuss the NH campaign for a state holiday named for Martin Luther King, Jr. and why it matters.The 2nd annual "Let freedom ring for the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire" event is sponsored by the SNHU Office of Diversity.

Please send brief notices of policy-related actions, meetings, events that may be of interest to the broader faith community to Laurel@nhchurches.org.

Ecumenical Advocacy Days Set
"Development, Security and Economic Justice: 
What's Gender Got to Do with It?"


Ninth annual

Ecumenical Advocacy Days  

for Global Peace with Justice Conference

March 25-28

Washington, DC

 Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of Christian denominations and over forty recognized partners and allies which is grounded in biblical witness and shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Its goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen the Christian voice of citizens mobilized for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

Around the world, women and girls comprise seventy percent of those living in poverty. The 2011 EAD conference will lift-up the vital issues of U.S. and global economic justice, safety and security, and sustainable development, with a particular focus on those most impacted - women, girls and families


Join faith-based advocates from across the U. S. to be inspired and equipped to speak boldly on behalf of people-centered sustainable development and economic justice, physical safety, security and peacemaking. Experts will train participants on policy issues and advocacy, culminating on Monday with lobby visits on Capitol Hill.


Registration and more information about Ecumenical Advocacy Days is at www.AdvocacyDays.org