NH Council of Churches - Alert: Gambling + Immigration Hearings

From the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling:


HB593 allows the construction and operation of two video lottery facilities in the state that are at least 100 miles apart. It also establishes a permit process for table gaming and video lottery machines.


HB 593 Public Hearing:

Tuesday, 2/22/2011 3:00 PM
Room 202, Legislative Office Building 

House Ways & Means Committee

Religious voices are needed to attend the hearing to testify in opposition and encourage the House Ways & Means Committee to vote it inexpedient to legislate (kill). They must NOT retain it in committee, where it could reappear on short notice down the road.

You were instrumental in ensuring the 5-casino bill was unanimously defeated in the House Municipal & County Government Committee, leading to its demise in the House.  HB 593 poses a new threat, in a new committee.

We must respond!




-Please identify someone to represent your denomination or church to testify or attend and sign in opposition.


-Contact your own representatives on the House Ways & Means Committee by phone or mail (not email) and urge them to defeat this bill.


-Pass this info along to others, encouraging those who live in the districts of the Ways & Means Committee members to contact them by phone or mail (not email) to oppose. 




Mailing List for WAYS AND MEANS


Who's my legislator? 


What have the member denominations of the NH Council of Churches said about gambling?



Thank you for taking action!  




"Sign Language" Bill Hearing 3/1

Please Contact Reps


As reported in this week's Public Policy Update, HB 577 would require any business posting signs in any language other than English to add all six official languages of the United Nations to those signs. Instead of further engaging in civil dialogue on the subject of immigration, this bill serves to further inflame the debate and direct attention toward non-English speakers.   


HB 577 Public Hearing

Tuesday, March 1, 11:30 AM

Room 302, Legislative Office Building

House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee


Contact your representative on this committee ahead of the hearing, or attend to urge them to find this bill Inexpendient to Legislate.


Congratulations! You are making a difference!  

HB 644, a dangerous and priority bill that would have authorized local and state police to take on additional duties as immigration agents and other provisions was voted Inexpedient to Legislate 13-0 by the House Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee yesterday, after an abbreviated hearing. Please thank any committee members who represent you and urge your own state rep to vote in favor of the Committee recommendation when this comes up for a full House vote. 



RSVP Today:  

"Immigration, the Church, and the Bible"  

Learn How to Foster Civil Dialogue on Immigration


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  


Info at NH Council of Churches website 


What have the member denominations of the NH Council of Churches said about immigration?



Thank you for taking action!