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Tuesday
Feb022016

Daily Signal - How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

The Daily Signal

Feb. 2, 2016
Good morning from Washington, where West Virginia is fired up and ready to go against President Obama's "clean energy" rules. Philip Wegmann interviews the state's top lawyer. Just outside D.C., Kelsey Harkness reports, a mom has words for the sexually explicit language in her son's mandatory reading. Melissa Quinn tells who's questioning police for fighting reform of "seized property" laws. Plus: Christian parents sue over their daughter's homework on Islam. A congressman wants terrorists off welfare. A senator sums up conservatism lickety-split.
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How West Virginia Is Leading the Charge Against Obama's Environmental 'Power Grab'

Leading a coalition of more than two dozen coal states, West Virginia is asking the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of President Obama's new regulations governing the coal industry.

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In Under 90 Seconds, Sen. Ben Sasse Defines Conservatism

"What makes America great is not some guy in Washington who says, 'If I had more power, I could fix it all unilaterally,'" Sen. Ben Sasse told MSNBC.

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Virginia Mom Takes Fight Against Sexually Explicit Books to State Lawmakers

Laura Murphy, a mom of four, said the content was so explicit that when she tried to email "verbatim quotations" to the Virginia Board of Education, the government’s firewall blocked her email from being delivered because they were obscene and potentially harmful to children.

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Oklahoma Law Enforcement Fights Effort to Make It Harder to Take People's Cash, Property

"I think that the opposition … comes from a desire on the part of law enforcement in Oklahoma to defend their cash cow," Jason Snead, a policy expert at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal.

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Terrorists Won't Be Eligible for Welfare Under This Congressman's Plan

"I am shocked that our current law does not prevent the criminals who have been convicted of plotting and carrying out acts of terrorism against innocent Americans from getting welfare benefits," Rep. Bruce Poliquin, R-Maine, said.

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Christian Family Sues Over 'Islamic Indoctrination' Homework

The Woods say their daughter was forced to write out and say the Shahada, the Islamic profession of faith: "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

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Tuesday
Feb022016

CEI Today: Right to work vote, new labor regulations, and Al Gore's hurricane prediction 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
In the News Today

LABOR REPORT - TREY KOVACS


Joint Employer Labor Regulations Put Jobs, Opportunity at Risk

Obama administration labor regulators are vastly expanding employer liability by imposing new “joint employer” standards – and the negative impact on entrepreneurs and job opportunities could be huge.  > Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs

RIGHT TO WORK VOTE - IVAN OSORIO

West Virginia: Prospect for a Right to Work Majority


West Virginia may soon become the nation’s 26th right to work state—making the number of right to work states a majority for the first time. For workers, it will mean greater protection of their First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association.> Read more


> Interview Ivan Osorio

AL GORE'S HURRICANE PREDICTION - MARLO LEWIS


Revisiting Gore’s Hurricane Prediction


In An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore blamed global warming for Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans. Not in so many words but through heavy-handed insinuation no movie goer could miss. But there has been a large decrease in the overall destructive power of hurricanes based on an assessment of the number, strength, and duration of all individual hurricanes worldwide. > Read more

 

    

 

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Tuesday
Feb022016

Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the NH House 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

PRESS CONFERENCE, Legislative Office Building, Lobby

9:30 a.m.         Stark Research Analytics LLC

                        RE: Medicaid Expansion

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Executive session on HB 1434-FN,relative to out-of-home placements under the child protection act;HB 1117, establishing a child support maximum under the guidelines based on the parents' combined income;HB 1238, relative to income for purposes of child support.

1:00 p.m.         HB 1279,relative to grounds for termination of parental rights.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1118, relative to the determination of parental rights and responsibilities and establishing a presumption in favor of shared residential responsibility.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

COMMERCE, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Subcommittee work session on HB 1159-FN,relative to sale of tobacco products;HB 1182-FN, relative to fees for sales of wine by manufacturers;HB 1444-FN-A, relative to the rate of the insurance premium tax;HB 1495-FN-L, relative to insurance incentives to lower costs of health care;HB 1590-FN-A-L, relative to the regulation and taxation of short-term rental businesses;HB 1647-FN, repealing laws regulating hawkers and peddlers and itinerant vendors;HB 1685-FN, relative to mortgage bankers, brokers, and services.

1:15 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1685-FN,relative to mortgage bankers, brokers, and services.

                       HB 1444-FN-A, relative to the rate of the insurance premium tax;HB 1590-FN-A-L, relative to the regulation and taxation of short-term rental businesses;HB 1647-FN, repealing laws regulating hawkers and peddlers and itinerant vendors;HB 1495-FN-L, relative to insurance incentives to lower costs of health care;HB 1182-FN, relative to fees for sales of wine by manufacturers;HB 1184-FN, relative to license fees for domestic wine manufacturers;HB 1207-FN, exempting wine sample fees from the meals and rooms tax;HB 1159-FN, relative to sale of tobacco products;HB 1368-FN, requiring firearms owners to have liability insurance.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00a.m.      HB 1628-FN, relative to human trafficking involving persons under 18 years of age.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1314, limiting the authority of state entities to regulate the sale, use, and possession of firearms.

1:00p.m.        HB 1654-FN, relative to flying drones near correctional facilities.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1657-FN, prohibiting firearms in certain public places.

3:00 p.m.        HB 1327, relative to the statute of limitations for continuing violations of trespass.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Continued executive session on HB 1652-FN-A,establishing a teacher preparation for mathematics education scholarship program.

                       Executive session on HB 1485,relative to private rights of action under the pupil safety and violence prevention act;HB 1638-FN-L, relative to the allocation of lottery revenues to schools;HB 1604-FN-A-L, relative to exceptional student education programs and providing funding therefor;HB 1630-FN-L, relative to calculating the base cost of an adequate education.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1225, permitting high school students who are members of the armed forces to wear their uniforms at graduation.

1:20 p.m.        HB 1612-FN, relative to the age for purposes of compulsory education.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1283, relative to school notification of a change in placement.

2:25 p.m.        HB 1232, relative to visits to schools by non-academic government or private organizations.

2:45 p.m.        HB 1300, relative to the content of patriotic exercises in public schools.

3:00 p.m.        HB 1145, establishing a committee to study suspensions and expulsions in licensed preschools and in kindergarten through grade 3.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

12:45 p.m.      HCACR 23, relating to the warning of biennial meetings.  Providing that the selectmen are not required to be present to receive the votes.

1:30 p.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1378,relative to disabled voters requiring assistance.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1571-FN, prohibiting the possession, purchase, or sale of equipment used for animal fighting.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1499-FN, relative to certificates for rabies vaccination of dogs, cats, or ferrets.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1292,relative to the use of abandoned agricultural property.

1:30 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1141,defining "agritourism."

2:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1674-FN,requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

9:00 a.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1580-FN,removing the real estate commission from the office of professional licensure and certification.

10:00 a.m.      HB 1658-FN, establishing one-stop business permitting.

10:15 a.m.      HB 1282, relative to the state building code.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1639-FN, relative to bonds for public employees.

10:45 a.m.      HB 1255, designating May 19 as a Day of Compassion.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

FINANCE - DIVISION I, Room 212, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Work session on SB 238-FN,relative to the workers' compensation appeals board.

10:45 a.m.      Work session on SB 155-FN-A,(New Title) establishing the Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM) victims' contribution recovery fund for victims of the FRM fraud and continually appropriating a special fund.

11:30 a.m.      Work session on HB 1428-FN-A-L,making appropriations to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.

1:00 p.m.        Work session on HB 1591-FN-A,relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services; HB 1592-FN,relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

8:00 a.m.        Subcommittee work session on HB 1695-FN,establishing an office of health services planning and review within the department of health and human services.

Room 207, LOB          

8:00 a.m.         Subcommittee work session onHB 1557-FN, relative to alcohol and drug treatment programs.

Room 205, LOB

9:00 a.m.         Full committee work session on pending legislation includingHB 1696-FN, requesting a modification of the New Hampshire health protection program.

1:15 p.m.        HB 1464-FN, relative to monitoring visits to child day care agencies.

2:15 p.m.        HB 1661-FN, relative to conversion therapy seeking to change a person's sexual orientation.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m.       Executive session onHB 1574-FN-A, relative to the penalty assessment fund and requiring payment into the penalty assessment for persons performing court-mandated community service;HB 1581-FN-A, establishing a special marriage officiant license;HB 1611-FN-L, allowing a public body or agency to charge a fee for costs of retrieving public records under the right-to-know law;HB 1560-FN, relative to abortion procedures;HB 1627-FN, relative to the protection of infants born alive;HCACR 13, relating to the administrative head of the courts. Providing that the chief justice of the supreme court shall make rules governing employees of the courts and the practice and procedure to be followed in the courts;HB 1607-FN, relative to entering dismissals of cases by nolle prosequi.

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Room 307, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1108, relative to inquiries by employers into the criminal history of applicants for employment.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1535-FN, relative to liability for payment of criminal record background checks and drug tests.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1512, relative to the definition of "employee" for the purposes of workers' compensation and unemployment compensation.

2:00 p.m.        HB 1633-FN, relative to the use of the Family and Medical Leave Act time as it applies to workers' compensation.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1112, relative to subdivision of land.

10:15 a.m.      HB 1202, relative to applications submitted to a planning board.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1203, relative to voting on variances.

10:45 a.m.      HB 1244-L, relative to municipal cemeteries.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1259, relative to liability for third party review of site plans.

11:15 a.m.      HB 1390, relative to municipal authority to restrict where registered sex offenders live.

1:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1190,relative to a grant of land to Dartmouth College;HB 1518, relative to village district members of budget committees;HB 1683-FN-L, relative to lowering the interest rate and costs for the redemption and repurchase of property subject to a tax lien or tax deed;HB 1678-FN, relative to the information statement contained on a property tax bill.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Executive session on HB 1602-FN-A-L,establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor;HB 1568-FN-A, relative to prepaid road tolls for certain alternative energy vehicles;HB 1397, establishing a committee to study improvements to the Hannah Duston Memorial;HB 1200-L, relative to the use of recycled glass.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Room 304, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Continued public hearing on HB 1502,establishing a committee to study odor emissions from landfills.

11:00 a.m.       HB 1659,relative to the implementation of the clean power state implementation plan.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1374, relative to rebates to ratepayers from the renewable energy fund.

 

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, Room 209, LOB

10:00a.m.      Full committee work session on HB 1130,requiring school districts to permit placement of a memorial honoring those who have died during military service.

 

TRANSPORTATION, Room 203, LOB

10:00 a.m.      HB 1102, relative to travel on ways with 3 or more lanes.

10:30 a.m.      HB 1186, repealing the law prohibiting coasting of vehicles.

11:00 a.m.      HB 1271, making certain length and width exemptions concerning commercial vehicles.

1:00 p.m.        HB 1162, relative to eligibility for utility dealer registration.

1:30 p.m.        HB 1452, relative to motor vehicle laws applicable to diplomats and certain officials.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

2:00 p.m.        Executive session on HB 1616-FN,relative to drivers' licenses and identification cards that are compliant with federal identification law;HB 1649-FN, relative to state inspection of new motor vehicles;HB 1154-FN, authorizing and regulating the use of license plate scanning devices;HB 1445-FN, relative to tinted windows on motor vehicles;HB 1421-FN, relative to exemptions from certificate of title for a vehicle;HCACR 24, relating to the right to travel. Providing that all people have the right to travel within the state in their choice of privately owned conveyance.

 

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m.      Continued hearing on HB 1101,prohibiting charges to New Hampshire residents for the construction of high pressure gas pipelines.

11:30 a.m.      Executive session on HB 1391,relative to the price of bingo cards at senior bingo and bingo at private campgrounds and hotels;HB 1199, allowing adults to play children's bingo at private campgrounds or hotels;HB 1498, repealing the prohibition on certain gambling;HB 1488, establishing a commission to review and make recommendations for the recodification of RSA 284 and RSA 287-D.

1:00 p.m.        HB 586-FN-L, relative to registration of automobile utility trailers.

1:30 p.m.         Work session onHB 1443-FN, relative to the reasonable compensation deduction from gross business profits under the business profits tax and requiring the department of revenue administration to prepare draft rules relative to auditing;HB 1538-FN-A, relative to revising the business enterprise tax as a business flat tax, reducing the rate of the interest and dividends tax, repealing certain taxes, and establishing a commission to recommend statutory changes for the implementation of this new tax structure;HB 1544-FN-A-L, establishing a tax on revenues from natural gas transmission;HB 1360-FN, establishing a credit against business profits taxes for media production expenditures in New Hampshire.

Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day, time permitting, from the time the committee is initially convened.

Monday
Feb012016

FreeKeeneNews - Free State Project at 99% of Goal, to Complete This Week 

 

 

 

 

 

Now with fewer than 150 signers to go, the Free State Project is nearly to its goal of 20,000 people who have pledged to uproot themselves and move, in some cases around the world, to New Hampshire.  The project is geared towards libertarians and voluntarists who see value in concentrating themselves in the same geographic area.  Once 20,000 signers have been reached, they have five years in which to make the move to NH.

Founded in 2001 by Jason Sorens, New Hampshire was chosen in 2003 by a vote of the FSP participants at that time and people have been moving here as "early movers" for the FSP ever since.  In fact, there are more than 1,600 early movers at this time who have laid the groundwork for those who have yet to arrive.  FSP early movers have created activist groups and organizations around the state and have had such an impact that in 2012 Keene state representative Cynthia Chase said, “Free Staters are the single biggest threat the state is facing today.”

Early movers to Keene have dominated the headlines generated by FSP participants statewide.  Our activism has put Keene on the map as a destination for future movers for the FSP.  If you want to talk to any Keene-area FSPers, we're available for interview on the completion of the Free State Project (or any other subject).  

Monday
Feb012016

Monday, Feb. 1 in the NH House 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1 IN THE NH HOUSE

 

COMMISSION TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE ARTS CULTURE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE (RSA 19-A:14), Room 303, LOB

2:00 p.m.             Regular meeting.

COMMISSION TO REVIEW AND CONSIDER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING PROCCESSES AND RETAIL SALES AT MANUFACTURING FACILITIES, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m.           Regular meeting.

TASK FORCE ON WORK AND FAMILY (RSA 276-B:2, I), Room 207, LOB

1:15 p.m.             Regular meeting.