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Thursday
Feb192015

NH House Republicans Comment on Bill Modifying RGGI Program to Benefit Ratepayers

CONCORD - House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) and Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), member of the House Science, Technology & Energy committee, today offered the following statements on the passage of HB 208, as amended, that would modify New Hampshire’s enrollment in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, such that 100% of revenue would be rebated back to ratepayers. The bill passed by a roll call vote of 201-154.

 

House Republican Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

 

“Many of us pledged during the last campaign to find ways to reduce the overall cost of energy in New Hampshire and we believe HB208 would keep that promise by providing a net benefit to ratepayers. High electricity rates are an impediment to economic growth. Reducing costly mandates, or in this case modifying those mandates to be more cost neutral, is one way we can make New Hampshire more affordable and competitive.”

 

Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), House Science, Technology & Energy committee


“Most people don’t know that RGGI imposes extra costs on power generators who in turn pass that cost along to ratepayers. It’s a hidden tax. HB 208 returns the revenue from that hidden tax back to the people from whom it was taken and provides some measure of relief for families and businesses.”

Wednesday
Feb112015

Cornerstone supports today's life-issue bills in House 

Cornerstone Action

Cornerstone Supports Five Pro-Life Bills at Tuesday Hearings


Representatives of Cornerstone Action were in Concord today to support five much-needed measures relating to the life issues. We encourage the House to pass each of these bills.

  • Repeal of the "buffer zone" law (HB 403). This blatantly unconstitutional law is already tied up in federal court. The law makes all demonstration, including silent prayer, illegal within "up to 25 feet" of an abortion facility, with the precise zone up to the discretion of each abortion provider.The same Governor who signed the bill is now unwilling to order her Attorney General to enforce it. She went ahead and signed the bill days after a similar Massachusetts law was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. By passing repeal, the legislature can give the Governor a chance to back away gracefully from her inexplicably poor judgment.  There is no reason to pit the First Amendment against the safety of women, as though they're incompatible. 
  • The fetal homicide bill known as "Griffin's Law" (HB 560). It's a matter of justice that abusive partners and impaired drivers who cause a woman to lose a wanted pregnancy should face charges for the death of the preborn child. Furthermore, a woman's choice to carry a pregnancy to term should get at least as much respect under law as a woman's choice to terminate a pregnancy. New Hampshire, with its lack of fetal homicide legislation, is far behind the rest of the country. We commend Rep. Leon Rideout, who is sponsoring this bill in memory of his grandson Griffin.
  • Preventing post-viability abortions (HB 595). Cornerstone supports this effort to prevent most late-term abortions in New Hampshire. We note that under the terms of the bill, a provider doing a late-term abortion for emergency reasons would be encouraged to use a method that would provide the best opportunity for the preborn child to survive, consistent with the safety of the mother. 
  • Abortion statistics (HB 629). Here is another overdue piece of legislation that will bring New Hampshire into line with most other states that already report abortion statistics to the Centers for Disease Control as a matter of public health. An aggregate summary of abortion data, with absolute protection of patient confidentiality, will be valuable not only in public health work but also in public policy discussions.
  • Prohibiting the direct and indirect use of public funds for abortion (HB 677). Contracts for family planning services should not be a back-door way of providing public funding for the benefit of abortion providers. Cornerstone calls on legislators to respect the rights of taxpayers who have moral or religious objections to participating in the abortion industry. 

Cornerstone Action is the legislative advocacy arm of Cornerstone Policy Research, a nonprofit non-partisan New Hampshire public policy organization working to promote strong New Hampshire families. 

Friday
Feb062015

WDLNH Letter to NH Senate 

 

 

 

 

 

SB 116 - Women's Defense League letter to NH Senate

The Legislative Committee of the Women's Defense League sent the following letter to New Hampshire Senators in support of SB 116.

We fully expect each Senator's support to bring women's rights into the 21st century.

Dear Senators,

We’d like to introduce ourselves.  We are the Women’s Defense League of NewHampshire and we represent members in every one of your districts.  We provide women opportunities to learn practical self-defense skills while defending 2nd Amendment rights.  We are an education, training and legislative organization that is specific to New Hampshire.  We are a non-partisan, non-political organization except when it comes to our right to self-defense.

We are writing you today to urge your support of SB 116.  As women, we know that the majority of women choose to concealed carry for obvious reasons.  We believe that current New Hampshire law violates women’s rights by forcing women to fill out an application; get references; pay a fee; and be subjected to the discretionary profiling of her local Chief of Police.  Worse, and even dangerous, is the fact that a woman who might be subject of stalking has to lock herself in her home and wait for as many as 14 days before she can legally leave her home with the ability to protect herself.

The current pistol license laws are are a result of racism in the early 1920s; sadly, they have now morphed into anti-women’s rights laws that impede women from protecting themselves outside the home.

Many of you have purported your support for equal rights for women.  We expect that you will indeed support SB 116 as it is truly a pro-choice, pro-women’s rights bill.  Not only does it allow women the choice of actually getting a license or not but it allows women to freely exercise their rights to defend themselves and their families. 

SB 116 does not trump federal law as some have claimed.  Only those who are legally allowed to purchase and possess firearms will be able to do so, as it is today.  It does not allow minors to concealed carry without the express written permission of their parents as has been claimed, nor does it cost the state of New Hampshire $900,000 in revenue.  That number is not verifiable nor is it even relatively close to the under $300,000 that the permit and licensing division claims as revenue. 

SB 116 does not put the law out of balance as others have claimed.  What is does is finally balance women’s rights and brings them into the 21st century.

If you are truly a supporter of women’s rights, we expect that you’ll be in support of SB 116.  We are looking forward to your ‘YEA’ vote on a motion of ought-to-pass with no amendments on this bill.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with us directly, please contact media@womensdefenseleaguenh.com or MediaWDLNH@gmail.com

We will see you at the State House and thank you for all of your hard work.

Women’s Defense League of New Hampshire
Legislative Committee 

Friday
Jan302015

MPP - Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Introduced in N.H 

State Lawmakers to Consider Removing Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession in New Hampshire 

Bill introduced with bipartisan support would replace criminal penalties and potential jail time with a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana

 

CONCORD — A bill has been introduced in the New Hampshire House of Representatives that would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. The House passed a nearly identical bill last year by a vote of 215-92, but the Senate refused to consider it. 

HB 618, sponsored by Rep. Adam Schroadter (R-Newmarket) and a bipartisan group of seven co-sponsors, would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a civil fine of up to $100. It would also make cultivation of up to six marijuana plants a Class A misdemeanor instead of a felony. Currently, possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000. New Hampshire is the only state in New England that treats simple marijuana possession as a criminal offense with the potential for jail time.  

"Criminalizing someone for possessing a small amount of marijuana causes far more harm than marijuana itself,” said Matt Simon, the Goffstown-based New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is supporting the bill. "A criminal record can prevent someone from accessing employment, an education, and even a home.” 

Three out of five adults in New Hampshire (61%) support removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession, according to a WMUR Granite State Poll released in April 2014. Only 24% said they were opposed. 

“Granite State voters are sick of having the harshest marijuana penalties in New England,” Simon said. “It is irrational to treat people like criminals simply for possessing a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol.” 

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have removed the threat of jail for simple marijuana possession.

Friday
Jan232015

US Rep GUINTA KICK STARTS INTITATIVE TO SHRINK GOVERNMENT & SAVE TAXPAYER DOLLARS

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INTRODUCING BIPARTISAN BILL TO END DUPLICATIVE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS  

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta (R-NH) launched Operation TAXPAYER, an ongoing initiative To AX Persistent Abuse of Your Earned Revenue.  The first part of this initiative includes introducing H.Res 45 – a bipartisan piece of legislation cosponsored by Congresswoman Gwen Graham (D-FL).  H.Res 45 would fundamentally alter the way legislation is brought to the House floor with the intention of reducing government waste and spending.

 

Congressman Guinta released the following statement:

 

“Last year, billions of dollars were wasted funding duplicative government programs, crowding out dollars for worthwhile programs that serve our common goal of helping those in need.  This bill is a common-sense first step towards curbing this ‘spend first, pay later’ mentality.  Once we begin to eliminate the waste plaguing our government, we can begin to take sizable bites out of our debt and deficit while ensuring the protection of safety net for all Americans.” 

 

H.Res 45 requires every piece of legislation awaiting consideration by the House of Representatives and the Senate to receive a “duplication score” by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS).  This legislation provides Members of Congress with the knowledge necessary to identify whether or not new legislation creates programs, offices or projects that already exist in our government to ensure no new taxpayer dollars are wasted to fund duplicative projects.

 

Congresswoman Graham released the following statement:

 

“There’s no excuse for our government to waste billions of dollars on duplicative programs. We owe it to the taxpayers of North Florida and across our country to ensure every dollar the government spends is spent wisely. This is common sense legislation that Democrats and Republicans can both support to save money and reduce our deficit.”

 

To read the bill, please click here.