Parents and charter school supporters are celebrating a small but important victory tonight as the charter school funding bill (HB563 as amended) was voted out of committee with a recommendation of "ought to pass". In a vote of 14-10, all republicans present voted in support of the modest increase in funding while all democrats present voted against it.
Last year a similar bill gained bipartisan support until it was eventually killed along party lines. If passed and signed into law, HB563 as amended would increase charter school funding by $36 per pupil next year and $1,036 after that.
New Hampshire charter schools are currently the lowest funded charter schools in the nation receiving about $5,500 per pupil or about 38% of the state average cost per pupil. When SB539 overhauled the education funding formula in 2009-10, charter schools were included. The legislative intent of SB539 was to provide NH public charter schools with permanent sustainable funding. NH charter schools were woven into the fabric of public education funding receiving $3,450 in adequacy plus a $2,000 stipend to represent disparity aid because NH public charters do not currently benefit directly from local tax dollars. Since that time, charter school funding has remained flat.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AT A GLANCE
Bills that encouraged or discouraged public charters between 2002 & 2014
Contrasting support and opposition between 2010 & 2014.
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The House Republican Majority Caucus issued the following statement on the passage of HB 136, a bill that would take away from parents the right to give permission to their teenagers to get an indoor tan.
"Today, 199 members of the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to tell parents that their elected representatives are more intelligent than they are and more caring of their children," stated Rep Pam Tucker, Greenland. "They told parents of young ladies and gentlemen, going to their senior prom, "No, you cannot make that trip to the tanning booth before one of the biggest nights of your life."
"This new law would be an invitation to more nanny government. What's next, mandated use of sunscreen? Subsides for sunscreen? We can only hope that the senate knows more about the New Hampshire traditions of individualism and supporting the family than the 199 representatives who seem to know about Washington overreach," noted Rep. Jeanine Notter- Merrimack.
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.”
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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