The Manchester Free Press

Saturday • January 29 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.IV

Manchester, N.H.

Legislation Would Allow Non-Midwives To Regulate Them

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-18 02:14 +0000

Midwifery is an ancient profession, providing care for women during pregnancy and birth. Midwifery being under attack is nothing new. Obstetricians, hospitals, and big pharma have been over-medicalizing the natural process of birth for over 100 years now. Many people are led to believe that birth with a midwife is dangerous and that they would be safer in a hospital. For low-risk women, the opposite is actually true.

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The Most Important Date Of The Decade Is Upon Us: A Hearing On New Hampshire Independence Is Here

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-17 04:41 +0000

The BIGGEST most important date (Jan 20th) of the decade for freedom may just be upon us so mark your calendar and come support the New Hampshire independence rally & public hearing this Thursday ! Don’t be the reason we’re stuck without options- freedom loving people unite- lets create a home and free place to live and give our kids a bastion of hope for the future.

If New Hampshire voters say yes to independence it will separate New Hampshire from the US empire and immediately halt the abuse by Washington DC. What we can accomplish by ourselves will be far greater than anything we can accomplish under the threat of Washington politicians. Independence will offer New Hampshire citizens many things- everything from a reduced tax burden and economic growth to reducing the staggering amount of regulatory barriers placed on New Hampshire businesses. Unhappy with forced vaccination? We can fix that! If we’re independent the feds can’t dictate what should be a matter between us and our doctors. Don’t like Washington’s gun regulations? We can go farther at eliminating arguably unconstitutional restrictions. Unhappy about our schools? Without DC bribing our politicians to pass laws we otherwise wouldn’t and they can’t pass directly we can fix our schools.

When all else fails, what is the plan New Hampshire? 71% (78% at its height) of Union Leader readers said YES to a vote on independence! Now we need to get the legislators to put it on the ballot so the voters can actually decide to declare independence from Washington DC. This New Hampshire constitutional amendment will do just that.

For those not aware New Hampshire’s constitution pre-dates that of the United States and should we choose to do so we can leave the union and divorce DC. We can lead the US just as our forefathers did before us during the Revolutionary War. Just as they declared independence from Great Britain we too can declare independence from the new empire.

However unlike that insurrection this isn’t a declaration of war. This is a means of declaration via proper legal channels- and that’s something even the US courts have acknowledged. Where some would lead you to believe that independence is illegal or that it’s impossible the truth is that even the courts have ruled that the procedure rather than the declaration itself has in prior instances been improper.

Let’s keep our options open and support CACR 32 by joining together with democrats, conservatives, and other independent voters this Thursday Jan 20th, 2022:

Address: 33 N State Street, Concord, New Hampshire
Time: Rally starts at 2:00 pm, press conference @ 3:00, and the public hearing is at 3:30 Room LB 206.

Can’t make it? See our directions below for how you can testify electronically.

For more details read the latest article by Liberty Block:

Breaking: NH Exit Legislation Assigned House Committee & Hearing

Want to express support for the constitutional amendment on New Hampshire independence? Here is how to testify (in other words inform the committee on your thoughts) electronically on what you think of this important legislation.

Can’t Make It? Here is how to testify electronically via email

Step 1: Open the link here http://gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/remotetestimony/default.aspx?mc_cid=0cc3e8800e&mc_eid=6d8bda0b1a

Step 2: Select January 20th on the calendar shown

Step 3: Under Select the Committee find House State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

Step 4: Under Choose the Bill find 3:30 pm – CACR32

Step 5: Under I am select A Member of the Public

Step 6: Under I’m Representing leave Myself

Step 7: Select the bubble I Support this Bill

Step 8: Click Continue

Step 9: Enter your First and Last name, Town, State, and an email address.

Step 10: Click the Continue button

Step 11: Check the box that says “By clicking this checkbox, you agree that the information you have provided is truthful to the best of your knowledge.”

Step 12: Click the Continue button

You’ve now registered your support for giving voters of New Hampshire the opportunity to vote for independence from Washington DC.

The next thing to do is send the Committee your thoughts and comments in why they should support democracy and give the people the chance to vote on this very important constitutional amendment.

Please email written testimony to: HouseState-FederalRelationsandVeteransAffairs@leg.state.nh.us

It’s currently unclear if the hearing will be live streamed by the state itself or not, as nothing is shown under scheduled live streams as I write this, but this may change, and we will certainly be posting a video of the hearing afterward on just what happened so stay tuned in to Free Keene for updates. Here is a link to the live streams just in case you are able to watch it live via the state’s cameras:

https://www.youtube.com/c/NHHouseofRepresentativesCommitteeStreaming/videos?view=2&live_view=502

NH National Anthem to be Sung at Rally Prior to Independence Bill Public Hearing on Jan 20th

NHexit.US - Mon, 2022-01-17 03:14 +0000
NH National Anthem, “Live Free or Die”

By now, you may already know about the historic, first-ever public hearing on NH independence constitutional amendment CACR 32 happening this Thursday, January 20th at 3:30pm in room 206 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH. However, you may not know that there is a rally happening prior to the hearing, starting at 2pm in front of the LOB at 33 N State St. Supporters of NH Exit will be gathering to hold signs, NH flags, network, listen to speakers, and join in singing the New Hampshire National Anthem!

What is the NH National Anthem? Back in the 70s, a previous governor, Meldrim Thompson Jr., released a very catchy little tune during his campaign called “Live Free or Die”. It recently resurfaced in the NH liberty community and with a little tweaking, the song has been reworked now as the NH National Anthem! You can download the songsheet graphic and read the words here. Thanks to NH native Bill Barger for the excellent graphic design.

In addition to the rally at 2pm, just before the hearing we’ll hold a press conference in the lobby of of Legislative Office Building starting at 3pm. It will feature, at minimum, CACR 32 bill sponsor Rep. Mike Sylvia of Belmont and the president of the Foundation for NH Independence, Alu Axelman.

Dress warm, bring your friends and NH flags and any pro-secession signage and join us this Thursday afternoon at 33 N State St. in Concord starting at 2pm! Whether you can or can’t attend, please read this post to learn the steps you can take to help us get this constitutional amendment passed!

Bill Hearings for Week of January 17, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-01-16 20:36 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 207 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 21 and opposition of 29 with 33 being of interest.
Of the 54 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 4 and opposition of 4 with 5 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1436 relative to appeals of family court decisions. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes the right to a de novo appeal to the superior court for family court decisions.
Of Interest HB1265 relative to a judge’s discretion to set aside rules in family court proceedings. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 11:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits a judge from waiving a family court rule, except for rules relating to fees.
Of Interest HB1142 relative to the right to submit evidence and testimony in family court proceedings. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 11:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that parties in a family court proceeding shall have the right to present evidence and testimony.
Of Interest HB1551 relative to the right of a party in a family court case to create their own written transcripts of court proceedings. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes the right of parties in family court proceedings to create their own written transcripts of court proceedings and to submit those transcripts to the appellate court.
Of Interest HB1550 relative to the right of children and teenagers to testify in family court proceedings. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires the court to allow a child 12 years of age or older to testify in a family court proceeding and permits a child under 12 years of age to testify at the judge’s discretion.
Of Interest HB1511 relative to submitting officially authorized recordings of hearings for appeal of family court decisions. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 2:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill allows for parties in a family court proceeding to submit officially authorized recordings of hearings for appeal of family court decisions.
Support HB1253 relative to the choice of counselor to evaluate a child in family court proceedings. Children and Family Law Tue 1/18 3:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill allows for parents to choose their counselor for counseling that is part of the parenting plan issued in a court order, as well as in any other counseling used in family court to evaluate a child. This bill also requires courts to select counselors that are participating providers in the parties’ insurance networks.
Oppose SB331 relative to waivers of deductibles in automobile insurance policies. Commerce Tue 1/18 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill requires any automobile insurance policy that contains coverage for physical damage by reason of collision to waive any deductible of such coverage when the damage is caused by any motor vehicle if the operator of such vehicle has been positively identified and is solely at fault.
Oppose SB347 relative to the use of protected health information by employers. Commerce Tue 1/18 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits an employer from inquiring, either verbally or in writing, about an employee’s protected health information as a requirement for initial or continued employment.
Oppose HB1564 requiring school districts to provide breakfast for students. Education Tue 1/18 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires school districts to provide breakfast to students through the National School Breakfast Program or through a program of its own.
Of Interest HB1627 establishing an education freedom account program administrator in the department of education and making an appropriation therefor. Education Tue 1/18 11:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes the position of education freedom account administrator in the department of education, division of learner support, and makes an appropriation to the department for the position.
Oppose HB1630 requiring high school students to complete a half year required course in the introduction to philosophy. Education Tue 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes a requirement for high school students to have a course in the introduction to philosophy.
Of Interest HB1367 relative to civics instruction in schools. Education Tue 1/18 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires a competency assessment in government and civics instruction in schools. The bill modifies the provisions enacted in 2021, 157 effective July 1, 2023.
Of Interest HB1533 relative to health education curriculum in schools. Education Tue 1/18 3:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires that health education instruction in schools include the meaning of consent, respect for personal boundaries, and sexual violence prevention.
Of Interest HB1144 requiring public schools to teach labor history. Education Tue 1/18 3:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires middle schools and high schools to include instruction on United States and New Hampshire labor history.
Oppose HB1121 relative to new solid waste sites. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/18 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires an applicant for a new solid waste landfill to provide proof of insurance and obtain a surety bond against all damages.
Oppose HB1420 prohibiting the issuance of new landfill permits until the state’s solid waste plan is updated. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/18 10:45 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the issuance of new landfill permits under the state’s solid waste plan is updated.
Of Interest HB1454 relative to permits for the siting of new landfills. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the siting of landfills within a proscribed distance of groundwater sources.
Oppose HB1652 relative to the recycling of beverage containers. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/18 2:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes the beverage container deposit recycling program and directs the proceeds of such program to the general fund and to the state recycling fund.
Oppose HB1444 relative to the registration of medical spas. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes the registration of medical spa facilities.
Oppose HB1429 establishing licensure for massage establishments. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/18 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes licensure for massage establishments.
Support SB274 relative to governmental construction contracts. Finance Tue 1/18 1:20 PM SH Room 103 This bill removes labor agreements from the competitive bid process and awarding of state government and state government assisted construction contracts.
Support HB1045 requiring legislative oversight over the emergency powers of the department of health and human services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/18 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill clarifies certain public health emergency management powers of the department of health and human services.
Of Interest HB1345 relative to the release of a teenager’s medical records to a parent or guardian. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/18 11:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides for the release of a minor’s medical records to the parent or guardian unless the parent or guardian’s consent is not required for the medical treatment or the health care provider reasonably believes that there is possibility of abuse and release of the record may endanger the minor.
Support HB1022 permitting pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/18 2:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows pharmacists to dispense invermectin pursuant to a standing order entered into by licensed health care providers.
Of Interest HB1369 relative to COVID-19 health and safety policies at New Hampshire performing arts venues. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/18 2:45 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that performing arts venues in New Hampshire have the authority to establish their own COVID health and safety policies.
Oppose SB300 relative to the state commission for human rights. Judiciary Tue 1/18 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill defines and includes the refusal of an experimental drug in the protections provided under the state commission for human rights.
Support SB393 relative to the use of restraints on pregnant women in the custody of a state or county correctional facility. Judiciary Tue 1/18 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes procedures for the use of restraints on pregnant women in county or state correctional custody.
Of Interest SB431 relative to child support in cases with equal or approximately equal parenting schedules. Judiciary Tue 1/18 2:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes methods for adjustment of child support for equal or approximately equal parenting residential responsibilities.
Oppose SB294 relative to the release of a defendant pending trial. Judiciary Tue 1/18 2:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill amends the statute governing bail and pre-trial release to include provisions for pre-trial detention for commission of certain offenses that would create a presumption that the defendant is a danger to the public.
Oppose HB1615 relative to driver education and the driver training fund. Transportation Tue 1/18 10:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill directs the department of safety to distribute $250 to approved driving schools for each pupil who completes the driver education program in the prior 3 months.
Support HB1208 relative to driver education. Transportation Tue 1/18 11:00 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill authorizes a waiver of the driver education requirement if a father, mother, guardian, or other responsible adult provides equivalent classroom instruction and behind the wheel training.
Oppose SB378 relative to the disposal of highway or turnpike funded real estate. Transportation Tue 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill creates an exception for the disposal of highway or turnpike funded real estate under fair market value for the preservation of public interest.
Of Interest HB1110 relative to windshield tint waivers. Transportation Tue 1/18 3:00 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill increases the required light transmittance of after market tinted windshields.
Of Interest HB1469 prohibiting banks or businesses from using social credit scores. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 9:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibits banks and other financial institutions from engaging in discriminatory practices.
Support HB1237 relative to cigar bars. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 9:45 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill lowers the amount of revenue from cigars required of cigar bars for 2 years.
Of Interest HB1591 eliminating the enforcement division of the liquor commission. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 10:15 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill eliminates the enforcement division of the liquor commission.
Oppose HB1523 establishing a New Hampshire child care fund. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 1:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes the New Hampshire child care fund and its operational requirements under the department of health and human services.
Of Interest HB1589 prohibiting the sale of products containing intentionally-added PFAS. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibiting the sale of products containing intentionally-added PFAS.
Of Interest HB1622 relative to mental health parity. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/19 2:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires the insurance department to investigate whether certain insurance carrier conduct violates the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. The bill also requires that insurance reimbursement rates for behavioral health services be no less extensive than any other type of health care services provided to treat physical illness.
Of Interest HB1027 establishing the crime of undermining legislative process by false claim of emergency. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/19 9:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes the crime of subversion of the legislative process-treason for any act to subvert the legislative process based on a false claim of emergency caused by COVID-19.
Oppose HB1025 relative to impeding, provoking, or harassing law enforcement officers. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/19 9:45 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill makes it a misdemeanor to impede, provoke, or harass a law enforcement officer.
Oppose HB1117 relative to the circumstances constituting criminal threatening. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/19 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill adds the intent to coerce or terrorize the people of one age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, mental or physical disability, religion, or national origin to the criminal threatening statute.
Oppose HB1011 relative to the penalty for criminal mischief. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/19 11:15 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill increases the penalty for criminal mischief for destruction or vandalism of public property.
Oppose HB1017 establishing criminal penalties for harming or threatening to harm an essential worker. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/19 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes criminal penalties for causing or threatening harm to an essential worker.
Of Interest HB1423 relative to campaign contributions and expenditures, and making an appropriation therefor. Election Law Wed 1/19 10:45 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill establishes a fund to provide campaign financing for eligible candidates for governor and councilor and makes an appropriation to the fund. Candidates qualify for financing by collecting a requisite number of qualifying contributions, limiting the size of private contributions, and complying with other provisions of the public financing law. The bill also establishes a voter-owned elections commission to administer the fund.
Of Interest HB1542 relative to documentation required to prove a voter’s eligibility to vote. Election Law Wed 1/19 11:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires voters to show certain documentation in order to cast a vote.
Of Interest SB362 relative to training as a certified service plumber. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/19 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill defines “certified service plumber” and directs the mechanical licensing board to adopt administrative rules regulating certified service plumbers.
Support SB330 relative to reciprocal licensing requirements for boards, commissions, and councils administered by the office of professional licensure and certification and establishing registration of paid feeding assistant programs. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/19 10:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill clarifies requirements for reciprocal licenses granted by the boards, commissions, and councils administered by the office of professional licensure and certification and establishes registration for paid feeding assistant programs. This bill is a request of the office of professional licensure and certification.
Oppose SB230 relative to the practice of body art. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/19 10:20 AM SH Room 103 This bill defines and regulates body art establishments. This bill is a request of the office of professional licensure and certification.
Support SB286 establishing an association health plan pilot program. Health and Human Services Wed 1/19 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires the insurance commissioner to establish a pilot program for association health plans.
Oppose SB326 establishing the office of early childhood. Health and Human Services Wed 1/19 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes an office of early childhood to coordinate, consolidate, and integrate early childhood programs.
Support HB1425 relative to the taking of real property by eminent domain. Judiciary Wed 1/19 2:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill modifies the power of the governor and council to take private property during states of emergency and modifies the calculation of compensation paid for such takings.
Oppose HB1291 prohibiting discrimination against tenants holding certain vouchers for purposes of renting dwellings. Judiciary Wed 1/19 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits discrimination against tenants holding certain vouchers for purposes of renting dwellings.
Oppose HB1544 prohibiting the placement of construction and demolition debris in landfills. Judiciary Wed 1/19 3:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits the placement of construction and demolition debris in landfills and establishes fines for violations.
Oppose HB1007 relative to qualifications for office. Legislative Administration Wed 1/19 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill clarifies certain qualifications of elected officials.
Support HB1033 prohibiting recipients of state or local grants or appropriations from using such funds for lobbying. Legislative Administration Wed 1/19 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the recipient of a grant or appropriation of county, municipal, school district, or village district funds from using such funds to engage in lobbying activities.
Oppose HB1041 extending the public employees labor relations act to employees of the general court and relative to the duties of the joint committee on legislative facilities. Legislative Administration Wed 1/19 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act and establishes procedures for collective bargaining by nonpartisan employees.
Oppose HB1486 relative to an income-based public assistance stipend for legislators. Legislative Administration Wed 1/19 2:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill directs the department of health and human services to determine eligibility for and administer a stipend provided to members of the general court where members receive such stipend from any program for public assistance.
Oppose HB1656 establishing a road usage registration fee and making an appropriation therefor. Public Works and Highways Wed 1/19 10:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill provides for an annual adjustment to motor vehicle registration fees to take into account gross vehicle weight and vehicle miles traveled, and directs the department of transportation to use part of the funds generated through vehicle registration for implementation of Type II noise abatement projects.
Of Interest HB1585 relative to removing the ramp tolls at exit 11 in Hooksett. Public Works and Highways Wed 1/19 11:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill eliminates the ramp tolls on the Everett turnpike in the town of Hooksett.
Oppose HB1675 establishing a surcharge collected through E-Z Pass for electric vehicles as an alternative road toll. Public Works and Highways Wed 1/19 1:15 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill establishes a surcharge collected through E-Z Pass for electric vehicles as an alternative road toll. The provisions are repealed in 2025.
Support HB1555 repealing the permit required for fires at campgrounds. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/19 9:45 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill removes the permit requirement for camp fires.
Of Interest HB1167 establishing a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated chemicals in surface water. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/19 1:45 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill establishes maximum contaminant levels for perfluorinated chemicals in surface water.
Oppose SB338 enabling municipalities to adopt a municipal occupancy fee. Ways and Means Wed 1/19 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill enables a municipality to collect an occupancy fee from room rentals for the purpose of establishing a municipal capital fund, revolving fund, or tourism support fund.
Of Interest SB315 directing that a portion of revenue distributions from the meals and rooms municipal revenue fund be used by municipalities to reduce the local property tax rate. Ways and Means Wed 1/19 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill requires that a portion of revenues distributed to municipalities from the meals and rooms municipal revenue fund, which exceed fiscal year 2021 amounts received, shall be used to reduce the local property tax rate.
Support HB1349 decriminalizing the possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/20 9:00 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill decriminalizes the possession or use of a certain amount or psilocybin mushrooms by a person 18 years of age or older.
Of Interest HB1598 legalizing the possession and use of cannabis. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/20 9:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill legalizes the possession and use of cannabis for persons 21 years of age and older.
Support CACR20 relating to personal liberty. Providing that adults shall have the right to possess cannabis for personal consumption. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/20 2:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes that right for all adults to possess cannabis for personal consumption.
Support CACR34 relating to the use, sale, or cultivation of cannabis. Providing that the state shall make no law prohibiting the use, sale, or cultivation of cannabis for persons over 18 years of age. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/20 2:30 PM SH Room Reps Hall This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution prohibits the legislature from making laws that prohibit the use, sale, or cultivation of cannabis for adults.
Support CACR35 relating to cannabis. Providing that all adults have the right to possess, use, and cultivate cannabis, subject to regulation by the legislature. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/20 3:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes the right for all adults to possess, use, and cultivate cannabis, subject to further regulation by the legislature.
Of Interest HB1015 relative to school district policies regarding objectionable material. Education Thu 1/20 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill revises the requirements for school district policies providing an alternative to specific course material based on a parent or legal guardian’s determination that the material is objectionable.
Of Interest HB1051 relative to state board of education rules for credit for alternative, extended learning, and work-based programs. Education Thu 1/20 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill revises rulemaking authority of the state board of education to adopt rules on alternative programs for granting credit to provide for alternative, extended learning, and work-based programs.
Of Interest HB1113 prohibiting the department of education and the state board of education from directing or limiting school instructional options, such as remote learning. Education Thu 1/20 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits the department of education and the state board of education from directing or limiting remote learning options.
Support HB1434 relative to the availability of school curriculum materials. Education Thu 1/20 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires that curriculum course materials taught to pupils in public schools and public academies be available to the public.
Of Interest HB1567 relative to the removal of election officials from office. Election Law Thu 1/20 9:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill provides that registered voters may remove certain election officials by bringing suit in superior court.
Of Interest HB1457 relative to chain of custody of ballot boxes after an election. Election Law Thu 1/20 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires that ballot boxes be sent to the secretary of state’s office for storage within 48 hours of an election. This bill also modifies the retention policy for such boxes.
Of Interest HB1522 requiring the use of ballots with embedded security and relative to chain of custody of absentee ballots. Election Law Thu 1/20 1:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires that elections are conducted using ballots with embedded security. The bill also specifies the chain of custody for ballots during and after an election.
Oppose SB400 relative to training and procedures for zoning and planning boards and relative to financial investments and incentives for affordable housing development. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Thu 1/20 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill makes changes to the training and procedures for zoning and planning boards offered by the office of planning and development. This bill creates incentives and establishes requirements for workforce housing and affordable housing development. The bill also revises the time frames for planning board consideration of applications, and establishes the New Hampshire housing champion certification program.
Of Interest SB239 relative to noncompliance with municipal audit requirements. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Thu 1/20 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires notification to the department of revenue administration of a completed municipal or county audit and establishes a fine for failure to complete a required audit.
Oppose SB407 relative to expanding Medicaid to include certain postpartum health care services and making an appropriation therefor. Health and Human Services Thu 1/20 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill directs the department of health and human services to submit a state plan amendment to expand postpartum coverage under Medicaid, establishes a quarterly reporting requirement, and makes an appropriation to the department for the purpose of funding the postpartum health care services.
Of Interest SB444 relative to childhood adverse experiences treatment and prevention. Health and Human Services Thu 1/20 10:45 AM LOB Room 101 This bill directs the department of health and human services to establish a pilot program for young children who have experienced adverse childhood events and other emotional trauma and makes an appropriation to the department for this purpose. The bill also makes an appropriation to the department to develop and implement a plan to increase child parent psychotherapy services for young children who have experienced severe emotional trauma.
Support HB1147 relative to governmental records available upon request. Judiciary Thu 1/20 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes the right to inspect and make copies of school curricula, reading lists, and student survey dates and questions.
Oppose HB1408 requiring the refund of residential tenancy application fees. Judiciary Thu 1/20 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires the refund of residential tenancy application fees when an applicant does not become a party to a signed rental agreement.
Support HB1603 defining certain school information as governmental records under the right to know law. Judiciary Thu 1/20 11:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides for the inclusion of certain records of schools and school administrative units under the right-to-know law, RSA 91-A.
Support HB1021 prohibiting regulation of religious land use based on the religious nature of the assembly or speech taking place on the land or in the structure. Judiciary Thu 1/20 1:45 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits the regulation of religious land use based on the religious nature of the assembly or speech taking place on the land or in the structure.
Of Interest HB1519 defining “religious belief” and protecting it from discrimination. Judiciary Thu 1/20 2:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill defines “religious belief” and protects it from discrimination.
Oppose HB1053 relative to the hourly rate paid to an employee for hours worked but not previously scheduled. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/20 10:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires an employer to pay an hourly rate of time and a half for hours worked by an employee who is called in to work hours not previously scheduled.
Oppose HB1385 prohibiting the use of credit history in employment decisions. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/20 11:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill prohibits an employer from using an employee’s or prospective employee’s credit history as a criterion for making certain employment decisions.
Oppose HB1251 prohibiting payment of subminimum wages. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/20 11:30 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill prohibits the payment of subminimum wages to an employee.
Oppose HB1094 relative to employee work schedules and rest periods. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/20 1:00 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires employers with 10 or more employees in this state or 2 or more locations in this state to schedule a rest period between certain employment shifts and provide employees with advance notice of the work schedule.
Support HB1081 relative to the dissolution of a village district. Municipal and County Government Thu 1/20 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows for the dissolution of a village district by a simple majority vote at an annual district meeting.
Support HB1272 limiting the authority of town health officers. Municipal and County Government Thu 1/20 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill limits the authority of local health officers in making bylaws or ordinances relating to public health matters.
Support HB1411 relative to transparency of federal agency operations within New Hampshire. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Thu 1/20 9:00 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill requires the attorney general to request information from federal agencies operating in New Hampshire and to compile and display such information on a website.
Of Interest CACR32 relating to independence. Providing that the state peaceably declares independence from the United States and proceeds as a sovereign nation. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Thu 1/20 3:30 PM LOB Room 201-203 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution declares the state’s independence from the United States and moves New Hampshire forward as a sovereign nation.
Of Interest HB1407 including the promotion of affordable housing under the land and community heritage investment program. Ways and Means Thu 1/20 9:45 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill includes the promotion of affordable housing under the land and community heritage investment program and requires an annual transfer from the real estate transfer tax revenue to the land and community heritage investment program trust fund.
Oppose HB1478 relative to the business profits tax applicable to certain large, low-wage employers. Ways and Means Thu 1/20 11:15 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill increases the rate of the business profits tax applicable to business organizations with more than 100 employees who pay wages below a specified amount.
Support HB1176 relative to reducing the penalty for sex work within one’s own home. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/21 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes a violation-level offense for engaging in sex work in one’s own home.
Support HB1400 prohibiting law enforcement from using the scent of marijuana as probable cause for a search. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/21 1:45 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill prohibits law enforcement from using the scent of marijuana as probable cause for a search.
Oppose HB1283 relative to liability as taxable income of education freedom account payments. Education Fri 1/21 2:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill repeals the statement that education freedom account funds shall not constitute taxable income to the parent of the education freedom account student.
Oppose HB1114 relative to education service providers under the education freedom account program. Education Fri 1/21 3:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires education freedom account program scholarship organizations to compile a directory of public profiles for education service providers.
Oppose HB1653 relative to educational and employment opportunities and protections for military families and their dependents. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 1/21 9:00 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill: I. Establishes residency and enrollment rights and procedures for military-connected students. II. Provides for temporary occupational licensing for qualified military service members and their spouses. III. Provides for in-state tuition at any university system or community college system institution for military-connected students.

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The Porcupine Peace Plan: How NH independence could boost American security and stop Armageddon

Free Keene - Fri, 2022-01-14 23:51 +0000

if it wants continued NH military support, Taiwan should let its civilians defend themselves .  Photo by Wang Yu Ching / Office of the President Lcns. CCA 2.0

Here’s an edgy proposal which is closer to realization than you think: New Hampshire should withdraw from the United States and its alliances, then request a significant reduction in gun control within member states as a minimum condition of rejoining. Why?  Because NH is more humane than DC, and because nations with significant gun control are too vulnerable and costly and for us to help defend.  First let’s discuss the elephant in the room:  NH independence and some of the incidents which have driven it forward.

On March 12, 2006 five U.S. soldiers violated, then murdered, 14-year-old Abeer Hamza in her home at Yusufiyah, Iraq. Then they covered up the killing by wiping out most of her family, partly at NH taxpayer expense. 1

Fifteen years and four days later, several dozen U.S. policy enforcement officers stormed a quiet neighborhood in America’s Pleasantville: Keene, New Hampshire. After using a battering ram connected to an armored vehicle, they flew a drone through the window of a home studio housing the state’s top radio discussion show, Free Talk Live. Washington claimed that some of its libertarian hosts had been selling significant amounts of Bitcoin without government permission and filed charges of “unlicensed money transmission.” The imperial capitol is seeking life imprisonment for at least one of the arrestees, with no credible claim that he even victimized anyone. 2

Though different in a hundred ways, each of these Federal excesses exemplified the numberless grievances which have sparked a growing pushback against D.C. in the “Live Free or Die” state. Local activists and legislators reacted with the New Hampshire Independence Amendment, also known as CACR 32. This constitutional revision would allow all NH residents to vote in a 2022 referendum on whether the state will continue being governed by Washington.

New Hampshire already has a long history of example-setting. But by striving for independence – and a more humane world security protocol – its citizens may be able to do something better. With your help, and the careful placement of a new idea on the geopolitical board, maybe our tiny new nation could even stop a world war.

NH independence proponents make a simple case. The FedGov, they say, has bloated beyond the point where normal individuals can meaningfully oppose its atrocities with conventional civics. They point to the successes of Estonian and British independence movements as well as the global trend toward “smaller nations.” In 1900 there were roughly 60 countries in the world. Now there are about 200. Meanwhile, thanks to these and other national divorces, the harm-inflicting capacity of various empires is less than it would be if they were still full-sized. Successful independence drives in America, too, should have a limiting effect on U.S. warmongering in faraway places.

But what of, say, Chinese government warmongering outside its borders? Whatever cruelties the U.S. government may have imposed, the nations bordering China do seem to generally prefer alliance with Washington over alliance with Beijing; some rely on D.C. for their security more than they should.

One of the main criticisms of NH independence is that it could undermine U.S. defense capability or, more accurately, American capacity for carrying out the existing commitments to NATO and Taiwan. The latter is of special significance, and we’ll use it as the focus of this discussion. But the arguments here apply to every U.S. ally.

Critics argue that America is overextended, much as Britain was overextended in the 1939 era when it guaranteed Poland against the Nazis. In those days the perception was that London had only two available courses of action: Wage war on Germany or appease Hitler by abandoning Poland. Today people imagine that we face a similar unthinkable choice as China flexes its new powers against Taiwan. An invasion of the island could trigger these same two ruinous impulses against a great resurgent Power, this time with the likelihood it would escalate into nuclear war. Taiwan’s friends, the thinking goes, would either have to commit another Munich…or defend the quasi-nation by risking civilization. Wouldn’t a New Hampshire independence drive damage America’s ability to follow the second option to victory?

Actually, there is a third option which could prevent both the evils of “big war” and the abandonment of overseas promises. An independent New Hampshire, or prospect thereof, is one way to put that path on the table. Let’s call this option the “Porcupine Peace Plan” for now…in honor of a less-threatening but better-defended posture some of us envision for America’s alliances.

This plan rests upon the barely-discussed idea that there is a great, untapped defense capacity among all reasonably-prosperous peoples, especially in Taiwan. Unlike military buildup it is a power which, when exercised, saves tax dollars rather than spending them…increases freedoms rather than reducing them. It possesses little potential for starting wars of aggression but has a proven history of discouraging them. Nevertheless, this power is often suppressed by the rulers of vulnerable nations…even as some of them face invasion or treat nuclear first-strikes as a legitimate method of self-protection. 2b

This seemingly magical ability…is the power of armed, individual self-defense…weapons freedom for the private citizen. And it is a power that the government of Taiwan has systematically denied to its people, at grave risk to a nervous world. The island’s gun control laws are so strict that WorldPopulationReview.com lists the number of civilian firearms there at literally zero per 100 persons (the U.S. has 120). Historically, the relative gun freedom of America helped it win the Revolutionary War and limited its risk of invasion over the following centuries.2c

We must respect the wishes of Taiwanese regarding their internal laws. But Taipei should respect our wishes when it comes to whether we risk our lives for them over their willful self-emasculation. We currently are doing exactly that at their government’s request; every last American is potentially on Beijing’s target list.3 And Taipei has unnecessarily increased the chances for war with Beijing…by keeping its civilians disarmed.

This policy cannot help but cause Taiwan to be a far more attractive target for invasion than it would be if it had weapons freedom for the average citizen. The island’s well-meaning government has formidable armed forces, but there is no substitute for the “defense dispersal” and individual initiative which comes from civilian weaponry. Gun freedom, in 1940, made fascist-surrounded Switzerland impractical for Germany to invade. 4 Norway, by contrast, was heavily defended by the British Empire and nowhere near surrounded…but fell quickly when Hitler’s forces mounted an attack on “central points of failure.” 4b

Gun availability for the average person can solve only so many problems, but nations which acquire this freedom also acquire a ready-made, widely-dispersed guerilla arsenal ready for use against any occupier. It lets a tiny nation do what Sun Tzu suggested, and “be like water.” When added to Taiwan’s existing military deterrent…this “scary freedom” should be enough to prevent invasion indefinitely.

Skeptical? Then you tell us: How well has the U.S. “nuclear government” fared against Afghan riflemen? Why is Beijing so terrified of guns that it has enacted some of the world’s strictest prohibitions against civilian-owned weaponry? 4c

Thanks to Taipei, the mainland communists don’t have much of that to be terrified of in Taiwan. They don’t have to factor civie-guns much into their “invasion equation” as Hitler did when he abandoned his plan to attack Switzerland. Ending this citizen-dis-empowerment could be just enough to prevent the expected attack on Taiwan. And New Hampshire can gently make the case…either through government policy or constructive private action. Here are the suggested steps to get us there:

1) The New Hampshire Independence Amendment must get a full and fair hearing by our State and Federal Relations committee and face the full legislature without substantial alteration. This will give NHexiters new clout to advance the Porcupine Peace Plan. In the unlikely event Independence obtains legislative super-majorities on this first try, it would then go before the people. If they vote “yes” then…?

2) Neutral by default, the newly independent nation could begin negotiations on whether it will re-join the alliances it has just departed.

3) The negotiators should request, as a minimal precondition for re-joining, that Taiwan and other countries take steps of their own choosing to undo the invasion-friendly types of laws we’ve outlined above. It would be on the Taiwanese themselves to figure out how they want to handle this…and on us to decide whether their reforms, if any, are sufficient to win us over as renewed allies. The more weapon freedom they can offer their people, the more we’d want to join.

4) If Taipei can’t accept this suggestion, loyally and responsibly given, New Hampshire could simply remain neutral and is probably better off that way anyhow. As Switzerland and Costa Rica have proven, neutrality can be much safer than joining an alliance. But we will have kept faith with the beleaguered island.

Even if New Hampshire doesn’t get past step one in 2022, we should at least be able to put the gun-control-helps-invaders issue on the table. And the same weapon freedom concerns which apply to Taiwan…should apply toward any potential ally, even as new personal defenses begin to replace firearms. A cheaper and more humane way of looking at security…may start to set in.
Objections

A) Crime concerns. Taipei presumably keeps its people disarmed in an honest attempt to reduce violent crime and/or uprising. Probably there is a fear that relaxation of gun laws would cause these to increase. There are not many test cases of real gun freedom in first-world Asia; we Westerners can only tell our own tale. We know that the U.S. states with the least gun control also have the least crime. New Hampshire, for example, has virtually no gun laws of its own and the second-highest level of gun freedom in America. Perhaps because of this it also has the second-lowest crime rate, and there was no violent uprising here during the 2020 unrest. Meanwhile the District of Columbia has gun restrictions comparable to Taiwan’s, “some of the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation.”4d Perhaps because of this…it also has America’s highest rate of violent crime and two semi-violent protests since 2020 which partially penetrated White House and Capitol Building defenses respectively. 5

The statistics are not always so clear-cut in favor of gun freedom as a crime reducer….but they do not take into account the potential – much greater – violence of the wars which gun control enables.

B ) Gun incidents – More weapons could mean more accidents and suicides; people would need to get up to speed on firearm safety. For the sake of argument let’s assume it would also mean more crime. But let’s keep these challenges in context. Taipei’s gun control has helped create a situation where the U.S. Navy is prepping for a possibly civilization-ending fleet battle over Taiwan, projected to cost it more than 10,000 lives on the first day of full engagement. 5b

C) Disruption. The Porcupine Peace Plan could trigger more independence legislation or otherwise distract Beijing’s target governments at a time when they arguably need to focus on preventing/winning the hot/cold war. If we’re an unwelcome disruption, perhaps we can make up for it. Maybe we could trigger a larger volunteer effort to help Taiwan deter invasion, with her consent. The goal should be lawful, private weapon and ammo shipments to Taiwanese civilians. But perhaps medicines or other pre-positioned supplies are doable now on an individual basis. Stay tuned to
https://forum.shiresociety.com/t/the-porcupine-peace-plan-how-nh-independence-could-boost-american-security-and-stop-armageddon/13021
as we discuss or act on this further. How much do you want to bet we find other infuriating regulatory hurdles against helping the islanders…

Meanwhile, it should not be hard for New Hampshirites, thinking, acting, maybe even being outside the box, to do better for Taiwan than we have in the past. Last year we were just another tiny assimilated unit in the Pacific alliance…paying taxes to the fumbling U.S. torture state but giving little thought to our sister democracy on Formosa. There is plenty of room for improvement.

D) The next objection should come from you. Visit to the link above if you’d like to raise concerns publicly. You can also contact me there, or volunteer to help. This idea is potentially world-changing, but I’m just another de-platformed videographer; what I can do alone is very limited without you.

Ultimately, this idea is not competing with perfect. It’s competing with the existing, terrifying options which unimaginative bureaucracies have handed us: Appeasement and nuclear war. You don’t need much speed to win a race with turtles, but urgency is indicated. For Taiwan and an honorable world peace…time is probably running out.

Dave Ridley
NHexit.com

Sources:
1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmudiyah_rape_and_killings

2 https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/claiming-flight-risk-judge-orders-free-keene-activist-held-until-bitcoin-money-laundering-trial/article_04baa708-5613-5bc2-9f58-ac97b76616d6.html

2b https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/22/us/politics/nuclear-war-risk-1958-us-china.html

2c https://davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-against-british-gun-control.html

3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_first_use

4 https://davekopel.org/2A/Foreign/swiss-and-their-guns.html , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Tannenbaum

4b https://www.britannica.com/event/World-War-II/The-invasion-of-Norway

4c https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_control_in_China

4d https://giffords.org/lawcenter/gun-laws/washington-dc/

5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_violent_crime_rate https://www.freedominthe50states.org/guns , https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Floyd_protests_in_Washington%2C_D.C.

5b https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_keFhXPclns

Will NH be first to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms via the state legislature?

Free Keene - Fri, 2022-01-14 23:29 +0000

Dried Psilocybin Mushrooms, photo from Northspore.com

Thanks to the efforts of activist group Decriminalize Nature, cities across the United States have decriminalized the possession of mushrooms containing psilocybin. From Oakland, CA to nearby Northampton, MA, city councils have voted unanimously to direct law enforcement to essentially ignore people who possess psychedelic mushrooms. Plus, the entire state of Oregon legalized shrooms via a ballot initiative in 2020.

Thus far, however, no state has yet decriminalized psilocybin mushrooms via the legislative process. Perhaps New Hampshire will be the first with HB 1349, a bill that proposes to make the possession of up to 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms a mere violation with a $100 fine, instead of a felony.

It’s easy to be skeptical that such a change can happen here in New Hampshire, given the state was slow to decriminalize cannabis, but finally did in 2017. However, the tide is shifting on the issue of psilocybin mushrooms. The reason that city councils are voting unanimously to decriminalize shrooms is because they really do help a lot of people with serious mental problems like PTSD and depression. The studies on this are numerous and growing. It is hard for city councilors to deny retired military veterans who testify that psilocybin has cured them of PTSD, or people with terminal diseases who will testify that psilocybin has helped them be at ease with death. Plus, it has long been known that psilocybin mushrooms are safe to use, even compared with cannabis.

Drug Harm to Society and the User

As I pointed out in my testimony in front of the state house Criminal Justice committee on Wednesday, the most relevant thing they should consider is that the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in December of 2020 that using psilocybin mushrooms for religious reasons is legal in New Hampshire. Jeremy Mack was arrested for possession of psilocybin mushrooms and convicted in Superior Court. He appealed, arguing it was his right, as a member of the Oklevueha Native American Church to use psilocybin as part of his religion.

In a UNANIMOUS decision, the NH supremes overturned Mack’s conviction, pointing out that the New Hampshire constitution has stronger religious freedom protections than the United States constitution. While the US constitution protects the right to religion, the NH constitution protects your right to worship God how you choose:

Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason; and no subject shall be hurt, molested, or restrained, in his person, liberty, or estate, for worshipping God in the manner and season most agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience; or for his religious profession, sentiments, or persuasion; provided he doth not disturb the public peace or disturb others in their religious worship. -Article 5, NH Constitution Bill of Rights

Given this amazing court decision, the religious use of psilocybin mushrooms is already fully legal in New Hampshire. Now the legislature should catch up and stop the police from even arresting psilocybin users at all, by passing HB 1349. I am optimistic for its chances. At the hearing on Wednesday, the only person who spoke against the bill was a drug warrior from the NH State Police, who trotted out the usual scare tactics of “DANGER” and “THE CHILDREN”. Though by pointing out that his kids told him shrooms are available for sale in their school, he inadvertently admits the abject failure of his precious War on Drugs.

Here’s the full hearing video:

If you live in New Hampshire and want to help this bill get passed, please reach out to the Criminal Justice committee via this group email: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us and ask them to pass HB 1349.

Free Software: Something Most Libertarians & Socialists Agree On? Or Almost

Free Keene - Fri, 2022-01-14 00:18 +0000

On Tuesday a democrat in New Hampshire’s house introduced a bill in support of free software. The House Bill (HB) 1273 would be a step forward for software freedom. It proposes to help protect the user freedom of New Hampshire residents in a number of important ways.

  • Prohibits the state government from requiring residents to use proprietary software, whether in remote court appearances, tax filings, standardized test-taking, coursework in public schools, or matters relating to any state benefits
  • Forbid employers from using non-compete clauses to prevent their employees from contributing to free software
  • Prevents state agencies from mandating the use of non-free JavaScript
  • Prohibits NH law enforcement from participating in the investigation or prosecution of copyright claims brought by proprietary software developers against free software developers
  • Forms a state commission to promote the use of free software in state agencies

Now much of the legislation is a bit wishy-washy with no real teeth, but there are some parts that in theory if passed could have a beneficial impact on our freedom. Other parts could be a little more problematic for those who are libertarian and do not believe in the use of violence to achieve social and political objectives (outside that of a defensive nature anyway). Fortunately most of the bill is tailored toward government and is more defensive in nature than not. Some not so great parts would likely also not have much real world impact.

One part in particular should get libertarians everywhere excited. While it probably was not intended by the legislator proposing the bill, a democrat, it would none-the-less be an amazing step forward in reducing the harm of violent thugs in government. The bill would ensure that users have the right to access the source code for any device utilized in the creation of evidence. This would in effect result in evidence being thrown out whereby the government could not produce the source code to the device that created it. Evidence from such devices as radar guns would no longer be valid in court for all practical purposes. The reason for this is that the suppliers of such devices will not release such source code and thereby prosecutors won’t be able to comply with the law. Before the socialists get upset by this though it’s something everyone should be concerned about. It’s already well known that these devices are full of bugs and this would likely result in evidence being invalidated everywhere if the code were released- not just in NH- and so the device manufacturers would never want to do this short of significant improvements to the code. The solution is to pass this in more states and force manufacturers hand-else let this stand as a means of eliminating a law that should not be in that there is no party that can actually show injury.

To have any real chance of seeing this pass the legislation would likely need to be significantly trimmed. Some parts are problematic such as the forbidding of employers from using non-compete clauses to prevent their employees from contributing to free software for instance. This would likely be unpopular with many state legislators who otherwise support software freedom while also supporting ones right to negotiate a contract free of government interference. Maybe there is a way to put this into law that were more freedom-focused, like letting such terms be unenforceable via law, but either way much of the legislature isn’t going to want to interfere in the private affairs of employee-employer relations either way. I suspect this is likely to have little impact in either case given non-compete clauses within the free software world are already taboo and many of us (myself included) would not sign (or require it) such in an employment contract.

One interesting aspect of the bill is that it would prohibit NH law enforcement from partaking in investigation or prosecution of copyright claims against free software developers. While I can in good conscious support this and would go farther to argue for the elimination of copyright it’s unclear to me where this is currently an issue. Maybe it’s connected to the breaking of digital restrictions such as would be the case with something like DeCSS. A free software program that breaks encryption on commercial DVDs. This falls under copyright law and might be prosecuted by state agencies although that said it’s normally a federal offense. State law enforcement can generally however prosecute federal crimes as I understand it or otherwise partake in federal investigation and prosecution thereof. Of which is more common I do believe with civil asset forfeiture cases.

In spite of some of the issues with the legislation a small contingent of libertarians showed up to more or less in support the legislation as well as others from the free software community. One Jon “maddog” Hall, the Board Chair for the Linux Professional Institute, for instance came out and spoke in favor of the legislation.

Jon “maddog” Hall is the Board Chair for the Linux Professional Institute

The main theme surrounding the hearing seemed to be that of software security and the cost of implementation. New Hampshire’s head of IT for instance also spoke from what appeared to be a purchased lobbyist point-of-view. Declaring more or less that it would be of significant burden and cost to transition to free software (while saying they’re already using free software humorously). The opposing side of course pointed out the truth in that there is always a cost to migrate from one release of a program to another, but it’s not significantly different from that of migrating to free software. Not to mention that while free software isn’t about price, but the liberty, security, and control, this twisting and confusing of the bill was quite disingenuous. The long term costs are reduced as no license agreements need be acquired. Commercial support is generally available too despite the head of IT trying to confuse the reps by comparing commercial software to free software. These are for all intensive purposes one and the same. You can acquire commercial support from Redhat for instance for free software and even much of Microsoft’s own code is based on free software. This bill was about libre, not gratis where libre means freedom, and gratis means price.

While the head of NH IT argued against free software on the basis of features, commercial support, and security the reality is these are more often than not mute points given features can be added to free software unlike the proprietary software he favored. Security bugs can be fixed not at the whim of a particular company, but that of either, you, the community, or the commercial entity you contract with for said free software (example: Redhat). Yes- you can buy free software and many companies do. Just because something is libre doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t pay for its development/support. And unlike proprietary software free software can be seen, read, and audited by third parties with or without the consent of the company producing it (once released). These are the things that ensure security- not anti-virus software or proprietary software vendors of which the former is a kin to putting up a fence and expecting it to stop ants from coming onto your property. The head of IT didn’t stop there- even implying that free software was insecure through association with Bitcoin. While not said outright during the hearing he referenced recent socially engineered attacks on municipalities. Somewhat recently there were reports of municipalities being ‘hacked’- which were in reality social engineering attacks primarily involving the traditional banking system. It was only after the attacks occurred and the money paid by employees of the municipalities to criminals overseas that said money was utilized to purchase Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. If there is a flaw- it’s not the software- and it’s certainly not the result of it being libre.

Video Of The Hearing On House Bill (HB) 1273

7 Ways To Improve Our Voting System

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2022-01-13 01:51 +0000

The two-party system, voting for the lesser of two evils, you get it already, we all do. We all feel fed up with the results of our representative democracy.  We are both frustrated and confused about who our elected officials are. Do you know who represents you in your state's House of Representatives? And if you do know their name, do you know their voting record?

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Op-ed: A Case for the States

The Liberty Block - Mon, 2022-01-10 23:43 +0000

It is a fact that the united states will not last forever as one union. John Adams said in 1814: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” 

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Bill Hearings for Week of January 10, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-01-09 18:19 +0000
  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 181 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 23 and opposition of 19 with 25 being of interest.
Of the 74 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 3 and opposition of 3 with 18 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest SB240 apportioning state senate districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/10 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes new state senate districts in accordance with the latest federal decennial census.
Of Interest SB241 apportioning executive council districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/10 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes new councilor districts based on the latest federal decennial census.
Of Interest SB253 apportioning state senate districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/10 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes new state senate districts in accordance with the latest federal decennial census.
Of Interest SB254 apportioning executive council districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/10 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes new councilor districts based on the latest federal decennial census.
Of Interest HB1465 relative to the appointment of counsel for juveniles. Children and Family Law Tue 1/11 10:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill amends the procedure and liability for costs for appointment of counsel for a juvenile. The bill also establishes procedures for the court to use in determining whether to use a statement or a confession from a juvenile.
Of Interest HB1568 raising the age of juvenile delinquency from 18 to 21. Children and Family Law Tue 1/11 10:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill increases the age of juvenile delinquency from 18 to 21.
Of Interest HB1382 relative to the presumption of shared parenting in the determination of parental rights and responsibilities. Children and Family Law Tue 1/11 2:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill: I. Clarifies that the fact that a child is home schooled is not dispositive in allocating parental rights and responsibilities. II. Establishes a rebuttable presumption that equal parenting time is in the best interest of the child and requires the court to provide the basis for finding that the presumption does not apply in a particular case. III. Provides that both parents shall have access to the child’s records unless the parenting plan or court order provides otherwise. IV. Provides that the court shall give substantial weight to the input of a mature minor who is at least 14 years of age.
Oppose SB215 relative to motor vehicle liability insurance policy minimum coverage. Commerce Tue 1/11 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill requires a motor vehicle liability insurance policy to provide certain minimum coverages once the named insured becomes the owner of the vehicle.
Of Interest HB1530 relative to bachelor’s degrees offered by the community college system of New Hampshire. Education Tue 1/11 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill authorizes institutions in the community college system of New Hampshire to grant bachelor’s degrees.
Of Interest HB1574 prohibiting the university system and community college systems of New Hampshire from charging out-of-state tuition to students voting in New Hampshire. Education Tue 1/11 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits the university system and community college systems of New Hampshire from charging out-of-state tuition to students voting in New Hampshire
Of Interest SB368 relative to animal vending licenses. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/11 10:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill details the process for transferring animals after a animal vending license is revoked.
Oppose SB369 relative to organic farming. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/11 10:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill requires the department of agriculture, markets, and food to administer an organic certification program and makes an appropriation therefor.
Of Interest HB1273 relative to the use of free and open source software. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/11 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill: I. Prohibits certain non-compete clauses and non-disclosure agreements regarding free software projects and the sharing of open source software. II. Prohibits, with limited exception, state agencies from using proprietary software in interactions with the public. III. Recognizes the value of data portability and directs the department of information technology to adopt a policy protecting data portability. IV. Prohibits state and local law enforcement from participating in the enforcement of copyright claims against free and open source software projects. V. Establishes a commission to study the use of free software by state agencies. VI. Establishes a software purchasing policy that permits the purchase of proprietary software and hardware only when free software alternatives are not available. VII. Allows the defendant to examine the source code of proprietary software used to generate evidence against the defendant in a criminal proceeding.
Of Interest HB1581 relative to the use of open source software by state agencies. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/11 11:15 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill directs state agencies to consider whether proprietary or open source software is the most cost effective for the agency and requires state procurement documents to include language regarding consideration of open source software.
Of Interest HB1244 relative to parental consent to medical and dental treatments of children in schools. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/11 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires a child’s parent or legal guardian to consent to any medical or dental treatment provided in a school setting.
Support HB1466 relative to the off-label use of prescription drugs and relative to pharmacy prescriptions. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/11 11:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill prohibits disciplinary action against a physician for prescribing an FDA approved drug, biologic, or medical device for off-label use. The bill also prohibits disciplinary action against a pharmacist for filling a valid prescription for off-label use.
Of Interest HB1130 relative to restroom access for persons with certain medical conditions. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/11 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires retail establishments to allow individuals with medical conditions, like Crohn’s disease and colitis, to use employee toilet facilities under certain circumstances.
Of Interest HB1634 relative to state grants for researching the effects on the human body of COVID-19 vaccines. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/11 2:45 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a COVID-19 research grant program in the department of health and human services and makes an appropriation for this purpose.
Of Interest SB293 relative to penalties for violation of privacy. Judiciary Tue 1/11 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill increases the penalty for a second or subsequent offense for violations of privacy.
Of Interest SB295 relative to penalties for violations of privacy. Judiciary Tue 1/11 1:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill amends the penalties for certain nonconsensual violations of privacy.
Oppose HB1419 relative to establishing a New Hampshire civilian climate corps advisory commission. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/11 10:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill establishes a civilian climate corps advisory commission.
Oppose HB1506 establishing a revolving clean energy accelerator fund in the department of energy. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/11 1:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill creates a clean energy accelerator fund, administered by the department of energy, to finance goods and services producing low or zero greenhouse gas emissions and use other financial tools to mitigate climate change.
Oppose HB1601 relative to funding of the NHsaves program Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/11 2:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill amends the amount of RGGI allowance revenues that are rebated to retail electricity ratepayers.
Oppose HB1621 relative to reducing the rebates distributed by the energy efficiency fund. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/11 3:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill eliminates the rebate amount distributed to retail electricity ratepayers and allocates all auction proceeds to support current or future energy efficiency resource standards programs.
Oppose SB306 relative to the penalties for various motor vehicle violations. Transportation Tue 1/11 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill provides for enhanced penalties for certain driving offenses where the offense was also based on facts involving the prohibited use of a mobile electronic device.
Support SB310 relative to license plate scanning. Transportation Tue 1/11 1:20 PM LOB Room 101 This bill permits the owners of private property to obtain and use a license plate reader for the sole purpose of recording and checking license plates.
Support HB1189 permitting voluntary donations to municipalities or the state to fund certain projects or to reduce taxation. Ways and Means Tue 1/11 9:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows a municipality or the state to establish a voluntary donations fund to be expended for certain local or state projects or to reduce amount raised through taxation.
Of Interest HB1591 eliminating the enforcement division of the liquor commission. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/12 10:45 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill eliminates the enforcement division of the liquor commission.
Of Interest HB1502 relative to digital assets and digital securities. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/12 1:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill specifies that digital assets are property within the Uniform Commercial Code; authorizes security interests in digital assets, allows banks to provide custodial services for digital asset property and provides procedures for the provision of custodial services.
Support HB1503 exempting the developer, seller, or facilitator of the exchange of an open blockchain token from certain securities laws. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/12 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill exempts the developer, seller, or facilitator of the exchange of an open blockchain token from certain securities laws.
Of Interest HB1504 relative to special purpose depository institutions. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/12 2:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes a special class of depository institutions, creates regulations pertaining to them, and amends existing law to allow for the special class in the regulatory scheme of banking within the state.
Support HB1349 decriminalizing the possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 9:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill decriminalizes the possession or use of a certain amount or psilocybin mushrooms by a person 18 years of age or older.
Support HB1215 relative to the definition of “residual amount” in the controlled drug act. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill amends the definition of “residual amount” of a controlled drug and changes the penalty for such amount.
Oppose HB1361 establishing a penalty for any person who transports a controlled drug into New Hampshire with the intent to distribute. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes an additional penalty for transportation of a controlled drug into New Hampshire with the intent to distribute.
Support HB1296 relative to money, coin, or currency which may be forfeited in connection with a drug offense. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 11:15 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill limits the scope of money, coin, currency, and other property which is presumed to be subject to forfeiture under the controlled drug act.
Support HB1232 reducing the penalty for first offense drug possession and repealing certain mandatory minimum sentences. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 1:45 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the penalties and removes mandatory minimum sentences for certain first offense drug offenses.
Support HB1360 relative to penalties for controlled drug violations. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 2:15 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill changes the penalty for certain schedule I, II, III, and IV drug offenses.
Support HB1392 relative to penalties for nonviolent drug offenses and repealing the criminal penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/12 2:45 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the penalties for nonviolent drug offenses and eliminates the prohibitions and penalties for the possession, use, or sale of drug paraphernalia.
Oppose HB1657 establishing a New Hampshire farm to school reimbursement program. Education Wed 1/12 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes a New Hampshire farm to school reimbursement program and makes an appropriation therefor.
Oppose HB1655 relative to natural immunity system health and wellness curriculum in schools. Education Wed 1/12 11:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires instruction of kindergarten through high school students on natural immunity health and wellness programs.
Oppose HB1684 limiting education freedom account funding to budgeted amounts. Education Wed 1/12 2:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill limits the amounts of funds appropriated from the education trust fund to the education freedom account program to budgeted sums.
Oppose HB1680 establishing a foundation opportunity budget program for funding public education. Education Wed 1/12 3:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill modifies the determination and funding for an opportunity for a constitutionally adequate education by establishing foundation opportunity budgets and state foundation opportunity grants.
Of Interest SB328 relative to the date of the state primary election. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Wed 1/12 1:40 PM SH Room 103 This bill changes the date of the state primary election to the third Tuesday in June.
Of Interest SB364 relative to the use of electronic poll books. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Wed 1/12 2:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill extends the time requirement for markup of a backup checklist in the use of electronic poll books.
Of Interest SB366 requiring an audit of ballots cast in the 2022 primary and general election. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Wed 1/12 2:20 PM SH Room 103 This bill requires an audit of ballots cast in the 2022 state primary and general elections.
Of Interest SB223 relative to requirements for recovery houses. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/12 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill modifies the requirements for facility bedroom square-footage in order for recovery houses to be exempted from certain requirements of the state fire code by the state fire marshal.
Of Interest SB226 establishing a recruitment and retention program for state employment. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/12 9:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill establishes specific criteria allowing the director of the division of personnel, department of administrative services, to develop a state employee recruitment and retention program.
Of Interest SB363 relative to service credit for certain group II retirement eligibility. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/12 9:50 AM SH Room 103 This bill allows certain retirement system members to purchase nonqualified service time as group II creditable service in order to reduce certain transition provision requirements for retirement.
Oppose SB281 relative to nursing home policies regarding notice of vacancy. Health and Human Services Wed 1/12 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill prohibits a private nursing home or assisted living facility from enforcing a 30-day notice of vacancy policy in the event of a resident’s death and provides that, in such cases, the month in which the resident passes shall be the last month for which payment is due.
Support SB282 relative to advertising oneself as a doctor of acupuncture. Health and Human Services Wed 1/12 9:45 AM LOB Room 101 This bill permits certain practitioners to advertise as doctors of acupuncture.
Oppose HB1235 relative to compensation paid to a crime victim. Judiciary Wed 1/12 10:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill increases the maximum recovery per claimant under the victims’ assistance fund and establishes a maximum recovery amount for victims under the FRM victims contribution recovery fund. The bill also extends the repeal date of the FRM victims contribution recovery fund.
Support HB1101 relative to a forfeiture of personal property. Judiciary Wed 1/12 11:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill limits the conditions under which seized property may be transferred to a federal agency.
Of Interest HB1133 prohibiting the termination of a lease during the sale of real property. Judiciary Wed 1/12 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits the termination of a residential lease during the sale of the property being leased.
Of Interest SB304 relative to discrimination in public workplaces and education. Judiciary Wed 1/12 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill removes provisions concerning freedom from discrimination in public workplaces and education, and clarifies the authority of public schools and public employers concerning discrimination.
Of Interest SB299 relative to the penalty for escape. Judiciary Wed 1/12 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill amends the elements required for charging felony or misdemeanor escape.
Oppose HB1216 repealing the housing appeals board. Judiciary Wed 1/12 2:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill repeals the housing appeals board.
Oppose HB1200 relative to notice of rent increases in residential rental property. Judiciary Wed 1/12 3:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires notice by a landlord of at least 45 days of a proposed rent increase.
Of Interest CACR24 the attorney general. Providing that the attorney general be elected by a majority vote of the members of the general court in a joint session. Legislative Administration Wed 1/12 10:45 AM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution removes the governor and executive council’s authority to nominate and appoint the attorney general and gives the authority to elect the attorney general to the New Hampshire senate and house of representatives.
Of Interest CACR25 legislative term limits. Providing that no person shall serve more than 15 terms in either the house of representatives or the senate. Legislative Administration Wed 1/12 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes a 15-term limit for the New Hampshire house of representatives and the New Hampshire senate, respectively.
Of Interest CACR26 relating to the house of representatives. Providing that 100 of the representatives are elected using party list proportional representation. Legislative Administration Wed 1/12 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution mandates that 100 members of the house of representatives be elected by determining the proportions of each party voting in the given election and allocating the amount of members out of 100 to each party based on such proportions.
Of Interest CACR27 elected and appointed officials. Providing that all state court judges shall be subject to recall and removal by petition and vote of registered voters pursuant to provisions established by the legislature. Legislative Administration Wed 1/12 2:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides for all state court judges to be subject to recall, removal, and replacement by petition and vote of registered voters.
Of Interest HB1211 requiring the installation of electronic tolling. Public Works and Highways Wed 1/12 1:45 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill requires the department of transportation to replace all toll booths in the state with electronic tolling by July 1, 2035.
Of Interest HB1593 requiring the department of transportation to erect sound barriers on Interstate Route 95 in the city of Portsmouth. Public Works and Highways Wed 1/12 2:45 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill requires the department of transportation to erect a sound barrier on Interstate 95 in the city of Portsmouth.
Oppose HB1452 renaming the department of environmental services the department of environmental protection and assigning the department oversight of private drinking water wells. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/12 9:45 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill changes the name of the department of environmental services to the department of environmental protection and authorizes the department to regulate private drinking wells.
Of Interest HB1292 permitting the use of drones or unmanned aerial vehicles on the statewide trail system. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/12 11:15 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill permits and regulates the use of small unmanned aircraft on the statewide trail system.
Of Interest HB1227 relative to the definition of prime wetland. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/12 4:00 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill further defines prime wetland for local protection in fill and dredge permits.
Of Interest SB313 relative to the authority of the office of professional licensure and certification to establish fees. Ways and Means Wed 1/12 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill clarifies that the executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification has authority to establish fees on behalf of the boards, commissions, and councils administered by the office of professional licensure and certification.
Support SB345 relative to youth employment. Commerce Thu 1/13 1:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill makes certain changes to the laws governing employment of 14 and 15 year olds.
Of Interest SB209 relative to electronic wage payments. Commerce Thu 1/13 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill amends the provisions related to payment of an employee’s wages by direct deposit.
Oppose SB384 requiring notice of the hands-free law at the point of sale for cell phones. Commerce Thu 1/13 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires notice of the state’s hands-free law at the point of sale for cell phones and other mobile electronic devices.
Of Interest HB1276 allowing for school district budgets and warrant articles to include cost per student information. Education Thu 1/13 11:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allow for a school district to require the cost per student information be noted on the school district budget and special warrant articles.
Of Interest SB352 relative to substitute teacher criminal history records check. Education Thu 1/13 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill permits substitute teachers who have undergone a criminal records check to work within the same school administrative unit without undergoing an additional records check.
Support HB1298 relative to eligibility for the education tax credit. Education Thu 1/13 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill increases the household income level to qualify as an eligible student under the education tax credit program.
Oppose SB420 establishing an extraordinary need grant for schools. Education Thu 1/13 1:45 PM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes an extraordinary need grant for schools in addition to regular adequate education grants and relief grants.
Support HB1137 relative to the duty of school boards to provide education. Education Thu 1/13 2:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill states the duties and responsibilities of elected school boards and allows school boards to contract with any private school approved by the school board as a school tuition program.
Support HB1169 relative to public comment and inquiry during school board meetings. Education Thu 1/13 3:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes requirements for public meetings held by a school board to include a designated time period for questions from the public and answers from the board. The bill also allows an attendee of a meeting of the school board to demand which New Hampshire statute or administrative rule gives the school board the authority described in a school policy or operational procedure.
Oppose HB1535 relative to cost of living adjustments for retirees in the state retirement system. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/13 9:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes an initial cost of living adjustment in 2022, and subsequent increases subject to the prior approval of the board of trustees, to be paid by the retirement system on the first $30,000 of a retired member’s or beneficiary’s allowance.
Oppose HB1417 relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/13 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill provides that the state shall pay 7.5 percent of contributions of retirement system employers other than the state for group I teachers and group II members.
Oppose SB319 relative to vaccination status and wellness incentives. Health and Human Services Thu 1/13 10:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill requires that all health coverage offered by health carriers to employers shall provide a wellness financial incentive to insured persons when voluntarily supplied with sufficient evidence the insured is currently fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at the time of enrollment. The bill repeals this requirement in 2023.
Support HB1325 relative to release of confidential records of a person appointed a guardian. Judiciary Thu 1/13 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that a person appointed a guardian shall retain the right to access and consent to the release of his or her confidential records unless the terms of the appointment provide otherwise.
Oppose CACR14 relating to unions. Providing that all workers have the right to join a union. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/13 10:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes the right for workers to join a union in the state of New Hampshire.
Oppose CACR28 relating to the minimum wage. Providing that all workers have a right to a minimum wage that provides them with well-being and a dignified existence. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/13 11:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides workers with the right to a minimum wage that provides them with well-being and a dignified existence.
Support HB1089 relative to the unenforceability of noncompete agreements upon termination of an employee for noncompliance with a vaccination mandate. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/13 1:30 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill provides that a noncompete agreement between an employer and an employee who is terminated for refusing to comply with an employer-mandated vaccination requirement shall be unenforceable against such employee.
Oppose HB1207 requiring an employer to provide paid time off for an employee to vote. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/13 2:30 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires an employer to grant an employee paid time off so the employee may vote.
Oppose HB1076 relative to illegal productivity quotas. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/13 3:00 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill implements provisions regulating productivity quotas in workplaces.
Of Interest HB1112 relative to competitive bidding in counties. Municipal and County Government Thu 1/13 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes a procedure for competitive bidding for purchases made by any county in the state.
Support HB1387 enabling municipalities to adopt a property tax homestead exemption. Municipal and County Government Thu 1/13 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill enables municipalities to adopt a property tax homestead exemption against the assessment on a person’s principal place of residence.
Support HB1432 prohibiting the use of state funds for new passenger rail projects. Public Works and Highways Thu 1/13 11:00 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill prohibits the department of transportation from utilizing state funds for the planning, construction, operation, or management of new passenger rail projects.
Support HB1221 relative to the rates of the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax. Ways and Means Thu 1/13 10:15 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the rates of the business profits and business enterprise taxes for tax years ending on or after December 31, 2023.
Support HB1500 reducing the rate of the communications services tax and repealing the tax in 2025. Ways and Means Thu 1/13 1:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the rate of the communications services tax for 2022 through 2024 and repeals the tax in 2025.
Support HB1204 reducing the rate of the meals and rooms tax and increasing the revenue sharing of meals and rooms tax revenue with municipalities. Ways and Means Thu 1/13 2:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the rate of the tax on meals, rooms, and gross rental receipts, and increases the percentage of meals and rooms tax revenues distributed to municipalities.
Support HB1539 relative to the removal of certain information from the New Hampshire state police website. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/14 1:30 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill requires the state police to remove certain arrest records from the New Hampshire state police website.
Support HB1091 relative to search warrants for individuals engaged in fish and game activities. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Fri 1/14 10:15 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires conservation officers to obtain a search warrant for conducting certain enforcement operations, unless the person is engaged in the act of taking.
Of Interest HB1308 prohibiting the capture, possession, and propagation of hares and rabbits for hunting dog training and field trials. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Fri 1/14 2:45 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill prohibits the taking, keeping, or propagation in captivity of snowshoe hares or wild rabbits for the purpose of dog training.
Support HB1092 requiring an official declaration of war for the activation of the New Hampshire national guard. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 1/14 9:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill limits the activation of the New Hampshire national guard to only those times where the United States Congress has passed an official action pursuant to Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution.

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Another Reversal! Elites Admit COVID Vax Alters Menstrual Cycle

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-01-09 13:40 +0000

From early on, the elites in the government, media, and pharma/hospitals have viciously attacked anyone who mentioned the possibility of any reproductive issues in association with the new vaccines.

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How to Smuggle Insulin

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2022-01-08 21:23 +0000

Anyone who follows Bernie Sanders on Twitter knows that he’s always ranting and raving about how expensive insulin is in the united states. But while he’s pushing a government takeover of all private businesses, 'Medicare for all', or some sort of price-capping regulation, I have a better idea. 

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NH Independence Bill Public Hearing is Jan 20th at 3:30pm – Mark your calendar; tell your friends!

NHexit.US - Wed, 2022-01-05 21:42 +0000
Legislative Office Building, 33 N State St., Concord, NH

A historic time and date is approaching. Late last Summer, a bunch of heroic state representatives filed CACR 32, the NHexit constitutional amendment. That alone was historic, as CACR 32 is the first time ever that the people of any state will be given the opportunity to officially speak to their legislature on the topic of whether or not we should leave the United States empire as we once left the British empire.

That is because unlike many other states, every bill filed in New Hampshire is given a public hearing. So, this will be your chance to speak publicly in favor of independence. If we can pack the hearing with supporters, CACR 32 could have a chance of passing, which would then put it to a vote of the people in November. With 2/3rds voting in support, we would immediately declare peaceful independence from the United States and proceed as a sovereign nation.

Mark your calendar now for January 20th, 3:30pm. The location is the Legislative Office Building in Concord, NH at 33 N State St, room 206. However, the room number is subject to change based on how many people show up. By default, bill hearings are held in small rooms with barely enough seating for the committee and perhaps a dozen attendees. However, if enough people pack the room, the committee will have to move the hearing to a larger room. Join our Telegram or Matrix chat rooms for ongoing updates from on-the-ground, or just ask at the front desk where the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs committee is meeting – hopefully we’ll be easy to spot with a big crowd.

The most important thing you can do is attend this meeting, whether or not you want to speak. Every hearing at the state house also allows you to sign your name to a sheet indicating whether you are for the bill being heard, so at minimum you should sign the sheet in the hearing, and if you are so moved, also sign up to speak in favor of CACR 32. Remember, the bill, if passed would only place the question on the 2022 ballot, so we don’t need to convince the representatives to support secession, only that they should support letting the people vote on it.

Whether or not you can attend the meeting, you can help immediately in other ways:

  • Please reach out to the members of the committee at this email address: HouseState-FederalRelationsandVeteransAffairs@leg.state.nh.us and ask them to support CACR 32 without amendment. That email will deliver to all the committee members.
  • Contact your friends who support independence and tell them the time, date, and place of this meeting and ask them if they can attend. Set up carpools to ease transport.
  • Share this article on your favorite social media to spread the word.
  • Sign the petition to support NH Independence!
  • Brush up on your NH Independence knowledge! Explore the 86 Reasons NH Should Divorce DC and the FAQ from the Foundation for NH Independence.
  • Join our Telegram or Matrix chat rooms to connect directly with other NH Independence supporters in real-time-chat. Both rooms are linked together, so if you join one, you needn’t join the other.
  • Join the Signal chat. This is not connected with Telegram or Matrix.
  • Join our Forum to discuss NHexit with others. Or, if you prefer big tech platforms, we have Facebook and MeWe groups as well.

See you January 20th at 3:30pm at the Legislative Office Building at 33 N State St. in Concord!

“Free State Live” Goes In-Depth on NHexit with Alu Axelman

NHexit.US - Wed, 2022-01-05 02:21 +0000

The Free State Project‘s new internet video show, “Free State Live” had Alu Axelman on last night to discuss New Hampshire independence. It was an excellent discussion and Axelman is a great guest on the subject, as the author of multiple books on secession and the new president of the Foundation for New Hampshire Independence. Here’s the episode:

Dear Poor people

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-04 04:52 +0000

Happy rich people will tell you ‘money can’t buy happiness’. Most people struggling financially would strongly disagree with that statement. Of course, you have bills to pay and mouths to feed. Money will make the source of your misery disappear, allowing you to be happier. How could anyone say that money can’t buy happiness when it easily cures so much misery?

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House Gold Standard – January 05, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-01-04 00:41 +0000

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More “Picketing” Trial Video, All Defendants Found Not Guilty!

Free Keene - Sun, 2022-01-02 19:30 +0000

As we reported here at Free Keene last year, nine peaceful activists were ticketed for violating the unconstitutional ordinance against “picketing” outside the NH governor’s house in Newfields, New Hampshire. All but one of the nine have fought the bullshit charge.

Last month, the first “not guilty” verdict came in the case of Frank “Footloose” Staples. Now, five more of the “Newfields Nine” have also been found not guilty. Libertarian attorney Seth Hipple filed a motion to dismiss where he argued the Newfields picketing ordinance is unconstitutional, but the robed woman ignored those arguments when finding the defendants not guilty, which means the illegal ordinance remains in place.

Here are the videos from the trials of five of the Newfields Nine, both trial dates combined into one video:

The Empire’s Medical System Is Becoming Disturbingly Racist

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2022-01-01 00:48 +0000

As reported by Reason Magazine: "Older populations are whiter, " Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. "Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit."

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This Bill Would Begin Making Taxation Voluntary

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2021-12-31 03:40 +0000

Legislation proposed by three Republican Representatives would begin the immensely important process of eliminating mandatory taxation. Three years after The Liberty Block originally published an article calling for legislation to make taxation voluntary, Representative Julius Soti of Windham has finally taken the idea from theory to a real-life bill. Representatives Yakubovich and Warden have signed onto HB1189 as co-sponsors. 

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Is Dictator Biden Finally Giving Up On Coronafascism?

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2021-12-30 01:15 +0000

On Monday, Biden finally admitted that “there is no federal solution” to solve COVID. While this is a very reasonable comment, Bidens’ campaign for president was primarily focused on his federal solution to completely end COVID. He literally posted a tweet saying “I’m going to shut down the virus”. 

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