The Manchester Free Press

Friday • July 1 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXVI

Manchester, N.H.

Interstate Travel in the Republic of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-02-13 14:18 +0000

Many people rightfully fear that once we cut ties to DC, they may not be able to travel to other states for work or pleasure. Of course, many New Hampshire citizens do work in Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. Many also travel to other states to see family or for vacations.

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Bill Hearings for Week of February 14, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-02-13 00:10 +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 31 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 8 and opposition of 4 with 10 being of interest.
Of the 9 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 1 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest SB348 relative to political expenditures and contributions. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 2/14 1:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill modifies political contribution limits.
Support HB1330 Public hearing on non-germane amendment #2022-0399h to HB 1330, relative to the board of
medical technicians.
Executive Departments and Administration Mon 2/14 10:00 AM LOB 302-304 The amendment repeals the requirements for the certification and regulation of medical technicians by the office of professional licensure and certification. Copies of the amendment are available in the Sergeant-at-Arms Office, Room 318, State House
Oppose HB1481 repealing the statute relative to medical freedom in immunizations. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/14 9:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill repeals the statute pertaining to medical freedom in immunizations.
Support HB1379 relative to the department of health and human services’ rulemaking authority regarding immunization requirements. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/14 10:45 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill limits immunization requirements to those diseases identified in statute and removes the department of health and human service’s rulemaking authority in this area.
Of Interest HB1495 relative to vaccine mandates for government contractors. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/14 2:15 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a chapter of law prohibiting employee vaccine requirements for government contractors, except for medical providers when there is a direct threat present.
Of Interest HB1614 requiring the recording and storing of digital video in all state-funded juvenile detention facilities. Children and Family Law Tue 2/15 10:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill mandates digital video recording of juvenile detention facilities paid for, in whole or in part, with general funds, as well as establishes the system requirements for such digital videos.
Of Interest HB1612 relative to the confidentiality of reports made to the division of children, youth, and families and requiring guardians ad litem be appointed in certain instances. Children and Family Law Tue 2/15 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that the identity of any person reporting suspected child abuse or neglect shall be fully confidential unless such a person makes such a report in bad faith or maliciously and with intent to cause harm. This bill also requires courts to appoint guardians ad litem when reports of suspected child abuse or neglect involve one or more parties in a divorce proceeding.
Support HB1280 prohibiting a parent’s refusal to vaccinate a child pursuant to an order of the state or federal government to be used as a basis for terminating parental rights. Children and Family Law Tue 2/15 11:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits a parent’s decision not to have their child vaccinated from being used as grounds to terminate parental rights.
Of Interest HB1607 prohibiting unlawful discrimination in public and nonpublic schools. Education Tue 2/15 9:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires the state board of education to ensure there is no unlawful discrimination in any approved school tuition program, public school, nonpublic school, or educational service that receives public funds.
Of Interest HB1671 relative to the content of an adequate education. Education Tue 2/15 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill revises the requirements for the content, definition, and accountability for an adequate public education.
Of Interest HB1678 relative to the administration of the education freedom accounts program. Education Tue 2/15 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill clarifies certain provisions of the education freedom accounts program and the responsibilities of scholarship organizations and public schools.
Oppose HB1120 relative to education service providers under the education freedom accounts program. Education Tue 2/15 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill adds compliance requirements for education service providers requesting payment from education freedom account funds, including criminal history records checks of employees with direct contact with students.
Oppose HB1683 repealing the education freedom account program. Education Tue 2/15 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill repeals the provisions of the education freedom account program and reverts the unused funds to be deposited to the education trust fund.
Of Interest HB1135 requiring a performance audit of the department of education, education freedom account program. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/15 1:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires a performance audit of the department of education, education freedom account program.
Of Interest HB1395 relative to administrative rulemaking authority. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/15 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires that all items of business conducted by the joint legislative committee on administrative rules receive final legislative action by the general court in a joint resolution sponsored by the committee before the business items go into effect.
Support HB1606 making the state vaccine registry an opt-in program. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 2/15 10:15 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill makes the state immunization registry an opt-in program rather than an opt-out program.
Support HB1026 relative to budget information provided to a budget committee. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides that a municipal budget committee may require that the governing body provide budget recommendations in full line item detail in active spreadsheet format.
Of Interest HB1068 relative to building codes for tiny houses. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill defines tiny houses and provides for the authority and requirements for municipal regulation.
Support HB1238 relative to zoning powers and the supply of workforce housing. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits local proscriptions on workforce housing.
Oppose HB1119 relative to the regulation of single-use bags. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows towns to regulate the use of paper and plastic bags.
Support HB1268 limiting the authority for city council bylaws and ordinances. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill limits the authority of city councils to make bylaws and ordinances to those they are specifically empowered to make.
Of Interest HB1289 relative to applications for abatements and authority to abate prior years’ taxes for certain homeowners. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides that good cause for a tax abatement under RSA 76:16 shall include allowed recreational use of OHRVs on class 5 and class 6 roads.
Support HB1393 relative to the adoption of school district budget caps. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/15 3:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes the requirements for and procedure for the adoption of a school district budget cap.

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National Defense In The Republic Of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-02-11 21:42 +0000

Without the federal government, how would the tiny Republic of New Hampshire remain safe from foreign threats and hostile world powers? We would be living in the smallest country in the world, and we would not have the money or manpower for a serious military, right?

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Invitation to Participate in Anonymous Survey for Post Incarcerated People (GIFT CARD)

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Fri, 2022-02-11 17:02 +0000
A researcher (Dr. Morgan) at the University of Maryland (and a University of New Hampshire alum!) conducting a national study on the experiences of people who have been incarcerated (released at least two years ago) and have successfully avoided further re-arrest. I seek to honor the challenges, strengths, and resilience of those who have been incarcerated in the United States.   Survey respondents will receive a $20.00 e-gift card upon survey completion. Note: they are having IT difficulties with the link. Expectations are that it will be resolved by Monday.  In the meantime, you may contact Dr. Morgan directly. 

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Wyoming Becomes Fourth State With Dedicated Goldback Series

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2022-02-10 02:50 +0000

By Zephan Wood for The Liberty Block There are a plethora of revolutionary monetary alternatives to fiat dollars. The most common being cryptocurrency, bartering, and precious metals. Additionally, there has been a rising star in the agorist currency space commonly known as goldbacks. There are currently four different state variations […]

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Liberty Block’s Flagship Podcast Updates Name After 84 Weeks Straight

The Liberty Block - Wed, 2022-02-09 07:00 +0000

Since mid-2020, The Liberty Block has produced a podcast each week. The show was originally hosted by Steven Axelman, Ed Mazlish, and Jodi Carroll. The name ‘EJS’ (the initials of the hosts) became the unofficial and eventually, the official name for the show, which has since grown in popularity, reputation, and in the number of hosts.

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Currency in the Republic of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-02-08 03:20 +0000

If New Hampshire cut ties to DC and no longer participated in the union, what would we use for currency? Many people have asked this question, and some have openly admitted to being afraid of how we would function as a society without using ‘the mighty dollar’. 

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Porcupine Day 2022 Speeches: Carla Gericke & Jeremy Kauffman

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-02-07 03:50 +0000

This weekend, the Free State Project celebrated “Porcupine Day”, the annual commemoration of the FSP reaching its goal of 20,000 liberty activists pledged to move to New Hampshire. That goal was reached on February 5th, 2016, making this the sixth annual Porcupine Day. Approximately 140 people packed Murphy’s Taproom in Bedford last night to celebrate and “Queen Quill” Carla Gericke and Odysee co-founder Jeremy Kauffman spoke. Here are both of their speeches:

Federal Court Rules That Two Friends May Speak To Each Other

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-02-06 03:59 +0000

After nearly one year, federal court officials have seemingly loosened the bail restrictions for Rich Paul (AKA Nobody) and Ian Freeman, allowing the longtime friends and partners in liberty to speak to one another. 

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Bill Hearings for Week of February 07, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sat, 2022-02-05 19:38 +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 84 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 17 and opposition of 8 with 7 being of interest.
Of the 26 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 2 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support SB250 enabling municipalities to adopt a tax credit for qualified private community property owners. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 2/7 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill enables municipalities to adopt a tax credit for qualified private community property owners.
Of Interest SB252 relative to information on property tax bills. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 2/7 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires property tax bills to include information regarding the amount disbursed from the education trust fund in the prior fiscal year and the amount the municipality’s education grant aid will be reduced under RSA 189:41 as a result of the education freedom account program under RSA 194-F:2.
Oppose HB1321 relative to the governor’s power to declare a state of emergency. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 2/7 10:15 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill removes certain restrictions on the governor’s power to declare a state of emergency.
Of Interest HB1369 relative to COVID-19 health and safety policies at New Hampshire performing arts venues. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/7 9:30 AM 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.
Support HB1045 requiring legislative oversight over the emergency powers of the department of health and human services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/7 10:15 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill clarifies certain public health emergency management powers of the department of health and human services.
Oppose HB1633 relative to requiring COVID-19 vaccination for school attendance. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/7 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires covid-19 vaccination for school attendance, expands the definition of school to include postsecondary institutions, and limits the scope of the Covid-19 vaccination requirement to those individuals whose age exceeds the minimum for a vaccine fully approved by the FDA.
Support HB1035 relative to exemptions from school vaccine mandates. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 2/7 2:15 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows parents to obtain an exemption from vaccinations required for school attendance. The parent may claim the exemption for medical or religious reasons or as a matter of conscience.
Support HB1177 relative to permissible residential units in a residential zone. Municipal and County Government Mon 2/7 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires that local legislative bodies permit by right certain single-family lots in residential districts to be used for up to 4 residential units.
Support HB1194 relative to the procedure for overriding a local tax cap. Municipal and County Government Mon 2/7 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires a supermajority vote of the legislative body to override a local tax cap.
Support HB1238 relative to zoning powers and the supply of workforce housing. Municipal and County Government Mon 2/7 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits local proscriptions on workforce housing.
Of Interest HB1307 modifying the authority and duties of the housing appeals board. Municipal and County Government Mon 2/7 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill modifies the authority and duties of the housing appeals board.
Of Interest HB1431 establishing the parental bill of rights. Children and Family Law Tue 2/8 10:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes a parental bill of rights, a framework for notice of, and to report violations of, such rights, and consequences for affirmative findings of violations.
Oppose SB453 relative to statewide pre-kindergarten funding. Education Tue 2/8 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes the requirement for school districts to provide pre-kindergarten (pre-K) education to pupils in the district and for state funding of the cost of pre-K education programs.
Of Interest SB410 relative to school district transparency. Education Tue 2/8 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires public comment periods at school board meetings, the adoption of a school board code of ethics developed by the state board of education, and procedures for amendment and submission of school district charters.
Support HB1241 prohibiting a school district from mandating a COVID-19 vaccination for school attendance. Education Tue 2/8 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits school districts from mandating that students have a COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend school.
Support HB1171 exempting certain niche beauty services from licensure requirements. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/8 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill exempts niche beauty services from occupational and shop license requirements.
Support HB1560 relative to nonresident licensure by the board of barbering, cosmetology, and esthetics. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/8 11:15 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill modifies the requirements for nonresident licensure by the board of barbering, cosmetology, and esthetics.
Support HB1566 relative to the NH prescription drug
affordability board (non-germane amendment #2022-0375)
Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/8 3:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 The amendment repeals the New Hampshire prescription drug affordability board. Copies of the amendment are available in the Sergeant-at-Arms Office, Room 318, State House.
Support HB1401 prohibiting the disclosure of the number of miles driven by a specific driver licensed by the state or vehicle registered in the state. Transportation Tue 2/8 9:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill prohibits both the department of safety, and inspection stations, from sharing vehicle mileage information without the consent of the vehicle’s owner.
Support HB1302 relative to the weighing of vehicles. Transportation Tue 2/8 10:10 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill limits law enforcement’s authority to stop and weigh any vehicle to commercial vehicles only.
Support HB1447 prohibiting state agencies from using face recognition technology. Transportation Tue 2/8 11:10 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill prohibits state agencies from using face recognition technology.
Oppose SB442 relative to the suspension of a vehicle registration as a result of evading toll collection systems. Transportation Tue 2/8 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill requires the director of the division of motor vehicles to suspend an owner’s vehicle registration privileges until any unpaid tolls and administrative fees are paid. This bill also prevents an owner from transferring ownership of a vehicle until any unpaid tolls and fees are paid.
Support HB1426 eliminating the vehicle inspection mandate for non-commercial vehicles. Transportation Tue 2/8 1:30 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill eliminates the requirement that private passenger vehicles, light trucks, and motorcycles undergo annual equipment inspection to determine whether such vehicles are fit to be driven, provided that such vehicles are not used in the regular course of business.
Of Interest HB1431 establishing the parental bill of rights. Children and Family Law Wed 2/9 11:40 AM LOB Room 206-208
Oppose HB1380 relative to installation of solar photovoltaic energy systems by owners subject to deed restrictions in a homeowners association. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 2/9 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibits deed restrictions of homeowners’ associations from prohibiting or restricting the installation and use of a solar photovoltaic energy system.
Support HB1378 relative to inspection of public lodging houses. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 2/9 11:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires a sheriff or police officer to present a warrant before inspecting the register of a public lodging house.
Support HB1296 relative to money, coin, or currency which may be forfeited in connection with a drug offense (non-germane amendment #2021-0264h). nify criminal asset forfeiture, one process for the crime (if there is one) and the asset. It also includes the language of HB1101 (non-adoption for Equitable Sharing). Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/9 9:45 AM LOB Room 202-204 The amendment establishes a procedure for the forfeiture of items used in connection with a drug offense. Copies of the amendment are available in the Sergeant-at-Arms office, Room 318, State House.
Of Interest HB1476 relative to persons arrested while out on bail. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/9 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill provides that a person who commits an offense while on bail shall be detained without bail pending a hearing before a judge.
Of Interest HB1335 relative to the parole board and the procedure for medical parole of prisoners. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/9 1:30 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill revises the criteria necessary for determining if an inmate qualifies for medical parole and revises the membership of the adult parole board. The bill also renames the position of “executive assistant to the parole board” as the “parole board director of operations.”
Of Interest HB1512 relative to the parole of certain prisoners. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/9 3:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill changes the eligibility for parole for certain prisoners.
Oppose SB374 relative to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccinations. Health and Human Services Wed 2/9 10:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits a person from requiring that an individual who had COVID-19 or who is under the age of 18 receive a vaccination against the virus as a condition for employment, education, or access to businesses or entities open to the public. The bill also establishes an exemption as a matter of conscience against a vaccination mandate. The bill establishes a criminal penalty and a private right of action for enforcement.
Support HB1070 relative to the default budget in official ballot jurisdictions. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/9 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows for the default budget in an official ballot town or district to be reduced by any reduction to an appropriation the governing body made in the proposed operating budget.
Support HB1087 relative to zoning for single family housing lots. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/9 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill limits the authority of local land use planning boards relating to ordinances governing lot sizes.
Oppose HB1172 requiring composting and waste recycling to be made available to residents of public housing. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/9 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires towns to ensure that residents of public housing have access to a composting and waste recycling facility.
Of Interest HB1617 relative to housing projects of the community development finance authority and establishing a committee to prevent state subsidies for housing development that is not income-sensitive. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/9 12:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides that the community development finance authority block grant program may be used for affordable housing projects. The bill also establishes a committee to prevent state subsidies for housing development that is not income sensitive.
Oppose HB1143 relative to medical mandates adopted by employers. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/10 10:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires an employer that implements a medical mandate as a condition of employment to submit the written policy to the state, and provide severance pay to any employee who is terminated as a result of opting out of the medical mandate.
Oppose HB1508 prohibiting discharge of volunteer firefighters or volunteer emergency medical technicians from other employment. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/10 11:30 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill prohibits an employer from discharging or disciplining an employee who is a volunteer firefighter or emergency medical technician and whose failure to report for work was due to such employee responding to an emergency.
Oppose HB1514 relative to an employee’s unused earned time. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/10 1:00 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires an employer to pay an employee for unused earned time.
Oppose HB1569 relative to the status of “totally unemployed” for purposes of unemployment compensation. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/10 1:30 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill provides that an individual who has not been terminated but has been prohibited from entering his or her place of employment shall be deemed totally unemployed for the purposes of unemployment compensation.

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The Destructive Hand of the State – A Warning From Uganda

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-02-04 19:29 +0000

In our quest to break barriers to freedom and build and promote a free society in Africa, we are with time discovering and drawing the attention of more danger posed and done by the state. These powers are violating and throwing into the trench of history the principles of a free society and not letting man live a free life. 

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NH HB 1027: Elected Officials Who Abuse “Emergency Powers” Could Incur Felony Charges of Treason

Free Keene - Wed, 2022-02-02 22:57 +0000

New Hampshire HB 1027 was introduced by Rep. Tim Baxter (R – Rockingham 20) and Rep. Josh Yokela (R – Rockingham 33) on January 5, 2022, followed by a public hearing on January 19th. It’s now sitting in committee until March 10, 2022.

  • “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.”

Politicians and bureaucrats that violate our medical freedom by enforcing unconstitutional and unlawful mandates should go to prison. The legislative process is sacred. President Joe Biden is not a king, and the executive department cannot subvert the legislative process when it is convenient. It is up to individual state legislatures and the United States congress to enact legislation that impacts the citizens…It is well within the authority of the general court to protect its constituents from overreach of federal executive power. This bill aims to check the power of the federal government, and to defend the people of our state from unconstitutional executive actions and decrees that encroach on their ability to conduct business freely. This bill protects the right of private businesses to make their own decisions in what they require of their employees, and frees them from being shackled by executive overreach.” – Rep. Tim Baxter, HB 1027 public hearing, 1/19/2022 – watch here

 

Arguments Presented at the Public Hearing 

Rep. Baxter’s arguments focused on how covid-19 mandates in New Hampshire have affected employers/employees negatively by forcing them into catch-22 situations. One example was a mother in tears because she didn’t agree with the vaccine mandate, but would lose her job if she didn’t comply. Rep. Baxter argued that businesses should be in charge of setting their own parameters, without government intrusion or intervention whatsoever.

Rep. Yokela’s arguments focused on how using covid-19 as the basis for “emergency powers” is an abuse of the legislative system. Over two years into the pandemic, any “emergency powers” enacted are unnecessary, as the entire world is well aware of the situation. Employers do not need hand-holding, and employees should not be forced into unconstitutional positions by the government. Rep. Yokela argued that legislatures have enough time, at this late stage, to follow the legitimate legislative path instead of enacting laws by executive decree. If they do not follow the proper path, it should be considered an act of treason.

I became actively involved in this process in the end of 2021, beginning of 2022, and I was actually appalled with the way people are being discriminated against because of this pandemic. Not only in our communities, but right here in our legislative body. This bill would hold those people responsible and accountable at every level. It needs to be done. I was in a Senate hearing yesterday and one of the senators who spoke…said the bottom line is that we don’t want to approve this because we want everyone vaccinated. That’s not appropriate. That is not appropriate for someone to take that kind of a stand. He’s representing the people of New Hampshire. Not everyone in New Hampshire wants this vaccine. Not everyone in New Hampshire believes in this vaccine. Not everyone in New Hampshire trusts our federal government, or even our state government at this point. I’m here today to support this bill; it’s a good start.” – Russan Chester (NH citizen), HB 1027 public hearing, 1/19/2022 – watch here

 

Abusing “Emergency Powers” Is an Act of Treason

Skirting around the legitimate legislative process by proclaiming kingly “emergency powers” (when there is no emergency) is an act of treason against the state, and should be treated as such, the bill argues. Obviously if used as intended, the power of “the king” to enact spur-of-the-moment laws wouldn’t seem quite so shady. But creeping up past the two-year mark of the pandemic, there’s no reason to skirt around the legitimate legislative process anymore. If an elected official abuses their powers, this bill would allow for them to be charged with treason, carrying a minimum prison sentence of 20 years.

As this bill states, the legislative process is a core process of our democracy and a lot of people may think of treason as helping a foreign state. In fact, not only is it helping a foreign state, but undermining the core of our actual state. And there are some people who wish to subvert that core aspect of the legislative process in our country, and that should be taken with the utmost of seriousness. The use of covid-19, this far into a pandemic, is not a legitimate claim of emergency. The claim of emergencies that go around our legislative process are used so that in a short amount of time the people can react to changing circumstance. But two years into the pandemic, the legislature has ample time to assess and respond, legislatively. And so going around that legislative process is now unwarranted.” – Rep. Josh Yokela, HB 1027 public hearing, 1/19/2022 – watch here

 

Video of the Public Hearing for HB 1027: (5:20 – 16:00)

ALERT - FEB 9 Please Call or Email NH House Criminal Justice Committee Members before Feb 9

Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform – N.H. - Wed, 2022-02-02 15:34 +0000

Predicted Storm has postponed HB1105 hearing until Feb. 9 at 2:15 pm

The NH House Criminal Justice Committee will meet in LOB 202 and receive testimony on HB-1105, a proposal to reduce the “Earned Time Credit” of an inmate.

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Proposed NH Constitutional Amendment (CACR27): All State Court Judges Shall Be Subject to Recall and Removal by Petition

Free Keene - Wed, 2022-02-02 03:27 +0000

New Hampshire constitutional amendment concurrent resolution (CACR27), introduced January 5, 2022, would give “we the people” of NH the ability to boot out the corrupt and tyrannical judges that permeate the current landscape.

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.” – CACR27 summary

 

Introduced by Rep. Norm Silber (R), Rep. Michael Sylvia (R), Rep. William Foster (R), and others, a public hearing for the amendment took place January 12, 2022. Rep. Silber began the hearing by stating that many of his constituents (Gilford/Meredith) had come to him with “horror story complaints about their treatment by judicial officers in the court system in the state, most of whom are complaining about how they’re treated in family court. Some dealing with child custody, child removals, DCYF.” Current NH law only allows the removal of a judge through the process of impeachment.

The public hearing for CACR27 lasted about 40 minutes and ended with NH criminal defense attorney Richard Guerriero saying, “I think the greater issue at hand is a greater scrutiny of the courts…This would give the people a path to take should they not be able to inspire their representatives to protect them from government.”

It Seems Obvious This Should Be a Law

I, you, and everyone we know probably knows at least one person who’s gone through the court system only to find it, and the judge, totally corrupt. Obviously when it comes to child custody and child removal from a family, if a corrupt judge is installed entire generations could be destroyed. But really, all corrupt judges ruin lives, don’t they?

It seems obvious this constitutional amendment should be law. Doesn’t it? Why the hell isn’t it? This is New Hampshire! And while we’re at it, let’s vote out all the bad cops, too. It would really put the “public” back into the “servants,” don’tcha think? Sound like a plan? Let’s see what happens with this!

Watch the Public Hearing for CACR27: (4:59:23 – 5:38:00)

 

 

 

 

Senate Gold Standard – February 03, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Tue, 2022-02-01 22:51 +0000

(white) goldstandard-02-03-22-S.pdf
(gold) goldstandard-02-03-22-S-y.pdf

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Shocking! 2nd Page of Declaration of Independence Unearthed After 245 Years

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-02-01 00:15 +0000

We learned at the recent Committee hearing in NH on CACR 32 that the US Constitution does not allow for dissolution of our union of States for any reason and that it is not even empowered to do so. Pursuant to the discussion of whether our Founders and those who […]

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Bill Hearings for Week of January 31, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Mon, 2022-01-31 00:02 +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 108 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 13 and opposition of 16 with 22 being of interest.
Of the 27 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 5 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest CACR36 residency for the purpose of voting. Providing that only residents of the state may vote in elections. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/31 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that a person must be a resident of New Hampshire for the purpose of voting.
Of Interest HB50 apportioning state representative districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/31 1:45 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes state representative districts.
Of Interest HB52 apportioning congressional districts. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/31 1:45 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes new United States House of Representative districts in accordance with the latest federal decennial census.
Support HB314 relative to homestead food operation licensure. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 1/31 11:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill makes an adjustment to the maximum annual gross sales of food by a homestead food operation.
Of Interest HB1681 relative to the state building code. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 1/31 1:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill revises the definition of the state building code, addresses the version of the building code applicable immediately following adoption of an updated edition, and clarifies the role of the state building code review board. The bill also requires municipalities to submit local building ordinances to the state building code review board for informational purposes.
Support HB1191 relative to electrical work, plumbing, and fuel gas fitting in one or two family housing. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 1/31 1:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill modifies the exemption from licensure for individuals performing electrical work, plumbing, or gas fitting work on structures used as such individuals’ primary residence.
Of Interest HB1409 relative to the age at which a minor may receive mental health treatment without parental consent. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/31 9:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows a minor 16 years of age or older to consent to mental health treatment without parental consent. The bill also allows for reimbursement of such services from the uncompensated care and Medicaid fund.
Of Interest HB1126 permitting minors over the age of 16 to obtain a vaccination without parental consent. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/31 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill permits minors over the age of 16 to obtain a vaccination without parental consent.
Oppose HB1536 relative to expanding Medicaid to include certain postpartum health care services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/31 2:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill directs the department of health and human services to submit a state plan amendment to expand postpartum coverage under Medicaid. The bill also establishes a quarterly reporting requirement.
Oppose HB1342 relative to municipal charter provisions for tax caps. Municipal and County Government Mon 1/31 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill clarifies the interpretation of override provisions for tax or spending caps in certain town and city charters.
Support HB1078 relative to budget procedures of the Gunstock Area Commission. Municipal and County Government Mon 1/31 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires the Gunstock area commission to submit a budget proposal to the county convention 90 days prior to the start of the next fiscal year and restricts all expenditures to those approved by the county convention.
Oppose SB324 establishing a condominium, homeowners’ association, and cooperative dispute resolution board and relative to the authority of homeowners’ associations. Commerce Tue 2/1 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a dispute resolution board for condominiums, homeowners’ associations, and cooperatives. This bill also modifies requirements for homeowners’ association agreements.
Oppose SB237 relative to participation in the education freedom account program. Education Tue 2/1 9:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill requires annual determination of eligibility and requires ineligibility for certain periods upon a determination of misstatements or misuse.
Oppose SB432 repealing the education freedom account program. Education Tue 2/1 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill repeals the provisions of the education freedom account program
Oppose SB271 relative to the Burgess BioPower facility. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 2/1 9:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill permits the public utilities commission to revise its orders affecting the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin.
Support HB1460 relative to minimum age requirements for certain occupational licenses. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/1 2:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill repeals minimum age requirements for certain occupational licenses.
Oppose SB445 appropriating funds to the broadband matching grant fund. Finance Tue 2/1 1:10 PM SH Room 103 This bill appropriates federal funding to the broadband matching grant fund.
Oppose HB1224 prohibiting state and local governments from adopting certain mandates in response to COVID-19; and prohibiting employers and places of public accommodation from discriminating on the basis of vaccination status. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 2/1 9:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill: I. Prohibits state or local government agencies from requiring masks or other facial coverings in response to COVID-19 or other infectious disease. II. Prohibits state or local government agencies from issuing immunity passports or similar standardized documentation of COVID-19 vaccination status. III. Prohibits businesses from requiring documentation of COVID-19 vaccination status. IV. Prohibits discrimination on the basis of COVID-19 vaccination status by state agencies, employers, and places of public accommodation.
Support HB1604 including state medical facilities in the statute providing medical freedom in immunizations. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 2/1 10:45 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill repeals the exemption of county nursing homes, the state hospital, and any other medical facility or provider operated by the state or a political subdivision from the statute pertaining to medical freedom in immunizations.
Oppose HB1003 prohibiting health care providers from refusing to provide care or services based on patient vaccination status. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 2/1 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill prohibits health care providers from refusing to provide care or services based on patient vaccination status.
Of Interest HB1099 prohibiting the department of health and human services from requiring vaccine passports for services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 2/1 2:30 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that the department of health and human services shall not require a vaccine passport for services.
Of Interest SB298 repealing the law relative to certain discrimination in public workplaces and education. Judiciary Tue 2/1 1:20 PM SH Room 100 This bill repeals the law relative to certain discrimination in public workplaces and education.
Oppose HB1240 relative to service of process for license suspensions or revocations. Transportation Tue 2/1 10:10 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill requires that a notice of driver’s license revocation or suspension be sent by first class mail when a summons was not hand delivered by a law enforcement officer. This bill also creates a presumption of service 3 days after the mailing of the notice.
Of Interest HB1463 relative to drivers’ licenses issued in accordance with the Real ID Act of 2005. Transportation Tue 2/1 10:50 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill modifies the requirements needed to obtain a driver’s license that complies with the REAL ID Act of 2005, Public Law 109-13.
Oppose SB447 establishing the electric vehicle and infrastructure fund. Transportation Tue 2/1 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes the electric vehicle and infrastructure fund within the department of transportation.
Support HB1028 relative to the form of individual health insurance policies. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 2/2 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill modifies the form of individual health insurance policies.
Oppose HB1162 relative to requiring insurance coverage for vaccinations, devices, and medications authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 2/2 10:45 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibits insurers from excluding coverage for any vaccination, device, or medication that has been authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Oppose HB1580 relative to pharmacy benefits managers. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 2/2 2:30 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes the licensure of pharmacy benefits managers.
Oppose HB1594 relative to assistance to certain students with disabilities in registering to vote. Education Wed 2/2 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill provides for students with an individualized education program or accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to discuss including voter registration in the student’s plan.
Support HB1233 prohibiting higher education institutions receiving state funds from requiring face masks and COVID-19 vaccinations for attendance. Education Wed 2/2 9:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits higher education institutions from requiring a COVID-19 vaccination or face masks for enrollment or attendance.
Oppose HB1332 excepting public universities and colleges from requirements under medical freedom in immunizations. Education Wed 2/2 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill exempts the university system and the community college system from the statute pertaining to medical freedom in immunizations.
Oppose HB1115 relative to record of educational attainment under the educational freedom account program. Education Wed 2/2 12:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires the statewide student assessment tests for the record of educational attainment under the education freedom accounts program.
Of Interest HB1670 relative to funds of the education freedom account program after termination of a student’s participation and responsibilities of the scholarship organization. Education Wed 2/2 2:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires that upon enrolling in a public school an education freedom account program student’s participation and funding are terminated. The bill also requires audits by the scholarship organization and investigation of misuses of funds.
Of Interest HB1669 requiring the department of education to administer the education freedom account program. Education Wed 2/2 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill changes the administration of the education freedom account program under RSA 194-F from scholarship organizations to the department of education.
Oppose SB422 establishing an adult dental benefit under the state Medicaid program. Health and Human Services Wed 2/2 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires the commissioner of the department of health and human services to solicit information and to contract with dental managed care organizations to provide dental care to persons under the Medicaid managed care program.
Of Interest SB379 establishing the solid waste management fund and establishing a solid waste disposal surcharge. Ways and Means Wed 2/2 10:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill: I. Establishes the solid waste reduction management fund. II. Establishes a solid waste disposal surcharge. III. Repeals the existing surcharge on out-of-state waste.
Support HB1582 repealing the granite state paid family leave plan. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 2/3 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill repeals the paid family and medical leave plan.
Of Interest HB1664 requiring certain non-public schools or education service providers that accept public funds to perform background checks on all employees and volunteers. Education Thu 2/3 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires nonpublic schools and education service providers that accept public funds to comply with requirements for criminal history background checks for employees and volunteers.
Of Interest HB1402 relative to inclusion of chartered public schools in school district bond issuance votes. Education Thu 2/3 9:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes a procedure for a chartered public school to elect to include its planned land, construction, or renovation costs in the local school district’s vote to authorize bonded indebtedness.
Of Interest HB1663 relative to requirements for home education students. Education Thu 2/3 11:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 The bill clarifies provisions for home education programs concerning notifications required for students moving to a new district, educational evaluations, and termination of home education.
Of Interest HB1588 relative to students attending public schools that mandate the wearing of face masks without an emergency order in place. Education Thu 2/3 2:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allows students in a school that has mandated face masks to transfer to a school or program in another school district and have the costs for such transfer paid by the resident district.
Support HB1149 relative to the number of names required for nomination by nomination papers. Election Law Thu 2/3 9:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill reduces the number of names of registered voters required to nominate a candidate by nomination papers.
Of Interest HB1166 requiring certain voters to declare a party affiliation prior to a state primary election and requiring candidates to be members of political parties for a certain amount of time prior to an election in which such candidates seek office. Election Law Thu 2/3 9:45 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires any undeclared voter who wishes to vote in a state party primary to declare a party affiliation at least 120 days prior to such primary. The bill also requires that any person seeking a nomination by primary be a member of the political party for which such candidate seeks a nomination for at least 6 months prior to the primary election.
Of Interest HB1174 relative to election challengers. Election Law Thu 2/3 10:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill permits election challengers to be permitted within 6 feet of any table where any ballots are hand counted and to maintain a line of sight on any electronic ballot counting device.
Support HB1197 relative to the definition of “party” for election purposes. Election Law Thu 2/3 10:15 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill modifies the definition of “party” for election purposes.
Oppose HB1124 requiring businesses to use the federal E-Verify system of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/3 10:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires employers to verify employment eligibility through the federal E-Verify system.
Support HB1165 repealing the Granite State paid family leave plan. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/3 10:45 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill repeals the Granite State paid family leave plan.
Oppose HB1472 prohibiting anti-union activities by employers. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/3 2:30 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill prohibits an employer from engaging in anti-union activities.
Oppose HB1403 establishing a commission relative to the minimum wage. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 2/3 3:15 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill establishes a minimum hourly rate commission which shall set and adjust the minimum hourly rate for all employees in New Hampshire.
Of Interest HB1136 requiring planning boards to list the type of studies required to render a decision. Municipal and County Government Thu 2/3 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires planning boards to list the type of studies required to render a decision.
Of Interest HB1161 relative to ethics obligations of elected local and county officials. Municipal and County Government Thu 2/3 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits any member of a governing body in the state from having an interest in any business or transaction that is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her duties in the public interest. This bill also requires the member abstain from any vote that may create a conflict.
Of Interest HB1335 relative to the parole board and the procedure for medical parole of prisoners. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/4 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill revises the criteria necessary for determining if an inmate qualifies for medical parole and revises the membership of the adult parole board. The bill also renames the position of “executive assistant to the parole board” as the “parole board director of operations.”
Of Interest HB1476 relative to persons arrested while out on bail. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/4 1:30 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill provides that a person who commits an offense while on bail shall be detained without bail pending a hearing before a judge.
Of Interest HB1512 relative to the parole of certain prisoners. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/4 3:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill changes the eligibility for parole for certain prisoners.
Of Interest HB1607 prohibiting unlawful discrimination in public and nonpublic schools. Education Fri 2/4 9:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires the state board of education to ensure there is no unlawful discrimination in any approved school tuition program, public school, nonpublic school, or educational service that receives public funds.
Of Interest HB1671 relative to the content of an adequate education. Education Fri 2/4 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill revises the requirements for the content, definition, and accountability for an adequate public education.
Of Interest HB1678 relative to the administration of the education freedom accounts program. Education Fri 2/4 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill clarifies certain provisions of the education freedom accounts program and the responsibilities of scholarship organizations and public schools.
Oppose HB1120 relative to education service providers under the education freedom accounts program. Education Fri 2/4 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill adds compliance requirements for education service providers requesting payment from education freedom account funds, including criminal history records checks of employees with direct contact with students.
Oppose HB1683 repealing the education freedom account program. Education Fri 2/4 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill repeals the provisions of the education freedom account program and reverts the unused funds to be deposited to the education trust fund.
Support HB1070 relative to the default budget in official ballot jurisdictions. Municipal and County Government Fri 2/4 9:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows for the default budget in an official ballot town or district to be reduced by any reduction to an appropriation the governing body made in the proposed operating budget.
Support HB1087 relative to zoning for single family housing lots. Municipal and County Government Fri 2/4 9:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill limits the authority of local land use planning boards relating to ordinances governing lot sizes.
Oppose HB1172 requiring composting and waste recycling to be made available to residents of public housing. Municipal and County Government Fri 2/4 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires towns to ensure that residents of public housing have access to a composting and waste recycling facility.
Of Interest HB1617 relative to housing projects of the community development finance authority and establishing a committee to prevent state subsidies for housing development that is not income-sensitive. Municipal and County Government Fri 2/4 12:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides that the community development finance authority block grant program may be used for affordable housing projects. The bill also establishes a committee to prevent state subsidies for housing development that is not income sensitive.

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Law Enforcement In The Republic Of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-01-30 14:32 +0000

A friend of mine asked me that question on the day of the historic hearing on CACR32, the legislation that would place the question of independence on the ballot if passed by the legislature. She supports liberty and state independence, but she was seriously concerned that we may not have any police if we cut ties with DC. 

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US Appeals Court Rules: DEA Allowed Access to NH Opioid Database Without a Warrant

Free Keene - Sun, 2022-01-30 04:07 +0000

On January 27, 2022, the US Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, Chief Judge Jeffrey Howard, ruled in “US Dep’t of Justice v. Jonas, No. 19-1243,” that the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) can “legally” access New Hampshire’s prescription drug database via an administrative subpoena, not a warrant. This is despite New Hampshire and United States laws to the contrary.

While 48 states have submitted to maintaining a networked prescription database (Prescription Drug Monitoring Program / PDMP), most people would argue that their personal medical and prescription records are protected by the 4th amendment (“no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause.”) Personal healthcare and medical information is generally protected under doctor-patient confidentiality laws and is regarded as almost sacrosanct in the healthcare world (think HIPAA.) In this case, confidentiality was further supported by the 4th amendment to the US Constitution.

Overwhelming Support From the Liberty Community

Michelle Ricco Jonas, manager of the New Hampshire PDMP in 2018, refused the DEA’s request to fork over 2.5 years’ worth of prescription data of a “person of interest.” After being subpoenaed she argued that the records belong to the state, not an individual person. Since March 12, 2019, when the notice of appeal was docketed, Michelle Jonas and New Hampshire state received an outpouring of support from the ACLU of California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, and Rhode Island – in other words, all the districts represented by the 1st Circuit Court.

Over the past two grueling years of appeal, the ACLU supported Jonas, and questioned whether issuing a subpoena to a state employee is within the bounds of the district court. They argued that medical records, for all intents and purposes, are considered private information. While the DEA has the ability to subpoena an individual, the ACLU asked if that gave them the right to subpoena a representative, or employee, of the state. They also argued that the 4th Amendment requires law enforcement “to obtain a warrant based on probable cause only to secure records over which there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.” The ACLU argued that medical records warrant an expectation of privacy.

The prescription records at issue in this case reveal intimate, private, and potentially stigmatizing details about patients’ health, including details of those patients’ underlying medical conditions. For that reason, as with other medical records, people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in them.” – Summary of Argument, US Dep’t of Justice v. Jonas, No. 19-1243

 

So What Was the Loophole?

In a nutshell, the “third-party doctrine” was the loophole the DEA used to secure a “victory” in this appeal. Basically, if you voluntarily share information with a third party (say a pharmacist at CVS who fills your prescription), you magically lose your right to the 4th amendment because you voluntarily shared your private information.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You have to share that private information in order to receive your prescription medications through lawful means. If you wanna live, if you wanna beat that disease, you have to give your name, address, phone number, and all the information they need so you can just get your pills. Right? So what exactly is the alternative? The grey market? Street drugs? A life of crime?

The Feds Will Stop at Nothing to Support the Prison-Industrial Complex

It seems obvious that personal medical information is personal. We share that information with medical professionals with the expectation that their oaths of ethics and doctor-patient confidentiality will keep it that way. Everywhere we go we see “HIPAA” emblazoned there, telling us how seriously our personal medical information is treated, at the risk of sanctions, medical license removal, and prison time. Medical professionals have an entire course in this topic, and it’s included in their jurisprudence board exams.

There’s really no way to “logic” around this ruling; it’s pretty cut and dried. The DEA will stop at nothing to reach their quotas, to perpetuate the prison-industrial complex, and to erode our Constitutional rights. Unfortunately this is one of many similar rulings in the United States.

It’s up to us to continue fighting for freedom, liberty, and our Constitutional rights. It’s up to us to determine if this is acceptable or whether it’s about time we stand up against this onslaught and say, “I’m not gonna take this anymore!”

I want you to get up right now. Sit up. Go to your windows. Open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad! You’ve got to say, I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first, get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!” – “Network” movie, 1976

 

Side Note

As of January 27, 2022, the exact date upon which this appeal was concluded, the presiding 1st Circuit Judge Jeffrey Howard announced his early retirement at the age of 66. This was the last case he will hear, and thankfully, the last case he will rule on.

Sources

  • 1st Circuit’s lone Replican-appointed judge to step down from active service
  • New Hampshire fights DEA bid to access drug database without a warrant
  • Medical prescription warrantless searches get new challenge
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (19-1243)
  • Docket for Case #: 19-1243
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard
  • What is the prison-industrial complex?
  • Fourth amendment
  • 19-1243 judgment summary
  • Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)

Bill Would Ask DC To Report Federal Law Enforcement Activity In NH

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2022-01-29 23:35 +0000

Legislation proposed by nine Republicans in the New Hampshire House would compel the Attorney General to request information from the federal government regarding their law enforcement activities in our state. 

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