The Manchester Free Press

Friday • July 1 • 2022

Vol.XIV • No.XXVI

Manchester, N.H.

The Constitutional Case for NH Independence (CACR 32)

Free Keene - Sat, 2022-01-29 03:10 +0000

This is an e-mail I sent to NH state reps around Jan 26, 2022.

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RepFolk: Here are some reasons you should feel “Constitutionally comfortable” voting for CACR 32…the right of the people to vote on whether we keep being ruled by an empire that starts a new war at our expense every three years or so.

What’s nice about the U.S. Constitution is that you generally don’t have to be a “Constitutional scholar” to understand it.

1) The Tenth Amendment makes the U.S. Constitution innocent of banning independence, until proven guilty. It reads: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” By default, “the powers,” thus includes the power of states and/or their voters to divorce D.C. In order for the U.S. to lawfully wield a power preventing that, such power would have to be “delegated to the United States by the Constitution.” Where does that Constitution clearly grant such power to D.C.? Why are the “anti-independence” Constitutional passages cited so unclear on this question when compared to the clarity of “The Tenth?”

2) Even if we were to assume, for the sake of discussion, that the Constitutional arguments against independence were valid…that leaves a different problem for Remainers. No one could credibly argue that the U.S. government has complied with its Constitution…not even during the last two hours, let alone the last two centuries. Have they voided their contract, perhaps millions of times? If they are not required to follow their Constitution, why are we?

3) If one could argue that the U.S. Constitution forbids the public from voting on independence this year, one could just as easily argue that the pre-existing NH Constitution *demands* it this year. Article 10 reads: “…whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government.” Has Washington endangered – or not endangered – “public liberty?” Are you currently able to “redress” your grievances with D.C.?

4) You face, perhaps for the first time, legislation which would actually end the central government’s practice of running employment bans and overseas TORTURE CHAMBERS* at NH taxpayer expense. Why have some of your House colleagues apparently picked *this* moment to begin pretending they follow either Constitution?

Dave Ridley
NHexit.com
“Independence without enmity”

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagram_torture_and_prisoner_abuse



Taxes & Welfare In The Republic of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Sat, 2022-01-29 00:20 +0000

That exact question was asked by a state legislator during the historic first public hearing in a legislative body on the question of independence in at least 160 years. While it may sound extreme, it is a reasonable question. 

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Healthcare In The Republic of New Hampshire

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-01-28 15:04 +0000

“What would healthcare look like in an independent New Hampshire once we leave the union?”, a middle-aged woman asked from the crowd during the press conference for CACR32. I have been asked this question many times over the past few months, and it is a fair concern. Let’s explore what healthcare in the Republic of New Hampshire may look like after the inevitable collapse of DC and the union.

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Tuttle Twins: A Fair Review

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-01-28 02:38 +0000

I’d like to ask you to look back on your childhood memories and try to think of a show, movie, or book that was meant for children that you were shown or read to as a child. There has been a large swath of children’s media produced throughout the years, from Schoolhouse Rock and Barney to Paw Patrol and My Little Pony.

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NH HB 1022 – Permitting Pharmacists to Dispense Ivermectin Without a Prescription

Free Keene - Tue, 2022-01-25 20:34 +0000

Rep. Leah Cushman presents HB 1022 at the public hearing on 1/18/22

 

On January 12, 2022, Rep. Leah Cushman (R – NH) introduced New Hampshire HB 1022: an act permitting pharmacists to dispense the drug ivermectin by means of a standing order entered into by licensed healthcare professionals. The general argument is that many healthcare workers are unable to prescribe ivermectin, either because of hospital politics or outside pressures. This bill would override the need for a prescription for ivermectin, allowing everyone in New Hampshire to pick it up over-the-counter.

A public hearing for this bill took place on January 18, 2022. Rep. Cushman, House committee (Health, Human Services, & Elderly Affairs) members, doctors, and others took part in a lively discussion that spanned over two hours. The overall consensus appeared to be in favor of the bill, with a few speakers pleading that those who cannot (or do not) get the covid-19 vaccine need another readily-available, tried, and tested alternative.

The Benefits of Ivermectin Are Well Established

The only medicine for infectious diseases to win the Nobel Prize has recently been smeared in the mainstream media. Surprised? There are innumerable studies that have overwhelmingly shown the benefits of this drug to combat all types of disease. The difference is that now the media has portrayed it as livestock medicine, and nobody can seem to counteract the bad press–not even Joe Rogan.

However, most of those in attendance, including multiple committee members, fully supported pushing this bill further. Even those who believe that vaccines are the best option had to admit that withholding medicine to those who cannot or do not get the vaccine doesn’t make sense. In fact, people who have received the vaccine can benefit from ivermectin as well.

Dr. Paul Marik Was in Attendance

One speaker of note was Dr. Paul Marik, who traveled to the public hearing for NH HB 1022 all the way from Virginia.

A former professor of medicine & chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Marik famously sued the hospital he worked for in an effort to prescribe ivermectin to his patients with covid-19. The health system his hospital is part of has banned ivermectin. He ended up resigning in disgust December 31, 2021. During his public arguments in favor of HB 1022, Dr. Marik described ivermectin as “cheap, exceedingly safe, and exceedingly effective.”

If ivermectin had been promoted at the beginning of this pandemic, we would not be sitting here today.” – Dr. Paul Marik, NH HB 1022 public hearing, 1/18/22

 

Watch the Full 2 Hour Public Hearing Below: (6:01:00 – 8:00:00)

 

What’s Next?

The next steps are for the House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Elderly Affairs to deliberate, and eventually hold an executive session where NH HB 1022 will be voted on by attending committee members. Executive sessions are open to the public, but at the time of this writing no date has yet been set. Stay tuned!

 

Representative Brodie Deshaies: Ignorant or a Liar?

Free Keene - Tue, 2022-01-25 04:09 +0000

Brodie Deshaies at the hearing looking guilty while Carla Gericke calls him out for using scare tactics

Representative Brodie Deshaies from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire testified in front of the State-Federal Relations and Veteran Affairs Committee on January 20, 2022 concerning CACR 32. The legislation seeks to let the people of New Hampshire vote to amend the Constitution and become an independent nation, breaking ties with DC. He was the legislator asked by the committee chairman to do the bulk of the research before the hearing.

Looking closely at all the claims Deshaies made about the legality of this bill and the implications concerning lawmakers voting to recommend that the House pass it, it is hard to decide if he is ignorant and easily swayed by empire-loving “constitutional scholars” from DC or if he gave a speech full of lies to sway the vote. He used fear-mongering language directed at the committee, implying that they may be charged by Washington DC if they vote ‘Ought To Pass’ and supported the bill through the legal process. This article is a close-up look at his claims and will look at all the material he references to see if he is really making a constitutional argument against CACR 32.

Deshaies starts off with an acknowledgment of how the public perceives him. There are some people who are pretty upset with me in the room,” he says. This is already very indicative of his character. He sent Elliot “Alu” Axelman (the editor-in-chief of LibertyBlock.com and the author of multiple books on secession) an email full of misinterpretations of the US and New Hampshire Constitutions a few weeks ago. When Alxelman politely asked if he wished to engage in a public debate on the topic, Deshaies cowered and declined. Without the opportunity to debate Deshaies, and with no legislator agreeing to debate him, Alu published his rebuttal to Deshaies’ anti-independence letter on his website. The article destroys the few arguments that the anti-freedom legislator sought to make in his letter. Instead, Deshaies went on to publish the exact same letter in an op-ed article on NHJournal.com. So, now we know he knows how people feel about his twisting of the facts, but he just goes on to ignore the people and doubles down on his way of thinking. We see from this very first sentence that he isn’t the sort of person who feels he should be in office doing what the people of New Hampshire want. He feels he’s in office to rule over the citizens of New Hampshire with an iron fist.

He goes on to say that after speaking to many “constitutional scholars” such as David Williams, author of “The Mythic Meanings of the Second Amendment”, that he believes this committee was engaged in a “constitutional process” by voting Ought to Pass or Inexpedient to Legislate. Which means every vote cast is “aiding in the constitutional process,” and “approving it at each time along the way”.

Deshaies claims, “Every vote cast has a constitutional ramification judging by amendment fourteen of the US Constitution, section three. Some scholars would argue that this is rebelling, even if it’s peaceful. This very well could be an argument where voting for this, aiding and abetting in that process could very well be unconstitutional.”

So, there it is, folks. Deshaies spoke to a man who wrote a book arguing that the second amendment doesn’t really give all Americans the right to bear arms for advice on what the Constitution says. Then, he came up with a clever way to subtly scare the other members of the committee out of voting Ought to Pass on this bill. He used a mildly veiled threat of ‘insurrection’ and ‘rebellion’ to convince everyone on the committee to vote 21-0 against recommending the bill to be passed. Even the two committee members who told Axelman that they would support the legislation ultimately caved to the fear and voted to kill it.

Amendment Fourteen Section Three of the US Constitution is written in legalese, so here is an explanation of it from AnnenbergClassroom.org;

“Amendment XIV, Section 3 prohibits any person who had gone to war against the union or given aid and comfort to the nation’s enemies from running for federal or state office, unless Congress by a two-thirds vote specifically permitted it”.

This has nothing to do with a committee in New Hampshire voting ‘Ought to Pass’ on a bill that would allow the citizens of New Hampshire to vote to become an independent nation. The representatives already took their oaths. Hopefully, if they had gone to war against the federal government, that would have been looked into before they were sworn in. That is what the fourteenth amendment, section three is discussing. It’s a far cry from allowing the people the chance to possibly vote on peacefully separating from their abusive rulers in DC.

Even if the part of the US Constitution Deshaies cited was relevant, voting Ought to Pass on CACR 32 would not constitute rebellion. According to Black’s Law Dictionary, rebellion is defined as “Deliberate, organized resistance, by force and arms, to the laws or operations of the government, committed by a subject”. It is ridiculous to assert that by allowing an amendment of the New Hampshire Constitution to appear on the ballot by proper peaceful and lawful procedure, his fellow committee members would be engaging in violent resistance against the federal government. If Granite Staters voted and it became law, we would immediately no longer be a part of the federal government. That would not be rebelling, that would be peaceful separation.

Deshaies goes on to say that part one, article ten of the New Hampshire constitution does not apply to the federal government. The referenced article reads, “Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.” It does not specify “The New Hampshire government can be reformed or a new state government established.” It simply uses the word “government.” The authors of the NH Constitution were smart enough to know the difference. If they intended for the article to apply only to the state government, they would have said so. Brodie Deshaies gives no explanation for why he thinks article ten only applies to the state government. The right of revolution isn’t specifically granted to the federal government in the US Constitution, and according to the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution, that means that right is delegated to the states. Thankfully, the New Hampshire Constitution has this right clearly and articulately established. Granite Staters have the right to reform any government that has become perverse and/or establish a new one. CACR 32 would seek to reform the state government we have by striking all references to the United States in the New Hampshire Constitution, state statutes, and regulations.

Deshaies does acknowledge that people in New Hampshire today are upset about the amount of powers the federal government claims to have over them. He says “New Hampshire lost some of that sovereignty because we accepted federal dollars and we ceded a number of responsibilities. Now, we’re still sovereign, technically, over this. We can, through the constitutional process, freely take back those powers. It just means we’re going to have to be giving up the carrots. We took the carrot, we get the stick.” I’m not sure what carrot he’s referring to, because the federal government does nothing but leech off of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a donor state, meaning Granite Staters pay hundreds of millions per year more in taxes to the federal government than the state government receives back in funding. Also, I’m pretty sure that the saying has to do with getting the carrot OR the stick. Brodie Deshaies would be free to move to another state if Granite Staters voted to leave the union and keep their wealth. Massachusetts is less than 100 miles from his house, and there he can take all the carrots and sticks he wants from the federal government.

Continuing to speak about the constitutional process, Deshaies says, “I think people are misguided and they’re providing an answer that isn’t the right answer, that isn’t the constitutional answer. They’re trying to work outside of the constitutional government to get this done.” That just isn’t true. CACR 32 went through all the proper channels and is a valid constitutional amendment. Just because Deshaies doesn’t think it is the right answer doesn’t mean Granite Staters should not be allowed to vote on the issue. He would be allowed to vote on the ballot like everyone else. The people deserve to have their say. As far as secession movements go, this is literally the most legal, peaceful method of seceding that any state has ever attempted in human history.

After the meeting, Joa of Breaking the Flaw confronted Deshaies publicly in the hallway of the Legislative Office Building and asked him why he would oppose this legislation so heavily and asked if he believed he was really representing the people. Deshaies stated, “I’ve had more constituents contact me to oppose it than I’ve had, you know I had two contact me to oppose it and I haven’t had any contact me to support it.” Deshaies didn’t represent his constituents that day if he believes two people contacting him to oppose CACR 32 is good enough for him to get in front of the committee and misrepresent what the US and New Hampshire Constitutions say to scare the committee into voting Inexpedient to Legislate for fear of being prosecuted by the federal government for rebellion.

Next, CACR 32 will go in front of the full House for a roll call vote, possibly on February 15th. Contact your representative and tell them you want them to defend democracy by supporting this bill, so that the people of New Hampshire can vote on it in November of 2022.

Rep. Brodie Deshaies: Ignorant Or Liar?

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-25 04:04 +0000

The legislation seeks to let the people of New Hampshire vote to amend the Constitution and become an independent nation, breaking ties with DC.

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The Union’s New Identity Crisis

The Liberty Block - Tue, 2022-01-25 03:47 +0000

In this technologically advanced society, we now find ourselves living in, the inevitable question of the relationship between the government and the governed must be asked and discussed. What is this relationship now?  

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“COVID Carols” Now in Audio Form!

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-24 23:01 +0000

Captain Kickass’ “COVID Carols” – Click for Printable PDF.

In December of 2020, we gave you a super-fun Christmas gift in the form of the COVID Carols songsheet!  At the time, Captain Kickass wrote some awesome parody lyrics to four classic Christmas songs and you can download a PDF of the lyrics here to sing them yourself!

This Winter, the Captain has taken the time to produce a three-song EP and is offering them on his website, which features a bunch of other parody songs.

You can listen to them all for free and then buy the record for whatever price you want to pay!  Check them out on his Bandcamp page here.

Featuring:

  • “The Lockdowns Are Dumb” – to the tune of “Little Drummer Boy”
  • “Do you fear what I fear?” – to the tune of “Do you hear what I hear?”
  • “Sterile Little Christmas” – to the tune of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”

Update: New NH HB 1025 Aims to Limit Witnessing Police

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-24 22:23 +0000

This bill would give police the right to tell any person they must stay back at least 30 feet.

 

A new bill was introduced to the NH House on January 5, 2022 that, if passed, could have serious, far-reaching consequences for 1st amendment auditors and anyone attempting to witness or film police interactions in New Hampshire.  

Introduced by Rep. Al Baldasaro (R – Rockingham 5) and cosponsored by Rep. David Love, Rep. Vanessa Sheehan, Sen. Sharon Carson, Sen. Bob Giuda, and other Republicans, the bill attempts to add an 11th section to Chapter 642 of the Criminal Code; (642:11 Impeding or Provoking a Law Enforcement Officer.) 

Update

NH HB 1025 was presented to the New Hampshire House Committee on January 19, 2022. Committee members voted unanimously to recommend ITL (inexpedient to legislate) status for this bill. Nineteen of the 21 members were present, with a final vote in favor of ITL: “Yea” – 19 votes; “Nay” – 0 votes; with 2 not voting. You can view the vote in the video below (48:35 – 52:10.)

Opens the Way for “Feelings-Based” Policing

In essence, the update would give police vague avenues by which to arrest someone if they deem that person is “interrupting, disrupting, hindering, impeding, or interfering” in any way with their police work. What one officer deems “disrupting” another may deem perfectly fine, so this appears to leave the door open for interpretation. It also leaves the door open for policing based on “feelings.” Generally when things are left open to interpretation based on “feelings” it is our Constitutional rights that go by the wayside. 

This bill would give police the right to tell any person that they must stay back at least 30 feet from any scene, for any reason. For example, if you’ve been told to stay back, and continue to approach, they could slap you with a class A misdemeanor for “interference” or any one of those other terms they’ll have at their behest. If a police officer tells you to stay back and you’re closer than 30 feet, if you don’t move back to the 30 foot mark, they could slap you with a class A misdemeanor. If an officer “feels” you’re provoking a physical response, same drill. See how this works?  

Impeding or Provoking a Law Officer (642:11)

  • I. After receiving a verbal warning from a law enforcement officer not to approach, no person shall:
  • (a) Violate such warning and approach;
  • (b) Remain within 30 feet of a law enforcement officer who is engaged in the lawful performance of any legal duty with the intent to:
  • (1) Interrupt, disrupt, hinder, impede, or interfere with the law enforcement officer   s ability to perform such duty; or
  • (2) Provoke a physical response from the law enforcement officer.
  • II. A person who violates this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
  • 2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.

 

How Might This Affect the Filming of Police in New Hampshire?

The bill clearly states that if an officer verbally warns you not to approach, you cannot approach that officer or that scene at all: “After receiving a verbal warning from a law enforcement officer not to approach, no person shall violate such warning and approach.”

While HB 1025 does detail a 30-foot-distance rule once a person has been told to step back, it does not detail at what distance an officer is allowed to initially shout to you that you mustn’t approach a scene. Could it be a warning they shout at you from 100 feet away? What about when you’re 300 feet away? If they just don’t “feel” like “dealing” with someone filming them, could they technically shout to you from any distance not to approach?  

Many times, as we’ve seen in the news, video footage of police encounters is what clears the innocent and brings responsibility to police actions. This bill would allow the police to bar virtually any person from any scene that they deem a nuisance. When the ability to film police encounters is diminished, our Constitutional freedoms quickly follow. What starts as 15 feet will become 30 feet, then 50.

Breaking the Flaw, a well-known New Hampshire videographer, had this to say about the new bill: “As someone who likes to witness police interactions with a camera, I find it absurd that the direction of this bill will limit our ability for government transparency.”

 

Similar Legislation is Popping Up All Over

Recently, Rep. John Kavanaugh (R – Arizona), an ex-police officer, sponsored a bill that would require “anyone with a camera” to stay 15 feet away from a scene or police officer in Arizona. According to a MSM report dated 1/22/22, “The lawmaker said he has been approached by officers in Tucson who were concerned that people recording them were getting too close for the officers’ and their own safety.” 

In July of 2021, Rep. Alex Rizo (R – Florida) introduced a bill very similar in wording to New Hampshire HB 1025, making it unlawful to “interrupt, disrupt, hinder, impede, or interfere” with a police officer within 30 feet. Under Florida HB 11, any person who is deemed by an officer to cause a disturbance faces a 2nd degree misdemeanor. What constitutes a disturbance is completely based on how the officer “feels” in a given situation.

In May of 2021, Governor Kevin Stitt (R – Oklahoma) signed HB 1643, which took effect Nov. 1, 2021. Under this legislation, it’s unlawful to post a video or photo of a police officer with “threatening intent” (as defined by a judge or prosecutor.) In addition, HB 2273 makes it unlawful to publish any personally identifiable information of a law enforcement officer, including in video recordings. This includes an officer’s name, birth date, address, telephone number, driver license number, Social Security number, or place of employment, and includes “a photograph or any other realistic likeness of the person.”

 

Safety From Scrutiny

By “officer safety” they perhaps really mean “safety from scrutiny.”

Long has it been a curious thing to ponder how a camera can affect officer safety. If anything, filming the police has led to increased public safety by holding armed thugs with shiny badges accountable for their actions. While I can think of many examples of filming the police resulting in public safety, I can’t think of many instances where filming the police led to the police being harmed somehow. By “officer safety” they perhaps really mean “safety from scrutiny.”

“It’s hard to see such a blanket ban as anything but a targeted assault on First Amendment activity,” says Ari Cohn, a First Amendment lawyer who works at TechFreedom, a think tank dedicated to technology issues. “Cops have long tried claiming that the act of filming them in itself obstructs their ability to do their job…and now that this argument failed, they are rather transparently trying to create a safe space from observation by the people they are sworn to serve.”

What You Can Do

  • Contact your representatives
  • Contact the ACLU
  • Attend legislative sessions
  • Know your rights
  • Always film the police!

Brave NH Native Records in Court Lobby Despite Threats from Armed Goon

Free Keene - Mon, 2022-01-24 01:00 +0000

In October of 2021, nine peaceful people were arrested at a well-attended executive council meeting. It started when armed state goons approached activists Frank “Footloose” Staples and Terese Grinnell and requested they to follow them to a partitioned area in the back of the room. Once out of sight of the packed audience, the thugs arrested Footloose and Terese, causing them to verbally announce what was happening. Prior to being asked to walk out, the two were sitting in the audience quietly, so they are still unsure regarding why they were arrested in the first place, as they didn’t make any noise prior to the arrest. So far, the court process has yet to clarify the situation.

Seven other people were also arrested for speaking out during the arrests of Footloose and Terese. The “New Hampshire Nine” had a court hearing on Friday to deal with some pending motions and unlike the rest of the Nine, Footloose is representing himself in the case. If you’ve seen his other videos, you know that means it won’t be dull. Here’s a video with highlights from his visit, including he and other activists bravely refusing to stop recording when threatened by a masked court goon. You can see the full uncut series of videos he recorded at Concord district court on his Odysee.

It’s also worth noting that there is an unconstitutional “Supreme Court” of NH order in place prohibiting recording in all parts of state courthouses except the courtrooms themselves. Those restrictions were put in place because of Keene activists recording over a decade ago and haven’t been meaningfully challenged ever since. Kudos to New Hampshire native Footloose for standing up for the right to record and the right to transparency. It was nice to see him back down the armed goon AND he did it while on bail conditions for his previous ridiculous victimless arrests.

Stay tuned here to Free Keene for the latest on his saga.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 24, 2022

N.H. Liberty Alliance - Sun, 2022-01-23 21:54 +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 118 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 17 and opposition of 22 with 17 being of interest.
Of the 70 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 2 and opposition of 2 with 7 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Oppose HB1680 establishing a foundation opportunity budget program for funding public education. Education Mon 1/24 10:00 AM 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 SB246 relative to qualified private communities. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/24 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill defines and regulates “qualified private communities.”
Of Interest SB425 relative to the establishment of an election information portal. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Mon 1/24 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill authorizes the secretary of state to develop an election information portal.
Of Interest CACR30 officers of the government. Providing that the elected positions of inspectors general are created. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 1/24 1:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes the positions of inspectors general to investigation elections fraud and fraud by elected officials, as well as allows an inspector general with probable cause to prosecute findings of fraud.
Of Interest HB1294 requiring the commission on demographic trends to consider data on race and ethnicity for the purpose of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in New Hampshire. Executive Departments and Administration Mon 1/24 2:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires the commission on demographic trends to consider data on race and ethnicity for the purpose of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in New Hampshire.
Of Interest HB1439 relative to hospital visitation policies. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/24 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows, with limited exception, a patient to designate a parent, spouse, family member, or other caregiver to be present while the patient receives hospital care.
Support HB1608 requiring the department of health and human services to contact certain individuals whose information was included in the state immunization registry. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/24 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires the department of health and human services to contact individuals who, pursuant to emergency order #76, were not given an opportunity to opt out of having COVID-19 vaccination information included in the state immunization registry.
Of Interest HB1405 allowing out-of-state mental health care providers to provide telehealth treatment during a mental health emergency. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Mon 1/24 2:15 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows out-of-state mental health care providers to provide telehealth treatment during a mental health emergency and requires insurance coverage for out-of-state mental health services provided through telemedicine.
Of Interest HB1518 relative to the requirements for appointed guardians. Children and Family Law Tue 1/25 10:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes the requirement for guardians appointed by the court to receive a home visit within 30 days of their appointment to verify the safety and adequacy of the home for the minor and the consequences for failing to do so.
Of Interest HB1431 establishing the parental bill of rights. Children and Family Law Tue 1/25 2:15 PM LOB Room 206-208 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.
Of Interest SB217 relative to eviction notices. Commerce Tue 1/25 9:15 AM SH Room 100 This bill modifies the circumstances under which a landlord may evict a tenant and modifies the requirements relating to eviction notices.
Support SB249 prohibiting planning and zoning ordinances that prohibit short-term rentals. Commerce Tue 1/25 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits municipalities from adopting ordinances that ban short-term rentals. This bill also allows municipalities to adopt ordinances requiring the owner of a short-term rental to register the name of a person in state who can receive service of process.
Oppose HB1660 relative to school lunches and establishing the meals for students fund. Education Tue 1/25 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires schools to make free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch available to children who meet federal eligibility guidelines and provides for reimbursement to schools for offering meals at no cost to eligible students. The requirement is repealed in 2025.
Of Interest SB238 relative to special education services in chartered public schools. Education Tue 1/25 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires chartered public schools to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a resident district of a student with disabilities who is attending the chartered public school concerning special education services.
Oppose SB426 relative to the adequate education grants for fiscal year 2023. Education Tue 1/25 9:45 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires the commissioner of education to use highest of the average daily membership in residence for school years 2020, 2021, and 2022 in calculating adequate education grants for fiscal year 2023.
Of Interest SB261 relative to net metering participation. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/25 9:30 AM SH Room 103 This bill clarifies provisions relative to net energy metering participation and allows customer-generators to receive a payment for negative net energy usage during the subsequent billing cycle in an amount equivalent to certain credits.
Of Interest SB269 relative to the New Hampshire weatherization program. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/25 9:45 AM SH Room 103 This bill reduces the contractor pre-qualifications for contracts pertaining to the New Hampshire weatherization assistance program and calls for the weatherization of re-purposed buildings such as mill buildings.
Support HB1187 relative to milk pasteurization. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/25 10:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows for the sale of products made with raw milk in certain circumstances.
Support HB1412 relative to gardening, homesteading, and organic food production. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/25 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides that any person may cultivate vegetable gardens on their own property, or on the private property of another with the permission of the owner. This bill also adds a deduction from business profits and a credit against the business profits tax paid in the amount of the USDA Organic Certification fee.
Oppose HB1587 relative to determination of average final compensation under the retirement system and making an appropriation therefor. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/25 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill modifies the calculation of compensation paid in excess of the full base rate of compensation under the definition of average final compensation in the retirement system for persons hired after July 1, 2011. The actuarial cost of the change is funded from general funds of the current biennium.
Of Interest SB387 making an appropriation to the body-worn and dashboard camera fund. Finance Tue 1/25 1:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill makes an appropriation to the body-worn and dashboard camera fund and establishes a distribution process.
Of Interest HB1662 related to privacy obligations of the department of health and human services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/25 11:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a data privacy and information technology security governance board within the department of health and human services to oversee data privacy risk calculation and risk mitigation efforts, as well as provides for 2 employees within the department to accomplish these objectives.
Support HB1619 relative to qualifying conditions for the therapeutic cannabis program. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/25 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill adds moderate to severe chronic migraine headaches to the qualifying conditions for the therapeutic cannabis program.
Support HB1455 relative to state enforcement of federal vaccination mandates. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Tue 1/25 3:30 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill prohibits state enforcement of any federal law, order, or rule that requires an individual, as a condition of employment or any other activity, to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or to submit more than once per month to COVID-19 testing.
Oppose SB344 relative to the quorum requirements under the right to know law of meetings open to the public. Judiciary Tue 1/25 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill removes the physical presence quorum requirement for meetings under RSA 91-A.
Oppose HB1250 requiring the public utilities commission to consider climate change in making rate-setting decisions. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/25 1:30 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires the public utilities commission to consider climate change when setting rates, fees, or charges.
Of Interest HB1024 relative to local speed limits in business or urban residence districts. Transportation Tue 1/25 10:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill lowers the possible speed limit for local alterations for speeds limits in business or urban residence districts.
Support HB1138 exempting the display of a front license plate on certain vehicles. Transportation Tue 1/25 11:00 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill allows for an application and payment of a fee to exempt the display of a front license plate on certain vehicles.
Support HB1150 relative to temporary license plates. Transportation Tue 1/25 11:30 AM LOB Room 201-203 This bill permits any New Hampshire resident who purchases a motor vehicle from another individual to display an existing valid New Hampshire license plate registered in their name for a period of 5 days from the date of sale.
Oppose SB449 relative to the retention of social security numbers by the division of motor vehicles. Transportation Tue 1/25 1:40 PM LOB Room 101 This bill gives an applicant for a driver’s license the opportunity to determine whether to have his or her complete social security number, or only the last 5 digits, retained in the records of the department of safety. This bill also permits the department to transmit the last 4 digits of an individual’s social security number to the department of state for voter identification purposes.
Support HB1445 relative to the identification of police vehicles. Transportation Tue 1/25 2:30 PM LOB Room 201-203 This bill requires certain law enforcement vehicles to display the agency name, law enforcement license plates, and emergency lights when being used for a valid law enforcement function.
Support HB1636 relative to prohibitions on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 9:00 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill creates an exception to the prohibition on carrying a loaded firearm on an OHRV or snowmobile for any person carrying a pistol or revolver who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm by a New Hampshire statute.
Oppose HB1668 requiring a background check prior to any commercial firearm sale. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 9:45 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill requires commercial firearms sales or transfers in this state to be subject to a criminal background check and provides a criminal penalty for a violation. The bill excludes private, noncommercial sales or transfers between individuals, provided neither individual is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm under state or federal law.
Oppose HB1310 prohibiting the discharge of a firearm in the direction of a building, livestock, or pets. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 10:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill prohibits the discharge of a firearm in the direction of a building, livestock, or pets that are within eyesight of the person discharging the firearm while hunting.
Support HB1178 prohibiting the state from enforcing any federal statute, regulation, or Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 11:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill prohibits the state of New Hampshire, a political subdivision of this state, or any person acting under the color of state, county, or municipal law from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer, or cooperate with any law, act, rule, order, or regulation of the United States Government or Executive Order of the President of the United States that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms, ammunition, magazines or the ammunition feeding devices, firearm components, firearms supplies, or knives.
Oppose HB1151 prohibiting the display of a deadly weapon at a parade, funeral procession, picket line, march, rally, vigil, or demonstration. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 1:30 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill prohibits the open carry or display of a firearm at a parade funeral procession, picket line, march, rally, vigil, demonstration, or other similar event.
Oppose HB1096 prohibiting open carrying or display of a deadly weapon within 100 feet of a polling place. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 2:15 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill prohibits the open carrying or display of a deadly weapon within 100 feet of a polling place.
Support HB1281 relative to access to firearms confiscated from a person who is subject to a protective order. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/26 3:15 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill authorizes a person other than a peace officer to store or dispose of weapons for a person subject to a protective order requiring them to relinquish such weapons.
Support HB1132 relative to applications for a charter conversion school. Education Wed 1/26 11:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill removes certain vote requirements for conversion of a public school to a chartered public school and adds the requirement for a majority vote of the school district at a regular annual meeting or special meeting.
Oppose SB403 re-establishing the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Health and Human Services Wed 1/26 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill re-establishes the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program.
Oppose SB404 establishing a supplemental nutrition assistance program. Health and Human Services Wed 1/26 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a supplemental nutrition assistance program outreach program.
Oppose SB414 relative to respite care services for persons caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and making an appropriation therefor. Health and Human Services Wed 1/26 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill revises the definition of ADRD, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and makes a $1 appropriation to the department of health and human services for respite care services for persons caring for individuals with ADRD.
Oppose HB1260 making immunization status a protected class. Judiciary Wed 1/26 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill makes immunization status a protected class.
Oppose HB1490 relative to equal access to places of public accommodation regardless of vaccination status. Judiciary Wed 1/26 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that an individual shall not be denied access to places of public accommodation based on vaccination status or the decision not to use a medical device.
Oppose HB1316 directing the director of the state police to develop requirements for eFoil and electric hydrofoil surfboard watercraft. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/26 9:00 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill directs the director of the state police to make rules relative to safety requirements for eFoil and electric hydrofoil surfboard watercraft.
Oppose HB1641 relative to vessel registration fees. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/26 11:15 AM LOB Room 305-307 This bill changes the way vessel registration fees are computed.
Of Interest HB1227 relative to the definition of prime wetland. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/26 1:00 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill further defines prime wetland for local protection in fill and dredge permits.
Oppose HB1498 establishing a safety program for off highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/26 2:45 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill implements a safety training program for OHRV and snowmobile operation.
Of Interest HB1440 relative to surface water quality standards for perfluorinated chemicals. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/26 3:30 PM LOB Room 305-307 This bill requires the department of environmental services to make rules about perfluorinated chemical limits in surface waters.
Oppose SB441 relative to the municipal share of fines for motor vehicle speeding offenses. Ways and Means Wed 1/26 9:15 AM SH Room 100 This bill provides for municipalities to receive a portion of fines collected for motor vehicle offenses.
Oppose SB428 establishing a scholarship fund for certain small businesses applying for loans from the capital access program administered by the New Hampshire business finance authority. Commerce Thu 1/27 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes a scholarship fund in the capital access program of the business finance authority to cover entry costs for socially and/or economically disadvantaged individual small business owners applying for loans from the program.
Oppose SB451 establishing a New Hampshire innovation program in the department of business and economic affairs and making an annual appropriation therefor. Commerce Thu 1/27 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes the New Hampshire innovation program and the New Hampshire innovation fund in the department of business and economic affairs. The purpose of the program is to increase funding for research and development intensive start-up companies located in New Hampshire. The bill also makes an annual appropriation of $5,000,000 to the fund.
Support HB1613 establishing a limited farmers liquor manufacturer license. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/27 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes a limited farmers liquor manufacturer license.
Support HB1556 relative to on-premise and off-premise sales at a beverage manufacturer’s facility. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/27 11:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill allows consumers purchasing beverage samples to drink to also purchase beverages for consumption off premise at the same point of sale in the licensee’s facility.
Of Interest HB1595 relative to establishing a statewide food truck license. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/27 1:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes a statewide food truck license.
Oppose HB1131 relative to facial covering policies for schools. Education Thu 1/27 10:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits school boards and accredited nonpublic schools from adopting, enforcing, or implementing a policy that requires students or members of the public to wear a facial covering.
Support HB1371 relative to school district policies on facial masks of students in schools. Education Thu 1/27 11:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires school districts to adopt a policy leaving facial mask use to parents of students and not tolerating bullying, harassment, or discrimination.
Of Interest HB1373 relative to the best interest of the student for a change of school or assignment. Education Thu 1/27 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allows for the consideration of parental concerns in the request for a change of school or assignment of a student.
Of Interest HB1672 relative to misuse of education freedom account funds. Education Thu 1/27 1:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires the transfer of funds from terminated education freedom accounts to the education trust fund, requires investigation of and ineligibility for misuse of funds, and requires the department of education adopt the rules on policies and procedures for administration of the program.
Of Interest HB1679 relative to the dissolution and repeal of cooperative school districts. Education Thu 1/27 2:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires cooperative school districts to review and adopt dissolution plans prior to January 1, 2024, and repeals authority for all cooperative school districts on June 30, 2025.
Oppose SB446 establishing a child care workforce fund and grant program and making an appropriation therefor. Health and Human Services Thu 1/27 10:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a child care workforce fund to provide grants to eligible child care programs for child care workforce recruitment and retention bonuses and benefits. The bill makes an appropriation to the fund for the purpose of establishing and administering the grant program.
Of Interest HB1597 permitting arraignments for felonies and preliminary examinations to be heard in circuit court. Judiciary Thu 1/27 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill permits arraignments for felonies and preliminary examinations to be heard in circuit court.
Oppose HB1014 allowing public meetings to be conducted virtually. Judiciary Thu 1/27 11:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes requirements for remote access to public meetings under RSA 91-A, the right-to-know law.
Oppose HB1088 relative to employee protections from COVID-19 in the workplace. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 10:30 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes COVID-19 related workplace rights for employees.
Oppose HB1210 relative to exemptions from vaccine mandates. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 11:15 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill directs a private employer, postsecondary institution, or clinical site for educational programs to accept requests from employees or students for exemptions from vaccine mandates. The bill also prohibits an employer from requiring any medical treatment that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration only for emergency or experimental use.
Of Interest HB1351 prohibiting certain employers from requiring a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 11:45 AM SH Room Reps Hall This bill prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.
Oppose HB1352 relative to eligibility for workers’ compensation for an adverse reaction to a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 1:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill provides that an adverse reaction to an employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccination shall be deemed to be an occupational disease for the purpose of determining eligibility for workers’ compensation.
Oppose HB1358 requiring public and private employers to establish procedures and exceptions for the use of mandatory intrusive testing as a condition of new or continued employment. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 1:45 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill requires any public or private employer in the state to allow an employee an exemption from intrusive testing requirements.
Of Interest HB1377 relative to unemployment benefits for employees terminated for refusing to comply with a vaccine mandate. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 2:30 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill establishes rights for employees for noncompliance with an employer-required vaccination mandate.
Oppose HB1538 requiring prevailing wages on state-funded public works projects. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/27 3:30 PM SH Room Reps Hall This bill requires certain workers employed in the construction of public works in the state of New Hampshire to be paid the prevailing minimum hourly wage and benefits.
Oppose HB1656 establishing a road usage registration fee and making an appropriation therefor. Public Works and Highways Thu 1/27 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.
Support HB1468 relative to the legalization of cannabis. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/28 9:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill legalizes the possession and use of cannabis for persons 18 years of age or older.
Support HB1175 relative to recording interactions with public officials. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/28 9:45 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows for a person to record interactions with public officials during the performance of their duties.
Oppose HB1433 relative to penalties for poisoning dogs. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/28 1:15 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill includes poisoning as a type of cruelty to animals and makes it a felony to purposely poison an animal.

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Legislation Seeks To Repeal The Declaration of Independence

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-01-23 06:11 +0000

The Representatives told reporters that they have unearthed a new document that casts strong doubts on the legitimacy of the document which officially marked the colonies’ secession from the Kingdom of Britain in 1776. 

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New Hampshire Rep: Drinking Water Is Unconstitutional

The Liberty Block - Sun, 2022-01-23 05:26 +0000

Concord, New Hampshire - A Republican State Representative has filed a bill to clarify that drinking water should be considered a crime in New Hampshire because it violates the US Constitution. 

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Full Video from Historic Hearing on CACR 32, the NH Exit Constitutional Amendment

Free Keene - Sun, 2022-01-23 01:45 +0000

It was standing-room-only this Thursday afternoon as the state house Federal Relations committee held a historic hearing on CACR 32, likely the first-ever proposed constitutional amendment to peacefully declare independence from the United States.  Freedom-loving activists packed the large-sized room, nearly forcing the hearing into Rep’s Hall, which can hold four hundred.  Many people testified in favor of the bill and with the exception of a few Empire Loyalist state reps who spoke against it, everyone else who spoke was in favor of it, except for one guy.  I was able to get independent video of the entire three-hour hearing as well as the press conference prior to it.  Thank you to everyone who turned out.

Here’s the full hearing video:

Here’s the press conference prior to the hearing:

Unfortunately, the committee voted 21-0 against the proposed amendment. NHexit.US has the full story and video of the committee’s discussion and vote.

Cowardly State Reps Vote 21-0 Against NHexit Amendment CACR 32

NHexit.US - Sat, 2022-01-22 19:25 +0000

Supporters of NH independence packed the public hearing this week for CACR 32, the historic constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide to secede peacefully from the United States. The next morning, the Federal Relations committee had their “executive session” on the bill and after some discussion of how truly ignorant and cowardly they all are, they voted 21-0 to recommend the bill be killed. Here’s the video including the committee’s vote and prior discussion:

They gobbled up the lies from Rep Brodie Deshaies who suggested to the reps that they could be removed from office for “rebellion” if they supported this measure. He suggested it would violate their oath of allegiance to the United States, even though the US has violated its own constitution plenty of times and the bill would merely give the people of NH the opportunity to vote.

A rep who supports the empire could still have voted for this bill, simply to let the people decide. However all of the cowards on this committee refused to support your right to vote on the question. They think they know what is best. Why are they so afraid of letting people have their say? If the people of NH support the US empire, they would surely vote to stay, so why not put it to a vote?

Empire Loyalist Brodie Deshaies, the lying Republican state rep from Wolfeboro. Rated a “C” by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance

From the discussion it was clear that they hadn’t even read or understood the simple, two sentence amendment. Some reps complained that the amendment contradicted the seventh article of the NH constitution’s bill of rights, since it mentions some rights delegated to the United States. However, the final sentence of CACR 32’s blissfully short amendment clearly says all other references to the US are nullified:

“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the constitution by inserting after article 7 a new article to read as follows:

[Art.] 7-a. [Independent Nation.] New Hampshire peaceably declares independence from the United States and immediately proceeds as a sovereign nation. All other references to the United States in this constitution, state statutes and regulations are nullified.”

Other objections from the committee were of the typical sort. Some wanted “a plan”, others want “free” health care from the feds. What about taking care of elderly people? All of their concerns were addressed by the various speakers during the hearing on the bill – watch the full hearing here – but it appears not a single one of the reps listened. Some just called us crazy.

Even Rep Susan DeLemus, whose husband was wrongfully imprisoned by the feds for five years, who had told the President of the Foundation for NH Independence that she would vote for the bill, voted against it.

Despite this setback, the full house of 400 reps will have to vote on CACR 32 via a “roll call” and so they will all be on the record. Do they support allowing the people to have a say on the future of their freedom, or not? Stay tuned to NHexit.US for the latest.

NH Residents Rally, Testify In Support of Secession

The Liberty Block - Fri, 2022-01-21 06:18 +0000

Unlike most pro-liberty rallies, however, there were no American flags to be found; all of the flags were navy blue with the seal of New Hampshire in the middle. 

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Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Bill to Have Second Hearing

The Liberty Block - Thu, 2022-01-20 04:36 +0000

Proposed legislation in New Hampshire would decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. The bipartisan bill had its first hearing in the Criminal Justice Committee

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Psilocybin Mushroom Decriminalization Bill to Have Second Hearing

Free Keene - Thu, 2022-01-20 04:28 +0000

Liberty Cap Mushrooms

HB 1349 is a bill that would decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms sponsored by Amherst Representative Tony Labranche. The bill had its first hearing in the Criminal Justice committee on January 11th, but while all the other bills heard that day got voted on, HB 1349 had a new hearing date scheduled. That means you have another chance to go and show your support for the bill on Thursday, January 20, 2022 in the Legislative Office Building in Concord at 9am. Alternatively, if you can’t make it you can email the committee and tell them to vote Ought To Pass.

The bill is very interesting because it is modeled word for word after the bill that decriminalized marijuana in New Hampshire. What argument does a member of this committee have against this bill? Psilocybin mushrooms are even safer for people and society than marijuana, according to Dr. David Nutt, former chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs in the UK.

I spoke at the hearing on January 11th and so did 4 others. The only person who spoke against this bill was a police lieutenant. How typical. The only person who didn’t want to see Granite Staters gain more freedom was a person who personally profits from the war on drugs.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court already decided that psilocybin use was constitutionally protected if you’re using it for religious practice or to worship god. My spiritual beliefs include worshiping the god in myself by allowing myself the ability to ascend beyond what and who I am now. Psilocybin is a great tool to do that and more people experiencing this medicine would help heal our community which is in part damaged by the war on drugs.

The bill: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/billText.aspx?id=1711&type=4

If would like to contact the committee hearing this bill use this email: HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us

Proposed Legislation Would Ban Social Credit Scores

The Liberty Block - Wed, 2022-01-19 04:17 +0000

Legislation proposed by seven Republican Representatives in the New Hampshire House would prohibit financial institutions from utilizing ‘social credit scores’ to discriminate against individuals. 

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