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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Three Contentious Bills Pass the NH House .

Today, the NH House was in session to vote on a number of contentious bills.  How did our three Rep's vote?

SB 66-"This bill provides that a fetus shall be included in the definition of “another” for the purposes of first and second degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, and causing or aiding suicide."
SB 66 would include the term “fetus” in the definition of “another” for the purpose of first and second degree murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, and causing or aiding suicide.  This would not apply to women seeking medical procedures or abortions.

The bill defines “fetus” to mean an unborn offspring, from the embryo stage which is the end of the 20th week after conception or, in the case of an in vitro fertilization, the end of the 20th week after implantation, until birth.
Passed 186 Yea to 170 Nay

Cordelli: Yea

Carwford: Nay

W.Marsh: Yea


SB8-"This bill allows a school district to assign a child to another public school in another school district or to a Department of Education approved private school, if there is no public school in the child’s grade in their resident district.  Additionally, this bill allows a school board to contract with a private school to educate a child who resides in a district without a public school at the child’s grade level.  It is unknown how many students this change would apply to or the value of any tuition agreements, therefore any impact to state adequate education grant expenditures, or local revenues and expenditures is indeterminable"

(The bill's passage is a win for those who are proponents of charter schools, private schools, sectarian schools, and home schooling.... everything but public education.)
Passed 210 Yea to 147 Nay

Cordelli: Yea

Carwford: Yea

W.Marsh: Yea

SB3- "This bill modifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes.  This bill also modifies requirements for documenting the domicile of a person registering to vote."

( The bill has been criticized as being too restrictive and complex and  will change New Hampshire's same-day voter registration and create harsh penalties for voters who fail to meet the new, standards. According to the NH ACLU: "Under this bill, wrongful voting and voter fraud is now considered to have occurred simply when a person “registers to vote on election day using an affidavit to satisfy proof of being qualified, but who fails to provide those documents after the particular election.” So you’re constitutionally entitled to vote, you live in New Hampshire, you call it home, you voted, but you don’t have those documents for various reasons, you’re now effectively criminalized under this new provision. And when you look at the particular statutes being amended, it could potentially subject you to a penalty of up to $5,000. This isn’t hyperbole, this is real." ) 

Passed 196 Yea to 162 Nay

Cordelli: Yea

Carwford: Yea

W.Marsh: Yea





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those who can't provide proof such as a driver's license or lease would still be allowed to vote, but if they don't follow up within 10 to 30 days, supervisors of the checklist could go their homes to check it out.
The New Hampshire Youth Democrats released a response to Senate Bill 3 (SB3) following the vote saying, "“Senate Bill 3 will accomplish one thing: the disenfranchisement and intimidation of thousands of young voters across New Hampshire. [...] Any measure that works to disenfranchise young people from participating in our vibrant civic culture is counterproductive and will only hurt our state."