Wednesday, March 13, 2013
NH House votes 229-121 to nix a proposed "abortion information act."
CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire House voted 229-121 on Wednesday to reject a bill proposing a 24-hour waiting period before a woman could have an abortion. Supporters of the "Abortion Information Act," House Bill 483, waged a 30-minute floor fight to try to overturn a committee report that recommended the full House defeat the bill. One of the sponsors, Rep. Jane Cormier, R-Alton, argued the bill was about properly informing a woman before obtaining the procedure. "It's an attempt to be forthcoming and truthful," Cormier said. But Rep. Sylvia Gale, D-Nashua, speaking for the majority, said the requirement was an ideological obstacle for women seeking an abortion. Rep. Lenette Peterson, R-Merrimack, in a minority report of the House …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Legislative week: Does the NH House have the votes to pass a 15-cent hike in the gas tax?
Hundreds of bills are grinding their way through the state's legislative channels this week, but proposals to legalize casino gambling and to raise the gas tax by 15 cents over four years continue to get most of the press. Here's a snapshot of the legislative week ahead: Road Show: House Finance Committee is to hold regional hearings on the proposed $11 billion state budget for fiscal years 2014-2015. The first hearing is March 7, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Representatives Hall at the Statehouse. The committee then takes its show on the road, including a hearing in Nashua on March 11, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the NH Community Technical College on 505 Amherst St. Three other locations are Whitefield on March 11 and Claremont and Rochester on …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Legislative week: abortion, beer, and road tolls. Plus, Franklin Pierce, NH's only president, gets no respect.
It's school vacation week in New Hampshire, but your dogged citizen legislature is continuing to work. Well, kind of. The House of Representatives is in session Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Senate's next session is March 7. The legislative week ahead includes these hot topics: Unanimous Support for a Gas Tax Hike? On the House Public Works and Highways Committee, anyway. This is House Bill 617 and it's before the full House on Wednesday. In past sessions, this was a third rail of sorts. And this year? The last increase in the road toll (aka gas tax)? Twenty-two years ago. Rep. David Campbell, for the committee, says the bill begins to resolve an infrastructure crisis. "Only money, not words and not ideology, will fix roads and bridges," …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ten stories that made the week in the city.
What do you get when you mix Republican politics, a suicide, an abortion opinion piece, a fire, and hot crime stories? Another busy week in Concord. Here’s a roundup of the top stories and posts, sans polls (Aug. 18 to Aug. 24) at Concord NH Patch. The top story of the week was the news that the Republican National Committee has given protection to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation primary. Coming in at No. 2, was the tragic story about a man who jumped to his death off I-393. The No. 5 story was a follow-up to the story. In the third position was an opinion piece from the new executive director at Cornerstone Action, concerning the abortion issue and Planned Parenthood. An arrest of the day featuring two women from Epping who allegedly …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Bass and Democratic challenger Kuster united on issue, call comment "inexcusable."
U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH) called on House colleague Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to quit the Senate race in light of his controversial remarks on "legitimate rape" and contraception. In a statement today, Bass said, "As I was traveling throughout New Hampshire Monday, I made it clear to a number of people that the comments made by Representative Akin are insensitive, ignorant and inexcusable. I vehemently disagree with his remarks. They lack reason, compassion or a demonstrated understanding of this reprehensible act of violence against women. As I stated to several constituents Monday, Representative Akin should immediately step down from the Missouri Senate race. He has proven with his comments that he does not have the temperament or judgment …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Obama and Romney rebuke Missouri congressman, who says he won't drop out.
President Obama denounced Rep. Todd Akin today for his controversial comment about abortion somehow not being needed for women during "legitimate rape" because a woman's body can somehow prevent conception. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also criticized Akin, who is running for Senate in Missouri. Akin said he misspoke. While expressing some remorse, he says he will not call it quits. What's your call? Should he quit his Senate race?
Cornerstone Action executive director: "Planned Parenthood preys on vulnerable women to drive profits."
Monday, August 20, 2012
By Shannon McGinley It is impossible to ensure that taxpayer dollars directed to Planned Parenthood for so-called family-planning services don’t also pay for abortions, and it is for that reason alone that it was appropriate for the New Hampshire Executive Council to reject the abortion business’s state contract for family-planning services last year. Under the N.H. Constitution’s protection of the Right of Conscience, it’s unconstitutional and illegal to force taxpayers to fund an organization specializing in these immoral practices, whether pharmaceutical or surgical, which end innocent human life. The Executive Council stood up for women’s health at the same time it rejected Planned Parenthood’s contract by approving 10 family-planning …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Activists press issues with state Senate.
While attendance was lighter than previous rallies, women at the Statehouse continued to press their legislators on April 25 about concerns they have with legislation they believe will curb their reproductive and health care options. The rally, dubbed “a protest to end Speaker O’Brien’s Foolishness,” drew two-dozen women of varying ages, holding signs on the steps of the Statehouse while legislators trickled in to perform the day’s business. The concern was about a number of bills approved by the House that were presumed to be addressed by the state Senate. Tori Bunk, a 17-year-old who attends Bishop Brady High School, said she attended the rally to protest the bills and to urge senators to reject them. “I think they are an insult to women…
Monday, April 23, 2012
Here's a look at the Legislative week ahead.
The New Hampshire Senate and House of Representatives have another busy week of life and death and taxes. Oh, and medical marijuana, too, among the bills. House and Senate are both in session Wednesday at 10 a.m. Medical Marijuana: The medical marijuana bill, which previously passed in the Senate, has a favorable recommendation – with an amended bill – when it is up for a vote Wednesday in the House. Here is the amendment. Tax Credit: The House is now considering a Senate bill to increase the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax from $1 million to $2 million. Supporters say it'll help New Hampshire recruit businesses. Voter ID Continues. On Wednesday, SB 289 is up for an Election Law committee public hearing…
Monday, April 9, 2012
Lawmakers also review bills for abortion, redistricting and transportation upgrades.
The voter photo ID bill, brew sales at farmers' markets, medical marijuana, rules of the road, and road improvements. It’s another busy week in the Legislature, and 'the pipes, the pipes' will be wailing: Annual Tartan Day is Wednesday. So don that plaid, ye Scots. Voter Photos: The House Election Law Committee holds public hearings Tuesday for a handful of bills, including Senate Bill 289, which would require photo identification to vote in person. That bill is scheduled to be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Room 308 of the Legislative Office Building. The Scripts: The House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee hears Senate Bill 284, establishing a certified public health dental hygienist in New Hampshire, and Senate Bill 409, …