Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Words -- And Punctuation -- Mean Things

SB116, "repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver," having cleared the NH Senate, is now before the House Criminal Justice Committee, 3/24/2015. The House's own version, HB582, has been retained by the same House committee.

Oh, and do yourself a joyous favor, and catch Ian Underwood's testimony at about the 49:00 minute mark. He renders an argument I make constantly, myself, generally in the broader context -- although never so eloquently. And not like he hasn't done it before...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

No Means No, DHS. Piss Off, Already.

The NH Senate Transportation Committee hears public testimony on SB262, "relative to the form of drivers' licenses and identification cards," 3/3/2015. The third NH coming of the seemingly-impossible-to-kill-actually-dead REAL ID Act.

Word is that they "Exec'd" the bill (voted on the committee's recommendation to the full Senate) before I'd even gotten home: "Inexpedient to Legislate." Evidently, at least some of the committee must remember the very public opposition to REAL ID back when we got the ban passed that this bill is trying to repeal -- for your convenience, citizen. Yeah, I wouldn't want to be on the pointy end of that, either...


Friday, February 20, 2015

Stealing Is A Crime, Isn't It?

Taking property from those whom you have not convicted of any crime -- and as I understand it, are, in fact, therefore innocent until proven guilty -- is stealing. Even -- perhaps especially -- when government does it. "Equitable sharing" is equitable only among the thieves.

Last year's bill to restrict such actions (just a little, since it has no effect on the feds) has been retooled, and today, 2/19/2015, the NH House Judiciary Committee hears testimony on HB636, "relative to forfeiture of property" -- civil asset forfeiture.

This Just In: Criminals Don't Care About 'Constitutional Carry'

The NH Senate version, SB116, 'Constitutional carry,' had its hearing on 1/29/2015. Now the House takes a look at its own. HB582, "repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver," before the Criminal Justice Committee, 2/19/2015. Only about an hour and a half of it, though, since, having started about an hour and a half late, your humble chronicler had to depart early to catch HB636, "," which shall follow anon.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NH Decrim. Again.

NH. The lone recalcitrant New England authoritarian holdout. HB618, "relative to penalties for the possession of marijuana and relative to the cultivation of marijuana plants," before the NH House Criminal Justice Committee, 2/17/2015. Again.

And the stumbling block - - again -- is most likely to be our "liberal" governor  (second such in a row). And this is just for 'decrim', not 'legalization' -- which is what a free society would do (since, y'know, the only lawfully delegated 'prohibition' authority was repealed quite some time ago, as acknowledgement of the profoundly expensive mistake that it was). Might wanna just start getting on her now about it...

But first, the preceding press conference.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Getting A Handle On Police Militarization

So far, NH local governments have consistently demonstrated arrogant disinterest in what the NH citizenry thinks of their acquisition of surplus military equipment supplied to police departments by, well, by the military. Time to take it up the chain.

HB407, "prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles or equipment which are not readily available in an open national commercial market," before the NH House Municipal and County Government Committee, 2/5 and 2/10/2015.

Friday, January 30, 2015

What If The Second Amendment Meant What It Said?

What if government weren't ever actually intended to be its (2A's) interpreter, its (government's) own arbiter, to decide the limits of its own authority, let alone with regard to an expressly acknowledged uninfringeable natural right?

Public hearing on SB116, "repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver." before the NH Senate Judiciary Committee, 1/29/2015. Some mighty fine testifyin'...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pay No Attention To Those Facts Behind The Curtain...!

Yes, that's the position taken by your servants in the NH Dept of Safety. And that defiantly head-in-the-sand attitude was really the only articulable objection to the subject of HB150, "establishing a study committee on the legalization of marijuana," when it was heard by the NH House Criminal Justice Committee, 1/20/2015. Should we study it? No, gathering more information is just too dangerous to risk. Seriously: 'we don't want to know, and you shouldn't know either, employer,' is the argument to which they're reduced. "LA-LA-LA! I CAN'T HEAR YOU...!!!"

Fine. You're fired...

Friday, November 21, 2014

Weare PD Turmoil Continues - Voters Forgiving

Open Forum Meeting with [Weare, NH] Board of Selectmen - Public Welcome
On Wednesday, November 19th at 7 PM at the Weare Town Hall, the Board of Selectmen will be holding an open forum meeting. It will be an informational Q & A to discuss police matters and any other matters you may have regarding the Town. There has been a lot of news about our Town, let's get together and talk about it. Come share your concerns. Question your elected officials. Hope to see you there. Thank you.
Rah. Rah. Rah...

What's all this about? Ohhh, you've got some catching up to do...


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

When Is A Work Session Not A Work Session?

When it turns out it's a session to discuss scheduling work sessions. This is the billed-as interim study work session of the NH House Criminal Justice Committee, 9/17/2014, addressing:
  • HB1550, "permitting the audio and video recording of a public official while in the course of his or her official duties," (10/8)
  • HB1204-FN, "relative to perjury by a law enforcement officer," (nope -- or...?)
  • HB1607-FN, "relative to limited driving privileges after revocation for certain financial obligations," (10/7)
  • HB1575-FN-A, "requiring state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public," (10/1)
  • HB1485-FN, "relative to vulnerable users of highways, (10/7)
  • HB1566-FN, relative to warrant requirements," (10/1)
  • HB645-FN, "relative to an extended term of imprisonment for persons with 2 prior convictions," (uh-uh)
  • HB1580-FN, "repealing mandatory minimum sentences" (10/8)
The work product was if and when they'll actually have work sessions (parenthetically appended to the above bills that made the cut, if you're interested). But as the Chair reminds the assemblage, pretty much all that can come of a bill consigned to "interim study" (over the interim in which an election is held) is a recommendation from the Committee that, well, somebody next session should sponsor such a bill. Wonderful. Although, a representative so inclined and paying attention can certainly glean some idea of what aspects might or might not win the Committee's coveted "Ought To Pass" recommendation. 'Course, the Committee might well have an entirely different make-up following the intervening election, so...

So utterly banal and pointless, I almost wasn't going to bother posting until Rep. Vaillancourt and Chair Pantelakos favored us with some of their trademarked, delightfully combative repartee near the end. After several reps in attendance specifically inquired as to my plans, I decided I couldn't just keep it to myself. And it is mercifully short. Comparatively...

A few historical notes to enhance your viewing pleasure:
  • "Recording of a public official while in the course of his or her official duties" is, at this point, settled law in NH. You're welcome -- not remotely that I did it alone, of course...
  • While even the notion of just state police SWAT teams wearing cameras was laughed out of its committee hearing just 2 and a half years ago, the zeitgeist has clearly shifted, particularly following the law enforcer horror show that has been Ferguson, MO. And driven in part by the previous note, Weare PD, at least, is now wearing chest cameras.