Thursday, January 22, 2009

NH House Rules Committee debates the fate of Redress of Grievances

Part First, Article 31 of the NH Constitution states
"The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require."

Unfortunately, the NH legislature -- much like its federal counterpart -- hasn't seen fit to address the first part of that mandate in a very long time.

Last session, Fremont Representative Dan Itse forced the issue of the citizen's right to redress of grievance with HB1543, finally getting Legislative Services to acknowledge that they could handle submitting them. Now the battle turns to the House, where the idea of actually doing something with them becomes the stumbling block. Here, 1/21/2009, we learn that the Rules Committee agrees to, umm... "file them."

Still, Rep. Itse sees the bright side, and is hopeful...


  1. Am I mistaken, or is Andy Renzullo wearing as "Gay tie?"

  2. I'm not clear if they actually believe the Constitution is written to allow for Petitions for Redress of Grievance, but has no intention for the legislators to act upon them, or if they know the original intent and are just shirking their oaths of office.

    I have to hand it to Dan for making of it what he can.

    Thanks for filming.