Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Can 8 Individuals Overrule the Constitution? In Your 'House'?

Let's find out. Herewith, the public hearing for HB1693, "relative to the powers of the joint committee on legislative facilities," a "late-filed" bill to rescind the 8-person majority of the Facilities Committee's self-delegated authority to circumvent the previously demonstrated will of the full legislature and (thus merely unilaterally) overrule the NH Constitution (Part First, Article 2-a), as well as existing state statute, before the NH House Legislative Administration Committee, 3/8/2010. Here was the call to, um, arms...
From: Jenn Coffey
Sent: Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:07 AM
Subject: EMERGENCY at the State House!

In an effort to stop the Second Amendment Community from organizing the Legislative Administration Committee has suddenly scheduled a public hearing for HB1693 for Monday March 8th at 2pm in the Legislative Office Building room 208!

HB1693 is a late filed bill by Rep. Chandler to strip the Facilities Committee of the power to control Firearms, knives, and other tools of self-defense within the State House complex, it also repeals the ban put into effect on December 21st of last year.

It is vital that our community come to this hearing and show in numbers how we feel about the unconstitutional actions of the facilities committee last year by supporting Rep. Chandler! I know this is short notice and some may not be able to attend, and they know this as well which is why we believe this hearing was scheduled with little notice, so if you can not be there PLEASE, write a PERSONAL AND POLITE letter to the members of the Legislative Administration Committee and letters to the editor of your local paper TODAY!

Click here to find the text of the bill.

Click here to find the contact information for the members of the committee.

Be sure to spread this message far and wide!

In Liberty,
Rep. Jenn Coffey

Find more on this ongoing battle here and here. Then contact your Reps.

Here, Rep. DJ Bettencourt nails it, even when Chair Lucy Weber attempts to take away his hammer -- "attempts" being the operative word. Also included: statistics from the hearing's "Blue Sheets," which let citizens weigh in on bills without having to testify.

And here, former state Senator Bob Clegg, who, while he doesn't quite grasp the fundamental right to contract or why mounting government mandates on coverage invariably result in increasing health insurance policy costs, he certainly gets the basic human right to self-defense (and is literally half the man he used to be).

Finally, the entire hearing...

Part 1

Part 2

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