January, 2013

NHLA January 2013 Newsletter

2013 Bills Available for Review and Upcoming Bill Review Training Sessions

The 2013 bills that are out are now loaded into our website, and the review system is set up to review those bills. If you see “2012”selected in the menu when you go into the review system, select 2013 from the menu manually and refresh. (The software may have saved a cookie for 2012 the last time you used it.) Only individuals trained by NHLA can access and review bills in our system. If you have attended a bill review session in the past and have difficulty logging in, please contact Research Director Jeremy Olson: research@nhliberty.org.

Many thanks to Jeremy O. for his helpful and insightful information on how the process of bill to law works. He shared everything from how a bill becomes a law, to the different types of bills in the legislative process, to how to read a bill, to how to grade a bill using the Bill Review System, plus more. Many positive remarks were shared at the end of the session about the training, which gives us a positive outlook of activism for the new legislative session to come.

The next Bill Review training session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 UNH Law School, Concord, NH 6-8 pm. Please contact Research Director Jeremy Olson to RSVP: research@nhliberty.org. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t done any bill reviewing yet to get involved and learn the process. For anyone who is a seasoned Bill Reviewer, this is a great chance to get a refresher course on the process. We would also like to encourage those of you who have done Bill Reviewing to come down and help us train, so we can get a head start on the hundreds of bills that lay before us.
With around 900 LSRs (Legislative Services Requests) already submitted, it promises to be a very busy year. Remember, the purpose of Bill Reviewing is to identify early on those potentially high impact bills that will affect the liberty of New Hampshire citizens, positively or negatively. Once found, we can preemptively make a huge difference in the success or failure of the bills by calling or writing our Representatives and/or giving public testimonies as to why they should support or oppose such legislative proposals.

This is where the outcome of a bill is at its most vulnerable and where we need to do the greatest activism. Because once the Committee has completed its reviewing and recommendation process, the bill goes before the full House for a vote. And generally, the House votes in favor of the Committee’s recommendation.

However, in some cases, the more crucial bills may come out of Committee with a close minority/majority recommendation or a recommendation that is not in favor of liberty and these are the ones that will eventually make it onto the Gold Standard (our weekly publication hand delivered to all of the Representatives on House Session days). The Gold Standard is our last stand at informing the legislators of the pro- or anti-liberty aspects of the bill and our recommendation of Yea or Nay.

If interested in participating in the Bill Review training session and becoming a part of our Bill Review team, please email research@nhliberty.org. Anyone interested in hosting a Bill Review training session, please contact Eileen at chair@nhliberty.org.

Meet the Legislators Event

NHLA’s ‘Meet and Greet’ event for new legislators by the Board Tandy’s was a wonderful success. There were approximately 60-70 legislators in attendance with many more stopping by to say a quick hello. We were able to personally connect with and educate many freshmen Reps about the NHLA and our mission. We found them to be highly receptive and open-minded and were able to add many of them to our ever-growing list of liberty supporters.

It was very delightful to hear several incumbents mention that they use our Gold Standard favorably as voting guide. It was also very comforting to hear them say that they look forward to our annual Liberty Rating. These are just a few more examples that our influence and activism at the State House for more personal liberty and smaller government is having an effect.

A big thanks goes to Kevin B, for diligently working at making this event happen and for ensuring that any left-over food was donated to a local
Concord homeless shelter.

Liberty Forum

NHLA is a proud Silver Sponsor of 2013 Liberty Forum (http://freestateproject.org/libertyforum), New Hampshire's largest annual liberty-oriented convention, scheduled for February 22-24, 2013. This year’s event promises to be a spectacular engagement, as usual. Saturday night’s keynote speaker is Tom Woods. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor's degree in history from Harvard and his master's, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

The NHLA is auctioning two VIP passes (valued at $309 each) to the 2013 Liberty Forum. All proceeds from this auction will go towards the NHLA Political Action Committee Fund which is used to help elect Pro-Liberty candidates for the New Hampshire House and Senate. Each pass includes all speakers/panels, meals and VIP perks. Offsite events including state house tour must be purchased separately. The winners of the auctions will be able to pick up the pass at the NHLA table at the event. The window to bid will be from January 27th - February 6th and will end just after 8PM EST. The auction status and links to bid can be found at http://www.nhliberty.org/auction/2013_Liberty_Forum_Passes

We are currently looking for volunteers to man the NHLA table at the event on Friday and Saturday. If you are interested in volunteering an hour or two of your time, please email chair@nhliberty.org for more information.

State House Tour at Liberty Forum

NHLA will host a guided State House tour of the NH State House on Thursday, February 21st at 1pm-5pm. This is your chance to learn your way around the State House and the Legislative Office Building (LOB), see firsthand the legislators in action, meet and talk with several pro-liberty Representatives and Senators, understand what goes on during these legislative sessions, and more. Sign up for the event will be at Liberty Forum. This is not the official tour put on by the State House, but an insider's tour with behind-the-scenes workings of the House.

Other Activism

For anyone who is passionate about preserving gun rights in New Hampshire, below is a list of some pro-liberty gun groups that you may want to get involved with and support.
(Disclaimer: This list is provided for informational purposes only. The NHLA does not necessarily endorse these groups. We encourage you to do your own research. If you know of others, please tell us about them.)

  • Second Amendment Sisters, Inc. is a national women's advocacy group dedicated to preserving the basic human right of self-defense, as recognized by the Second Amendment. They believe in personal responsibility, education, and enforcement of laws against violent criminals. As demonstrated in the knife rights legislation that passed the N.H. Legislator and signed into law by their National Coordinator and member of the Board of Directors, a NHLA member, and former N.H. State Representative Jenn Coffey. To learn more, visit http://www.2asisters.net/nh/, and to learn more about the legislation, visit http://www.knifelawonline.com.
  • Gun Owners of New Hampshire, Inc. (GONH) is the NRA State Affiliate Organization for N.H. Two of their objectives, as stated in their official charter, are to 1) Preserve, defend and protect the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and by the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, and 2) Educate, inform, and alert the public on matters affecting firearms policy and legislation. To learn more, visit http://gonh.org/.
  • New Hampshire Firearms Coalition is New Hampshire firearm owners’ strongest voice to State and Municipal government officials and agencies, and to the media. The NHFC seeks the widest scope for you to exercise your Second Amendment civil right to be armed. They work to roll back laws restricting the types of firearms New Hampshire residents may own, expand residents’ right to carry firearms, openly or concealed, and educate reporters, public officials and the public about firearms and firearms related issues. To learn more, visit http://www.nhfc-ontarget.org/.
  • Pink Pistols is an international shooting group that honors diversity and is open to all shooters. They help bring new shooters into the sport and provide a fun social environment for all their members. They work to build bridges between the shooting community and other communities, such as those based on alternative sexualities. To learn more, visit http://pinkpistols.org/.

Bylaws Change

At the January Board meeting, a motion was made and passed unanimously to amend bylaw 3.7 to read as follow:
“4.4 The duties of the Director of Membership shall include, but not be limited to: website oversight; recruiting new members; retaining current members; maintaining accurate membership records and reporting such to Board [promptly sending membership cards to new members.]”
This change does not take full effect until the Board votes on the proposed amendment again at the next Board meeting. Should the proposed amendment pass as introduced, then the change will become effective immediately and the bylaws will be updated. Should the proposed amendment undergo any changes in wording or content, then the Board will have to vote on the revised version in February and wait until March for the final vote. Should the proposed amendment not pass, no change will take place.
If any member has any questions or wish to offer feedback on this proposed amendment, please email political@nhliberty.org.

Gold Standard Subscriptions

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Board Meeting Schedule

Future Board meetings have been moved to the Second Saturday of the month from 1:30 PM-3PM at Tandy’s Top Shelf in Concord. The next Board meeting is scheduled for February 9th at 1:30 PM. The NHLA would like to thank Keith Murphy for providing much needed public venues for our monthly meetings.
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