Have you ever considered serving on the NHLA Board of Directors? It’s a great way to take a leadership role in promoting liberty in New Hampshire.
The Board has seven positions (Chairman, Political Action Director, Treasurer, Membership Director, Research Director, Civic Action Director and Secretary) and each position is a two-year term. The Board meets once a month, at a central location, usually in Concord, to plan, organize, and brainstorm ways of promoting the NHLA and pushing liberty forward through legislative activism and public outreach. These all-volunteer positions are very rewarding and do require some time commitment.
In April, the NHLA will be holding elections for Civic Action and Secretary. The Civic Action Director is responsible for, but not limited to, strengthen the foundations of civil society in New Hampshire though NHLA by encouraging private charity and increasing citizen involvement in the community. The Secretary is responsible for, but not limited to, preparing the minutes for each of the Board meetings and writing and sending out the newsletters.
Nominations for these positions are being accepted until April 17th at 11:59pm. If you know of someone who would make a great addition to the NHLA Board (including yourself) and would like us to speak with them about their (your) possible involvement, please submit their (your) name to firstname.lastname@example.org
Voting will open on April 18th until April 28th at 11:59pm. Remember, you must be a paid member in order to participate in Board elections. To upgrade to either Full or Lifetime Membership, log in to the website and click on "my account."
Remember, only those who have undergone the training AND are given special permission by the Board, are allowed to testify as a representative of the NHLA. The Board appreciates and encourages all members to continue their participation in the political process, and when providing testimony at public hearings, we ask that you do so only as a private, concerned citizen and never on behalf of the NHLA.
It is imperative that the NHLA maintains a respectable reputation and rapport with our legislators in order for us to remain a positive, powerful, influential force in Concord. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
NHLA is a proud Silver Sponsor of 2013 Liberty Forum, 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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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. 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.
There are several pieces of homeschooling legislation that are being considered in Concord in the upcoming weeks. Your e-mail to the committee can help support or oppose these bills.
Upcoming bills in the House
Please send your e-mail to the House Education Committee
HB 370 -- AN ACT repealing the education tax credit program.
HB 321 -- AN ACT requiring proficiency on the statewide assessment for high school graduation.
HB 322 -- AN ACT requiring proficiency on the statewide assessment for advancement to grades 4 and 8.
HB321 and HB 322. Both bills are well intended, and make students take the tests more seriously. However, they are fundamentally flawed for multiple reasons.
HB 251 -- relative to the legislative members of the home education advisory council.
HB 299 -- relative to tuition payments for chartered public school pupils.
This great video to show what happens sometimes in the HEAC sessions: http://dailycaller.com/2013/02/14/new-hampshire-politician-raves-about-charter-schools-votes-to-kill-funding-four-minutes-later/
HB 435 -- relative to tuition payments for chartered public school pupils.
HB 479, relative to the creation and division of school districts.
Upcoming bills in the Senate
Please send your e-mail to the Senate Education Committee
SB 53 -- relative to school district policies regarding a parent’s determination that certain course material is objectionable.
The liberty movement in Grafton scored a major victory this year, for the first time ever, when we were able to turn out enough pro-liberty voters to the town meeting in order to cut the town’s entire budget by ten percent. Despite the nor’easter delaying the meeting from Saturday morning to Monday evening, and despite yet another snow and ice storm on Monday, as the meeting began, thirty liberty activists made it to the meeting—and with the help of several like-minded long-time residents, we were able to win the ten-percent reduction by a mere two votes.
The statists immediately called for a recess, hoping they could turn a few votes their way, but when the meeting was reconvened and a motion to reconsider the budget was made, the motion failed by an even larger margin than the ten-percent cut had passed by!
As the night wore on, the liberty folk were also able to successfully cut several special appropriations warrant articles by ten percent or more, and we even completely zeroed out an attempt by the Town to raise money toward building a new town office.
In addition to the budget, liberty activists had placed several petitioned warrant articles on the ballot this year, including an article to implement a 2% tax cap, another to begin the process of withdrawing Grafton from the costly Mascoma Regional School District, one to prohibit the Selectmen from evicting residents from tax-deeded properties, and one to raise awareness about New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation law protecting jurors’ rights to nullify bad laws.
Liberty activists have been getting involved in Grafton since shortly after the Free State Project chose New Hampshire, but this is the first year where liberty held a clear majority at the annual town meeting. Many liberty activists have also been elected in Grafton, and in fact make up the entirety of Grafton’s Planning Board. A freedom candidate is running for virtually every open position this year.
A video of the entire town meeting can be found at the Spirit of Arcadia YouTube channel.
NHLA Research Director Jeremy J. Olson is a resident of Grafton. He is currently a Trustee of the Trust Funds and an Alternate on the Planning Board, and is running for Selectman this year. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Grafton or would like to help out.
At the February 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 will become effective immediately and the bylaws will be updated.
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The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 16th at 1:30 PM. The NHLA would like to thank Tandy’s Top Shelf in Concord for providing much needed public venues for our monthly meetings.
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