The legislative session has started for both the house and the senate in New Hampshire. You can see what’s coming up this week by visiting the Senate calendar here and the House Calendar here. 

You can influence the laws in our state if you get involved. Follow social justice orgs like Rights and Democracy, ACLU NH, or American Friends Service who track our state legislature’s work on issues you care about!

These action alerts usually take less than 5 minutes to do and can make a huge impact on protecting and improving the wellbeing of vulnerable Granite Staters, our environment, and the health of our democracy.

This Week Nationally: 

Thanks to all those following us on Twitter who made calls to our members of Congress asking them to impeach Trump. They listened! Now we need to make calls to our Senators and demand they impeach Trump; words of support mean nothing without bold action. Email Jeanne Shaheen here, and Maggie Hassan here.

Also encourage Shaheen, Hassan, and your local elected officials to sign the PLEDGE TO OPPOSE WHITE SUPREMACY AND DEFEND DEMOCRACY.  

This week Locally: 

I start with some really disappointing news. Rep Rosemarie Rung was removed from her committee by Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard because she called on the Troy  police department to denounce the police chief of Troy for attending the pro-Trump Rally in Washington DC on Jan 6th. Please write or call the house speaker and express disappointment and please call and write to Rep Rung to thank her for her bravery. It is important to support those who are speaking up for the people. 

Representative Rosemarie; rosemarie.rung@leg.state.nh.us – 603-424-6664

Thank her for her bravery and share your support and importance of her speaking up.

Republican House Speaker Sherman Packard – sherman.packard@leg.state.nh.us; 603-271-3661 

In other news locally, the public and lobbyists will not be able to attend sessions at the capital, but can attend via Zoom and can do testimony over Zoom. Senate calendar is here. House Calendar is here.

The House under Republican leadership is off to a slow and disorganized start this year, so there is little to report on the House side this week, but there are a number of Senate bills being heard starting on Tuesday. Please see below:

Tuesday, Jan 19th : 

9:50am SB 38, relative to the organization of alternative treatment centers. Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/93224019555. To listen via telephone: Dial 1-301-715-8592; Webinar ID: 932 2401 9555 (sign in to support) 

1pm SB40: relative to informed consent to search a motor vehicle) Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95984454365. To listen via telephone: 1-301-715-8592 (sign in to support this bill)

1:15pm SB 41, relative to police disciplinary hearings. Link to Zoom Webinar https://www.zoom.us/j/95984454365. To listen via telephone: 1-301-715-8592 (sign to support bill) 

1:30pm SB 39, exempting information and records contained in law enforcement personnel files from disclosure under the right-to-know law. Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95984454365. To listen via telephone: 1-301-715-8592 (sign to oppose bill)

Wednesday Jan 20th: 

9:20am SB 33, relative to Native American name restoration. Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97863251200. To listen via telephone: 1-301-715-8592 (support)

1:30pm SB 29, relative to the health risks associated with dispensing high-concentration marijuana in alternative treatment centers. Link to Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99071603325. To listen via telephone: Dial:1-301-715-8592 (sign in to support) 

Thursday, Jan 21st:

9:10am SB 31, relative to voter checklists and modifying the absentee ballot affidavit.  Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97950833624. To listen via telephone: Dial: 1-301-715-8592 

9:20am SB 46, relative to the use of electronic poll books by cities and towns.  Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97950833624. To listen via telephone: Dial: 1-301-715-8592

9:35m SB 43, relative to the allocation of electoral college votes.  Link to Zoom Webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97950833624. To listen via telephone: Dial: 1-301-715-8592

Friday Jan 22nd: 

10:00 a.m. SB 2, allowing the preprocessing of absentee ballots for certain 2021 elections and allowing for the postponement of annual town meetings in calendar year 2021 where concerns exist during the COVID-19 health emergency.  To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91927250837; Telephone: Dial 1-312- 626-6799

11:00 a.m. HB 86-FN, relative to voter qualifications and registration procedures. To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91927250837; Telephone: Dial 1-312- 626-6799

12pm HB 121-FN-A, establishing an independent redistricting commission. Committee members will receive secure Zoom invitations via email. Members of the public may attend using the following links: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91927250837; Telephone: Dial 1-312- 626-6799

EVENTS:

Last week we brought together over 150 people on zoom for the launch of the NH Renews Coalition – if you missed it check out the video and read the InDepth article by Arnie Alpert.

Thursday, Jan 21 (3-5pm)

“Tenant Union Organizing” meeting featuring John Washington from our national partner, People’s ActionFB event, registration page

Thursday, January 21 (6-8pm)

“How to Run for Elected Office”, a candidate training for anyone who’s ever thought about running for local or state office on Jan 21st at 6pm. FB event, registration page

Saturday, January 23 (1- 2:30pm)

The Traverse, Episode 4: Do Police Belong in Schools? – Hosted by Rights & Democracy and the ACLU-NH. Facebook Live, 1- 2:30pm.