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NH State House Watch

AFSC’s New Hampshire State House Watch newsletter is published weekly during legislative sessions (and occasionally at other times of the year) to bring you information about matters being discussed in Concord including housing, immigration, and labor rights.  We also follow the state budget and tax system, voting rights, corrections policy, and more. For an email subscription, visit our main page and click on <SUBSCRIBE>. 

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State House Watch

January 17, 2020

Neither the House nor Senate were in session last week and neither is in session for the coming one.  That makes our job a bit easier.  But there are plenty of committee hearings coming up, including bills relating to guns, voting, prescription drugs, and perambulation.

Martin Luther King Day(s)

We are pleased to note that celebrations of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are not confined to a single day.  Events are taking place from Keene to Tamworth, and lots of points in between.  Look below for details, and check  out our online calendar for more, including the special program next week on "State House Watch Radio."

We encourage you to pay attention to news coverage of the holiday and to note whether descriptions of Dr. King are limited to references to him as a “civil rights leader” and short excerpts from the “I Have a Dream” speech.  Dr. Vincent Harding, a scholar and friend of Dr. King, has noted that dreams are generally associated with sleep, and that Dr. King was anything but a sleepy leader.  In what turned out to be his later years, he called not just for protection and expansion of civil rights, but for “a radical redistribution of economic and political power,” and an end to the triple evils of racism, poverty, and militarism.         

“For those who seek a gentle, nonabrasive hero whose recorded speeches can be used as inspirational resources for rocking our memories to sleep,” Dr. Harding wrote, “Martin Luther King, Jr. is surely the wrong man.”   

NHPR’s “The Exchange” reviewed the long effort to establish a holiday in New Hampshire named for Dr. King.  If you missed it, the story is here

Minimum Wage

The Senate Commerce Committee heard  SB 410, Senator Donna Soucy’s eighth attempt to raise the minimum wage since she joined the Senate.  This version would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 per hour in 2021 and $12 in 2023.  It would also set the minimum wage for tipped workers at $4.  “It’s high time that New Hampshire get with the rest of our neighboring states.  It’s high time that New Hampshire set a wage that’s appropriate for New Hampshire people and not cede that authority to the federal government.  It’s high time that New Hampshire re-establish and increase its own minimum wage,” Senator Soucy said.

Most of the testimony came from members of the NH Alliance for a Moral Economy who generally praised the bill but suggested that it did not go far enough, especially in light of the previous week’s House action to raise the wage in steps to $15 in 2025.  Kathy Staub said the status quo is like a hanging out a sign saying, “we don’t value workers.”  Amanda Sears of the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy noted that 60% of public assistance is going to working families who can’t make ends meet based on their low wages.  Even if few workers are making as little as the federal minimum, she said, there are a lot of workers who are earning under $10 an hour and who would benefit from a raise like that specified in SB 410.  And if the economy turns around, she noted, a higher minimum wage would put a floor under the current labor market. 

Arnie’s testimony focused on the cost of housing.  Even at $15 an hour, he said, a worker would need 1.7 full time jobs to afford a typical 2-bedroom apartment based on current rental rates.     

Opposition, as usual, came from the lobbyist for the National Association of Independent Businesses, who said the minimum wage was “designed to be a training wage for less experienced workers.”  We recommend he review a 1933 address by  President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said, “no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country.  By ‘business’ I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of decent living,” he stated.

We interviewed Rep. Kris Schultz, sponsor of the $15 measure, on “State House Watch Radio” last week.  Listen here.  Paula Tracy covered the hearing, where she spoke with AFSC’s Martin Toe, who was there advocating for workers who deserve higher wages. Read about it at InDepthNH.org.

New State Employees Contract Still on Hold

The NH State Employees Association announced on January 9 that nearly 100% of members voted to accept a report from a fact-finder who recommended wage increases the union believes are fair.   However, Governor Sununu has thus far refused to put the fact-finder’s report on the Executive Council agenda, as the union believes is required by law.  A representative of the Attorney General's office indicated last week that the Governor disagrees with the union’s legal interpretation.  Union spokespeople say, “This has been a long process and we are committed to move forward to achieve a fair contract, regardless of how long it may take.” 

Girls’ Sports

The Education Committee had a hearing on HB 1251, a bill that seeks to bar transgender athletes from participating in female sports. Palana Belken of ACLU attended the hearing and commented, “This dangerous bill would subject any female athlete, trans or cis, to invasive searches proving reproductive anatomy and subject to chromosomal testing. The NHIAA and NHSBA have provided guidance on transgender athletes and locker room access for years, both of which prevent improper claims of transgender identity. Transgender athletes do not have a categorical dominance and many trans teenagers have not experienced the puberty of their assigned sex at birth.” Now is a good time to contact the members of the House Education Committee to express opposition to this harmful proposal.

Guns

Coming up on Wednesday afternoon are hearings in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on two gun safety bills. The first would establish a 3-day waiting period between purchasing and taking possession of a firearm, and the second would require criminal background checks for all commercial firearms sales. As always, these will be packed and contentious hearings. Speaking of guns and contention, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be hearing a bill on Thursday morning that would change the statute governing shooting ranges. Under current law, shooting ranges are immune from lawsuits as long as they comply with the noise regulations that were in existence at the time the range opened. This bill would subject the ranges to current noise ordinances and allow individuals to sue shooting ranges for violations. The NRA and other gun groups are furious - it seems that “law abiding gun owners” are eager to avoid abiding by the law.

The House does not have a session scheduled. The Senate will be in session on January 30.

Coming up in House Committees

Tuesday, January 21

Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Room 302, LOB

9:30 AM HB 1166 Establishing a committee to study obtaining health insurance for those persons who are uninsured in New Hampshire.

10:00 AM HB 1280 Relative to copayments for insulin. This would require insurers that provide coverage for prescription insulin to cap the total amount a person is required to pay at no more than $100 for a 30-day prescription.

10:30 AM HB 1281 Requiring insurance coverage for epipens.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Room 204, LOB

9:30 AM HB 1641 Reducing the penalty for certain controlled drugs. This reduces the criminal penalty for possession, transportation, or use of certain controlled drugs; reduces the penalty for a first offense from a 30-year prison term down to 15 years; and decreases the fine of $500,000 to $300,000.

10:15 AM HB 1625 Reducing the penalty for certain first offense drug possession charges. Reduces the penalty from a mandatory minimum term of 25 years to an extended term of imprisonment which may include a maximum term of not more than life imprisonment.

11:00 AM HB 1641 Relative to the penalties for use or possession of a controlled drug. This reduces the prison term from 30 years to 2 years. The maximum term would be not more than 10 years.

2:00 PM HB 1141 Establishing the crime of unsolicited disclosure of an intimate image. This would make sending a photo, film, video, or other reproduction of intimate body parts or sexual conduct by an electronic device a Class A misdemeanor if they are transmitted “with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person.”

3:00 PM HB 1354 Prohibiting the wearing of a mask while participating in a public demonstration. This bill would make disguising one’s face during a public demonstration or activity with the intent to hide his or her identity a Class A misdemeanor.  The ACLU is following this one.  

Education, Room 207, LOB

1:30 PM HB 1698 Relative to equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to participate in co-curricular activities and making an appropriation therefor. Co-curricular activities are programs, activities, and learning experiences that complement what students are learning in school. These might include student council, sports teams, talent shows, debates, school newspapers, and drama productions.

Election Law, Room 308, LOB

10:00 AM HCR 8 Celebrating August 26, 2020 as the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees that the right to vote shall not be denied on the basis of sex.

10:30 AM HB 1191 Relative to the use of campaign contributions for personal use expenditures. Prohibited expenditures would include: dues or fees at a country club, household items or food, clothing, paying for the services of an attorney, paying a civil or criminal penalty, or payment of a personal debt. (A California Congressman has been accused of spending $625 in campaign funds to pay for transporting his pet rabbit.)

11:00 AM HB 1643 Relative to permissible campaign contributions by business organizations and labor unions and relative to funding source disclosure for political advertising. This would require business organizations and labor unions to make political contributions through segregated funds. The bill also requires political committees to identify their top five contributors in political advertising.

1:00 PM HB 1525 Relative to the definition of a political advocacy organization.  A political advocacy organization would be one that makes expenditures of $2,500 or more in a calendar year to pay for communications that refer to a candidate(s) or the success or defeat of a measure, and are publicly distributed within 60 days before a primary or general election.

Finance, Room 210-211, LOB

11:30 AM HB 1679 This bill makes an appropriation to the Department of Health and Human Services for the purpose of meals on wheels. The sum of the appropriation is $450,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. At 1:00 PM the same day it goes to a Division III work session. Governor Sununu has made this a priority. You can read his letter to the Congressional delegation asking them to revise the formula used by the government to support nutrition services here.

Finance, Division I, Room 212, LOB

1:00 PM Division work session on  SB 8 Establishing an independent redistricting commission. This bill passed the House last week.

1:30 PM Division work session on SB 7 Establishing the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART ACT). This would mean that any time a person applies for a driver license, nondriver ID, or to record a change to a license or ID, they would be automatically registered to vote, unless they decline. This would not take the place of the current voter registration system; it would augment it.

Finance, Division III, Rooms 210-211, LOB

2:00 PM Division work session on HB 385, relative to making a maternity room available on State House grounds. This directs the legislature to make a maternity room available to members of the General Court and the public on session days and days when legislative hearings are scheduled.

Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs, Room 205, LOB

10:30 AM HB 1513 Requiring the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services to study the conversion of the Medicaid program to block grant funding and making an appropriation therefor. This would authorize the appropriation of $100,000 to conduct a survey of converting the current Medicaid system to a block grant.

1:00 PM HB 1660 Establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults. This would enable vulnerable adults to seek permanent and temporary relief from abuse, exploitation, and neglect.

Municipal and County Government, Rooms 301-303, LOB

9:30 AM HB 1629 Relative to training and procedures for zoning and planning boards. This would mandate specific training requirements for members of a zoning board of adjustment or planning board, modifies the appeals process for zoning decisions, and provides for fee shifting and posting of bond in appeals to superior court from decisions of boards of adjustment.

10:30 AM HB 1632 Relative to financial investments and incentives for affordable housing development.

Both of these bills are the result of the Governor’s Task Force to address New Hampshire’s housing crisis. “Both HB 1629 and 1632 provide critical tools to communities to address the market demand for more affordable housing,” said Elissa Margolin, director of Housing Action NH. “These bills offer proven financial incentives, clarify the predictability of the development process, and strengthen the education of local decision makers."

Science, Technology, and Energy, Room 304, LOB

10:00 AM HB 1664 Establishing a climate action plan, an office of the environmental advocate, and an oversight commission on environmental services.

2:00 PM HB 1146 Relative to the duties of the site evaluation committee. This would require high pressure gas pipelines and liquified natural gas tanks to be subject to site evaluation committee criteria. It also requires that the quality of the environment and the economic interests of the area be protected.

3:00 PM HB 1229 Requiring proposed natural gas facilities to include decommissioning costs. This would apply to natural gas liquification plants, gas storage facilities, gas pressurizing stations, and gas pipelines.

Wednesday, January 22

Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Rooms 210-211, LOB

1:00 PM HB 1101 Imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. The bill establishes a three-day waiting period.

2:30 PM HB 1379 Requiring a background check for commercial firearms sales. Commercial firearms sales in NH would be processed through a licensed firearms dealer who would conduct a background check and create a record of each sale. The goal is to help keep firearms out of the hands of people convicted of felonies, domestic abusers, and those adjudicated to be mentally ill.

Education, Room 207, LOB

1:30 PM HB 1127 Relative to school lunch payments. This requires school boards that provide free or reduced cost meals to refrain from actions that would stigmatize students. Prohibited actions include: public identification or stigmatizing of a student who cannot pay for a meal or who has meal debt; forcing a student to do chores or work to pay for a meal, unless those chores are required of all students.  It would also require the school to direct communications about meal debt to parents or guardians not the student.  That there is such a thing as meal debt should be a source of shame to us all.

Election Law, Room 308, LOB

10:00 AM HB 1395 Establishing a committee to study ballot access and ways to improve civic engagement in New Hampshire.

10:30 AM HB 1651 Relative to prisoners’ voting rights. This would amend the absentee voter application form and absentee voting affidavits to allow prisoners to vote absentee.

11:00 AM HB 1672 Allowing voters to vote by absentee ballot. This would create “no excuses” absentee voting.

1:00 PM HB 1279 Relative to the terms resident, inhabitant, residence, and residency. This bill amends the general statutory definitions of “resident or inhabitant” and “residence or residency” to include an intent to maintain a principal place of physical presence for the indefinite future. This bill restores some language removed from the law with the passage of 2018’s voter suppression bill, HB 1264.

1:30 PM HB 1653 Relative to domicile, residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter letters. This bill modifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes, modifies forms and procedures for voter registration, and removes the requirement that the Secretary of State conduct post-election voter registration inquiries. This would essentially repeal 2017’s voter suppression bill, SB 3.

Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Room 205

9:00 AM Subcommittee work session on HB 1638 Relative to the administration of SNAP incentive programs. This would enable beneficiaries of the SNAP program to receive a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $20 a day for fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Judiciary, Room 208, LOB

1:00 PM CACR 14 Relating to reproductive medical decisions. Providing that the state shall not infringe or unduly inconvenience the right of reproductive medical decisions.

Municipal and County Government, Room 301

11:00 AM HB 1441 Relative to the perambulation of town lines. Current statute stipulates that every seven years, the selectmen perambulate (walk) the lines between adjoining towns, and check on boundary markers. This bill would allow selectmen to perambulate as often as they felt necessary, and to use satellite images instead.  A similar bill was proposed in 2017, SB 171, which was eventually voted ITL. As most of you know, we at SHW choose a few bills a year to follow largely for the purpose of entertaining ourselves. We liked the word perambulation, and once we learned what it meant, we liked it even more – the idea of selectmen out walking in the woods on a summer day, bonding with their fellows from a neighboring town just seemed so perfectly New Hampshire to us. We’ll be providing periodic perambulation updates.

1:30 PM Executive session on HB 1296 Requiring certain candidates for municipal office to comply with certain campaign finance laws; and HB 1615 Requiring criminal background checks for persons brought into a library to interact with minors in library sponsored events. The expense would be borne by municipalities and could become quite costly in the event of a theater or musical production. We think a library without events for children would be a real drag.

Science, Technology, and Energy, Room 304, LOB

9:00 AM HB 1218 Relative to net energy metering and limits for customer generators. This would increase the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering, modifies the applicable tariffs, and clarifies the definition of eligible customer generators for purpose of the utility property tax. This bill is supported by Clean Energy NH.

10:00 AM HB 1481 Relative to the net metering cap for customer-generators. This bill allows an electric utility customer generator with a capacity of over one megawatt to net meter generation of 125 percent of its average monthly demand. Clean Energy NH opposes this bill.

1:30 PM HB 1515 Relative to group host net energy metering. This would require the payment adjustment to group host net energy metering systems to over 25 kilowatts. It also modifies the Public Utilities Commission reporting requirement for certain net energy metering information.

2:00 PM HB 1402 Establishing procedures for municipal host customer-generators of electrical energy. This establishes an exemption under net energy metering for group net metered facilities that are owned or operated by a municipality to offset municipal electricity requirements.

2:45 PM  HB 1225 Allowing increased net energy metering limits for municipal hydroelectric facilities. This would increase the capacity of municipal hydroelectric facilities who participate in net energy metering to 5 megawatts.

Ways and Means, Room 202, LOB

11:00 AM HB 1474 Relative to deductions from the business profits tax for investment in federal Opportunity Zones in New Hampshire. This would establish a deduction from gross business profits under the business profits tax for income invested in an Opportunity Zone located in NH.  Such deductions would exclude or defer capital gains from federal taxation. Opportunity Zones have recently been in the news.

Thursday, January 23

House Continuing Education has a presentation on Mental Health Services and the Role of First Responders, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Rooms 210-211 in the LOB.

Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Room 302, LOB

9:30 AM HB 1194 Establishing a surcharge for certain single use plastics. A merchant may charge $.05 per single use plastic cup or plastic bag and keep the surcharge.

10:15 AM HB 1472 Restricting the distribution of plastic straws. This prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw unless specifically requested by a customer.

11:00 AM HB 1564 Prohibiting the use of polystyrene foam. This would prohibit food service establishments from using polystyrene foam cups or take out containers.

1:15 PM HB 1508 Relative to paper receipts. This bill would limit the use of paper receipts. If a customer did not want a receipt, none would be printed.

1:45 PM HB 1274 Relative to the labeling of bottled water. This would require bottled water to be tested for certain chemicals and labeled with the results.

2:15 PM HB 1446 Establishing a committee to study the labeling of products containing PFAS.

3:00 PM HB 1680 Relative to the collection of personal information by businesses. This bill grants consumers the right to request that a business disclose the type of personal information it collects, the purpose for which it is collected, and the categories of third parties with which it is shared, and gives consumers the right to opt out of the sale of their personal information.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Room 204, LOB

10:00 AM HB 1257 Establishing a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigation of officer involved shootings. This would include the possibility of creating a civilian complaint commission or review board to oversee officer involved shooting investigations and to field complaints of police misconduct.

11:00 AM HB 1174 Requiring screening for all law enforcement officers for psychological stability and substance use disorders prior to assuming their duties as certified officers.  Sponsors include the current and two former chairs of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Education, Room 207, LOB

11:00 AM HB 1522 Requiring colleges and universities to report allegations of sexual assault to local law enforcement. This would apply to all public and private institutions of higher learning.

1:00 PM HB 1268 Establishing a committee to study student loan forgiveness on the basis of volunteer work, including service in the legislature.

Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs, Room 205, LOB

2:00 PM HB 1548 Establishing a secure psychiatric unit facility advisory council. The council would assist the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services in the constructing of a new, secure psychiatric facility.

Labor, Industrial, and Rehabilitative Services, Room 307, LOB

11:00 AM  HB 1543 Relative to employee drug testing. This bill would prohibit an employer from using a failed drug test for cannabis as grounds for termination or denying a promotion to any employee.

1:00 PM Executive session on HB 1168 Commemorating the first labor strike in the United States by women, at the Cocheco Manufacturing Company’s cotton mills in Dover.

Science, Technology, and Energy, Room 304, LOB

10:00 AM HB 1355 Establishing a committee to study energy efficiency programs.

10:45 AM HB 1365 Repealing the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board.
Clean Energy NH opposes this bill.

1:00 PM HB 1480 Relative to the use of system benefits charge. This bill would remove the authority for a portion of system benefits charges collected for energy efficiency to be expended on low-income energy efficiency programs. Clean Energy NH opposes this bill.

2:00 PM HB 1342 Establishing a program for installation of heat pumps for low-income housing. This program would install high performance air source heat pumps in certain construction, funded in whole or part by public funds. Clean Energy NH supports this bill.

2:45 PM HB 1261 Relative to the energy consumption reduction goal. This bill would change the focus of the New Hampshire energy consumption reduction goal to greenhouse gas emissions, rather than fossil fuels.
 
Coming up in Senate Committees

Tuesday, January 21

Commerce, Room 100, SH

1:00 PM SB 685 Establishing a wholesale prescription drug importation program. This would establish a program to import prescription drugs from Canada on behalf of the state. The Department of Health and Human Services would be required to design the program and obtain federal approval.

1:15 PM SB 688 Prohibiting price gouging in the sale of prescription drugs.

Education and Workforce Development, Room 103, LOB

9:15 AM SB 583 Relative to the addition of climate and environmental sciences to the criteria for an adequate education.

10:15 AM SB 624 Establishing a school marshal program. This would permit a school to establish an armed school marshal program and requires the police standards and training council to develop a curriculum for training school marshals.  The purpose of the marshal is the “prevention and mitigation of an active shooter or other attack with a deadly weapon on public or private school property.”  School marshals could be existing school employees with other responsibilities, an employee of the school whose sole function is being marshal, an employee of the local police department or county sheriff, or a volunteer.

Wednesday, January 22

Commerce, Room 100, SH

1:15 PM SB 618 Requiring employers to provide access to a sufficient space for nursing mothers and reasonable break time. This space would be for nursing mothers to express milk during working hours. The bill also provides for a nursing employers tax credit against the business enterprise tax for expenses incurred by an employer in making sufficient space available.

Election Law and Municipal Affairs, Room 103, LOB

9:00 AM SB 537 Proclaiming January 24 as Granny D. Day. This day would honor Doris “Granny D” Haddock of Dublin for her commitment to civic responsibility and campaign finance reform.  We note that Granny D received a special Martin Luther King Award in 2000, when she delivered a great speech about campaign cash and voting rights at the MLK Day Community Celebration.   

Thursday, January 23

Judiciary, Room 100, SH

9:00 AM SB 572  Relative to prohibited sexual contact involving persons in a position of authority. This bill amends the circumstances that constitute sexual contact by a person in a position of authority for the purpose of sexual assault. This would now include employees at a primary or secondary educational institution, where the victim is a student at the same institution.

Same title, different bill:

9:30 AM SB 468 Relative to prohibited sexual contact involving persons in a position of authority. This bill amends the circumstances that constitute sexual contact by a person in a position of authority for the purpose of sexual assault. When the victim is 13 or older and under 18 and the actor is in a position of authority over the victim, except in the case of legally married spouses.

10:00 AM SB 469 Relative to shooting ranges. This bill would repeal and reenact the statute governing shooting ranges and subjects an owner or operator of a shooting range to civil and criminal liability for violation of noise ordinances or damage to persons or property caused by the operation of a shooting range.  We expect a noisy hearing.  

Coming Up…

2020 Women’s March/Rally on Saturday, January 18 - #MarchOnThePolls

KEENE --  Central Square, 10 AM to noon, stand together and show that our resistance against Trump is strong in our corner of the country. 

CONCORD – Noon to 2 PM at the State House,  Facebook event  

PORTSMOUTH – 1 to 3 PM at Market Square, with speeches and music by local women followed by a march led by the Leftist Marching band.  Hosted by Occupy New Hampshire Seacoast, New Hampshire Youth Movement, 350 New Hampshire, Rights & Democracy NH, The Resistance Seacoast, South Church Social Justice, and Seacoast Peace Response Facebook event

Martin Luther King Day(s)

MLK-themed events are taking place in Portsmouth, Nashua, Hollis, Manchester, Tamworth, Dover, Laconia, Keene, Exeter, Hanover and elsewhere.  Find a calendar on the AFSC website for an event to attend, and let us know if anything’s missing.  Here are five events we want to emphasize:

TAMWORTH – “Drum Major for Justice” is the title of Arnie’s keynote speech at the  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Eastern Slope at 6 PM on Sunday January 19, sponsored by UUFES and World Fellowship.  Facebook event

DOVER -- Maggie Fogarty will be the speaker for the Dover Area Religious Leaders Association’s MLK Day celebration, Sunday, January 19, 7 PM at Wentworth Douglas Hospital.  Facebook event

HOLLIS -- Arnie Alpert will be the guest speaker for the Outreach for Black Unity MLK Day Breakfast, Monday, January 20, 8:30 AM to noon at Alpine Grove, Rte 11A in Hollis.  Advance tickets are $40 for adults or $45 at the door.  Tickets for Youth/Students are $20.  Children 4 yrs. and under are free.  More info here.

MANCHESTER --- The Martin Luther King Day Community Celebration on Monday, January 20 will be at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 152 Prospect Street in Manchester. Social hour with music is 2-3 PM.  Program is 3-5 PM, with speakers highlighting the themes of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  Brenda Lett will receive the Martin Luther King Award!  The MLK Day Community Choir will be directed by James McKim.  Facebook  event

EVERYWHERE  -- “State House Watch Radio” will have a special Martin Luther King Day show on January 20, from 5 to 6 PM, featuring a recording of Coretta Scott King’s June 19, 1968 speech at Resurrection City in Washington DC, during the Poor People’s Campaign.  Listen live at wnhnfm.org or listen to the podcast later.  

Our chronology of the state’s 20-year campaign to establish a holiday named for Dr. King can be found here.

More Upcoming Events…

The ACLU of New Hampshire invites you to celebrate the 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade with them on January 22.  Sunday, January 19, is the last day to buy tickets.

Tuesday, January 21

Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Immigrant Justice, 9 AM at the Norris Cotton Federal Building, 275 Chestnut Street in Manchester.

Thursday, January 23

“Uncaged Art” exhibit at Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover Street in Manchester, 6 to 8 PM, with film “Which Way Home,” and discussion on advocacy with Sarah Jane Knoy, Eva Castillo, Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty.  Sponsored by Welcoming Manchester, Welcoming New Hampshire, and the Kent Street Coalition.  This is the second of three weekly programs on Thursdays at 6 PM. 

Monday January 27

An evening of conversation with Dr. Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and co-chair and CEO of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), sponsored by NTI and the World Affairs Council of NH,  6 to 7:30 PM at The Salon Room at SNHU in Manchester.  The event is free, open to the public, with refreshments. Please RSVP

Thursday, January 30

“Uncaged Art” exhibit at Jupiter Hall, 89 Hanover Street in Manchester, 6 to 8 PM, with discussion on trauma and healing.  Sponsored by Welcoming Manchester, Welcoming New Hampshire, and the Kent Street Coalition.  This is the third of three weekly programs on Thursdays at 6 PM. 

Tuesday, February 11

The NH Primary!  Get out and vote.  Same-day registration is still possible, including for people who have committed felonies but are no longer under the control of the prison system.  Questions?  Visit the NH League of Women Voters.

With best wishes,
Arnie and Maggie

AFSC’s New Hampshire "State House Watch" newsletter is published to bring you information about matters being discussed in Concord including housing, the death penalty, immigration, and labor rights. We also follow the state budget and tax system, voting rights, corrections policy, and more.

The AFSC is a Quaker organization supported by people of many faiths who care about peace, social justice, humanitarian service, and nonviolent change. Arnie Alpert and Maggie Fogarty direct the New Hampshire Program, publish the newsletter, and co-host the “State House Watch” radio show on wnhnfm.org every week while the legislature is in session.