Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Hampshire resolution derailed?

New Hampshire's HCR 0006 state sovereignty resolution has become disabled under mysterious circumstances. The resolution's fate was not included in any mainstream media source, including New Hampshire's. The public hearing in the State and Federal Relations Committee of the New Hampshire House of Representatives on February 5 was posted to YouTube. In that hearing, not one Representative spoke against the resolution. One of the Representatives held up a fat sheaf of papers which he said represented e-mails from people throughout the State -- in support of the resolution. That Representative said "I have never got so many e-mails as from those who would like this bill to pass... We have to rein in the Federal Government and make them stick to their Constitutional duties."

The words spoken in committee were passionately in favor of the Resolution:

"We need to send a message to the Federal Government -- enough is enough. We need to put a stop to a Federal Government that is basically out of control and send a message that the people of New Hampshire have spoken."

If this resolution does not pass, said one Representative on the committee, we might as well say we are prostitutes to the Federal Government [in return for "Federal funds"]. "We don't want to be prostitutes any more." Federal funds "have so many strings attached. We as a State would like you [the Feds] to understand that we support our State Constitution."

Yet, following such a public show of support for HCR0006, the bill was sent into executive session last Thursday, in which the vote was overwhelmingly in favor to "send it to ITL," which I understand is to report it back to the House with a recommendation that it not be enacted.

This may or may not be fatal to the resolution. According to KBCraig in the N.H. Underground forum, "A committee vote of ITL is not the same as killing a bill. Every bill in NH gets voted on on the floor, most of them on the "consent calendar", where the full house votes to accept the committees' recommendations of ITL or OTP. But, any rep can demand a particular bill be pulled off the consent calendar and voted on directly. Many ITL bills have passed this way, and many OTP bills have failed."

It would be very interesting to know what happened in that meeting. Unfortunately, even in New Hampshire, the media have not made the connection between the Feds and the fact that virtually every State is struggling to meet its budget -- including New Hampshire, as reported by the Manchester Union-Leader.

Virtual buckeye to Sebastian Ronin at Novacadia Alliance.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

New Hampshire House to vote on New Hampshire Resolution on Wednesday, March 4th. See: