HB-1431 – Parents’ Bill of Rights was defeated on May 26, 2022. (The link includes the text of the bill.)
The following 13 Republicans voted against the bill, and one other was present but did not vote.
- Joe Alexander
- James Allard
- Mike Bordes
- Joe Depalma – Grafton County
- Debra DeSimone
- Ned Gordon – Grafton County
- John Graham
- Joseph Guthrie
- Bonnie Ham – Grafton County
- James Mason
- Kim Rice
- Claire Rouillard
- John Sytek
- Dan Wolf
- Jodi Nelson did not vote.
Among other things, the Bill provided that parents had…
(a) The right to direct the education and care of his or her minor child.
b) The right to direct the upbringing and the moral or religious training of his or her minor child.
(c) The right to apply to enroll his or her minor child in a public school or, as an alternative to public education, a private school, including a religious school, a home education program, or other available options, as authorized by law.
(d) The right to access and review all school records relating to his or her minor child, pursuant to RSA 189:66, IV.
(e) The right to be notified promptly if an employee of the state, any of its political subdivisions, or any other governmental entity has a reasonable basis to believe that a criminal offense has been committed against his or her minor child, unless the incident has first been reported to law enforcement or the bureau of child protective services and notifying the parent would impede the investigation.
The House was in session again this week. We wrapped up all bills originating in the House so that those that passed could go on to the Senate.
- We had a couple of good wins: HR-17 passed 178-159 opposing all federal and state efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation. If this bill passes the Senate and gets signed by the Governor, you will be grateful when you actually have electricity.
- We defeated HB-1093 186-161 which sought to allow nonresident aliens living in the state to obtain a driver’s license. Why would we want to defeat this bill? Because it is one giant step toward nonresident aliens voting in our elections.
- We also passed HB-1401 189-160 prohibiting the number of miles everyone drives from being shared within certain authorities without consent. Why would we want to pass this bill? Because this would very quickly turn into a mileage tax.
- We passed 218-100 a one-time $500 cost-of-living allowance to certain retirees in the state retirement system.
- And we preserved HB-1609 – the Fetal Life Protection Act. The amended bill that passed 231-114 clarifies the language of the current law regarding ultrasounds and adds provision for fetal anomalies incompatible with life.
In the loss column…
- A couple of election integrity bills got tabled: HB-1064 which would have required the use of hand-marked, durable paper ballots for all elections and HB 1473 authorizing a forensic audit of the November 3, 2020, election results in Merrimack County.
- CACR-27 was defeated 254-85 which would have provided that all state court judges be subject to recall and removal by petition and subsequent vote of registered voters. This means, if a bad judge gets appointed, we can’t get rid of that judge until he/she quits, retires, turns 70, or dies.
- HB-1417 passed 186-159 which provides that the state will pay 7.5% of contributions of retirement system employers other than the state for group 1 teachers and group 2 members. This means cities such as Nashua and Manchester (not known for fiscal responsibility) can start handing out benefits packages to more teachers and the rest of the state gets to pick up the tab. Just for reference, the current amount that the state is paying is 0%.
Next up in the House…Senate bills!
The House was in session for three days the week of March 12, 2022 – it was grueling! In the end, we got a lot of good things accomplished, and I am delighted to rattle off some of those victories.
1) We voted to repeal HB-1165 – the Granite State Family Leave Plan – by a vote of 172-164. This was the program that got stuffed into the budget trailer bill last year that would provide a tax-payer paid-for benefit to the 11,000 state employees at a cost that is still unknown.
2) We passed (179-153) HB-1337, relative to the duration of time a person can draw unemployment benefits. This bill ties the maximum duration for drawing unemployment benefits to the unemployment rate. This would encourage people to get back into the workforce quicker and thereby also help reduce businesses unemployment insurance costs.
3) We passed HB-1194 (183-146) to make it more difficult for municipalities to override tax caps. This bill would require a 2/3 majority instead of a simple majority.
4) We also passed HB-1667 (205-127) to expand the definition of a veteran to include National Guardsmen and Reservists for the purposes of obtaining veterans tax credits.
5) We voted to protect NH residents who work remotely for out-of-state companies from having to pay taxes on their income by passing HB-1221 (177-141).
6) We passed HB-1459 (167-145) to begin establishing the proper mechanism for the recycling of solar panels.
7) We defeated multiple efforts to eliminate or gut Education Freedom Accounts – HB-1669, HB-1672, HB-1683). I think the key take-away is that Democrats HATE the idea of parents being able to make choices regarding their children’s education.
8) We passed several bills that regard parents’ rights. HB-1434 (availability of curricula materials), HB-1431 (Parents Bill of Rights), HB-1280 (vaccine freedom), and many others.
9) We passed several bills related to professional licensing. HB-1171 exempts certain niche beauty services from license requirements; HB-1330 relative to the board of registration of medical technicians; HB-1560 relative to non-resident licensure by the board of barbering, cosmetology, and esthetics. These are all designed to help people get going in their chosen professions. These unnecessary licensing requirements have proven to be great hindrances to the job market for many people.
10) We passed HB-1022 (183-159) permitting pharmacists to dispense Ivermectin via a standing order.
11) We passed HB-1439 so people will not be left alone to die in hospitals.
12) We passed several other bills related to medical freedom.
13) We passed a repeal of the “buffer zone law”.
14) And one of the most important victories – despite a ferocious attempt to completely repeal of dismantle the Fetal Life Protection Act, we passed on a voice vote to pass HB-1673 with an amendment that keeps the Act in place and clarifies the language pertaining to the ultrasound provision.
The New Hampshire House will be back in session January 5-7, 2022. During these days, we will handle bills that were retained in 2021 and bills that were vetoed by the Governor. Committee work will begin shortly afterward to work on new legislation proposed. Over 800 bills have been submitted!
There are several good bills aimed at protecting liberty, election integrity, and quality of life. Here are a few of the bills I am sponsoring:
I co-wrote HB-1469 with Rep. JD Bernardy to protect individuals and businesses from being discriminated against by banks and financial institutions based on ESG scores. Many of the major banks in the U.S. are already refusing to make loans to businesses involved with oil and natural gas.
I co-wrote HB-1421 with Rep. Paul Terry to establish a Parents Bill of Rights. Ever since Hillary Clinton introduced the philosophy of “It takes a village”, parents have had their rights and authority over their own children eroded. Children are allowed to undergo medical treatments without parental knowledge, let alone permission. Children are subjected to some of the most perverse sexual education indoctrination at school without parental consent or knowledge. Children are exposed to political and philosophical dogmas of their teachers (such as CRT) without parental consent. The State needs to reaffirm the rights and authority of parents over their children.
I wrote HB-1181 to allow the father of a pre-born baby to file a petition for an injunction to prevent the baby from being aborted. Until now, fathers have not been allowed a voice on the subject. None of the Supreme Court precedents has declared that fathers have no rights; only that the rights of the mother are of greater weight. It is time we recognize the rights of fathers.
I am co-sponsor with Rep. Mark Alliegro on HB-1064 to require all elections in New Hampshire be done using paper ballots.
The Democrats have submitted several very dangerous bills. Many of their bills infringe on constitutional rights and personal liberties, expand government, and deteriorate election integrity.
LSR 22-2017 [no HB number yet] will require a background check on any commercial firearm sale; HB-1096 – will prohibit open carry or display of a deadly weapon within 100 feet of a polling place; HB-1151 will prohibit the display of deadly weapon at a parade, funeral procession, picket line, rally, demonstration, or vigil.
HB-1452 will give government oversight of private water wells.
CACR-22 will institute ranked choice voting.
Additionally, they want to eliminate single use plastic bags (HB-1471); repeal the fetal health protection act (LSR 22-2031); and cap the number of Reps in the State House to 150 and Senators to 35 (CACR-29).
It looks to be a very interesting year!
“The NH state legislature has resumed committee work after our summer break. We had a very successful year, achieving several goals aimed at maintaining and furthering New Hampshire’s Advantage and reaffirming its status as a beacon of freedom, especially in New England and the Northeast. Among the achievements,
- We passed a budget that not only gives us tax cuts, but we actually cut government spending – that’s what winning looks like!
- We took a giant step forward toward breaking up the monopoly that has been over our state’s education system resulting in ever-increasing spending and ever-decreasing results. We passed the Education Freedom Act that allows the state’s portion of education dollars to follow students to the school of their choice, whether that be a public school, a private school, a charter school, or homeschool: wherever is best suited for the student.
- Babies are now safe in the womb after 24 weeks. It still grieves my heart that there is even a question, but I will take the victory as it is and go forward.
This second year will probably be even busier as actions at the national level are putting tremendous pressure on states to respond defensively against the usurpation of power by the federal government. To make matters worse, not one of New Hampshire’s elected Representatives or Senators in Washington DC has offered any pushback.
No, they are all rubber stamps allowing the destruction of America.
In light of what is happening now and what I am sure awaits us in the near future between now and the 2022 elections, and after much prayerful consideration, I am officially announcing that I am challenging Ann Kuster for New Hampshire’s Second Congressional District in 2022. I am going to need your help. She has lots of money to spend campaigning. But we can win this. Spread the word. Tell everyone you know. Post on social media.
We must make changes now, or we will not have a 2024 to look forward to.
Let’s make this Kuster’s last stand!
Current NH State Representative
Wentworth, New Hampshire