If you want to see fetal homicide legislation pass in New Hampshire this year, you might want to send a friendly emailed nudge to the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. Brief, polite, nothing cut-and-pasted: recommend Ought to Pass on SB 66, without weakening the bill’s language. You’ll certainly want to send an email if one of your own reps is on the committee (see the table below).
The committee earlier this year voted to retain HB 156, one of two 2017 versions of the legislation. “Retain” means the committee will have to make a recommendation one way or another to the House next January. In short, “retain” is a delay. (Here’s a reminder of what happens without fetal homicide legislation.)
Now the same committee has to decide what to recommend with the other fetal homicide bill, SB 66. The hearing is past. The committee vote has yet to be taken. Today, in a comment on someone’s Facebook post, a member of the Criminal Justice committee made an alarming observation.
“You ca[n]’t believe the number of emails I get from people that are opposed to the pre-born (fetal) homicide bill.”
I am willing to bet that most opposition isn’t coming from people concerned about the point in pregnancy when such a law could be used: 20 weeks in SB 66, 8 weeks in HB 156. Opposition is coming from people who hate the very idea of fetal homicide laws.
Opponents are pushing for an Inexpedient to Legislate vote from the committee. Sounds like they’re generating a serious number of emails.
Perhaps the members of the Criminal Justice committee need some more emails, this time from people saying “YES” to SB 66. This will be good practice for when the bill gets to the House floor, as it will unless the committee goes for another “retain” vote.
Here are the names of committee members. I’ve included party identification and the towns in each district, along with email addresses as listed on the House web site. The committee as a whole can be reached at HouseCriminalJusticeandPublicSafety@leg.state.nh.us. If you see your own rep’s name below, though, send a customized email and identify yourself as a constituent. Be sure you view the entire table; there are 21 names.
|name||towns represented||email address|
|Beth Rodd (D)||Bradford, Henniker||Beth.Rodd@leg.state.nh.us|
|Bonnie Ham (R)||Lincoln, Livermore, Waterville Valley, Woodstockemail@example.com|
|Carolyn Gargasz (R)||Hollisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dave Testerman (R)||Franklin wards 1& 2, and Hillemail@example.com|
|David Welch (R)||Hampstead, Kingstonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Delmar Burridge (D)||Keene wards email@example.com|
|Dennis Fields (R)||Sanbornton, Tiltonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dennis Green (R)||Hampstead, Kingston||Dennis.Green@leg.state.nh.us|
|Frank Sapareto (R)||Derryemail@example.com|
|Jody McNally (R)||Rochester ward firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Burt (R)||Deering, Goffstown, Weareemail@example.com|
|Kate Murray (D)||New Castle, Rye||Kate.Murray@leg.state.nh.us|
|Larry Gagne (R)||Manchester ward firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laura Pantelakos (D)||Portsmouth ward email@example.com|
|Linn Opderbecke (D)||Dover ward 3||no email listed; phone 742-4119|
|Richard O'Leary (D)||Manchester ward 6||no email listed; phone 668-0069|
|Robert "Renny" Cushing (D)||Hamptonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Fesh (R)||Derryemail@example.com|
|Roger Berube (D)||Somersworth wards 1, 3, 4, 5, and Rollinsfordfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Scott Wallace (R)||Brentwood, Danville, Fremont||Scott.Wallace@leg.state.nh.us|
|Shannon Chandley (D)||Amherst||Shannon.Chandley.NH@aol.com|