HB 351 to hit House Floor Wed 3/8

HB 351 will be debated & voted on the House floor Wednesday March 8, probably late morning or early afternoon.

It is more important than ever that you write your legislator(s) and your local newspaper(s) as soon as humanly possible. Can you take 5 minutes today to let them know where you stand on this bill?

With the strong 17-3 committee vote for ITL (inexpedient to legislate) on HB 351, the death penalty expansion bill, we’re half way to defeating it. The bill’s proponents would like nothing more than to flip the committee recommendation and pass it.

Our continuing plan is, again with the help of our community, to make it clear that the citizens of New Hampshire do not want this broad expansion of state power over life and death.

A number of our members have already stepped up to write Letters to the Editor (LTEs) to your local newspapers – thank you! But we need to keep the drumbeat going. The key timeframe for “sounding the bell” is the next two weeks.

We’re asking you to do two things as soon as possible:

  1. Go to our Letter-to-the-Editor page here, fill in your information, and construct a brief letter highlighting your top one or two main arguments against the bill. Definitely include the bill number (HB 351-FN) and publicly ask your local Rep(s) to defeat it. This page also includes our main arguments against the bill that you can refer to while you write. Please include your address again and also your phone # in the body of the LTE, which will improve odds it will be printed. The system will then send out your letter(s).
  2. Go to our Write-Your-Legislator page here, and write a brief and polite letter to your House Rep(s) asking them to support the ITL on HB 351 (in other words, to defeat the bill) and list your top couple of reasons why. This page also has the arguments you can refer to, but again please write the note in your own words. Please choose ONLY your Representative(s) in the check-box(es), and NOT your Senator.

The Criminal Justice committee’s overwhelming vote shows that our efforts to communicate are reaching a new generation of lawmakers in New Hampshire. Such education is necessary and always ongoing. We’re in this for the long haul!

Sabrina Butler Porter shared only a tiny bit of her wrongful conviction and near-execution story in front of the Criminal Justice committee on February 7, but you can hear the rest of it on NH Senator Kevin Avard’s “Speaking With the Senator”” show recorded at Access Nashua here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEDvI8B4llU.

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