Today's State House Watch is hosted by seacoast businessman and activist Emmett Soldati. His first guest is Milford Rep. Maria Perez with whom he discusses her experience of being a naturalized citizen legislator in the New Hampshire House. They talk about:
SB130 (HB20) taking money away from school system
HB544 critical race theory (CRT) ban on curriculum
non germane in the budget
HB266 re: police, immigration
100 mile radius from border, ICE, CBP inspection
Then Emmett talks with Anthony Harris, AFSC's, DecarcerationOrganizer
and creator of Felon to Freedom.
The musical breaks are Rough Gem by Islands, and Let Me Roll It by Lake Street Dive.
On today's SHW Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke of the American Friends' Service Committee - New Hampshire summarize the week's activities around the state budget, school vouchers, immigration, and labor rights.
Following the introductory segment, they hold an extended discussion of voting rights in New Hampshire and nationally with a focus on access to the ballot, especially for young (and old) voters. The guests are:
Rosemary Danelski, Political and Field Director, America Votes
Josie Pinto, Political Director, NH Youth Movement
Quincy Abramson, Director of Development and Operations, NH Youth Movement
This week, Jennifer Dube and the team from 350NH take over State House Watch:
Paige Radcliffe interviewed Dr. Sonja Birthisel with the No Coal No Gas Campaign, which is working to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station (last coal-fired power plant in New England without a shutdown date) in Bow, NH.
Carolyn Nevin interviewed Steve Davis and Ashley Andreas from Vermod Homes.
Anna Rose Marion and Kai Parlett who did the "call to action" are with the 350NH Youth Organizing Team.
Peg Breault and Jennifer did the "host chat" with Carolyn Nevin.
Carolyn, Peg and Paige are with the 350NH Outreach Team.
The two musical breaks were Black Lung by the Dead South, and Here Comes the Sun by Bon Jovi.
Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke of the New Hampshire Program of the American Friends' Service Committee return this week with their guests Phil Sletten of the NH Fiscal Policy Institute and Christina Pretorius of Reaching Higher NH. Their discussions are around this first year of the budget biennium and the policy implications of budget decisions, particularly around human services and education. We include brief clips from the testimony offered at the committee hearing on access to drivers licenses for undocumented residents.
Some of the bills mentioned are:
SB130, HB20 school vouchers
HB544 anti devicive education
HB587 citizenship markers on driver licenses
HB328 access to drivers licenses
This week's host on SHW, Emmett Soldati, gets into the weeds on the Bedford soccer field where the legislature was meeting last week. His guests are Rep. Amanda Toll of Keene, a member of the State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Committees, and Rep. Debra Altschiller of Stratham, a member of the Children and Family Law Committee. Their topics, in addition to the perennial review of just how the legislature is managing to meet at all during the Covid-19 Pandemic, are centered around reproductive rights. Reference HB 233 and HB 625.