This week's State House Watch with AFSC's Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke is the journalism edition, with veteran State House Watcher Garry Rayno of InDepthNH, and Ethan DeWitt of the new publication New Hampshire Bulletin.
Some of the topics discussed are:
"States News Room";
how does news impact peoples' lives;
emergency room warehousing of children with mental health needs;
state budget is focus of tension between governer and some house repubicans;
HB544 divisive concepts bill vs. implicit bias training;
CleanEnergyNH funding crisis;
tax cuts vs. investments;
the nature of the current legislative session;
thin Republican majority;
use of the pandemic to attempt to keep democrats at home;
democrats' court suit ... ADA .... legislative immunity;
public access via remote access;
republic vs. participatory democracy;
culture wars expressed through budget process;
divisive concepts prohibition;
abortion funding services seperation;
difficult to advocate for basic human needs;
back of budget HHS cuts;
Secure Psych Unit & Sununu Youth Center;
government data collection, E911;
Jennifer Dube and her 350NH team host this week's State House Watch.
Earth Day/Clean Water Act Lookback
Today's focus is on clean air and water.
Interview with Jon Swan: Forest Lake
Conservation Law Foundation suit against DES
HB177... re:siting a landfill next to a state park.
Local Earth Day Events
songs: Big Yellow Taxi, by Counting Crows
Don't Go Neaar the Water, by Johnny Cash
Today the American Friends' Service Committee's Maggie Fogarty and Grace Kindeke explore the world of legislative advocacy with youth activists Lidia Yen, AFSC's Grassroots Organizer Intern and Trysten McClain, racial justice activist from Plymouth, NH.
If you're unfamiliar, you may be confused, as was your producer, by the term "bipoc", which stands for 'black, indigenous, people of color'.
Change for Concord
NH budget bills:
the gag rule re:reproductive medical care
HB544...'divisive concepts bill' discussion of race etc, a bill + a budget amendment
NH People's Budget
SB61 right to work for less
HB198 .... gender/sports
HB155 ... indigenous peoples' day
Concord High School Resource Officer
HB266 ... anti sanctuary cities bill
HB587 citizen markers on drivers' licenses
HB328 driver licenses for undocumented
HB112 impact of deportation study
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.
This week Maggie and Grace from American Friends' Service Committee's New Hamphsire Program interview New Future's Kate Frey, about the state budget process and priorities, and Louise Spencer from the Kent St. Coalition about the legislative process and how, and why people can become part of that process. The two featured musical breaks are Abba's "Money Money Money" and Janelle Monáe's "Turntables".
For the February 15 edition the 350NH crew returns with a focus on local food systems and the confluence of agriculture and solar power. You'll hear Jennifer Dube, Peg Breault, Carolyn Nevin, Alyssa Riley, and Joe Feole of 350NH, Mike Zimmer of Bluewave Solar, Hannah Flanders of the Kearsarge Food Hub, and Senator Rebecca Whitley of the NH State Senate.