NH HOUSE BLOCKS
CITIZEN VOTE ON CACR19
This week, the NH House voted 217-112 that the NH Community Rights Amendment, CACR19, be inexpedient-to-legislate (ITL), blocking it from going to the Senate and blocking Granite State voters' democratic, constitutional right to decide if they want to reform our state government to protect people, planet, & principles over profit.
New Hampshire House Denies Granite-Staters' Vote
on Proposed Constitutional Amendment
WATCH 30 MIN. CACR19 NH HOUSE DEBATE
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POSITIVE HIGHLIGHTS FROM CACR19'S JOURNEY
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Yea votes supporting ITL were against CACR19 and denied the people the legitimate democratic process to vote on a matter that directly affects our health, safety, and welfare.
Nay votes against ITL were supporting CACR19 and empowered the people's right to decide whether or not they wanted to protect people, places, and principle over profit.
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CACR19 Sentiments From NH Citizen
LTEs & Letters to Reps
We, the people, far outnumber “them”, the corporations. While individuals may not have the financial clout of corporations, we have the right to our health, well being, and safety--none of which are possible without clean air and water, healthy, productive agricultural soils, scenic beauty, and other assets increasingly threatened by overreaching wealthy corporations. The NH Community Rights Amendment will empower our communities with local governing authority to preserve these immeasurable assets while maintaining all of our existing fundamental rights, including the right to bear arms.
This bill is not a taking, but a giving back.
Jeanne Sable -- Fitzwilliam, NH
Throughout recorded human history there has been an ongoing struggle between the rulers and the ruled. The rulers have been the wealthy, powerful elite, and the ruled have been the working classes and the poor. The American Revolution was a time when the ruled rose up to take control of their destiny from the King of England and his wealthy patrons. It is time for We the People to rise again. The New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment is working to revitalize our democracy by empowering every city and town with the right of local control.
Peter White -- Nottingham, NH
Since 2014, I have witnessed how decisions are made in Concord that protect individual, special, and an unresponsive system's interests while ignoring facts and uncomfortable truths and disrespecting ordinary citizens, our rights, and even other legislators who serve on the same committee--all to "win" a political point at any cost. A more mature democracy deals with honest differences honestly. Trust and mutual respect are essential so people can work together for the common good. Concord isn't the model for us to emulate at the local level. No question, democratic decision making at the local level CAN be messy. It crosses political divides and strengthens communities; we learn to listen to those "different" voices, stop undermining each other, and make the best decision we can for now, knowing future reality may mean we need to change it. That's what our earliest citizens did in ratifying the 1784 constitution and what we need to do today in adapting to the corporate and big money interests that now polarize and dominate our politics.
Deborah Sumner -- Jaffrey, NH
1/3 of the NH House
The NH Community Rights Amendment seeks to become
Article 40. Right of Local, Community Self-Government
of our NH Bill of Rights.
CACR19 received first-in-the-nation support from a legislative subcommittee with a recommendation of OTP, and in spite of the committee chair ignoring that recommendation and allowing a motion of ITL to stand and move to the House floor, 112 Representatives heard the need for rights-based local decision-making authority in the Granite State.
As New Hampshire communities are continually forced to host special interest projects such as Northern Pass, oil and gas infrastructure, water withdrawals for resale, landfills, and other harms, they face a structure of government and law that allows corporations to force these harmful projects into NH communities against the will of the people due to corporate claimed “rights” and state preemption.
In response to these democratic and environmental injustices, a growing number of NH communities are adopting local rights-based ordinances (RBOs). The RBOs elevate communities’ rights to clean air, water, and self-determination above corporate claimed “rights.” CACR19 would have provided protection for local RBOs.
Nearly a dozen NH communities have adopted RBOs over the past decade because the right of local, community self-determination is an inherent and unalienable right, not because they were expecting the Legislature to agree with them.
We know from prior people’s movements that fundamental change comes from persistent, unrelenting pressure. As corporate threats grow in the Granite State, more communities are inspired to join the NH Community Rights Movement. The NH Community Rights Amendment will be reintroduced in the future because our quality of life, indeed our very lives and those of our children and future generations, depend on it.
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Amend to Protect People, Places and Principles!
NH State Representative Ellen Read - Why we must amend the NH Constitution to recognize the right of local,
community self-government. January 30, 2018.
News & Updates
The NH Community Rights Amendment - CACR19
18-2547.1 06/05 STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION [CACR19] PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
RELATING TO: right to govern.
PROVIDING THAT: the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety and welfare.
Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the Constitution of
New Hampshire be amended as follows:
I. That the first part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 39 the following new article:
[Art.] 40. [Right of Local Community Self-Government.] All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.
II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2018.
III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2018 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2018 session of the general court shall be approved.
IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:
“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the constitution by inserting after article 39 a new article to read as follows:
[Art.] 40. [Right of Local Community Self-Government.] All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community. Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law."
V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2018 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.
VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption
WHAT CACR19 WOULD DO
The NH Community Rights Amendment would become
Article 40. Right of Local, Community Self-Government
of our NH Bill of Rights.
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