Secular Coalition for New Hampshire Monthly Conference Call

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 11:00 - 11:30
Call In Details: 
530-881-1400 code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - New Hampshire Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Monday, October 15th at 11am ET

 

Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at New Hampshire chapter page at secular.org
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for New Hampshire monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) lobbying organization representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • Based in Washington DC, we are working to make sure that you are heard on Capitol Hill, on the federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.

 

State Government 
  • Governor John Lynch
    • Democrat, first elected in 2004, not running for re-election
    • Candidates: Maggie Hassan (D) former state senator; Ovide Lamontagne (R); John J. Babiarz (L)
    • Latest polls show a close race between Hassan and Lamontagne
  • General Court of New Hampshire 
    • In 2012, the General Court was in session from January 4 through June 27 
    • New Hampshire State Senate
      • 24 senators serving 2 year terms
      • Republican Party holds a 19-5 majority
      • All 24 seats up for election in November
      • 9 Senators are not running for re-election, 7 Republicans and 2 Democrats
    • New Hampshire House of Representatives
      • 400 representatives serving 2 year terms
      • Republican Party holds a 293-103 majority
      • All 400 seats up for election in November
      • Possible majority change
        • Prior to the 2010 elections, Democrats held a 216-174 advantage. Just a single election cycle later, Republicans controlled the House 298-102.
  • U.S. House of Representatives
    • New Hampshire's 2 seats in the U.S. house are up for election in November
    • Currently both are held by the Republican Party: Frank Guinta and Charlie Bass

 

Issues/Events
  • NH HB 437- Would prohibit same-sex marriage
  • NH HB 443- Would prohibit any same-sex marriage from being considered valid or recognized in the state.
  • NH HB 1546- Would add a religious exemption to the insurance mandates relative to coverage for contraception.
  • NH HB 1653- Would expand religious refusal laws for health care providers.
  • National issues sweeping the states
    • Reframing discrimination as “religious freedom” or “religious liberty” 
    • Similar authorization of discrimination, this time by medical professionals with “Rights of Conscience” bills
  • Any other issues we should know?


Chapter Model Overview

Wrap Up

 

Next Conference Call Date and Time
  • November 19th at 11am ET
  • Same call in number and code

 

Contact Information Thank You!
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