Despite the need for changes to the New Hampshire domestic violence law the Republican dominated Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee tabled a bill (HB 1581) that would have required a warrant before an arrest could be made under the law. The committee voted 14-0 against the bill.
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Dan Itse, spoke at the hearing and offered two amendments in the hope that the committee would consider the bill favorably. Neither were taken up.
The NH Legislature Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has decided to hold a second public hearing on Bill 1581. As explained below this bill is a good step in the right direction to change the so-called 'domestic violence' laws. The NH reps. who sponsored the bill need public support at the hearing on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 9:45 AM. Please spread the word to NH people and try to attend.
Public hearing on HB Bill 1581
Senate Committee Passes VAWA Only on Party Vote (10-8). Contact NH Legislators ASAP to Reform DV Law
Senate Committee Passes VAWA Only on Party Vote (10-8)
Contact NH Legislators ASAP to Reform DV Law
The Senate Judiciary Committee passed VAWA on a party line vote, 10 Democrats in favor and 8 Republicans voting against. This was a good sign that VAWA is in trouble down the road when it comes up for votes in the Senate and House and good reason to continue to press Senators in your state to vote 'No' on VAWA.
Now is the Time! Contact Senators to Repeal VAWA and NH Legislators to Reform DV Law
There is a window of opportunity for change in the so-called 'domestic violence' laws both nationally and in New Hampshire as we continue our efforts to repeal the Massachusetts 209A DV law and get the courts out of family life. Your can support our work here.