A Look Ahead at the 2017 New Hampshire Legislative Session
While the text of many of the bills has not yet been made available, we already know we will be asking for your help to support measures in the New Hampshire Legislature to collect abortion statistics and to repeal the abortion clinic buffer zone. But we also will be reaching out for your help to defeat a measure aimed at expanding the state death penalty.
And you may have seen in the news that there are several bills to decriminalize, legalize, and regulate marijuana. We will take a closer look at these bills once the text is available, but we have serious concerns based upon what we have heard so far. Marijuana is widely used and abused, particularly by young people under the age of eighteen, and scientific evidence links its long-term damaging effects on brain development. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense.” (note 2291). We will be watching closely for the text of these and other bills and will update you in January. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NHCatholicCitiz to receive additional State House updates in between.
I know that 2016 was an exhausting year for many. Some of you worked on campaigns during the New Hampshire Primary and never took a break and then worked for candidates or on issues during the State primary and general election. And everyone seems to have experienced fatigue from the coverage and commercials, regardless of how they felt about the results of various elections for offices. But during this season, I hope that the presence of Christ will bring new life and joy to you and your loved ones as you celebrate the feast of His birth -- both now and throughout the new year ahead.
Grateful for all your efforts to promote a culture of life and serve the common good,
Meredith P. Cook
Director, Office of Public Policy
Save the Date – Catholic Day at the State House
Join Bishop Libasci and Catholics throughout the Granite State on Thursday, March 9, 2017. for Catholic Day at the State House to learn how you can make a difference by advocating for justice and the common good. Events will take place at the State House and Holiday Inn in Concord, New Hampshire. Additional information and details will be coming soon and will be posted to www.catholicnh.org/CatholicDay. This event will be offered at no charge to participants and will include lunch. Plan to be in Concord on March 9 and watch Catholic Citizenship News for more information!