I want to provide one more reminder if I may. New Hampshire Democrats have a thought-crime bill (HB1159) which has a hearing today. Yes. Thought crimes. The nature of the bill allows elected officials to decide your intent and then punish you for it with the law they created.
It is mislabeled as an anti-cyberstalking anti-cyberbullying bill. It carves out a safe space for public officials online to protect them from the ideas of their constituents. From anyone, actually. Not the actual intent or meaning of any words but the intent as defined by the public official at that time or any other. What they think you meant.
It is a thought crime bill.
It’s also an anti-free speech bill. And we oppose it. I oppose it. But here’s the thing. While I’d like you to go and testify at the hearing (I can’t be there), I’d also like the committee to pass the bill on the full House.
I’d like to see a roll call House vote.
I want to know who among our elected officials, before we get to November 2020, supports this.
There is no greater tyranny than an elected official who not only has the hubris to decide what you meant and provides themselves with the force to punish you for that.
If it helps, I doubt the governor would sign it. If it helps, even more, it will never stand up to a legal challenge. And I won’t weep if you manage to convince the committee to table or kill the legislation. The mere appearance of such a bill is ammunition enough to make the case that its Democrat sponsors cannot be trusted with the power of public office.
Date: Wednesday, 1/29 (Today!)
Time: 10:45 am
Place: LOB Room 204 (that’s Legislative Office Building right behind the State House)
Committee: House Criminal Justice and Public Safety