I have railed against SB142 , the bill that the NH House, NH Senate, and Gov Sununu passed to require School Districts to provide FREE menstrual products) since it was passed back in 2019 (NH House roll call here, NH Senate votes here, see below for votes).
[Art.] 28-a. [Mandated Programs.] The state shall not mandate or assign any new, expanded or modified programs or responsibilities to any political subdivision in such a way as to necessitate additional local expenditures by the political subdivision unless such programs or responsibilities are fully funded by the state or unless such programs or responsibilities are approved for funding by a vote of the local legislative body of the political subdivision.
This was an unfunded mandate from the State down to the local level. An issue that should have raised all kinds of hackles at said local levels: “WHAT? ANOTHER unfunded mandate that the State is putting upon us?”. Yet, not even a <cricket> sound was heard – School Districts meekly prostrated themselves with a “Thank you, SIR! May I have another?” attitude.
It wasn’t because of the actual intent of the bill but because Republicans were complicit in disregarding the mandate of the NH Constitution. Yet, my protestations went for naught (at least at that time.
But it was Pravda on the Merrimack that actually had the story that had me thinking “Gosh, have I made a difference?” (reformatted, emphasis mine):
Republicans seek to roll back free menstrual products in public schools law
Two years after mandating that New Hampshire public schools provide feminine hygiene products in their bathrooms for free, some members of the New Hampshire Legislature are considering reversing course. Lawmakers on the House Education Committee heard testimony last week on House Bill 458, which would undo the requirement that schools provide tampons and sanitary napkins for free.
Instead, HB 458 would give school health departments the option to provide the products if it “determines that there are students in need of menstrual hygiene products within its school population.” And it would allow the schools to charge students for the tampons at “minimal cost.”
As I yelled at Doug Scamman, EVERY Social Issue has a financial cost. And each time the Right accedes to the Left on one Social Issue after another, the financial toll of taxes rises ever higher. And it removes Choice from every level beneath it.
The bill was touted by supporters Tuesday as a way to relieve schools of a burden while allowing those who want to proceed to keep doing so. Rather than paying for the products themselves, the school district would accept donations, grant money, or local funding from non-profit organizations or others to cover the costs, something they can currently do now. “I don’t think the state of New Hampshire should be micromanaging schools regarding how and where to provide these products,” said Rep. Judy Aron, an Acworth Republican, the lead sponsor on the effort. “Those things should be left up to the discretion of the school administration.”
Absolutely correct. But that is the overriding sense of Progressives – that the higher levels of Government SHOULD be telling the lower levels of government and ESPECIALLY Citizens how they are to act, behave, and pay. Government believes it should be in charge – the Public Servants have become the Public Masters. Note Sununu, below:
The effort would pare back a law passed and signed by Gov. Chris Sununu in 2019 that introduced the requirement. Senate Bill 142 passed after high school students testified in person about its importance in allowing girls of all income levels to participate in school activities comfortably. “This legislation is about equality and dignity,” Sununu said at the time. That bill had some bipartisan support in the Senate when it passed – three Republicans joined 14 Democrats. In the House, it passed on narrower partisan lines.
In retrospect, that should have told us how Sununu would be issuing Emergency Order over Emergency Order – no respect for the Constitution. If you are swearing an oath to the Constitution, RESPECT the Constitution, OBEY the Constitution – not ignore it just because “equality and dignity”. Both of those are important, but NOT as important as the strictures laid down in our most fundamental Law.
IF you (and those listed below) don’t know what they are, can’t understand them, or willfully refuse to follow them, RESIGN. You have shown yourselves to be incompetent.
Imagine what Sununu might be voting for where it would REALLY hurt should he reach the US Senate, given what he’s already shown for a political outlook?
Aron said that the bill passed in 2019 “had and still has much merit.” But she said that the original law amounted to an unfunded mandate for schools – a directive that schools or localities provide something without the funding to allow them to do so – which barred in state statute.
Actually, NH State Rep Aron, the NH Constitution, but the sentiment is exactly spot on! And as for Scamman, that Republicans should stay out of Social costs – see, there is a cost to acceding to the Left’s silly “period poverty” claptrap:
…After the 2019 law, Manchester school district, which comprises 13,522 students, had to budget for $125,000 as a result of the bill, Christina said, which came at a time where the district is cutting buildings. Other school districts had $5,000 to $10,000 expenses, he said.
Add that all up around the State and it adds up to quite a few shiny pennies that the Legislature pinned to the local levels. And I will also say that my town’s Legislative Body (the voters) have not approved of such expenditures.
And, of course, the article bring up the stupid idea of “period poverty for students and their families“. SB142 was yet (albeit, very small) about socializing costs that should be borne by, well, families. The idea promulgated that Government, more and more on an incremental basis, should be the fount of all things – causing more dependency on Government to provide the stuff.
Good on the Republicans that are working to undo an unConstitutional action by the Legislature and the Governor.
SB142: All of the sponsors of this bill were Democrats:
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
AN ACT requiring menstrual hygiene products in school restrooms.
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
252:1 New Section; Menstrual Hygiene Products. Amend RSA 189 by inserting after section 16 the following new section:
189:16-a Menstrual Hygiene Products.
I. The school district shall make menstrual hygiene products available at no cost in all gender neutral bathrooms and bathrooms designated for females located in public middle and high schools.
II. Menstrual hygiene products shall include sanitary napkins and tampons.
III. The school district shall bear the cost of supplying menstrual hygiene products. A school district may seek grants or partner with a nonprofit or community-based organization to fulfill this obligation.
252:2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
And then Governor Chris “Baby Huey” Sununu signed this unconstitutional bill (see above, Article 28-A) which is supposed to be the bulwark against the State and protecting the towns from this kind of “downshifting”). Imagine that – from the Party that supposedly defends the Constitutions:
We believe that individual liberty is guaranteed under the Constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire, that the liberty of the people must be protected above the power of the government, and that it is only through an adherence to our founding documents that we will continue to grow as a free, Constitutional Republic…
We believe that low taxes are the result of low spending; that government has a moral obligation to the people to be as cost effective as possible, to always limit spending and growth of government, and to cut spending and cost of government at every possible turn.
And then our non-testicular endowed School Board just said “yes SIRS” and funded it out of two General Ledger accounts (middle school, high school) immediately. I know – I submitted a Right To Know demand to find out if we were and from where.
SB142 – Republicans that voted FOR this unconstitutional bill:
- Jeb Bradley
- John Reagan
- David Starr
- Ruth Ward
- Max Abramson
- Arthur Barnes
- Charles Burns
- Joel Desilets (REALLY, again you show up voting with Democrats???)
- Peter Hayward