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Face it, it is a baby from conception & it should be defended

To The Daily Sun,

This is the ninth of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord.

This past week has not been very busy. In the Criminal Justice Committee, we only had a short hearing this past week on three Senate Bills that were passed on to the House. SB-23 on legalizing firecrackers, SB-20 that lets the labs use liquid chromatograph to determine level on intoxication and SB-68 on parole violation sentencing. None of these were of any serious controversy. But this next week will see the emotions raise.

Senate Bill 66 was passed to my committee for action. We will hold a hearing on Wednesday the 22nd. This bill defines a fetus as a victim if it is harmed during an attack on the mother. It sets the baby's gestation age as 21 weeks for the legal age for a crime. Let's be honest. It is a baby from conception and it should be defended. Thirty eight other states have varying definitions for harming a baby. New Hampshire does not. We will certainly hear from both pro-life and pro-death groups. We have a similar House bill that we are retaining that uses wight weeks as a decision point. My bet is that the 21 weeks will be accepted. The big point of contention is giving the unborn baby any personhood. The pro-death groups do not want this.

Senate Bill 10 is on the agenda for the House session on Thursday. This is a bill that passed the House committee on a vote of 18 to 0. It provides financial aid to New Hampshire dairy farmers who suffered harm from the drought of 2016. I come from a farming family and we saw the ups and downs of the weather. Most of us are out of the business now. I probably will support this bill but I have a difficult time giving government aid to farmers in general. We do this in a lot of ways, like making ethanol 10 percent of our gasoline. Why we use something we can eat to power our cars inefficiently is stupid but that's what happens when the government intervenes.

Legislation is moving fast. By the time you read this report it may be too late for you to voice your opinion on a given bill. You must be engaged to have your voice heard. The calendar for each body for the following week comes out online every Friday. Take time to scan through the list and contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 if you have any questions. You can find the calendar at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/caljourns/default.htm.

Dave Testerman
New Hampshire State Representative

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April 11 marks 100 years of service for Altrusa International; learn more about us

To The Daily Sun,

Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Inc. is a vibrant and active volunteer organization founded in 1981. Altrusa International celebrates 100 years of service in 2017. More than 10,000 members worldwide are active in 360 local clubs in nearly every state and in 11 countries. Members strive to create better communities worldwide through leadership, partnerships, and service.

April 11 marks 100 years of service for Altrusa International.

Local businesses are requested to demonstrate their support by posting: "Congratulations Altrusa International Centennial" on their outdoor signs during the week of April 10-16.

Altrusa consists of civic minded members who enhance the lives of others. The Meredith club fulfills its mission through literacy and community service projects and by offering scholarships annually to nontraditional students returning to pursue their education or to retool their skills for new job opportunities. Additionally, the Meredith club offers young leaders opportunities to grow and develop by sponsoring an ASTRA Club for young women and men ages 12 to 25; by encouraging them to participate in serving and improving our community while offering them the opportunity for social interaction and personal growth.

New members are always welcome. Benefits include: advancing professional skills, forging new friendships, volunteering alongside community leaders, while adding meaningful experiences to their lives.

Community Programs that benefit from our efforts include: Monthly free community dinners, support of the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund and the Moultonborough Santa Fund, and local food pantries, Salvation Army, Interlakes Community Caregivers, New Hampshire Humane Society, Arts and Cultural Events, International Outreach Programs, and the annual Altrusa Festival of Trees.

To learn more, contact us at: www.altrusameredithnh.com
Visit our website: www.altrusameredihnh.org
Follow us: www.facebook.com/altursameredithnh

Carol F. Gerken, Past President

Altrusa of Meredith

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