Proof that showing up matters

Postscript about the bill repealing New Hampshire’s death penalty: the Governor’s veto was overridden. The margin in the House: one vote. Margin in the Senate: one vote.

At some point, another life issue bill will come up in Concord. Maybe it’ll call for care for children who survive attempted abortion. Maybe it’ll be a stats bill. Maybe it will be something promoting or preventing assisted suicide.

Whenever such legislation comes up, remember: every vote matters. With 400 House members, a legislator – or a constituent, for that matter – might figure that one absence more or less won’t make a difference.

Wrong. Showing up matters.

Maybe we need to be reminded of that now and then.

4 thoughts on “Proof that showing up matters

  1. My District 16 Senator voted to keep the death penalty in place.

    Listening to the testimony in the House….there seemed to be a thread of testimony calling legislators to a “conscience” vote as supported by the State Constitution. Are you aware of any “conscience” clause that overrides the commitment of a legislator to cast a vote that represents the collective conscience of the majority of the
    constituency?

    1. One relevant clause in the New Hampshire Constitution is part 1 (Bill of Rights), article 4: “Among the natural rights, some are, in their very nature unalienable, because no equivalent can be given or received for them. Of this kind are the Rights of Conscience.” Of course, how that’s used in practice is very much an open question.

  2. Always been the case, it’s a matter of fulfilling your elected responsibility to represent your constituents. Maybe people need to be reminded that they should check their representative’s attendance records when they’re running for re-election.

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