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Senate Committee Passes VAWA Only on Party Vote (10-8). Contact NH Legislators ASAP to Reform DV Law

Senate Committee Passes VAWA Only on Party Vote (10-8)
Contact NH Legislators ASAP to Reform DV Law

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed VAWA on a party line vote, 10 Democrats in favor and 8 Republicans voting against. This was a good sign that VAWA is in trouble down the road when it comes up for votes in the Senate and House and good reason to continue to press Senators in your state to vote 'No' on VAWA.

And there is a good opportunity in NH to change the DV law there but you need to contact state legislators before Monday. If you do not live in NH but know people who do please encourage them to contact their legislator.

We are continuing our efforts to repeal the Massachusetts 209A DV law and get the courts out of family life. Your can support our work here.

1. VAWA re-authorization uncertain.
2. New Hampshire House Bill 1581 (Requires Warrant for DV Orders).

1. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed the Judiciary Committee but only on a party line vote. This is quite likely the first time it did not have bi-partisan support and presents an opportunity for defeating VAWA in either the Senate or the House. Start contacting senators and representatives now and tell them why VAWA should not be re-authorized.

2. Excellent bill in the works to reform NH so-called 'domestic abuse' law. Committee vote expected Monday morning, Feb. 6, 2012

New Hampshire House Bill (HB) 1581, sponsored by Reps. Itse and Lambert, would require a warrant before a domestic abuse order could be issued and restricts the ability of police to make arrests without one. This bill would be a significant step in the right direction not only in NH but for other states as well because of multi-state reciprocity agreements. The bill has already attracted notice in the Massachusetts State House. According to Rep. Itse, however, the bill's provisions on 'domestic violence' warrants will die unless people speak up and make their voices heard. At the first public hearing opponents were out in force and got their views aired on both New Hampshire and on Boston TV stations.

Shared parenting efforts depend on reform and eventual repeal of these draconian 'domestic violence' laws.

It is imperative that people, especially those in New Hampshire, write the committee members (below) before next Monday, Feb. 6 and let them know how domestic abuse orders are issued without justification and the harm it causes to their family life and to their financial well-being.

Please write the 17 committee members below and cc' Rep. Itse ( itsenh@comcast.net ). If you live in New Hampshire please call and speak directly to the committee members as well. If you live in or near the legislator's district make an appointment to meet them face-to-face. They need to hear directly from their constituents.

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee member email:


Representative Elaine Swinford (r)
43 Webster Lane
Center Barnstead, NH 03225-3332
Phone: (603)776-0274
Email: elainesw@metrocast.net

Representative Larry Gagne (r)
126 Lakeside Dr
Manchester, NH 03104-5801
Phone: (603)625-9692
Email: lgagne25@comcast.net

Representative Gene Charron (r)
297 North Pond Road
Chester, NH 03036-4043
Phone: (603)887-2172
Email: genecharron@comcast.net

Representative David Welch (r)
PO Box 570
Kingston, NH 03848-0570
Phone: (603)642-4402
Email: repdawelch@hotmail.com

Representative Moe Villeneuve (r)
146 County Road
Bedford, NH 03110-6207
Phone: (603)472-6928
Email: moeville@peoplepc.com

Representative Kenneth Kreis (r)
607 Shaker Road
Canterbury, NH 03224-2733
Phone: (603)267-6449
Email: ken.kreis@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Mark Warden (r)
2 Larch St #19
Manchester, NH 03102-1134
Phone: N/A
Email: mark.warden@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Stephen Shurtleff (d)
11 Vinton Drive
Penacook, NH 03303-1583
Phone: (603)753-4563
Email: steve.shurtleff@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Dennis Fields (r)
429 Lower Bay Rd
Sanbornton, NH 03269-2712
Phone: (603)528-6224
Email: dennis.fields@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Jason Antosz (r)
177 Main Street #4
Epping, NH 03042-2456
Phone: N/A
Email: jason.antosz@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Robbie Parsons (r)
221 Old Wakefield Road
Milton, NH 03851-4919
Phone: (603)652-9009
No email

Representative Laura Pantelakos (d)
528 Dennett Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801-3621
Phone: (603)436-2148
Email: lcpantelakos@comcast.net

Representative Philip Ginsburg (d)
151 Durham Point Road
Durham, NH 03824-3124
Phone: (603)868-2312
Email: phil.ginsburg@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Robert Fesh (r)
27 Claire Avenue
Derry, NH 03038-4220
Phone: (603)434-1550
Email: rmfesh@comcast.net

Representative Phil Greazzo (r)
139 Parker Street
Manchester, NH 03102-4426
Phone: (603)669-0494
Email: phil.greazzo@leg.state.nh.us

Representative Kyle Tasker (r)
PO Box 500
Northwood, NH 03261-0500
Phone: (603)724-4716
Email: kjtasker@gmail.com

Representative Roger Berube (d)
15 Stackpole Road
Somersworth, NH 03878-1627
Phone: (603)692-5653
Email: rogerrberube@hotmail.com

Representative Stella Tremblay (r)
50 Westminster Lane
Auburn, NH 03032-0382
Phone: (603)587-0246
Email: stella.tremblay@leg.state.nh.us

Now is the time to act. Contact the US Senators and New Hampshire legislators to make the changes in these onerous laws that separate fathers from their children and destroy families.

You can support our work by donating here. Thank you for your efforts for real change!

Joe Ureneck
Chair, The Fatherhood Coalition
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