additional commentary by Timothy Horrigan; April 30, 2012
Democratic Caucus Leader (and former Speaker) Terie Norelli has a well-deserved reputation for being a staunch opponent of the establishment of a standing House Redress of Grievances Committee. One petitioner, Gus Breton, even included her opposition in the list of grievances on his 2012 Petition #28. His 6th grievance out of 7 was against:
Former Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Representative Terie Norelli, New Hampshire House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman David Cote, and all New Hampshire House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Members for denying Mr. Breton his right to a petition for redress of grievance under Part First, Articles 31 and 32 of the New Hampshire Constitution by voting HB 1543-FN of the 2008 legislative session inexpedient to legislate.
However, it was under Speaker
Norelli's watch that the House Rules Committee revived the
18th-century practice of allowing citizens to file petitions.
The Rules Committee consists of the top leadership of both House
caucuses. (Current Speaker Bill O'Brien was not on the committee
at this time because he held no leadership positions.) Speaker
Norelli was one of the House leaders who voted unanimously on
January 21, 2009 (the day after President Obama's
inauguration) to allow petitions to be read into the official
House record. There was no committee in place to hear them, but
an ad-hoc caucus was formed shortly thereafter.
The most complete video is in 3 parts by someone known to me only as "fremontr"
Original URL: https://youtu.be/ejjIS76ASwY
Original URL: https://youtu.be/B_HopvQlfx0
Original URL: https://youtu.be/ivpSnC_9V6E
BikerBillNH's video is significantly better, but he showed up late:
Original video URL:
Only 5 petitions were filed for the 2009 session, perhaps because the deadline for filing bills and resolutions came before anyone knew what the Rules Committee would decide. A lot more petitions were filed in the fall of 2009 for the 2010 session.
Official Petitions & Redress committee page (not much to see here)