New Hampshire’s HB 1580

So in all my earlier angst about the end of days, I forgot the craziness that I had sincerely wanted to share … New Hampshire’s House Bill 1580.

It’s brief and to the point, and if all goes well will be in effect for one month and 21 days before everything goes kerplooey.


In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT requiring a reference to the Magna Carta on certain legislation.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 New Section; Magna Carta References. Amend RSA 14 by inserting after section 39-a the following new section:

14:39-b Magna Carta Reference. All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect November 1, 2012.


Here’s a link to the full text of the Magna Carta, for those who are interested.

I was, personally, much relieved to read this:

“[10] No-one is to be distrained to do more service for a knight’s fee or for any other free tenement than is due from it.”

and this …

[16] No bank works of any sort are to be kept up save for those that were in defense in the time of King H(enry II) our grandfather and in the same places and on the same terms as was customary in his time.”

and of course, this … which I believe may have something to do with The Northern Pass …

[32] No free man is henceforth to give or sell any more of his land to anyone, unless the residue of his land is sufficient to render due service to the lord of the fee as pertains to that fee.”

Oh, and I might be mistaken, but this doesn’t sound like a good sign for the women of NH:

[34] No-one is to be taken or imprisoned on the appeal of woman for the death of anyone save for the death of that woman’s husband.”

And this seems to portend further cuts in State Government … right down to the bone, if I am reading correctly … back to how it all existed at the time of Henry II – who, I believe, predates the State of NH and then some …

[35] No county court is to be held save from month to month, and where the greater term used to be held, so will it be in future, nor will any sheriff or his bailiff make his tourn through the hundred save for twice a year and only in the place that is due and customary, namely once after Easter and again after Michaelmas, and the view of frankpledge is to be taken at the Michaelmas term without exception, in such a way that every man is to have his liberties which he had or used to have in the time of King H(enry II) my grandfather or which he has acquired since. The view of frankpledge is to be taken so that our peace be held and so that the tithing is to be held entire as it used to be, and so that the sheriff does not seek exceptions but remains content with that which the sheriff used to have in taking the view in the time of King H(enry) our grandfather.

To be continued …

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3 Responses to New Hampshire’s HB 1580

  1. And what I would really like someone to shed some light on is … why? Why the Magna Carta? And what are they hoping this will accomplish? We have the Bible and the Constitution … why another infallible source document?


  2. Alice says:

    This is one of those I-don’t-know-whether-to-laugh-or-cry situations. But, in either case, I think I need to get
    my blinders back out of storage. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


  3. Eleanor says:

    Thanks for shedding some light on this dark and scary subject. Just when I was beginning to understand the Constitution, I have to start all over again. The good news is that this refocuses me on my favorite period of history, scary and all.


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