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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10th, 2023
New Bill Would Create A Secession Study Committee in New Hampshire
NEW HAMPSHIRE – State Representative Matthew Santonastaso (R – Cheshire 18) has sponsored a groundbreaking new bill that will force the creation of a Secession Study Committee in the Granite State.
The Secession Study Committee, as envisioned by the bill, won’t just be a cursory look into New Hampshire declaring its peaceful independence from the United States. It will delve into understanding the multifaceted implications, the potential benefits, and the challenges that New Hampshire might face if it were to consider seceding from the Union. This initiative underscores the urgency and importance of having a well-informed discussion on the subject.
Representative Santonastaso stated,“Given the current challenges at the federal level and potential unforeseen changes in the national landscape, it’s essential to study the feasibility of an independent New Hampshire. This effort is not about neglecting our shared history; it’s about proactive planning and ensuring our state shall persist under any circumstance.”
Carla Gericke, President Emeritus of New Hampshire’s Free State Project, weighed in on the matter, stating “The Biden administration has been an absolute failure for Granite Staters. Our interests are not represented on the federal level and haven’t for a long time – it’s only right that we explore our options. If we do choose the path of separation from the United States, we know that New Hampshire has one of the largest legislative bodies on the planet. A more effective government without federal intervention is more than possible.”
Matt Sabourin dit Choinière, the chairman of the New Hampshire Independence Political Action Committee, commented “The purpose of this bill is to get all the tough questions relating to independence out on the table, and then get some answers to the public, it’s basically an outline for future grand national strategy.”
In the state’s 2022 legislative session, the House rejected a proposal that would give voters the opportunity to amend the New Hampshire constitution, allowing the state to peacefully declare independence from the United States. While opponents of New Hampshire’s secessionist movement have historically argued that the federal government is a net positive or at the least can be molded into one, proponents have argued that the federal government is too far gone – citing issues such as inflation, ongoing wars abroad, and healthcare. New Hampshire is one of approximately 25 states that pays more in taxes to the federal government than they receive in federal funding.
Once introduced, the bill will move to committee for further discussion and review. If passed, the Secession Study Committee would be comprised of members from both the House and Senate, as well as experts in economics, law, and governance. Their findings would be presented to the state legislature for consideration.
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Matthew Santonastaso is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Cheshire 18, a position he has served in since December 7, 2022. From 2020 – 2022, prior to redistricting, he served as the representative for Cheshire 14. Awarded a Combat Medic Badge for treating battlefield casualties in the US Army. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Fitchburg State University. His diverse career experience includes working as a Software engineer, CDL driver, Helicopter Pilot, and Property Manager.
Carla Gericke is President Emeritus of the Free State Project, a mass migration of more than 20,000 individuals who have or have pledged to move to New Hampshire to concentrate their numbers in a single state for the purpose of preserving liberty.
Having emigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1996, she is also an author, activist, attorney, and former candidate for the New Hampshire State Senate. In 2014, after winning a First Circuit Court of Appeals case that affirmed the right to film police officers, she was named one of New Hampshire Magazine’s ‘Remarkable Women’ of the year.
Matt Sabourin dit Choinière
Matt is the Chairman of the New Hampshire Independence Political Action Committee (NHIPAC), a state-registered committee dedicated to supporting legislators and legislation that will lead to an independent New Hampshire. NHIPAC supported 5 house candidates to successful victories in the 2022 NH elections, and is an advisor to the NH House Nullification Caucus. He is a former Air Force Officer with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He currently works as a wireless sales professional on the New Hampshire Seacoast. Additionally, he is also a PADI certified Master SCUBA Diver and an Eagle Scout.
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October 10, 2023
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