Bill Text: NH HB1262 | 2022 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 5-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-03-21 - Removed from Consent (Rep. McGuire) 02/16/2022 House Journal 3 [HB1262 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2022-HB1262-Introduced.html

HB 1262 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2299

11/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1262

 

AN ACT commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hopper, Hills. 2; Rep. Cushman, Hills. 2; Rep. Burt, Hills. 39; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the governor to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2299

11/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot.

 

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

 

1  Legislative Findings.  In 1767, John Wentworth was appointed governor of New Hampshire.  He saw great financial gain by enforcing a long ignored law that designated all white pine trees over one foot in diameter as reserved for the British royal navy.  The new taxes and fines made it difficult to clear land for houses or to make money logging.  When the surveyors found violators in Weare who refused to pay the fines, the sheriff of Hillsborough County was sent to Weare with a warrant in hand.  A year before the Boston tea party, in an "appeal to heaven" on the morning of April 14, 1772, Ebenezer Mudgett and over 20 men from Weare attacked the sheriff and his deputy.  With switches in hand they beat the 2 men severely and sent them on their way.  The sheriff, Sheriff Whitting, later said "they almost killed me."  Mudgett and his cohorts later received light fines from a sympathetic court for their actions demonstrating that British rule was able to be defied.  It is believed that this precursor event helped to embolden the patriots of the Boston tea party.

2  The 250th Anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot.  The governor shall issue a proclamation calling for proper observance of April 14, 2022 as the 250th anniversary of the Pine Tree Riot, and shall call on the citizens and schools of New Hampshire to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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