SESSION NOTICE: 

The next House session will be on Thursday, April 19th, at 10:00 a.m. The House will also be in session on April 26th, May 2nd and May 3rd.

CAUCUS NOTICE: 

There will be a Republican caucus on Thursday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Representatives Hall.

House Majority Leader reacts to passage of HB1685

CONCORD- Today, the House passed HB1685, establishing a statutory commission for oversight over occupational regulation. This bill, passed by the House by a vote of 177-148, establishes an occupational regulation review commission to assure boards utilize the least restrictive regulation and requires a continuing review of all occupational boards. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement:

“This was an important first step in knocking down barriers blocking average Granite Staters from finding work,” said Hinch. “This Commission will allow state government to find the best balance between safety and allowing individuals to pursue the career of their choice.”

“Workforce shortage is a looming problem facing our state,” remarked Hinch. “In order to meet the demands of a growing economy, we need to have a fresh look at our occupational regulation environment.”

House Leaders React to Governors State of the State Address

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) release statements following Governor Sununu’s State of the State Address.

House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The governor put forward today an uplifting account of the state of our state and the character if its people. Our constituents elected us to represent their interests here in Concord, and I believe we are doing that through common sense legislation to improve our economy, education, infrastructure, our response addiction and mental health crises, and improve quality of life in every community. We agree that New Hampshire’s system of government puts people above politics, and that’s something we hope Washington can learn from.”

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

“I thank the governor for sharing highlights of our accomplishments over the last year, and look forward to working with him on the future initiatives he spoke about this morning. Voters elected a unified Republican state government, and we are producing results for the State of New Hampshire. Our unemployment remains among the lowest in the nation, and our economy continues to grow as the result of proactive Republican policies, including responsible budgeting, low state taxes, and reform of regulations. We have many challenges ahead before the legislative session ends and campaign season begins. I believe the governor’s speech today is an excellent resume for us to demonstrate to voters that we’ve achieved many of the goals we campaigned on in 2016.”

SECOND ANNUAL N.H. LEGISLATIVE SOFTBALL CLASSIC SET FOR FLAG DAY IN MERRIMACK

CONCORD, N.H. — The Second Annual New Hampshire Legislative Softball Classic is scheduled for Flag Day, Thursday, June 14th, at 6 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex in Merrimack, N.H. The event, sponsored by the N.H. Legislature’s Veterans’ Caucus (VIC) will  once again generate funds for Manchester’s Liberty House which supports homeless and transitioning veterans.

In part inspired by the shooting violence associated with the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, the 2017 Legislative Softball Classic saw the Republicans top their Democrat rivals by a score of 15-5 while generating more than $10,000 for Liberty House. “The first Classic was such a wonderful success that we had to keep it going,” explained VIC leader Sean Morrison (R-Epping).

Sports banter has already commenced between the rival camps ahead of the 2018 Classic. “I just made a substantial pledge to Liberty House,” explained House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack), the manager for the Republican team. “But I’ll double my donation if somehow the Democrats get lucky and pull off a win.” Democrat manager, House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) sees things differently. “Democrats mean business in 2018,” explained Shurtleff. “Our win in the Classic in June will show that 2018 is going to be a blue year in New Hampshire and across the country!”

The two teams will be vying for the “Antler Trophy” won by the GOP last year that now has a name. The “Murphy-Brown Trophy” honors two Granite State political stalwarts.

Republican Francis P. Murphy was elected as the sixty-fourth governor of New Hampshire in 1936. A former lieutenant in the New Hampshire National Guard,  Murphy chaired the Electric Power Supply Committee during World War I and also served in the New Hampshire House of  Representatives as well as the Executive Council. In 1954, Governor Murphy started WMUR-TV in Manchester.

Democrat Fred Brown was elected as the fifty-ninth N.H governor in 1922 and then to the U.S. Senate in 1932. A talented baseball player, he saw action with the National League’s Boston Beaneaters (later the Braves) in 1901 and 1902.

More information about the Legislative Softball Classic and the Murphy-Brown Trophy may be obtained by contacting Rep. Michael Moffett (R-Loudon) at michael.moffett@leg.state.nh.us.

House Republicans Comment on Passage of HB317

CONCORD – Today, the House passed HB317, prohibiting the public utilities commission from increasing the system benefits charge without legislative approval, by a vote of 173-171. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Assistant Majority Leader and prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), released the following statements:

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch:

“New Hampshire Ratepayers are burdened with some of the highest energy costs in the country. House Republicans remain committed to doing everything in our power to protect the New Hampshire Ratepayer. This bill assures that there is accountability when it comes to the Systems Benefit Charge. I applaud the ST&E committee for the work they have done on this bill and am thrilled to see it pass the House.”

Representative Michael Vose:

“New Hampshire Ratepayers deserve to be able to hold their government accountable and today was a great step in that direction. This bill provides the legislature with the oversight and control needed to prevent a slide into economic stagnation caused by over regulation and excessive taxation.“

Chandler Statement on 2018 Legislative Initiatives

Speaker Gene Chandler issued the following statement following Gov. Sununu’s press conference this morning during which he outlined his initiatives for the upcoming legislative session.

“The House is looking forward to continuing our legislative successes of the past session in working closely with Gov. Sununu. Today House and Senate leadership joined the governor in committing to making New Hampshire even more competitive within the New England economy by creating jobs, scaling back on stifling regulations, and ensuring that any new legislation will not impede New Hampshire business from being successful. Our focus will also be on lowering the state’s high energy costs, modernizing our laws to ensure that our citizens have the protections they deserve, advancing policies that will achieve education excellence, and continuing to battle the opioid crisis. I applaud the governor for being proactive in these important areas and I look forward to working with him in the coming session.”

House Majority Leader, Education Chair Applaud Passage of Education Savings Accounts Bill

CONCORD- House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) and House Education Committee Chairman Rick Ladd (R-Haverhill) released the following statements in response to the passage of SB193, relative to establishing education freedom savings accounts for students,  by a vote of 184-162.

“Our state has many successful public schools, but there are times where a student’s public school is not the best fit for them. Students leave their district for academic reasons, bullying, discrimination, and special needs, and this bill gives those children a choice. I applaud Chairman Ladd and the Education committee for their months of hard work, and I look forward to working with the Finance committee as they review the bill in the coming weeks,” said Rep. Dick Hinch.

“This bill contains strong accountability requirements that will ensure the program is run smoothly and effectively. Any fiscal impact to school districts will be very minimal. Education is not one size fits all, and every child in New Hampshire deserves access to a quality education. This bill gives them that opportunity,” said Rep. Rick Ladd.

House Speaker Applauds Governor’s Blocking of Toll Increase

New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) issued a statement following the announcement that Governor Sununu will not allow consideration of a toll increase.

“I applaud the Governor’s leadership on this issue, and agree with his decision that now is not the time to ask our motorists  to pay more at the tolls. This process has been rushed, and we need more time to evaluate what projects need to be done and what projects can be done with existing resources. The legislature will play an important role in our future planning as we review the 10 year highway plan. We look forward to receiving the Governor’s plan and working with him to make sure we are living within our means before anyone proposes to ask drivers in New Hampshire for more of their money.”

Speaker Chandler Announces Additions to Leadership Team for 2018 Session

CONCORD – Today Speaker Gene G. Chandler (R-Bartlett) announced additional members of his leadership team, and the formation of the Policy Advisory Committee.

“When I ran to be elected speaker, I promised to retain the current leadership, including current chairs and vice chairs, and I have done that. I also promised to add to that leadership and bring more members into the fold. Today I am happy to announce those additions from a diverse and talented cross section of our party to improve the lives of the people of New Hampshire,” said Speaker Chandler.

“The message coming out of the caucus and election in November was one of unity,” he continued. “I believe that in order to have a productive and successful legislative session, we must be unified in order to prove to our constituents that we deserve their vote next November. We have a tall order ahead of us, but I believe with these members on our team, we can meet the challenge.”

Former Speaker Pro-Tempore Sherm Packard (R-Hudson), in his 14th term, will serve as Deputy Speaker. Rep. Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown), in her 2nd term, will serve as Speaker Pro-Tempore, as well as continue to serve as Chair of Election Law.

Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry), Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford), and Rep. Victoria Sullivan (R-Manchester) will serve as Assistant Majority Leaders.

Rep. David Bates (R-Windham) and Rep. Greg Hill (R-Northfield) will serve as Assistant Majority Whips.

Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson) will serve as Floor Leader.

Speaker Chandler will also be stepping down from his role as Chairman of the Committee on Public Works and Highways. He has appointed Rep. Mark McConkey (R-Freedom) to serve as chairman and Rep. David Milz (R-Derry) to serve as vice chairman.

In addition to these appointments, Speaker Chandler has announced the formation of the Policy Advisory Committee, chaired by Rep. Laurie Sanborn (R-Bedford). Rep. David Bates (R-Windham) will serve the committee as vice chair. This committee will be meeting on a weekly basis to review upcoming legislation, hearings, review bills on the calendar, amendments, and give their input on various issues. The members of this committee are:

Rep. Lino Avellani (R-Sanbornville)
Rep. John Burt (R-Goffstown)
Rep. John Graham (R-Bedford)
Rep. Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown)
Rep, Mary Griffin (R- Windham)
Rep. Peter Hansen (R-Amherst)
Rep. Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)
Rep. Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond)
Rep. Phyllis Katsakiores (R-Derry)
Rep. Frank McCarthy (R-Conway)
Rep. Bill Ohm (R-Nashua)
Rep. Sherm Packard (R-Londonderry)
Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)

Background: These members will be additions to the leadership team in place from the 2017 legislative session.
Majority Leader Rep. Dick Hinch (R- Merrimack)
Deputy Majority Leader Rep. John Graham (R-Bedford)
Majority Whip Rep. Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond)
Deputy Majority Whip Rep. Bill Ohm (R-Nashua)
Assistant Majority Leaders Rep. Michael McCarthy (R-Nashua), Rep. Larry Gagne (R-Manchester), Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), Rep. David Danielson (R-Bedford)
Assistant Majority Whips Rep. Claire Rouillard (R-Goffstown), Rep. Terry Wolf (R-Bedford), Rep. Carolyn Matthews (R-Raymond), Rep. Debra DeSimone (R-Atkinson)

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