SESSION NOTICE:

The House will meet for session on Tuesday, March 19th at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 20th at 10:00 a.m., and Thursday, March 21st at 10:00 a.m. if necessary.

CAUCUS NOTICE: 

There will be a Republican caucus on Tuesday, March 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

There will be a Republican caucus on Wednesday, March 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

 There will be a Republican caucus on Thursday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Democrats’ Anti-Gun Legislation

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB109, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales and HB514, imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

“New Hampshire is ranked as one of the safest states in America. The vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens. These bills are an unnecessary attempt to solve a problem that, quite frankly, doesn’t exist in our state and has the potential to make criminals out of responsible gun owners,” Hinch said.

“These bills are not necessary, are an excessive government overreach, and a severe restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. The provisions in these bills do nothing to alleviate the concerns of the proponents and just cause more red tape and are intrusive to the rights of law abiding citizens.

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Plastic Bag Tax Bill

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB560, relative to single-use carryout bags.. The bill would require every store or food service business to “provide reusable plastic or recycled paper bags to customers for no less than 10 cents.

“Businesses and consumers can currently choose to provide or use reusable or biodegradable options on their own. House Democrats aren’t satisfied with asking consumers to make better choices, they want to force businesses to provide you with a certain kind of bag, and charge you for it. The number of regulations, mandates, taxes, and fees that House Democrats are proposing and passing this year is just astounding, and this 10 cent bag tax is just another example.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Bill to Restrict Plastic Straws

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB558, restricting the distribution of plastic straws. The bill would require every food service business to only provide a plastic straw when explicitly asked for by the customer.

“House Democrats just passed a more stringent ban on plastic straws than California. Even California recognizes that plastic straws have a place in society, and they chose to only apply their prohibition to full-service restaurants. If this bill becomes law, and you’re driving away from receiving your drive thru milkshake or iced coffee realizing you forgot to ask for a straw, just remember that even your friends in California have more straw freedom than you do here in the Live Free or Die state.”

House Republicans Concerned About Increased Government Mandates on Businesses

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the House vote on HB186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage. The bill would establish a state minimum wage of $9.50 per hour in 2020, then raise it incrementally to $12.00 per hour by 2023.

“So far this year, House Democrats have passed bills that signal to our small businesses that they want them to pay higher taxes, higher electric rates, and provide family leave insurance and have their employees pay a tax on their wages to pay for it. Now they want to tell them how much to pay their employees, even if it’s unsustainable. Where does it stop?” Hinch said.

“We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county, and a shortage of workers. This has created a market where businesses compete for workers, and it has driven up wages. This is how economics should work. Artificially raising wages will force job creators to rethink hiring, cut hours, or look to automation. State government should stop telling job creators how to run their businesses.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Committee Vote on Bill to Repeal Education Tax Credit

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) reacted to the House Ways & Means committee vote of 10-9 to recommend HB632, repealing the education tax credit, ought to pass.

“Many Democrats, including the committee chair, have a vendetta against this program that helps less fortunate kids. I don’t understand how a party who claims to be pro-education wants to put the kibosh on giving families the opportunity to pursue a personalized education path. The committee heard hours of compelling testimony from dozens of kids that have benefited from this program, and all but one Democrat turned their back on them.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Committee Vote on HB687

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) reacted to the Criminal Justice & Public Safety committee vote on HB 687, relative to extreme risk protection orders. The committee voted 20-0 to retain HB687 in committee.

“Today’s vote in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee is another example of the Democrats’ rushed agenda hitting a roadblock due to lack of planning and transparency. Prior to the executive session held today, Democrats did not provide the courtesy to Republicans to review the amendment ahead of the vote. Even some of the Democrats did not see it. This is the kind of backroom legislating we don’t need, especially on an issue as serious as removing firearms from law abiding citizens based on an accusation.”


House Republican Leader Concerned About Efforts to Remove Absentee Ballot Provisions

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the House vote to pass HB611, which changes absentee ballot laws so that anyone could request an absentee ballot for any reason.

“The mantra from Democrats is that they want clean and fair elections, but their legislation suggests they only want to remove reasonable provisions from our laws that provide for cleaner and fairer elections,” Rep. Dick Hinch said. “Now is the wrong time to be considering this law. Just recently North Carolina’s State Board of Elections ordered a new election in the state’s ninth congressional district. This was after fraud was uncovered by way of tampering with absentee ballots. We believe our absentee ballot laws are fine the way they are and believe this bill will put the integrity of our elections at risk and undermine the election process.” HB611 passed by a majority vote of 198-163.

House Republicans Oppose Repeal of Common Sense Election Laws

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House vote on HB105, and HB 106, which repeal common sense election laws that were recently enacted.

HB105 relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters attempts to reverse provisions in law made by SB3 (2017), and HB 106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency”, seeks to reverse changes in law made by HB1264 (2018).

HB105 passed by a vote of 209-155.

HB106 passed by a vote of 213-154.

“The mantra from Democrats is that they want clean and fair elections, but their legislation suggests they only want to remove reasonable provisions of our laws that provide for cleaner and fairer elections. I am deeply disappointed that Democrats did not see through the conspiracies, misleading information, and classic fear mongering perpetuated by proponents of these bills,” said Hinch. “HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just this past July, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”

“Similarly, HB105 seeks to repeal much of what the State passed in SB3. In a state where numerous elections have been decided by just a handful of votes, it is important to make sure that every ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted, and the domicile loophole is closed.” “HB1264 and SB3 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. In this past election, there were no reports of any voters being disenfranchised by the new requirements. In fact, voter turnout in college towns made records. We will continue to fight to prevent these bills from repealing our existing laws, and I trust my colleagues will agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules.”

House Republicans Disapprove of Democrats Plastic Bag, Straw Restriction Bills

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued statements on 2 sets of bills which had public hearings today dealing with restrictions on plastic bags, straws, and other plastics.

House Commerce Committee:

HB 560-FN, relative to single-use carryout bags

HB 558-FN, restricting the distribution of plastic straws

“Democrats don’t appear to trust businesses or consumers to make responsible decisions on their own. They would rather rely on government imposed restrictions and fines to get their desired outcome. Bags and straws are not the enemy, nanny-state regulations like these bills are.”

House Municipal & County Committee:

HB 102, relative to municipal ordinances regarding the use of plastics.

HB 559, enabling municipalities to ban single-use sources of plastic pollution.

“Small businesses turned out in droves to oppose these bills. They may be enabling legislation, but they can potentially disable a business’s ability to make decisions that best suit them and their consumers.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Passage of Job-Killing Minimum Wage Bill

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the party line vote of the Labor, Industrial Services and Rehabilitation committee passing HB186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.

“At a time when New Hampshire’s economy is humming and we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Nation, why House Democrats are so eager to increase the cost of doing business in New Hampshire is beyond me,” Hinch said. “A government mandated wage increase of 65% will have a profound negative impact on New Hampshire’s small and medium sized business community. It only encourages employers to cut jobs, cut hours, and pass the increase cost onto the consumer. New Hampshire business owners deserve better.”

“Republicans have spent the last few years focused on creating the economic conditions for business to thrive to ensure everyone has the opportunity to earn a decent wage. Our small business owners know what it takes to attract, retain, and reward employees, and government should stop interfering,” said Hinch. “Republicans are committed to opposing this job-killing mandate on the House floor.”

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