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.“
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.”
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.
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.”