House Republican Leader Responds to Democrat Attempts to Repeal New Voter Laws

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to public hearings held today on HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“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.”

“I don’t believe it is unreasonable for us to require that those who participate in our elections be residents of our state,” Hinch continued. “What I do believe to be unreasonable is that we have had two classifications of voters in our state: those who abide by our statutes and laws as residents, and those who don’t.”

“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. The arguments for passing HB105 and HB106 are misleading and classic fear mongering perpetuated by the other side. I trust my colleagues on the Election Law committee will see through these conspiracies and find HB105 and HB106 inexpedient to legislate.”

blican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to public hearings held today on HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“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.”

“I don’t believe it is unreasonable for us to require that those who participate in our elections be residents of our state,” Hinch continued. “What I do believe to be unreasonable is that we have had two classifications of voters in our state: those who abide by our statutes and laws as residents, and those who don’t.”

“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. The arguments for passing HB105 and HB106 are misleading and classic fear mongering perpetuated by the other side. I trust my colleagues on the Election Law committee will see through these conspiracies and find HB105 and HB106 inexpedient to legislate.”

House Republican Leader Commends Governor on Positive Agenda for New Hampshire

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following reaction after Governor Sununu’s inaugural address, given today in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord.

“Governor Sununu’s positive vision demonstrates how much he cares for the people of our state, and his ability to provide leadership to move us forward. He is committed to keeping our economy strong by keeping our tax burden and state spending as low as we responsibly can. That might be unpopular with Democrats in the legislature, but it is the right thing to do,” Hinch said. “His dedication to providing a better service experience for those who deal with state government, and his ability to build relationships within government, are making real reform possible, and providing better results for our state.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Votes on Common Sense Amendments

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House votes on Republican-sponsored amendments to House Rule 63.

“Today the Republican caucus proposed multiple common sense amendments to House rules that would have solved many of the problems associated with the change to Rule 63 that was adopted earlier today. These amendments included secure weapon storage, the option of a protective service or law enforcement escort to your vehicle, and the removal of the provision of possible arrest if a member is in violation of the rule.”

“These amendments, although would not have solved all the problems associated with the prohibition of firearms in the House chamber, would have put our members’ minds at ease. However, the majority chose to put our members at greater risk.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Prohibit Deadly Weapons

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s vote of 220-163 to prohibit deadly weapons in the House chamber.

“This amendment to House rules prohibits law abiding citizens from exercising their constitutionally protected right, and it lacks the necessary detail in process and procedures for the storage of weapons.”

“There have been several instances where members of this body have been threatened with physical violence against them or their families. This amendment discourages and deters members from possessing a firearm while traveling to and from the State House and their vehicle. In our capacity as identifiable public officials in an environment of heightened political rhetoric, we are at greater risk for violence” “I am deeply disappointed with today’s vote. I believe the outcome is over and above what is acceptable and necessary in today’s society.”

House Republican Leader Hinch Announces Additional Leadership Appointments

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released a list appointments to his leadership team today. Hinch was officially appointed Republican (Minority) Leader by newly elected Speaker Shurtleff on Wednesday, December 5th, and had previously been elected by the House Republican Caucus as their choice for Speaker on November 29th.

The appointments are as follows:

Assistant Republican Leader – Rep. Jordan Ulery (R-Hudson)
Assistant Republican Leader – Rep. Dick Barry (R-Merrimack)
Assistant Republican Leader – Rep. Erin Hennessey (R-Littleton)
Assistant Republican Leader – Rep. Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro)
Assistant Republican Leader – Rep. Linda Gould (R-Bedford)

Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Fred Doucette (R-Salem)
Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham)
Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Mary Griffin (R-Windham)
Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Tom Walsh (R-Hooksett)
Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Mark Pearson (R-Hampstead)
Assistant Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Reed Panasiti (R-Amherst)

Assistant Republican Advisor – Rep. Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond)
Assistant Republican Advisor – Rep. Andrew Renzullo (R-Hudson)
Assistant Republican Advisor – Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom)
Assistant Republican Advisor – Rep. John Graham (R-Bedford)
Assistant Republican Advisor – Rep. Greg Hill (R-Northfield)

These appointments are in addition to those announced on December 6th, which are as follows:

Deputy House Republican Leader – Rep. Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry)
House Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry)
Senior Republican Advisor – Rep. Steve Smith (R-Charlestown)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Kim Rice (R-Hudson)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)
Deputy Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack)

“Republicans have a deep bench of talented and engaged House members.” Rep. Hinch said of his leadership team. “I’m happy these folks have agreed to step up and help us lead this term. We won’t be sitting back in the minority. We have this large and diverse team to help us reorganize and reenergize the caucus and help us take back the majority in 2020.”

Bradley, Hinch disappointed in work requirement rule objection by JLCAR

Concord, NH – Today, the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR) objected to an interim rule proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services to move forward with the work requirements that were authorized by the 2018 legislature. Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) and House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement:

“The objection today by the Democratic led JLCAR was nothing more than a politicized stunt to circumvent the work requirements put into the Medicaid Expansion law which was negotiated in a bipartisan manner,” said Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “I am disappointed that some members of the committee would put 53,000 Granite Staters healthcare in jeopardy and undermine the bipartisan agreement on Medicaid Expansion. Republicans will continue to put the healthcare of New Hampshire citizens first while supporting work requirements for able-bodied adults.” “We worked tirelessly with members of both parties in both the House and Senate to get this work requirement to the Governor’s desk,” said House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack). “This was negotiated in good faith, and compromises were reached on both sides. Clearly, this was an organized effort by Democrats to bypass the bipartisan agreements made just this year.”