House Majority Leader Reacts to Democrats’ Partisan Vote for Secretary of State

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the House Democratic Caucus’ straw vote on the election of Secretary of State, at which time 179 members voted in support of partisan candidate Colin Van Ostern.

Hinch said, “We find it deeply concerning that a majority of House Democrats chose to support a proven partisan political operative over a lifelong public servant. It’s a sad day in New Hampshire when candidates for the office of Secretary of State should need to raise a campaign war chest, when they are the one who will charged with administering our state campaign finance and election laws. Mr. Van Ostern has raised and spent over $200,000 with over 100 donations from people outside of New Hampshire. We hear a lot about getting money out of politics, but this has injected money and politics in to a non-political office.”

Hinch continued, “Republicans in the House will be standing with and voting for a person who has exhibited fairness and decency throughout his career in public service. Bill Gardner has proven to our state that he can do his job without partisan motivations, and without the need to solicit donations from party activists. Bill has earned our support, and I will be advocating that my Republican colleagues in the legislature vote for him on December 5th. I ask that the members of the Democratic Caucus who did support Sec. Gardner talk with colleagues in their party and help restore sanity to the election for this very important position.”

House Majority Leader’s Statement on Democratic Caucus Nomination of Shurtleff for Speaker

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the Democratic House Caucus’ nomination of Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) to be Speaker of the House.

“I congratulate Rep. Shurtleff on his nomination today and wish him well over the coming term. He will certainly have his hands full managing members of his caucus, and their out-of-touch legislative agenda. We’ve already seen some of their bill requests for next year, and it’s clear that the train is off the tracks,” said Hinch, “Elections have consequences, but so will the next two years of policy debates. Republicans won’t stand for repeals of common sense laws we’ve enacted over our time in the majority, nor will we stand for any new taxes or fees, or irresponsible spending. Democrats have a track record of mismanaging the state’s finances, and we intend on making voters very aware of their follies. 2020 has already begun.”

Congratulations, Republican Representatives-Elect

We’d like to congratulate all of our Republican Representatives-Elect. Below is an unofficial list of all of the Republican winners for each district, pending recounts and certification.
As recounts are completed, we will update this list.

Belknap

District 1- Harry Viens
District 2- Glen Aldrich, Harry Bean, Deanna Jurius, Jonathan Mackie
District 3- Richard Beaudoin (Pending BLC Ruling), Peter Spanos, Frank Tilton
District 4- Dennis Fields, Timothy Lang
District 5- George Feeney, Peter Varney
District 6- John Plumer, Mike Sylvia
District 7- Barbara Comtois
District 8- Raymond Howard

Carroll

District 4- Glenn Cordelli, Karel Crawford
District 5- Lino Avellani, Ed Comeau, Bill Nelson
District 6- John MacDonald
District 8- William Marsh

Cheshire

District 11- John Hunt, John O’Day

Coos

District 1- John Fothergill, Michael Furbush
District 4- Kevin Craig
District 7- Troy Merner

Grafton

District 1- Erin Hennessey
District 4- Rick Ladd
District 9- Ned Gordon, Vincent Paul Migliore

Hillsborough

District 1- Jim Fedolfi
District 2- Keith Erf, Gary Hopper, JP Marzullo
District 6- Joe Alexander, Jr., Barbara Griffin, Michael Gunski, Fred Plett
District 7- Linda Camarota, Dave Danielson, Linda Gould, John Graham, Michael Trento
District 13- Larry Gagne
District 15- Mark Warden
District 20- Ralph Boehm, Richard Lascelles
District 21- Dick Barry, Dick Hinch, Bob L’Heureux, Jeanine Notter
District 22- Reed Panasiti
District 23- Charlie Burns
District 25- Tim Merlino, Paul Somero
District 26- Jack Flanagan
District 27- James Belanger
District 37- Bob Greene, Tony Lekas, Alicia Lekas, Hershel Nunez, Lynne Ober, Russ Ober, Andrew Prout, Andrew Renzullo, Kimberly Rice, Jordan Ulery, James Whittemore
District 39- John Burt
District 41- Laurie Sanborn
District 44- Mark McLean, Mark Proulx

Merrimack

District 2- Werner Horn, David Testerman
District 3- Greg Hill
District 5- Dan Wolf
District 8- Robert Forsythe
District 20- Brian Seaworth
District 21- Jim Allard, John Klose
District 24- Frank Kotowski, Dick Marple, Thomas Walsh, Michael Yakubovich
District 26- Howard Pearl
District 29- Carol McGuire

Rockingham

District 2- Alan Bershtein, James Spillane, Kevin Verville
District 3- Michael Costable, Jr., Kathleen Hoelzel, Kevin Pratt
District 4- Jess Edwards, Jason Osborne, Becky Owens, Tony Piemonte, Chris True
District 5- Al Baldasaro, Tom Dolan, David Lundgren, Betsy McKinney, Sherm Packard, Doug Thomas
District 6 – Brian Chirichiello, Phyllis Katsakiores, David Love, David Milz, John O’Connor, Stephen Pearson, John Potucek, Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, James Webb
District 7- Joel Desilets, Mary Griffin, Walter Kolodziej, Charles McMahon
District 8- Daryl Abbas, Arthur Barnes, Ed Declercq, Fred Doucette, Robert Elliott, Betty Gay, John Janigian, Everett McBride, John Sytek
District 9- Sean Morrison
District 10- Dennis Acton
District 12- Scott Wallace
District 13- Dennis Green, Joe Guthrie, David Welch, Ken Weyler
District 14- Debra DeSimone, Robert Harb, Norm Major, Peter Torosian
District 15- Charles Melvin, Sr.
District 16- Dan Davis
District 19- Patrick Abrami
District 20- Max Abramson, William Fowler, Aboul Khan
District 32- Terry Roy
District 33- Josh Yokela
District 34- Mark Pearson
District 35- Deb Hobson
District 37- Jason Janvrin

Strafford

District 1- Peter Hayward, Abigail Rooney
District 2- James Horgan, Joseph Pitre
District 3- Michael Harrington, Kurt Wuelper
District 9- Steven Beaudoin
District 10- Jody McNally
District 12- Mac Kittredge
District 24- Mona Perreault

Sullivan

District 2- Gates Lucas
District 5- Walter Stapleton
District 6- John Callum, Skip Rollins
District 7- Judy Aron
District 8- Tom Laware
District 11- Steven Smith

House Majority Leader Reacts to Cringe-Worthy House Democrat Legislative Proposals for 2019

CONCORD- House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after reviewing the titles of legislative service requests (bill requests) by New Hampshire House Democrats relative to single-payer healthcare, gun restrictions, increased regulations, and other proposals that could have severe negative effects.

“Democrat state representatives are revealing what legislation they intend to introduce for 2019, and this a sample of what we could see for keynote bills with a Democrat majority in the House or Senate,” said Hinch, “Single-payer health care, increased restrictions on gun owners, and weakening our common sense voting laws are just some of what makes me cringe when I look down the list of their legislative bill requests. Voters should take note.”

“Many of these proposals were soundly rejected by the House and Senate very recently, and rightly so. I’m not sure the voters of New Hampshire are eager to give in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, or send a resolution to Washington about nuclear weapons,” Hinch continued, “These proposals are totally out of touch.”

“New Hampshire Democrats just need to look next door to Vermont to realize that single payer health care is not feasible. According to reports, the plan that failed there in 2014 would have required an 11.5% payroll tax on employers and a 9.5% income tax in addition to the state’s existing income tax. The fact that we’re seeing legislation to look at this issue again just baffles me. Vermont studied it, and rejected it because it would have bankrupted their state.”

Legislative service requests (LSRs) proposed by Democrat members of the New Hampshire House:

Single-Payer Health Care:

2019-0128         Title:     establishing a New Hampshire health access corporation.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

2019-0129         Title:     establishing a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer health care program.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

2019-0130         Title:     relative to Medicare for all.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

Gun Restrictions:

2019-0019         Title:     requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales.
Sponsors: (Prime) Katherine Rogers

Weakening Voting Laws:

2019-0012         Title:     relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter  verification letters.
Sponsors: (Prime) Timothy Horrigan

2019-0013         Title:     relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”
Sponsors: (Prime) Timothy Horrigan , William Pearson, Martha Hennessey

In-State Tuition for Children of Undocumented Immigrants:

2019-0138         Title:     relative to higher education tuition rates for undocumented students.
Sponsors: (Prime) Mel Myler , Mary Heath, Patricia Cornell, David Doherty

Ineffectual Resolutions on Washington:

2019-0102         Title:     urging Congress to establish a system of checks and balances on the use of nuclear weapons and to establish a nuclear weapons “no first use” policy in the United States.
Sponsors: (Prime) Rebecca McBeath

Increased Regulations:

2019-0127         Title:     establishing a minimum wage.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

2019-0151         Title:     establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.
Sponsors: (Prime) Howard Moffett , Martha Fuller Clark, Marjorie Smith, Linda Tanner, Dan Feltes

2019-0064         Title:     increasing the maximum period for the zoning board of adjustment to hold a public hearing.
Sponsors: (Prime) Suzanne Gottling , Linda Tanner

2019-0032         Title:     relative to training requirements for electrologists.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

2019-0033         Title:     relative to the regulation of body art establishments.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

2019-0034         Title:     relative to the regulation of massage establishments.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt

More Expensive Electricity

2019-0001         Title:     establishing a committee to study requirements for committing New Hampshire to a goal of 50 percent renewable energy by 2040.
Sponsors: (Prime) Jacqueline Cali-Pitts

Background: Text of legislative service requests are not made public until the sponsor approves the draft bill, or makes the text of the draft available prior to their approval.

House Majority Leader’s Statement on Schleien Guilty Plea

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to a report that Rep. Eric Schleien (R-Hudson) has pled guilty to assault.

“Rep. Schleien should resign immediately, without a moment’s delay. He should have resigned long ago,” Rep. Hinch said, “The details of his crime are sick, disturbing, and completely unacceptable. His misuse of his position as an elected official is beyond the pale. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim, who has had to endure a long period of time before justice was served.”

House Majority Whip Statement on Supreme Court SB3 Decision

CONCORD – NH House Majority Whip, Rep. Kathleen M. Hoelzel, former chair of the House Election Law committee and longtime moderator for the Town of Raymond issued the following statement relative to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay relative to the lower Court injunction issued yesterday barring the implementation of SB3 for the upcoming General Election.

“I’m glad the Supreme Court has resolved this matter for the time being, however, the lower court’s order and the publicity it has caused has now created questions in the minds of the public,” offered Rep. Hoelzel, “The bill is supposed to protect the integrity of the elections, and now we have people questioning why the judges are involved in making the laws, and creating confusion at the last minute.”

Rep. Hoelzel continued, “The lower court’s order caused more confusion than was necessary. It required election officials to redact text on materials with permanent marker, refer to forms but not actually use them, and create hybrid forms using one page from one form, and other material from another form. It laid out a completely bizarre process. The goal of the legislature was to clarify the law, increase confidence in the process, and remove loopholes. We’re lucky the Supreme Court put a stop to what could have been a court ordered Election Day circus.”