House Majority Leader’s Statement on Defeat of Bill Allocating Electors Based on National Popular Vote

CONCORD- House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the defeat of HB 447, relative to allocating electoral college electors based on the national popular vote. The bill was defeated by a vote of 234-132

“We’re pleased the House rejected Democrat sponsored legislation that would have diminished New Hampshire’s role in the presidential election process by award our electors based on the national popular vote. We pride ourselves in our ability to vet candidates, and to be among the small number of battleground states that regularly help decide who becomes president. With a popular vote, we’d lose that influence.”

House Passes Election Law Reform Bills

CONCORD- House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the passage of election law reform legislation in the House, seeking to strengthen the integrity of our state elections.

“Republicans in the House are proud to contribute to the effort to maintain New Hampshire’s electoral integrity. The passage of several bills today are an important step in making sure our state continues to have open and honest elections by clarifying and enhancing our election laws to prevent drive-by voting. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to get these and other important bills to the Governor’s desk this year.

“When our statewide elections are being decided by fractions of a percent, and some state legislative elections being decided by single digit margins, it is our duty to make sure every ballot is cast by a duly eligible voter.” (more…)

Governor Signs Constitutional Carry Bill into Law

Governor Chris Sununu signed SB12 “Constitutional Carry” into law today during a ceremony in the Executive Council Chambers. The Governor was joined at the bill signing by House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch along with other sponsors of the bill and members of the public. The newly enacted law removes the licensing requirement for individuals to carry a concealed firearm. When the bill passed the House, Representative Hinch praised it saying “Republicans were proud to lead the fight for the passage of this important and long overdue bill. Law abiding gun owners deserve that their rights be fully upheld and this bill reverses current law creating unnecessary barriers.”

Following today’s bill signing by the Governor, Majority Leader Hinch said “We were proud to work with our colleagues in the Senate to get this bill to the Governors desk. New Hampshire is excited to stand with our neighbors Maine and Vermont as a Constitutional Carry state”.