Jasper statement regarding charges against Rep. Schleien

The following statement was released this morning by House Speaker Shawn Jasper in response to sexual assault charges made against Rep. Erick Schleien (r-Hudson) by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

“Anytime one of our members faces charges such as these we take it very seriously. The fact that the accusations against Rep. Schleien involve a 16 year old girl is very disturbing, to say the least. But we need not rush to judgement until the investigation is concluded and Rep. Schleien has had his day in court. Obviously if the charges are proven true, I would expect the representative from Hudson to resign from the House immediately.”

House Majority Leader Reacts to Special Session Petition

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following comments relative to a petition for a special legislative session initiated by Rep. Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord). The purpose of the special session would be to modify laws relative to the ability of Secretary of State Bill Gardner to release New Hampshire voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

“I have a high level of respect for Secretary of State Bill Gardner and it’s unfortunate that Representative Shurtleff and others in the Democratic Party have chosen to suggest he would divulge information that is not public. Secretary Gardner has indicated that he will only provide voter data that he is legally able to provide and that is already publicly available. He has served the people of New Hampshire honorably in his position for over 40 years. He knows the law.”

“This is political grandstanding meant to make President Trump’s Commission out to be something it most assuredly is not. I’ve read the request, and the Commission respectfully asks only for what is publicly available under the laws of the state. I know of no better steward of laws and information than Secretary Gardner, and I believe him when he says sensitive data will not be included in any data release.”

“Voter lists with basic information have been available for public review for decades. They are the basis for how our political parties and candidates contact voters. If Democrats had a genuine concern about the availability of the data, they had decades to change the law. By petitioning for a special session they demonstrate their political motives and their disregard for the usual and customary legislative process.”

“Election integrity is important to me and it is important to the voters of our state. I will not support meeting in special session for this circus-like endeavor.”

Background: RSA16 provides the ability for members to petition for a special session. If the requirements for the petition are met, the Secretary of State will mail ballots to every member of the House and Senate asking, “Are you of the opinion that the general court should meet in special session?”

2017-2018 House Deadlines

The following deadlines have been adopted by the House for 2017 and 2018.

Filing period for new legislation:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 First day to file LSRs for 2018
Friday, September 22, 2017 Last day to file LSRs (4:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 27, 2017 Last day to sign off LSRs (4:00 p.m.)

Retained Bills:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 Last day to report retained bills

2018 Legislative Session:

Thursday, January 4, 2018 Last day to introduce House legislation
Thursday, February 1, 2018 Last day to report House Bills going to second committee
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Last day to act on House Bills going to a second committee
Thursday, March 1, 2018 Last day to report House Bills not in a second committee
Thursday, March 8, 2018 Last day to act on House Bills not in a second committee
Thursday, March 15, 2018 Last day to report all House Bills
Thursday, March 22, 2018 CROSSOVER. Last day to act on all House Bills
Thursday, April 5, 2018 Last day to report Senate Bills going to a second committee
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Last day to act on Senate Bills going to a second committee
Thursday, April 26, 2018 Last day to report all remaining Senate Bills
Thursday, May 3, 2018 Last day to act on all remaining Senate Bills
Thursday, May 10, 2018 Last day to form committees of conference
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Last day to sign committee of conference reports (4:00 p.m.)
Thursday, May 24, 2018 Last day to act on committee of conference reports