House Majority Pleased With House Approval For Infrastructure Aid Package

SB 38, making an appropriation for local highway aid and municipal bridge aid, passed the House today on a voice vote. House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the passage of SB38.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement:

“This bill will send $30 million back to municipalities for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, and maintaining roads and $6.8 million in bridge aid. This aid package comes in addition to the dollars that flow back to communities through existing formulas. This session we’ve made it a priority to send money back to cities and towns. We are proud we can make local needs a priority. The passage of this bill further strengthens our commitment to improving our state’s infrastructure. The health of our roads and bridges are important investment for our communities and local economies.”

House Majority Leader Praises Strengthening NH’s Rape Shield Law

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement in response to the passage of SB9, relative to the admissibility of proffered evidence in sexual assault cases. The bill passed the House by a 328 – 30 vote.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“This is an important piece of legislation that protects the privacy of sexual assault victims, their families, and strengthens New Hampshire’s rape shield law. This will ensure that a victim’s sexual history will remain sealed from the jury, public, and press while not infringing upon a defendant’s rights or jeopardizing due process.”

“Although in line with practices in New Hampshire, SB9 is a critical clarification in the law that will not leave victims of sexual assault forced to choose between their right to privacy and their right for justice. I commend the House for passing SB9, and I look forward to it being signed into law.”

Hinch Applauds Passage of Drug Interdiction Efforts

Today, the House passed SB131, which establishes a cross border drug interdiction program. The bill will add five state troopers to work with Massachusetts officials to target drugs and dealers along the border, and adds $2.4 million to the Granite Hammer program, which will allow more communities to take advantage of drug interdiction efforts. The bill passed the House by a 252-108 vote.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s passage of SB131:

“New Hampshire is in the midst dealing with a significant drug and opioid crisis, and the passage of this bill is a vital component of combating that crisis. SB131 will enable law enforcement to continue targeting drug dealers and work to cut off the supply of drugs coming into this state, including heroin, fentanyl, and the latest addition of the fatal drug carfentanil. By adding five additional troopers to work directly with Massachusetts police and officials, critical resources and information will be shared in order to stem the flow of drugs crossing our borders.”

“We are facing an unprecedented crisis in New Hampshire that is claiming lives on a daily basis. The law enforcement community has demonstrated an urgent and compelling need for this program continue, and this bill will continue operations that take drugs off the streets and put dealers and traffickers behind bars. We realize this crisis in our state requires a three legged

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