House Republican Leader Responds to Democrats’ Anti-Gun Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to anti-gun owner, Democrat agenda bills having a public hearing today.

“New Hampshire is ranked as one of the safest states in America. The vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens. These bills are an unnecessary attempt to solve a problem that, quite frankly, doesn’t exist in our state and has the potential to make criminals out of responsible gun owners,” Hinch said.

“These bills are not necessary, are an excessive government overreach, and a severe restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. The provisions in these bills do nothing to alleviate the concerns of the proponents and just cause more red tape and are intrusive to the rights of law abiding citizens. I hope that the committees find these bills inexpedient to legislate.”

House Republicans Leaders Respond to ACLU Lawsuit on HB1264

Concord, NH- House Republican leaders released the following statements relative to the ACLU filing a lawsuit on HB1264 on behalf of Dartmouth College students.

House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“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 do not understand what is so 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. Choosing New Hampshire as your domicile for voting should subject each and every one of us to the same obligation of state citizenship. This bill is about ensuring our elections remain fair for all who cast a vote in our state.”

House Election Law Committee Ranking Republican Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond): “Just yesterday the Election Law committee voted to pass HB106 to repeal all the provisions of HB1264. To bring this lawsuit now is just more of the same perpetual conspiracy theories from Democrats. HB1264 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. Considering the Supreme Court has already issued an advisory opinion on this bill, I look forward to that opinion being upheld by the US District Court.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Democrats’ Capital Gains Tax Proposal

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement in reaction to the House Ways & Means committee vote late Tuesday on HB 686, relative to calculating and funding the interim cost of an opportunity for an adequate education and extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains.

The bill would extend the interest and dividends tax to capital gains.

“House Democrats appear to be looking for new things to tax and interesting ways to tax them. This bill will suck tens of millions of dollars out of the pockets of some citizens to provide a small level of property tax relief for others. We’re hearing a lot this year from Democrats about tax relief, but to me, tax relief does not mean tax expansion or tax increases, which is what we’re seeing at every turn. Property taxes and education funding are big issues, and we have several proposals looking at ways to address them this year, but this new tax on capital gains is a non-starter for Republicans.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Ways & Means Committee Voting to Repeal Business Tax Relief

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means committee vote of 12-7 to recommend HB623 with an amendment that repeals future business tax rate reductions, and keeps the Business Profits Tax and Business Enterprise Tax at their current rates.

“NH businesses were promised a path towards real tax relief. Democrats are not upholding their end of the bargain and are hell bent on destroying the major strides Republicans have made the past 2 years,” Hinch said. “Business will have no faith in predictability of NH legislature to protect them long term. Why should businesses relocate to NH when we continually move the goal post to fit the flavor of the day?”

House Republican Leader Responds to Election Law Committee Voting to Repeal New Voter Laws

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the Election Law Committee voting 12-8 to pass HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and voting 12-8 to pass HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.” Both votes were along party lines.

“I am deeply disappointed that Democrats on the Election Law committee did not see through the conspiracies, misleading information, and classic fear mongering perpetuated by proponents of these bills,” said Hinch. “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.”

“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. We will continue to fight to overturn these committee reports, and I trust my colleagues will agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules.”

RELEASE: House Republican Leader Responds to Bill Seeking to Increase Gas Tax

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in advance of the public hearing on HB538, increasing the road toll and providing funding for state road and bridge projects. HB538 will increase the gas tax by 6 cents per gallon.

“We are only a month into session and Democrats are proving their agenda is just to increase tax, after tax, after tax on the hard working citizens of New Hampshire. It has become apparent that Democrats are unwavering on their commitment to increase energy costs across the board. We are very concerned about the impact of this gas tax increase on the working families and small businesses in our state,” said Hinch. “The effects of this legislation won’t just stop with increased gas prices,” Hinch continued. “Increased fuel costs will increase the cost of doing business in our state which will inevitably force our state’s businesses to pass along additional burdens to the consumer. This means that not only will New Hampshire families pay more at the pump, but they will also pay more for essential goods and services across the state. This is a step in the wrong direction for New Hampshire and destroying the New Hampshire advantage.”