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.”

House Majority Leader Responds to Democrat Leader Flip-Flop on Woodburn

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement relative to reports that House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord) has gone back on his earlier disavowing of accused domestic abuser Sen. Jeff Woodburn, and believes calls for Woodburn to resign are a “moot point”.

Rep. Hinch said, “There is no middle ground on accusations of domestic abuse. These are very serious and substantiated charges against Sen. Woodburn. Given the nature of the charges and the legal proceedings requiring his full attention, it’s clear that Sen. Woodburn is not fit for public office. The constituents of his district deserve better.” Hinch continued, “Now we have the leader of the Democratic Caucus saying that somehow that we should all give him a free pass until after the election. I’m shocked that Rep. Shurtleff and other Democrat leaders are standing with and enabling an accused abuser and not with the victim in this situation. This is not the time to straddle the fence and shows poor leadership by the minority leader.”

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.”

CAUCUS NOTICE

The following message was sent to Republican nominees tor state representative via email and postal mail on October 11, 2018:

Republican House Nominees and Prospective House Members,

Every two years, Republican House members-elect gather in Concord to elect their nominee for Speaker, House Clerk, and Sergeant-at-Arms. If you are elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives on November 6th, you should plan on making every effort to attend this caucus.

As it is the tradition and regular practice for the Majority Leader to call a caucus of our members for legislative business, this letter shall serve as notice of our caucus for members-elect to gather for the business of electing our above mentioned nominees.

We value your time and we respect your commitment to public service. We realize that as a volunteer legislature, we need to make each trip you make to Concord the most efficient we can. This is why I am officially scheduling the caucus of Republican members-elect for Thursday, November 29th at 2 pm in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord.

Many, if not most of you will be attending the 2 ½ day legislator orientation sessions which start on Tuesday, November 27th and scheduled to end Thursday November 29th at 12:30 pm, making it an optimal time and day while most everyone is already in Concord.  It’s a busy time of year for you and your families, and a busy time for the legislature and its staff as we prepare for the upcoming session. Consolidating events to one day just makes sense.

The House has a longstanding tradition of holding the Republican caucus on the last day of orientation. I intend on following that tradition.

We’ve received communication from the Republican State Committee that Chairman Wayne MacDonald is available to participate as presiding officer of the meeting on November 29th, so Chairman MacDonald will be asking the announced candidates for Speaker to meet in Concord shortly after Election Day to discuss and agree upon the rules for the Speaker election.

An additional notice will be sent to members-elect once election results are certified.

Thank you for everything you have done and are doing to promote the Republican party through your candidacy and your campaigns. Public service is an important part of our way of life in New Hampshire.

I am honored to serve alongside so many people dedicated to serving their communities and working to make New Hampshire an even better place.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve with you in the New Hampshire House in the coming term.

With Regards,

Richard W. Hinch,
House Majority Leader