House Majority Leader’s Statement on the Passage SB3

CONCORD- House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of SB3 relative to domicile for voting purposes.

“I applaud our Republican colleagues in the Senate today on the passage of Senate Bill 3. SB3 is an important piece of legislation that will continue to preserve New Hampshire’s electoral integrity by making sure that the right to vote is protected for all of the eligible voters of our state while cracking down on those that look to take advantage of the voting process.

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. I look forward to SB3’s introduction to the House and working to get it passed so we can get this important piece of legislation to the Governor’s desk.”

House Speaker, Finance Chair Announce Property Tax Relief, Infrastructure Aid in House Budget

CONCORD – House Speaker Shawn Jasper and leaders of the House Finance Committee today announced details of two initiatives to be included in the House version of the state budget bills that will focus on returning money back to cities and towns. In addition to existing programs directing funds to municipalities for education funding, meals and rooms tax revenue distribution, and road betterment funds, these House budget provisions propose to increase state aid.

They include:

  • $25 million per year in direct aid to cities and towns to assist with property tax relief.
  • Up to $50 million from FY 2017 will be set aside to assist municipalities with infrastructure improvements, which may include roads, bridges, schools and other core projects essential to communities.

“We are committed to increasing aid to cities and towns in an effort to provide some relief to property taxpayers. With an aging population, we need to protect our seniors’ ability to stay in their homes,” said House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson), “We also need to keep home ownership affordable for the workers and young families we need to retain in our state in order to sustain our economy. These programs will offset costs that our municipalities incur, and we hope they are the driving force in local decisions to ease the burden on local property taxpayers.” (more…)

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…)

House Passes Constitutional Carry

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement relative to passage of SB12, repealing the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. “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. We look forward to having Governor Sununu sign this bill and for New Hampshire to join our neighbors, Maine and Vermont, as a Constitutional Carry state.”

House Leaders’ Statements on Governor Sununu’s Inaugural Remarks

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper (R-Hudson) and House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statements following the swearing in and inaugural remarks of Governor Chris Sununu.

House Speaker Shawn Jasper

“The House and the Governor have shared priorities, and we look forward to working in a collaborative manner with him to produce real solutions that will make New Hampshire an even better place.  Strengthening our economy, finding innovative solutions to improve education, lowering energy costs, and advancing our efforts to end the substance abuse crisis will be front and center. Having a unified state government will allow us to demonstrate how responsive government works, and put aside the damaging partisan posturing we experienced over the last two years.”

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch

“Governor Sununu’s leadership in the corner office will be refreshing to Republicans in the legislature, and we’re excited to begin our work on these major initiatives. For the first time in 14 years, Republicans in the legislature have an ally in the Governor’s office, and our positive legislative agenda for New Hampshire will be met with a signature pen rather than a veto pen.”