House Republican Leader Announces First Leadership Appointments

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released a list of his first appointments to House Republican leadership team today. Hinch was officially appointed Republican (Minority) Leader by newly elected Speaker Shurtleff on Wednesday, and had previously been elected by the House Republican Caucus as their nominee for Speaker on November 29th.

The appointments are as follows:

Deputy House Republican Leader – Rep. Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry)
House Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry)
Senior Republican Advisor – Rep. Steve Smith (R-Charlestown)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Kim Rice (R-Hudson)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)
Deputy Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack)

“These individuals represent a broad spectrum of our caucus, and each bring many years of legislative, personal, and professional experience to our team,” Rep. Hinch said of the appointees. “We will continue building the list of people who will be helping us organize the caucus, working with members, and formulating our message as part of the Republican leadership team. We may not be the majority party, but we have a caucus full of talented and thoughtful leaders,” Hinch offered. More appointments will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

House Republican Leader’s Statement on the Election of Secretary of State

House Republican Leader’s Statement on the Election of Secretary of State

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement on the outcome of the election for Secretary of State, where incumbent Bill Gardner earned a majority of votes of the newly elected New Hampshire House and Senate. The vote was 209-205.

“Republicans stuck together on the vote today to support one of the state’s greatest public servants. The office of Secretary of State is not for sale, and today’s vote demonstrated that a bipartisan majority of legislators rejected Van Ostern’s attempt to turn it into a political trophy.”

House Majority Leader Reacts to Democrats’ Partisan Vote for Secretary of State

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the House Democratic Caucus’ straw vote on the election of Secretary of State, at which time 179 members voted in support of partisan candidate Colin Van Ostern.

Hinch said, “We find it deeply concerning that a majority of House Democrats chose to support a proven partisan political operative over a lifelong public servant. It’s a sad day in New Hampshire when candidates for the office of Secretary of State should need to raise a campaign war chest, when they are the one who will charged with administering our state campaign finance and election laws. Mr. Van Ostern has raised and spent over $200,000 with over 100 donations from people outside of New Hampshire. We hear a lot about getting money out of politics, but this has injected money and politics in to a non-political office.”

Hinch continued, “Republicans in the House will be standing with and voting for a person who has exhibited fairness and decency throughout his career in public service. Bill Gardner has proven to our state that he can do his job without partisan motivations, and without the need to solicit donations from party activists. Bill has earned our support, and I will be advocating that my Republican colleagues in the legislature vote for him on December 5th. I ask that the members of the Democratic Caucus who did support Sec. Gardner talk with colleagues in their party and help restore sanity to the election for this very important position.”

House Majority Leader’s Statement on Democratic Caucus Nomination of Shurtleff for Speaker

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement relative to the Democratic House Caucus’ nomination of Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) to be Speaker of the House.

“I congratulate Rep. Shurtleff on his nomination today and wish him well over the coming term. He will certainly have his hands full managing members of his caucus, and their out-of-touch legislative agenda. We’ve already seen some of their bill requests for next year, and it’s clear that the train is off the tracks,” said Hinch, “Elections have consequences, but so will the next two years of policy debates. Republicans won’t stand for repeals of common sense laws we’ve enacted over our time in the majority, nor will we stand for any new taxes or fees, or irresponsible spending. Democrats have a track record of mismanaging the state’s finances, and we intend on making voters very aware of their follies. 2020 has already begun.”

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.”