House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Democrats’ Anti-Gun Legislation

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB109, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales and HB514, imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

“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.

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Plastic Bag Tax Bill

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB560, relative to single-use carryout bags.. The bill would require every store or food service business to “provide reusable plastic or recycled paper bags to customers for no less than 10 cents.

“Businesses and consumers can currently choose to provide or use reusable or biodegradable options on their own. House Democrats aren’t satisfied with asking consumers to make better choices, they want to force businesses to provide you with a certain kind of bag, and charge you for it. The number of regulations, mandates, taxes, and fees that House Democrats are proposing and passing this year is just astounding, and this 10 cent bag tax is just another example.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on Bill to Restrict Plastic Straws

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB558, restricting the distribution of plastic straws. The bill would require every food service business to only provide a plastic straw when explicitly asked for by the customer.

“House Democrats just passed a more stringent ban on plastic straws than California. Even California recognizes that plastic straws have a place in society, and they chose to only apply their prohibition to full-service restaurants. If this bill becomes law, and you’re driving away from receiving your drive thru milkshake or iced coffee realizing you forgot to ask for a straw, just remember that even your friends in California have more straw freedom than you do here in the Live Free or Die state.”

House Republicans Concerned About Increased Government Mandates on Businesses

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement following the House vote on HB186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage. The bill would establish a state minimum wage of $9.50 per hour in 2020, then raise it incrementally to $12.00 per hour by 2023.

“So far this year, House Democrats have passed bills that signal to our small businesses that they want them to pay higher taxes, higher electric rates, and provide family leave insurance and have their employees pay a tax on their wages to pay for it. Now they want to tell them how much to pay their employees, even if it’s unsustainable. Where does it stop?” Hinch said.

“We have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the county, and a shortage of workers. This has created a market where businesses compete for workers, and it has driven up wages. This is how economics should work. Artificially raising wages will force job creators to rethink hiring, cut hours, or look to automation. State government should stop telling job creators how to run their businesses.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Committee Vote on Bill to Repeal Education Tax Credit

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) reacted to the House Ways & Means committee vote of 10-9 to recommend HB632, repealing the education tax credit, ought to pass.

“Many Democrats, including the committee chair, have a vendetta against this program that helps less fortunate kids. I don’t understand how a party who claims to be pro-education wants to put the kibosh on giving families the opportunity to pursue a personalized education path. The committee heard hours of compelling testimony from dozens of kids that have benefited from this program, and all but one Democrat turned their back on them.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Committee Vote on HB687

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) reacted to the Criminal Justice & Public Safety committee vote on HB 687, relative to extreme risk protection orders. The committee voted 20-0 to retain HB687 in committee.

“Today’s vote in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee is another example of the Democrats’ rushed agenda hitting a roadblock due to lack of planning and transparency. Prior to the executive session held today, Democrats did not provide the courtesy to Republicans to review the amendment ahead of the vote. Even some of the Democrats did not see it. This is the kind of backroom legislating we don’t need, especially on an issue as serious as removing firearms from law abiding citizens based on an accusation.”