CONCORD – New Hampshire House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following review of the Unemployment News Release for June 2018 issued by the Department of Employment Security.
The report states, in part, “…estimates for June 2018 placed the number of employed residents at 735,730, an increase of 2,540 from the previous month and an increase of 9,020 from June 2017.”
“New Hampshire’s economy continues to produce jobs and continued good news. There is no doubt in my mind that stability, sustainability, and growth in our economy is helped along by good stewardship and proactive measures from our state’s elected leaders,” Hinch said. “Let’s face it, businesses are making investments and hiring more workers here because they have faith that the governor and the legislature will continue to produce sound policy with regard to taxes, regulation, education, infrastructure, and health. We have a strong list of accomplishments from the last two years as a unified Republican state government, and we look forward to having another two years to continue our work to make New Hampshire an even better place to live, work, raise a family, and do business,” Hinch concluded.
House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu signing HB1264, relative to the construction of terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence” and “residency.”
“I applaud the Governor’s leadership on seeking an advisory opinion on HB1264 and his decision to sign this important piece of legislation,” said Hinch. “The Supreme Court’s opinion yesterday made clear what we have been saying all along, there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”
“I don’t believe it is 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. HB1264 becoming law is a major win for election integrity and voters in New Hampshire.”
Concord, NH — Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court issued the advisory opinion on HB 1264, relative to construction of the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”
Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead), chair of the Senate Election Law & Internal Affairs committee, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), Representative Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown), chair of the House Election Law committee, and House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) issued the following statements:
“Today’s opinion issued by the Supreme Court is a major development and an important victory for New Hampshire voters,” said Senator Regina Birdsell (R-Hampstead). “We are extremely pleased by advisory opinion which reaffirms our position that removing the four words, ‘from the indefinite future’ from statute makes no changes to an individual’s ability to vote whatsoever. We agree with the assessment that there is nothing unfair or unconstitutional about state laws that require individuals to make a choice on where they are residents as it pertains to voting.”
“We have an obligation to ensure that our laws reflect our belief in establishing true fairness and equity for each voter and for every vote cast in an election. The opinion provided by the justices confirms that the intent of this legislation was met and will allow our state to come into line with 49 other states, requiring that those who register to vote here meet the same requirements and are treated the same way as all New Hampshire residents,” added Birdsell.
“Today I stand in continued support of HB 1264, passed by both our NH House and Senate, an act which our Supreme Court has decided is constitutional under both the State and Federal Constitutions. This Act sought to align the concepts of residence and domicile, two terms used through our statutes to which individuals have attributed different meanings. I believe the Court correctly began its analysis of the issues presented by finding the State has a compelling interest in making sure that persons do not claim a status in the State for the sole purpose of voting. The Court has concluded the alignment of definitions does not affect the eligibility of persons to vote in our elections, and ensures that the provisions and application of New Hampshire law are equivalent,” said Representative Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown). “Choosing New Hampshire as your domicile for voting should subject each and every one of us to the same obligation of state citizenship. I look forward to HB 1264 receiving the signature of the Governor,” Griffin added.
“The opinion issued by the court substantiates what we’ve been saying throughout this process, that HB1264 has no effect on eligibility to vote, serves the interests of the state, and satisfies constitutional standards. I would hope that we can all move forward with a clear understanding that this bill is about fairness and equalizing the legal standards for voting and other purposes. I urge Governor Sununu to support the work of the House and Senate on this important bill, and sign HB1264,” said House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett).
“Voting is one of the most important and essential rights laid out in our constitution,” said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro). “It is a simple matter of common sense to require those who participate in our elections to abide by the same set of guidelines and become residents of New Hampshire as other voters have done. This legislation guarantees all voters the same and appropriate level of fairness that has been missing in our elections. The intent of this legislation has never been to disenfranchise anyone from voting in the State of New Hampshire. Today’s opinion reaffirms our original intent to create a level playing field for all voters in this bill.”
“The Supreme Court’s advisory opinion is a major win for the voters of New Hampshire and I urge Governor Sununu to sign HB 1264 into law as soon as possible,” added Bradley.
The opinion can be found at: https://www.courts.state.nh.us/supreme/opinions/2018/2018039oj.pdf
CONCORD – Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today announced the formation of a joint legislative task force to review potential legislation dealing with implications of the South Dakota v. Wayfair US Supreme Court decision on New Hampshire.
Rep. Norman Major (R-Plaistow), chair of the House Ways & Means committee, will chair the joint task force and Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) will serve as vice chair.
House members appointed to the task force include Rep. Pat Abrami (R-Stratham), Rep. Susan Almy (DLebanon), Rep. Richard Ames (D-Jaffrey), Rep. Barbara Griffin (R-Goffstown), Rep. Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack), Rep. Neal Kurk (R-Weare), Rep. Lynne Ober (R-Hudson), Rep. Bill Ohm (R-Nashua), and Rep. Stephen Shurtleff (D-Penacook). Senate members appointed to the task force include Sen. Kevin Avard (R-Nashua), Sen. Sharon Carson (RLondonderry), Sen. Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester), Sen. Gary Daniels (R-Milford), Sen. Dan Feltes (DConcord), and Sen. Bob Giuda (R-Warren).
An informational session for all legislators is scheduled for July 12 at 10 a.m. in Representatives Hall at the State House. Task force members and legislators will hear from an initial set of experts who have developed legislative concepts that the task force may be able utilize in making any recommendations. The task force will hold their first meeting following the information session and will follow that up with a series of work sessions on July 17, 18, & 19, with a deadline to issue a report and recommendation by July 19.
“I’m very proud of the team of legislators we’ve assembled, all of whom bring a wealth of expertise on policy areas relative to this court decision. We are confident that their work over the coming weeks, reviewing legislation and hearing from stakeholders, will produce a recommendation on legislation that the House and Senate can swiftly on, should a special session be approved by the governor and executive council,” said Speaker Chandler.
“New Hampshire is very proud to have no sales tax. Our retail business community thrives because of our ‘no sales tax’ environment. To ask our retailers to collect taxes for thousands of other jurisdictions would be a huge burden on them, and we want to identify ways to protect and defend them from the implications of this court decision,” added the speaker.
CONCORD – Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, Gene G. Chandler (RBartlett) announced today that he would no longer authorize dues payments to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL). For several years, the group has advocated for the ability of states to collect a sales tax from their residents who make online purchases, requiring online retailers to impose those taxes on their shoppers.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair that would grant states the authority to enforce their tax laws on purchases made by their residents. “New Hampshire is very proud to have no sales tax. Our retail business community thrives as a result of our no sales tax environment. To ask our retailers to collect taxes for dozens of other states is a huge burden on them, and will likely jeopardize their ability to do business online with out-of-state customers. We are certainly disappointed in the Court’s decision, but we are more frustrated that NCSL has championed legislation in congress to force a remote sales tax, and cheered the recent court decision. I cannot in good conscience continue to associate with a group that unabashedly promotes a policy that I, and so many other Granite Staters, disagree with. Effective today, the New Hampshire House will no longer pay any dues or fees to NCSL or any other organization that supports or promotes a national remote sales tax policy. It’s unconscionable that New Hampshire business will have to participate in fueling the growth of government in other states.”
Background: NCSL issued a statement on June 21st in support of the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair.
CONCORD- Today, the House passed HB1685, establishing a statutory commission for oversight over occupational regulation. This bill, passed by the House by a vote of 177-148, establishes an occupational regulation review commission to assure boards utilize the least restrictive regulation and requires a continuing review of all occupational boards. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement:
“This was an important first step in knocking down barriers blocking average Granite Staters from finding work,” said Hinch. “This Commission will allow state government to find the best balance between safety and allowing individuals to pursue the career of their choice.”
“Workforce shortage is a looming problem facing our state,” remarked Hinch. “In order to meet the demands of a growing economy, we need to have a fresh look at our occupational regulation environment.”