House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote Allowing Licensure of Illegal Immigrants

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass HB397, relative to drivers’ licenses for New Hampshire residents who do not possess a social security card.

“Democrats in New Hampshire are totally out of touch with our state. HB397 would allow illegal immigrants to obtain a Driver’s License using an expired alien registration card and a foreign passport in lieu of a social security card,” said Hinch. “We should not be rewarding people in our state illegally while millions of people around the world are waiting to come lawfully. It’s unfair.”

“The consequences of this bill could be serious. With New Hampshire’s current laws, allowing illegal immigrants to receive a valid Drivers’ License could make it easier for them to participate in several other things, like vote in our elections. If this bill becomes law, we may allow thousands of undocumented immigrants to take advantage of other rights and services that should be exclusive to lawful citizens.”



House Republican Leader Reacts to House Vote on SB1-FN

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the New Hampshire House vote to pass SB1-FN, relative to family and medical leave.

“Groups representing New Hampshire’s business community spoke up loud and clear in their opposition to this program. Despite this testimony, House Democrats decided to pass their fatally flawed paid family leave program.” Said Hinch. “Our state’s job creators know what it takes to attract and retain employees in this tight labor market. Many of our state’s employers can already provide similar coverage if they think it’s right for their workers. The importance here is the power of choice.”

“House Democrats can try to disguise it, but a 0.5% tax on wages is an income tax,” Hinch said. “Even with this questionable funding mechanism, House Democrats still couldn’t guarantee that the program will be solvent. I can’t think of any other reason they’d give an unelected bureaucrat the ability to raise their ‘tax on wages’.”

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.”