Statement by Speaker Shawn Jasper with regard to the resignation of Rep. Robert Fisher

“Rep. Robert Fisher has informed the House Clerk of his resignation from the NH House, effective at noon today.  It is unfortunate that the debate surrounding his actions while serving in the House have detracted from the good things that we have accomplished this session.  But I welcome his resignation for the good of the institution and I hope that we can now move forward with our important legislative agenda.”

House Majority Pleased With House Approval For Infrastructure Aid Package

SB 38, making an appropriation for local highway aid and municipal bridge aid, passed the House today on a voice vote. House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the passage of SB38.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement:

“This bill will send $30 million back to municipalities for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, and maintaining roads and $6.8 million in bridge aid. This aid package comes in addition to the dollars that flow back to communities through existing formulas. This session we’ve made it a priority to send money back to cities and towns. We are proud we can make local needs a priority. The passage of this bill further strengthens our commitment to improving our state’s infrastructure. The health of our roads and bridges are important investment for our communities and local economies.”

House Majority Leader Praises Strengthening NH’s Rape Shield Law

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement in response to the passage of SB9, relative to the admissibility of proffered evidence in sexual assault cases. The bill passed the House by a 328 – 30 vote.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“This is an important piece of legislation that protects the privacy of sexual assault victims, their families, and strengthens New Hampshire’s rape shield law. This will ensure that a victim’s sexual history will remain sealed from the jury, public, and press while not infringing upon a defendant’s rights or jeopardizing due process.”

“Although in line with practices in New Hampshire, SB9 is a critical clarification in the law that will not leave victims of sexual assault forced to choose between their right to privacy and their right for justice. I commend the House for passing SB9, and I look forward to it being signed into law.”

Hinch Applauds Passage of Drug Interdiction Efforts

Today, the House passed SB131, which establishes a cross border drug interdiction program. The bill will add five state troopers to work with Massachusetts officials to target drugs and dealers along the border, and adds $2.4 million to the Granite Hammer program, which will allow more communities to take advantage of drug interdiction efforts. The bill passed the House by a 252-108 vote.

House Majority Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s passage of SB131:

“New Hampshire is in the midst dealing with a significant drug and opioid crisis, and the passage of this bill is a vital component of combating that crisis. SB131 will enable law enforcement to continue targeting drug dealers and work to cut off the supply of drugs coming into this state, including heroin, fentanyl, and the latest addition of the fatal drug carfentanil. By adding five additional troopers to work directly with Massachusetts police and officials, critical resources and information will be shared in order to stem the flow of drugs crossing our borders.”

“We are facing an unprecedented crisis in New Hampshire that is claiming lives on a daily basis. The law enforcement community has demonstrated an urgent and compelling need for this program continue, and this bill will continue operations that take drugs off the streets and put dealers and traffickers behind bars. We realize this crisis in our state requires a three legged

House Passes Legislation to Explore Solutions to Lower Energy Costs

CONCORD- Today, the House passed SB 125, establishing a committee to study transmission, distribution, generation, and other costs in the state’s electricity system.

House Majority Leader Rep. Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Member of House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee Rep. Herbert Vadney (R-Meredith) issued the following statements following today’s vote:

“New Hampshire’s electricity rates are among the highest in the nation with many factors contributing to those prices. This study will identify and evaluate ways to lower our rates and will consider grid modernization. Making our electricity cheaper will lower manufacturing costs and spur our economy.” said Rep. Vadney

“Part of the Republican legislative agenda is to find ways to lower energy costs here in New Hampshire. The committee established in the bill will look at ways to make our state more attractive to new businesses and cut costs to everyday consumers.” said House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch. “The passing of Senate Bill 125 today is just one piece of the puzzle in our legislative approach to solving this problem.”

Majority Leader Hinch Urges Support of SB3 in House Election Law Committee

CONCORD- Today, the House Election Law Committee heard testimony regarding SB 3, relative to domicile for voting purposes.

This legislation clarifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes while modifying the requirements for documenting the domicile of an individual registering to vote. SB3 will prohibit individuals who are only in the state on a temporary basis, and who maintain a voting domicile in another state, from voting here.

House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement after today’s hearing:

“New Hampshire plays an important national role in elections due to our First in the Nation status and as a battleground swing state. We have numerous elections for state representative each cycle being decided by only a few votes, and statewide elections being decided by less than a 1% margin.  In order to maintain confidence in the electoral process it is extremely important that every vote is cast by a duly qualified voter.

SB3 seeks to eliminate drive-by voting by clearly defining domicile. It will treat every voter equally and ensures everyone who shows up to the polls has an opportunity to vote if they are qualified.

I look forward to this legislation coming out of committee with an Ought to Pass recommendation so the House can act on this bill and swiftly send it to the Governor’s desk.”