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.”

House Majority Whip Statement on Supreme Court SB3 Decision

CONCORD – NH House Majority Whip, Rep. Kathleen M. Hoelzel, former chair of the House Election Law committee and longtime moderator for the Town of Raymond issued the following statement relative to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay relative to the lower Court injunction issued yesterday barring the implementation of SB3 for the upcoming General Election.

“I’m glad the Supreme Court has resolved this matter for the time being, however, the lower court’s order and the publicity it has caused has now created questions in the minds of the public,” offered Rep. Hoelzel, “The bill is supposed to protect the integrity of the elections, and now we have people questioning why the judges are involved in making the laws, and creating confusion at the last minute.”

Rep. Hoelzel continued, “The lower court’s order caused more confusion than was necessary. It required election officials to redact text on materials with permanent marker, refer to forms but not actually use them, and create hybrid forms using one page from one form, and other material from another form. It laid out a completely bizarre process. The goal of the legislature was to clarify the law, increase confidence in the process, and remove loopholes. We’re lucky the Supreme Court put a stop to what could have been a court ordered Election Day circus.”

House Majority Leader Responds to Democrat Leader Flip-Flop on Woodburn

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement relative to reports that House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Concord) has gone back on his earlier disavowing of accused domestic abuser Sen. Jeff Woodburn, and believes calls for Woodburn to resign are a “moot point”.

Rep. Hinch said, “There is no middle ground on accusations of domestic abuse. These are very serious and substantiated charges against Sen. Woodburn. Given the nature of the charges and the legal proceedings requiring his full attention, it’s clear that Sen. Woodburn is not fit for public office. The constituents of his district deserve better.” Hinch continued, “Now we have the leader of the Democratic Caucus saying that somehow that we should all give him a free pass until after the election. I’m shocked that Rep. Shurtleff and other Democrat leaders are standing with and enabling an accused abuser and not with the victim in this situation. This is not the time to straddle the fence and shows poor leadership by the minority leader.”

House Majority Whip Statement on Supreme Court SB3 Decision

CONCORD – NH House Majority Whip, Rep. Kathleen M. Hoelzel, former chair of the House Election Law committee and longtime moderator for the Town of Raymond issued the following statement relative to the Supreme Court’s decision to grant a stay relative to the lower Court injunction issued yesterday barring the implementation of SB3 for the upcoming General Election.

“I’m glad the Supreme Court has resolved this matter for the time being, however, the lower court’s order and the publicity it has caused has now created questions in the minds of the public,” offered Rep. Hoelzel, “The bill is supposed to protect the integrity of the elections, and now we have people questioning why the judges are involved in making the laws, and creating confusion at the last minute.”

Rep. Hoelzel continued, “The lower court’s order caused more confusion than was necessary. It required election officials to redact text on materials with permanent marker, refer to forms but not actually use them, and create hybrid forms using one page from one form, and other material from another form. It laid out a completely bizarre process. The goal of the legislature was to clarify the law, increase confidence in the process, and remove loopholes. We’re lucky the Supreme Court put a stop to what could have been a court ordered Election Day circus.”

House Majority Leader Statement on State Unemployment Data

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.

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Majority Leader Reacts to Governor Signing HB1264

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.”