Pages Navigation Menu

NHHouseGOP.com

House Leaders on Retirement of Justice Duggan

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today released the following statement in response to the announcement that Justice James E. Duggan will retire January 13, 2012.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“As a public defender, law professor and, for over ten years, an associate Justice on the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Justice Duggan has provided dedicated service to the people and legal community of New Hampshire. He has been appropriately praised as a man of integrity, honesty, intelligence and objectivity. We wish him the best during his retirement.

“With Justice Duggan’s retirement, consideration turns to who will be his successor on the Court. In that request, we call upon the Governor and Executive Council to consider and appoint an individual who will be attentive to the original intent of our state Constitution and most especially the separation of powers of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. New Hampshire needs Supreme Court Justices who will desist from making law as they interpret laws.

“Understanding where the judicial role begins and ends should be a prerequisite qualification for the next appointment to the Supreme Court. We call upon the Governor and Executive Council to ensure that the next appointee to the Supreme Court joins with the people of New Hampshire in their desire for judges who understand this distinction.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“As a proud student of the University of New Hampshire Law School I am grateful for Justice Duggan’s  service and the influence that he had on this great institution where he served as a mentor for many young people looking to public service as a career.    His ascent from the public defenders’ office  in Manchester,  some 30 years ago,  to a place on the state’s highest court is a remarkable achievement.  I wish him all the best in his retirement years.  With his retirement,  I hope that the governor will take the opportunity to  bring a balance to the court by appointing a judge who is a strict constructionist and someone who appreciates originalism.”

Read More

House Majority Leader offers comment on potential surplus

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following comments in response to the Governor’s office releasing figures showing that the last fiscal year will achieve a $26 million surplus.

“House Republicans made it clear last winter when we presented our agenda that we were committed to using any excess revenue to restore the Rainy  Day Fund and lower the tax burden New Hampshire businesses.  The foundation of our  budget was based on very realistic revenue numbers as we were forced to deal with the state’s $1 Billion deficit.  While today’s news that the state could be looking at a $26 Million surplus is encouraging, we are still faced with the reality that our Rainy Day Fund is seriously underfunded.  While I certainly  hope that this positive trend continues, I caution the Democrats against any fantasies of increasing spending simply because we have seen a slight upturn in the economy.  It is clear that the moves that we made during the past session,  in creating a business friendly environment that would result in job grown,  have worked.   We will continue in the coming session to do everything we can to provide an environment that is conducive to creating more jobs and revenue for the state.”

Read More

House Speaker Calls for Surplus Funds to Rebuild Rainy Day Fund

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today offered the following comments in response to the Governor’s office releasing figures showing that the last fiscal year will achieve a $26 million surplus.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“The unexpected good news that the state will have a surplus of $26 million is a tremendous shift from just last May, when state agencies told our Ways and Means Committee that New Hampshire was facing a $50 million deficit for the past fiscal year and Governor Lynch himself was proposing raiding numerous dedicated funds to balance the budget.  Obviously, we need put some better financial controls in place so that the legislature gets better information of the state’s fiscal picture in the future.”

“The House will move quickly to introduce new legislation for next year to take this surplus and place it in the Rainy Day Fund to help stabilize the state’s shaky bond rating.  Currently, the Fund stands at just $9 million after the Governor and prior legislatures raided it from a strong $89 million in 2008.  We need to give the state the cushion in case we experience another economic downturn, not look for more ways to increase spending.  We should target a Rainy Day Fund of at least 5% of our general fund expenditure, and this would be a strong first step.”

Read More

House Leaders Blast EPA Decision to Raise Customer Electric Rate by $15 per Year through Regulation on Bow Plant

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and House Majority D.J. Bettencourt today offered the following statements in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory decision to require a $112 million expense at the Public Service of New Hampshire Bow electricity plant.  An Associated Press report stated that this cost translated to a $1.25 increase in customers’ monthly bills, or $15 per year.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“At a time when we are doing everything we can to make New Hampshire more competitive and attractive to employers, the federal government is seeking to punish our residents and small businesses with higher electric rates through unnecessary regulation.  The Granite State already has among the highest energy costs in the nation, and this federal mandate will make these costs even higher and make it harder to expand our economy.  If President Obama is truly interested in helping create new jobs, he will stop his overzealous regulatory agency immediately.  We accept the fact that the Obama Administration will not be assisting our country in allowing businesses to create new jobs.  In New Hampshire, all we ask is that it not actively work to prevent job growth.  The working families of New Hampshire simply can’t afford a $15 a year hit in their wallets.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This is just one more example of government regulation running amok.  The Obama Administration, without any data to support their findings and 14 years late, decided that the electric ratepayers should be stuck with an additional cost of $15 each year.  This is a hidden federal tax increase through a heavy-handed mandate.  This is just the type of regulation that House Republicans have been fighting, as we passed 43 new laws this year to reduce bureaucracy and red tape.  While we are making it easier to grow the economy, Democrats in Washington are pushing job-killing regulations to knock our fragile economy back on its knees.  This crushing federal mandate needs to be lifted now, and we call on President Obama and Senator Shaheen, who is a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, to stop this absurd and outrageous assault on New Hampshire electric ratepayers.”

Read More

House Leaders Respond to Florida’s Effort to Move Presidential Primary to January 31

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Press Releases | 1 comment

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-North Salem) today offered statements in response to the news that Florida is planning to move its presidential primary to January 31.  Both the Republican and Democratic National Committees set a primary window for the four early states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina) to hold contests before March 1.  The RNC has indicated that it will penalize other states with a loss of delegates that move their nominating contest before that date.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“Florida’s effort to move into the early primary period not only hurts the process, by cutting into the type of vetting that we do so well here in New Hampshire, but it also hurts Florida, by costing them delegates and watering down that state’s impact.  I would certainly hope that the Florida legislature reconsiders this ill-conceived plan to accelerate their primary and to strengthen their own weight by not cutting into their delegates.  Regardless, I have full confidence that Secretary of State Bill Gardner will do whatever is necessary to protect the strength of the first-in-the-nation primary by using all the tools at his disposal to set the date effectively.  Florida may dilute the value of their primary, but we certainly won’t allow their actions to minimize the New Hampshire Primary.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Florida’s decision to schedule their primary in January would be in violation of RNC rules and I am confident that there will be serious repercussions  for such a move.  The State of New Hampshire has a long and storied history of vetting presidential candidates and we do it better than anyone else.  We have perfected the art of retail politics to the point where it has become our unofficial state sport—we’re passionate about the process and we’ve earned our place in line.  Florida should respect the integrity of the nominating process and play by the rules.”

Read More

House Leaders Comment on Committee Passage of Bill to Examine LGC

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

House Leaders Comment on Committee Passage of Bill to Examine Local Government Center, Creation of House Committee to Review Secretary of State’s Report 

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien and Deputy Speaker Pamela Tucker today commented on House Ways and Means Committee’s passage of House Bill 655, legislation to create a study committee to review the Secretary of State’s report of the Local Government Center (LGC), by a bipartisan 15-0 vote.  Additionally, Speaker O’Brien today announced that while the bill makes its way through the legislative process, he will appoint a committee of five House members to begin the process of reviewing the report, and this committee would be folded into the study committee, when HB 655 becomes law.

Speaker William O’Brien

“The issues that the Secretary of State raised in the LGC Report certainly warrant prompt legislative review, and the Ways and Means Committee’s unanimous vote sends a clear message the House takes this responsibility seriously.  However, while this is an important first step, we should not simply wait for what could be a long legislative process to begin looking into this issue now.  Our state property taxpayers deserve to have confidence that their money is being spent wisely, and that’s just what the House is committed to doing.”

Deputy Speaker Pamela Tucker, prime sponsor of HB 655

“The unanimous, bipartisan vote to favorably move this bill out of committee with real power to compel witnesses to testify is as strong a statement as we can send that this is a top priority for the House.  The public should get answers about how their tax dollars are spent, and this bill will give them that opportunity.  Furthermore, the Speaker’s plan to jumpstart the review process with the House committee will give us the time to make sure that we can take action next year if we find that we need to change our laws for pooled risk groups, like the LGC.”

Read More

House Leaders Respond to Court Decision to Dismiss Democrats Frivolous Gallery Lawsuit

Posted by on Sep 16, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today responded to the news that the Merrimack Superior Court affirmed the Speaker’s motion to dismiss the case brought by former Democrat Senators Maggie Hassan and Bette Lasky, as well as the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  The lawsuit stemmed from the closure of the House Gallery after union workers disrupted the House session in March.  In his ruling, Judge Robert McNamara described the lawsuit as “moot” and “an exercise in futility.”

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s a shame that state taxpayer funds were wasted in what the Court described as ‘an exercise in futility.’  Former Senators Hassan and Lasky, and the New Hampshire Democratic Party, brought a frivolous lawsuit that clearly had so little merit that it could not survive its first day in court.  We are appreciative that the Court chose to uphold the constitutional right of the legislature to set our own rules, but disappointed that the grandstanding by Senator Hassan has led to the use of courtroom time that could have been better spent keeping our streets safe.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“After four years of frivolously wasting taxpayer money while  helping to raise more than 100 taxes and fees as the Senate Democratic Leader, Maggie Hassan continues to squander state resources by bringing forth trivial lawsuits to clog up our court system.  Clearly, she still  hasn’t figured out why she is a “former” Senator.  Given the fact that the Democrat Party spokesman this week said that plaintiffs should pay the court for bringing frivolous litigation, we certainly hope that the NHDP and Senator Hassan will immediately send a check to the state treasury to cover the expenses for their escapades.”

Read More

Bettencourt statement on Lynch decision not to seek re-election

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt made the following statement upon hearing the news this morning that Governor John Lynch would not be seeking re-election:

“While Governor Lynch and I have differed on many issues throughout his tenure, those of us involved in public service fully understand the tremendous sacrifice that public office entails and I appreciate his years of service and deep dedication to the State of New Hampshire. His family must also be sincerely thanked for the sacrifices that they have had to make over the past few years.   Gov. Lynch should also  be commended for his commitment to a constitutional amendment to fix education funding in New Hampshire, for his strong, willing hand to help those in need during our unfortunate natural disasters, and his staunch opposition to a sales or income tax.  Putting politics aside, John Lynch has always tried to do what he felt was in the best interest of the people of New Hampshire.”

Read More

House Speaker Responds to News that Governor Lynch Won’t Seek Re-Election

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien today offered the following comments in response to news that Governor John Lynch will not seek a fifth term.

“I want to thank Governor Lynch for his service and look forward with the hope of working with him on important issues, like passing an education funding constitutional amendment and ensuring that the current budget remains in balance.  The Governor has shown a commitment to New Hampshire by stepping up to serve in what is a difficult job for eight years, and has excelled in offering tremendous calm in times of natural disaster, which has been very reassuring for the state.”

“With the Governor leaving, we must now look to find candidates in 2012 who are committed to economic growth through lifting the burden of taxes and regulation on employers and creating jobs, protecting our personal liberties and passing a constitutional amendment to make it harder to raise taxes, hike fees and borrow from our future to spend more.  I am confident that a number of strong candidates will emerge and we will have a vigorous discussion of the issues next year.”

Read More

House Leaders Blast Decision by Federal Government, Lynch Administration to Give Funds to Planned Parenthood

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statement in response to the federal government and Lynch administration’s decision to bypass the Executive Council and award funds to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“It’s certainly very disappointing that the federal government would step on states’ rights and usurp the authority of the Executive Council by commandeering these family planning funds and handing them to one provider in a sole source, no bid contract.  It’s clear that New Hampshire policies and traditions mean nothing to an Obama Administration that is fixated on delivering a liberal agenda and providing handouts to special interests that support the President.”

“Furthermore, it’s also unacceptable that the Lynch Administration failed to find other vendors to provide family planning services once the Council made abundantly clear that Planned Parenthood was not an appropriate place for the state to spend taxpayer money.  The idea that the state could not find another group to do the work is a slap in the face of the Executive Council and speaks very poorly about the state’s contracting policies.  If Planned Parenthood had gone out of business, how would the Lynch Administration have provided these services?”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Once again, the governor, who claims that he also represents Republicans and Independents,  has proved that he is beholden to liberal special interests.  All along, we have known that Barack Obama is the most liberal President in history, but Governor Lynch has now sent a clear message that he is no moderate and is just as concerned with protecting a left-wing agenda.  His Administration’s effort to avoid finding an appropriate replacement for Planned Parenthood shows that he is just as beholden to liberal groups as is President Obama.”

Read More

House Majority Leader Strengthens Leadership Team

Posted by on Sep 14, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

Republicans Re-double Their Focus on Jobs and the Economy

Concord–House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt today announced moves aimed at strengthening his leadership team as the legislature heads toward the opening of the 2012 session.  “The people of New Hampshire were exceptionally clear during the last election; people need jobs, employers need breathing room and government must be smaller, more efficient and one that actually works for the people.  The additions to my leadership team illustrates my commitment to furthering this effort.” said Bettencourt.

Representative Laurie Sanborn of Henniker, who currently sits on the House Ways and Means Committee,  will join the leadership team as the Assistant Deputy Majority Leader. “In 2011, Representative Sanborn proved her leadership skills through her creation of the job-and-business focused House Business Coalition.  Through her efforts, more than 100 representatives united to become the largest and most powerful voice for small business and job creation issues in the legislature,” added Bettencourt.  Along with her husband, State Senator Andy Sanborn, the pair were both recently selected as two of the top 20 emerging leaders of the Republican Party at the 2011 National GOPAC conference in Washington, DC.

Read More

House Republican Leaders Respond to Lawsuit Against Democratic Party for Campaign Finance Violations

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) and House Election Law Chairman David Bates (R-Windham) today responded to the news that Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) has filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Democratic Party for violating state campaign finance laws.  Last month, the NHDP paid a $5,000 fine to the Department of Justice for breaking a state law against “robo-calls,” deceptive automated calls that did not fully identify the source.  Rep. Bates filed the complaint with the Department of Justice against the NHDP for the illegal calls.

Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“For the Chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, of all people, to say that this was an accident or oversight is just not believable.  Ray Buckley was an active participant in writing the very law that he disregarded.  His deceptive and dishonest message was not only the politics of personal destruction, it broke the law, and he and his party must be held accountable.  What has become crystal clear is that,  even in last year’s primary, the Democratic Party hierarchy knew just how much a threat Speaker O’Brien would be to their reckless agenda to bring income and sales taxes to New Hampshire.  The last thing they wanted was the type of fiscal sanity that the House Republicans have restored to Concord.”

Read More

House Speakers from Early Presidential States Join to Support Current Nomination Calendar

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in News & Updates, Press Releases | 0 comments

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2011                                                         

House Speakers from Early Presidential States Join to Support Current Nomination Calendar

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Meeting at the National Speakers Conference, House Speakers from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have joined forces to support the current presidential nomination calendar and the traditional positions of the early states.  Florida and Michigan are currently considering moving their primaries forward ahead of the dates suggested by the Republican and Democratic National Committees.

New Hampshire House Speaker William O’Brien

“New Hampshire remains 100% committed to standing shoulder to shoulder with Iowa and South Carolina to ensure that the traditional primary process is preserved and strengthened.  The Granite State has shown time and again that we have the right people to decide who should lead the nation.  Other states have tried to leapfrog the current calendar and move ahead of us, but none have shown that they have what it takes to do a thorough job of vetting presidential candidates like we do in local, retail setting.”

Read More

House Leaders Respond to Senate Vote Against Repealing Cap and Trade Program

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements after the State Senate failed to override Governor Lynch’s veto (15-9) on Senate Bill 154, which would remove New Hampshire from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap and trade program that encompasses 10 Northeast states.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We’re obviously disappointed that New Hampshire ratepayers will continue to be stuck with higher electricity costs as a result of keeping this failed cap and trade program around.  At a time when we should be doing everything possible to make New Hampshire more competitive in order to create more good jobs here, getting out of this cap and trade scheme that increases costs on employers and our citizens should be a slam dunk.  We will be back next year to get rid of this job-killing income redistribution ploy once and for all.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“The evidence is mounting that RGGI is now a colossal failure for reducing carbon emissions and has been only a success in one area – creating a slush fund for green pork.  As someone who voted for the initial bill to create this program, I can now say that it was a huge mistake for New Hampshire to join this cap-and-tax scheme.  It’s a shame that Governor Lynch was more interested in protecting special interests than offering rate relief to our hard-working citizens, but House Republicans will make defeating cap-and-tax a top priority next session.”

Read More

House Leaders Respond to Senate Vote Against Voter ID

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) offered the following statements after the State Senate failed to override Governor Lynch’s veto (17-7) on Senate Bill 129, which would require that a voter present a valid photo identification to vote.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“This session the House passed this provision overwhelmingly because we believe that New Hampshire’s lax voter registration and balloting laws need to be improved. The Supreme Court has consistently held that requiring a photo ID is not a barrier to our constitutional right to vote.  SB 129 even goes a step further to safeguard that right by making voter IDs available to those who don’t have one through provisional ballots, which are effectively in use in 44 other states.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“This is a good bill that would ensure clean elections and it’s very disappointing that Governor Lynch has chosen against making sure that our elections are as pure as possible,  and free of corruption. We need to protect the integrity of the ballot box and the principle of ‘one man, one vote.’  We will surely be revisiting this issue next year as a legislative priority.”

Read More

House Leaders Respond to Senate Override Vote on SB 88

Posted by on Sep 7, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered the following statements after the State Senate voted (17-7) to override Governor Lynch’s veto on Senate Bill 88, which would ensure lawful gun owners in New Hampshire have an asserted right defend themselves when threatened.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“We are one step closer to becoming the 32nd state to have a Castle Doctrine or ‘Stand your Ground’ law. We applaud the Senate for overturning the Governor’s veto and standing with the people of New Hampshire and will work in the House to do the same. This is a common sense measure that ensures Granite Staters right to protect themselves.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Taking away the right of armed self-defense from law abiding citizens does nothing to reduce crime. SB 88 was passed by both chambers of New Hampshire’s legislature to confirm the existence of an unalienable right and House Republicans will work to join the Senate in overturning the Governor’s assault on that right.”

Read More

Bettencourt statement on SB88 press conference

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

The following statement was issued today by House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt following a press conference held by a number of Second Amendment organizations supporting an override of Governor L ynch’s veto of Senate Bill 88.

“It is important that we get the correct message out to our citizens that SB88 will not result in the mass mayhem that the governor has warned, but rather makes three very important changes to our gun laws, including two changes that came in direct response to problems encountered by law-abiding gun owners.  I applaud these Second Amendment groups for coming forward today and working together in support of overriding the governor’s veto of this important legislation.

Read More

House Republican Leaders Respond to Release of August State Revenue

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien (R-Mont Vernon) and House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt (R-Salem) today offered statements in response to the release of the state’s revenue receipts for the month of August.  Figures released by the Department of Administrative Services show that, for the month, the state took in $9.6 million in more than plan, led by business taxes, which were 34% higher than plan.  For the year, the state is now $5.1 million ahead of revenue estimates.  The report also showed that tobacco sales reversed a 5-year trend of falling and have started to increase, after the state passed a tobacco tax reduction in the recent budget.  For the month, tobacco revenues were $1.8 million higher than the state plan.

House Speaker William O’Brien

“While it’s good news that August revenue figures are ahead of the budget plan, we are coming off July figures that fell short.  This validates the legislature’s decision to use responsible revenue estimates well below those proposed by the Governor and House Democrats.  With a national economy that the struggling, as evidenced by today’s national unemployment figures that show that no new jobs were created last month, we need to take a cautious view of the months to come.  We expect that there will continue to be good months and bad months coming.”

House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt

“Last month, the Democrats screamed that our efforts to make New Hampshire’s cross boarder sales advantage even more competitive by lowering the tobacco tax would lead to the crashing of our tobacco revenue.  I hope they take a moment today to wipe the egg off their faces and realize that our state always benefits by having lower prices and by seizing on opportunities to further capitalize on the willingness of our high tax neighbors to give their citizens an incentive to shop in New Hampshire. While they are openly disdainful of the idea of the New Hampshire Advantage, because they want to turn the Granite State into ‘Massachusetts-North,’ thankfully Republicans know that having lower taxes gives us a huge advantage over our neighbors, and we are now seeing some results of that hard work.”

Read More

SB 88 Sponsor Reacts to Governor’s Attack on Second Amendment

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Rep. Al Baldasaro today released the following in reaction to the Governor’s statement attacking SB 88, which ensures the right for New Hampshire citizens to defend themselves. Baldasaro is a sponsor of the legislation.

Rep. Al Baldasaro, Chairman State and Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs:

“Gov. Lynch has placed special interests ahead of protecting ourselves and our families. People should have their constitutional right to protect themselves. New Hampshire citizens should not have to run and hide when their lives are being threatened.”

Read More

Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker and Senator Ray White Join to Call on Attorney General to Move forward on Receivership for LGC

Posted by on Sep 2, 2011 in Press Releases | 0 comments

Taxpayer-funded group admits illegal corporate structure

CONCORD – House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker and Senator Ray White today joined to call on Attorney General Michael Delaney to move to bring the Local Government Center (LGC) into court-appointed receivership after the taxpayer-funded group admitted that it illegally incorporated itself as Delaware non-profit limited liability companies in 2003.  A report released last month by the Secretary of State’s Bureau of Securities Regulation outlined a number of irregularities and violations of law by the LGC, which handles public employee and retiree health benefits, liability insurance and other services for local communities.  Tucker is the prime sponsor of legislation to review the LGC in the wake of the highly critical state report.

House Deputy Speaker Pam Tucker:

“The admission that LGC was illegally incorporated is one more example why this troubled entity may need more state involvement.  The LGC was created by state law and the legislature through the years should have done a better job of overseeing pooled risk management groups like this.  While we work to do our oversight responsibility and get to the bottom of what’s going on with this group which takes in a tremendous amount of local property tax dollars, the Attorney General should begin the process of moving to put LGC into receivership to ensure that taxpayer funds are protected.”

Read More