House Republican Leaders’ Statements on Passage of SB179

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) and House Election Law Committee Chair Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond) offered the following statements on the passage of SB179, relative to eligibility to vote in New Hampshire. The bill passed as amended by a vote of 211-145.

House Election Law Committee Chair Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond)

“The requirement that a person have established his or her domicile in New Hampshire for at least 30 days before voting makes our election laws more easily understood, so all who are qualified have an equal opportunity to register and vote. Election officials will now more easily be able to answer the question: “what does domicile mean?” Unclear laws invite those not qualified to try to take advantage of the lack of clarity and may discourage those who are qualified from exercising their right.  Our government has a duty to make the election laws clear and easily understood.  This bill will make clear that a person must have established his or her domicile here at least 30 days before the election.”

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)
“In the 2014 election cycle there were 9 recounts for state representative races that were decided by single digit margins. 3 of those recounts were for elections that were initially tied. If we know that there are thousands of voters registering with out of state IDs, and we know our elections are decided by such slim margins, isn’t it fair to have a clearer definition of domicile in our statutes to ensure the votes that are deciding our elections are cast by duly qualified voters?”

House Majority Leader’s Statement on Passage of SB 116

downloadCONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement relative to the passage of SB 116, a bill that allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire statute. SB 116 passed by a vote of 212-150.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“The vast majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens. SB 116 protects law abiding gun owners by advancing their right to carry a concealed firearm, as long as they are legally able to own one, without the subjective permitting process This is a reasonable and long overdue measure that will extend freedom for our responsible firearms community, and will be an overall deterrent to crime.”

“Contrary to what opponents of the bill would like us to believe, SB 116 will not enable a proliferation of criminal activity. This bill does not extend rights of those who would be otherwise prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a firearm. Those with criminal intent will continue to obtain, carry, and use firearms in illegal ways. Impeding the rights of lawful gun owners based on the actions of criminals is unfair. The House vote today reflects the sentiment of New Hampshire voters who overwhelmingly support laws that uphold our “Live Free or Die” motto.”

House Majority Leader Statement on Passage of House Budget

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement relative to the House vote on HB1 and HB2, as amended. The budget bills passed by majority roll call vote, 212-161 (HB1) and 194-179 (HB2).

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“The House Finance committee did a tremendous job working through the intricacies of state government to identify what we could afford with the revenues we have. In the end we have a fiscally responsible budget that will ensure state government continues to meet the needs of our population, and provide services to those most in need. Republicans were elected to majorities in the legislature, in part, to hold the line on spending, slow the growth of government, and stop new or increased taxes. This House budget achieves those objectives. House Republicans stood united in support of our core principles.”

House Majority Leader Statement on Finance Committee Vote on Budget Bills

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement relative to House Finance Committee action on HB1 and HB2, the state budget bills. After weeks of negotiations, the committee adopted several amendments to the Governor’s original proposal, and by a vote of 15-11 (HB1) and 15-10 (HB2) recommend to the full House that the bills ought to pass.

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)

“The budget process is never easy and I commend the Finance committee for all of their hard work and appreciate the tough decisions they had to make throughout this process. I believe the final product is something Republicans will stand by as a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that does not raise taxes and slows the growth of government.”

“Republicans were elected to a majority in the House in part to ensure that our state lives within its means. Therefore the Finance committee did what they could with existing revenue. Spending was prioritized to ensure our state’s most vulnerable citizens continue to receive essential services and our state government will continue to meet the needs of its citizens.”

House Republican Statement on House Action on Anti-Business Legislation

downloadCONCORD – House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the defeat of several anti-business bills before the House.  

HB365 – prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. (Failed by a vote of 200-142)
HB496 – prohibiting public employers from using criminal history in employment decisions. (Laid on the Table)

House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

“Employers in New Hampshire should be able to use these criteria when reviewing qualifications of employees, if they see fit. A prohibition on using these important measures in reviewing the qualifications of job applicants would take a valuable tool away from employers and open the door for costly litigation.”

HB392 – relative to the minimum hourly wage. (Failed by a voice vote)
HB600 – relative to paid sick leave for employees. (Failed by a vote of 219-122)
HB684 – establishing a state minimum hourly rate. (Failed by a vote of 198-145)

House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

“These proposals have the potential to negatively affect our job climate in New Hampshire and could threaten the viability of many small and medium sized businesses especially in the hospitality industry, which many workers in our state depend on. The New Hampshire business community is compassionate and more than capable of making reasonable decisions that best suits the needs of their employees and the viability of their businesses. They know what it takes to attract and retain employees.”

House Republican Statement on Passage of HB563, Increasing Funding For Charter Schools

downloadCONCORD – House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following statement on the passage of HB563, a bill that would increase funding for public charter schools. The bill passed by a vote of 222 – 116.

House Republican Whip Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

“Public charter schools deserve our support and investment. These schools are an important part of the education landscape in New Hampshire, and this increase in funding will ensure they continue to be an option for New Hampshire families. We want to ensure that parents have the opportunity to send their children to a school that best suits their individual needs. This bill  provides a modest increase in funding and would indexes future increases which will keep our promise to promote innovation in education.”