House Republican Leader Congratulates Kenney on Victory in Council Race

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement congratulating Republican Joe Kenney, the victor in the highly contested Executive Council race in District 1.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Joe ran an exceptional campaign in a very difficult district to navigate. This is a positive start for Republicans in a competitive election year. This should provide encouragement and incentive for Republicans to come forward and seek election to the NH House and other offices in 2014.”

“House Republicans are grateful to have Joe back in the State House and to have an additional Republican on the Executive Council to keep an eye on state spending and appointments. I’m sure he will be a worthy successor to my good friend Ray Burton. I and other House members look forward to working with him in Concord and at home in District 1.”

House Republican Leader Statement on Bill Prohibiting Electronic Devices While Driving

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following statement relative to the House passage of HB1360, a bill that would prohibit reasonable use of phones and electronic devices while driving. The bill passed by a 192-133 vote.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“We have good, reasonable laws on the books that prohibit distracted driving of any kind, whether those distractions are food related, pet related, person related or phone related. This bill unfairly suggests all users of cellphones or electronic devices are distracted. The vast majority of drivers have been operating their vehicles safely for years, even before hands-free technology hit the market. We should be enforcing distracted driving laws as they stand, rather than ending the use of cellphones for everyone.”

House Republican Leader Statement on Republican Effort to Cut Meals Tax

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered a statement following the defeat of a Republican sponsored bill that would have provided a cut in the tax on meals in New Hampshire, from 9% to 8%. The bill was defeated by a vote of 184-148.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“Republicans will continue to explore reasonable ways to lower the tax burden on our hard working citizens. While some would like you to believe the meals tax is primarily paid by those who visit our state as tourists, the reality is that you and I pay it on our morning coffee or bagel, our grilled cheese at lunch, or our pizza dinner with the family. Lowering taxes like the meals tax is something I hope we continue to discuss as ways to help families keep more of their hard earned money in their own pockets.”

House Republican Leader Comments Defeat of Gun Background Check Bill

For Immediate Release

February 12, 2014

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House Republican Leader Comments Outcome of Gun Background Check Bill


CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) today offered the following comments relative to the House vote on HB 1589, a bill that would have placed excessive restrictions on the private sale and transfer of firearms. The bill was defeated 242-118.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“New Hampshire ranks among the safest states in America. The vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens. The original bill was an unnecessary attempt to solve a non-existent problem in our state and could have made criminals out of responsible gun owners.”

“A bipartisan majority of the House believed this bill was not necessary. By killing the bill, we have avoided what would have been an excessive government overreach and restriction of 2nd Amendment rights.”

“Nothing in the bill alleviated the concern that guns sales or loans to family members would not be subject to background checks, which is an unnecessary intrusion into the rights of law abiding citizens.”

RELEASE: House Republican Leader Comments on Unanimous Consent Objection

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler today offered the statement below, relative a recent House member’s objection to what is usually a common courtesy the House extends to members. The process known as Unanimous Consent is allowed by House rules and allows members who wish to address the body outside of debate on bills to do so. Unanimous consent is an accepted practice in accordance with Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure (Sec. 537, 2010 edition), by which the House operates.


At the end of the January 22nd House Session, Rep. Warren Groen (R-Rochester) asked for unanimous consent of the House for the purpose of speaking about the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Rep. Candace Bouchard (D-Concord) objected to allowing Rep. Groen to speak, making the motion not unanimous. At the time, Rep. Gary Richardson (D-Hopkinton) was presiding. He ruled that due to the single objection, he would not allow the member to speak. Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure allows the presiding officer to make such a ruling or allow the full body to vote on the matter. Rep. Richardson chose not to let the body vote.

During the morning of the House session today, January 29th, members attempted to resolve the matter.  As of the time of this release, the matter remains unresolved and Rep. Groen has not been able to speak.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett):

“Every House member should have the opportunity to be heard. Part of being in the Legislature involves hearing from people of differing viewpoints. Members who object to the subject matter of a certain unanimous consent request have the option of leaving the room. Unanimous consent has always been a courtesy members have extended to others, regardless of subject matter or party label. This situation sets a bad precedent and it’s unfair. Rep. Groen  deserves the same amount of courtesy other members have received.”

House Republican Leader Comments on House Democrats’ Surprise Medicaid Expansion Amendment

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Gene Chandler offered the following statement in reaction to the op-ed by House Speaker Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth) published over the weekend. In the op-ed the Speaker indicated that House Democrats would offer an amendment to a retained 2013 bill that would include Medicaid Expansion legislation. Language of the amendment has not been released.

House Republican Leader Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“House Democrats have again chosen to ram this significant policy change through with little or no debate. This is one of, if not the largest expansion of a government entitlement program the New Hampshire legislature has ever faced. Attaching such an expansive piece of legislation to an unrelated bill is not the right way to approach any issue, much less something of this scale. On Wednesday, the House will be asked to vote on an amendment we haven’t even seen or been able to review. There will be no public hearing or opportunity for public input. It’s unfair to our Representatives and to our constituents. This is not how we should do things in New Hampshire.”

“Why this surprise amendment is even necessary is beyond me. Democrats will have a bill in the 2014 session that will address the same issue, and we will have an opportunity to thoroughly debate the merits of the policy. We see enough of this type of politics from Washington and we don’t need it here in New Hampshire. New Hampshire citizens deserve better.”

“There are many issues and questions still unanswered regarding Medicaid expansion. One recent study showed that in Oregon emergency room use by those covered under expanded Medicaid increased by 40%; exactly the opposite of what we have been told would be a reduction in these types of uses. This is just one example of why New Hampshire should take the time to have a thorough debate on this evolving issue so we can come up with the right answer for New Hampshire.”