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House Republican Leader Responds to Bipartisan Vote to Sustain Governor’s Veto of SB100

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of SB100, relative to discrimination in employment based on criminal background checks. 

“New Hampshire Republicans have spent the last few years improving New Hampshire’s business climate, and the results are crystal clear. We have a booming economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Republicans have opposed attempts to roll-back the pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda that has gotten us to this point at every step”

“Individual businesses should be free to make determinations on what step of the application process they should ask about a potential criminal record. This arbitrary restriction on our state’s employers would have wasted their time if a record would have made them an unsuitable candidate and I am pleased that the House took bipartisan action and sustained the Governor’s veto.”

House Republican Leader’s Statement on Rejection of Democrat Budget Bill Introduction

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House vote on the suspension of House rules that would have allowed introduction of HB3 and HB4, budget bills proposed by House and Senate Democrats.

“What they proposed is not a compromise, had no buy-in from any member of the Republican party, and side-stepped negotiations with the governor. Additionally, the fact that they only released the text of the bills yesterday, and did not allow us or the public time to read and thoroughly understand the bills is really disrespectful. We didn’t even have time to prepare or submit amendments before the deadline because we were in session all day yesterday. They must think we’re a bunch of pushovers, but thankfully the legislative process has the provisions for the minority to stop this madness by preventing a two-thirds majority to allow the bills in.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes of HB696

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of HB 696, establishing a protective order for vulnerable adults.

“As written, this potentially reduces protections available to domestic violence victims, and could put victims at risk. This bill also poses a serious risk to multiple amendments to the Constitution. Not only are Second Amendment rights at risk without judicial oversight, there could also be a serious risk to the Fourth Amendment. We could not in good faith support this bill, and I am pleased that House voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of this bill.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Bipartisan Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes of Gun-Grabbing Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives cast a bipartisan vote to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB 109, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales, HB514, imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm, and HB 564, relative to possession of firearms on school property.

“New Hampshire is consistently ranked as one of the safest states in the nation. The vast majority of gun owners in New Hampshire are honest, law abiding citizens,” said Hinch. “These bills are an unnecessary attempt to solve a problem that doesn’t exist in our state. This excessive government overreach has the potential to make criminals out of responsible gun owners.” 

“Had these bills become law, they would have done nothing to alleviate the concerns of the bills’ proponents, they would have done nothing to solve our national issues, nor would they have prevented individuals from doing harm. I am pleased the House stood firm with Governor Sununu and cast a bipartisan vote to sustain his vetoes of these bills.”

House Republican Leader Reacts to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes on Energy Related Bills

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives completed votes on HB365 and HB183.

The House voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB 183, establishing a committee to study the applications of microgrids in New Hampshire and changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electrical supply, and relative to baseload renewable generation credits for biomass energy facilities, by a vote of 251-132. Members of both parties voted to sustain the veto.

The House also voted 248-132  to sustain the governor’s veto on HB 365 relative to net energy metering limits for customer generators.

“The majority of Republicans pledged to their constituents that they would not support public policy that would put upward pressure on electricity rates, under any circumstances. And rightly so, as we have some of the highest energy costs in the nation. We believe providing a level playing field in the energy market will provide the best outcome for ratepayers. The votes today were not in favor or opposition of specific industries, but government mandates that artificially raise the cost of electricity, and end up hurting low and fixed income citizens the most.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes of HB 211 & HB 293

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB 211, relative to inquiries by prospective employers concerning salary history, and HB 293, relative to employee credit privacy.

“Sustaining Governor Sununu’s vetoes of these two ill-advised proposals is a victory for New Hampshire’s booming economy. From the moment Democrats took control of the legislature, it was evident that they were determined to raise the cost of doing business in our state, while also adding burdensome mandates and restrictions. Republicans have been steadfast in their opposition to their anti-jobs agenda every step of the way. Today, we proudly voted to put an end to these bills and we will continue to assure laws made in Concord do not hinder New Hampshire’s economic success.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Vetoes of HB105 & HB106

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s vetoes of HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters, and HB 106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“The vetoes of HB 105 and HB 106 show NH residents that Governor Sununu is committed to ensuring election integrity in our state, and today the House stood behind that commitment by sustaining his vetoes. HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just in 2018, the NH Supreme Court issued an advisory opinion on HB1264 stating there is nothing unconstitutional about requiring individuals to make a choice as to where they are residents.”

“Similarly, HB105 seeks to repeal much of what the State passed in SB3. In a state where numerous elections have been decided by just a handful of votes, it is important to make sure that every ballot cast by an eligible voter is counted, and the domicile loophole is closed.”

“HB1264 and SB3 did not make us any different from our neighboring states. In this past election, there were no reports of any voters being disenfranchised by the new requirements. In fact, voter turnout in college towns made records. Although I am disappointed that my colleagues do not agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules, I am pleased that the House was able to sustain the Governor’s veto and Republicans were united on these important bills that are detrimental to our election process and allow for the unequal treatment of voters.”