SESSION NOTICE: The next House session will be Thursday, June 1st, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
CAUCUS NOTICE: TBD
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Constituents of New Hampshire, the reports of the demise of the Republican Caucus in the New Hampshire House of Representatives are greatly exaggerated.
If you were to believe the political gossip as of late, you might think that the failure of House of Representatives to pass a budget lies solely on the shoulders of House Republicans. But let’s be clear — a strong majority of Republicans supported both budget bills.
Why wouldn’t the majority of Republicans support a budget proposal that met a number of goals set forth in the Republican Party platform, and the House Republican agenda? These items included no new or increased taxes or fees, limiting total fund spending to no more than the rate of inflation, reform and reorganization of government agencies to be more efficient and responsive, and eliminated downshifting by proposing to send $50 million in additional aid to cities and towns and an additional $45 million in local infrastructure aid.
There is no budget that will be 100 percent favorable to any individual legislator. It isn’t easy finding the perfect balance with legislation as complex as the state budget. In the end, we are confident that with a Republican Legislature and a Republican governor, the final product will achieve many of the points the House budget sought to achieve. read more…
CONCORD- Today, the House passed SB 125, establishing a committee to study transmission, distribution, generation, and other costs in the state’s electricity system.
House Majority Leader Rep. Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Member of House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee Rep. Herbert Vadney (R-Meredith) issued the following statements following today’s vote:
“New Hampshire’s electricity rates are among the highest in the nation with many factors contributing to those prices. This study will identify and evaluate ways to lower our rates and will consider grid modernization. Making our electricity cheaper will lower manufacturing costs and spur our economy.” said Rep. Vadney
“Part of the Republican legislative agenda is to find ways to lower energy costs here in New Hampshire. The committee established in the bill will look at ways to make our state more attractive to new businesses and cut costs to everyday consumers.” said House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch. “The passing of Senate Bill 125 today is just one piece of the puzzle in our legislative approach to solving this problem.”
CONCORD- Today, the House Election Law Committee heard testimony regarding SB 3, relative to domicile for voting purposes.
This legislation clarifies the definition of domicile for voting purposes while modifying the requirements for documenting the domicile of an individual registering to vote. SB3 will prohibit individuals who are only in the state on a temporary basis, and who maintain a voting domicile in another state, from voting here.
House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement after today’s hearing:
“New Hampshire plays an important national role in elections due to our First in the Nation status and as a battleground swing state. We have numerous elections for state representative each cycle being decided by only a few votes, and statewide elections being decided by less than a 1% margin. In order to maintain confidence in the electoral process it is extremely important that every vote is cast by a duly qualified voter.
SB3 seeks to eliminate drive-by voting by clearly defining domicile. It will treat every voter equally and ensures everyone who shows up to the polls has an opportunity to vote if they are qualified.
I look forward to this legislation coming out of committee with an Ought to Pass recommendation so the House can act on this bill and swiftly send it to the Governor’s desk.”
CONCORD- House Majority Leader Richard “Dick” Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of SB3 relative to domicile for voting purposes.
“I applaud our Republican colleagues in the Senate today on the passage of Senate Bill 3. SB3 is an important piece of legislation that will continue to preserve New Hampshire’s electoral integrity by making sure that the right to vote is protected for all of the eligible voters of our state while cracking down on those that look to take advantage of the voting process.
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. I look forward to SB3’s introduction to the House and working to get it passed so we can get this important piece of legislation to the Governor’s desk.”