SESSION NOTICE:

The House will meet Wednesday, February 27th, and Thursday, February 28th if necessary.

CAUCUS NOTICE: 

There will be a Republican caucus on Wednesday, February 27th at 9:00 a.m. in Rooms 301-303, LOB.
Please monitor the House Calendar for a caucus announcement relative to the 28th.

House Republican Leader Reacts to Rules Committee Vote on Shutdown Rebuke

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement in reaction to the House Rules committee vote to allow late drafting and introduction of a resolution, offered by Rep. Peter Schmidt (D-Dover), condemning the government shutdown. Details of the proposal are not available, and were offered verbally before the committee on Thursday.

“New Hampshire Democrats are doing a great job finding avenues to exploit the shutdown for political gain. By the time a resolution is drafted, introduced, and goes through the legislative process, it could be late March. At the end of the day, both sides in Washington, D.C. need to do their job, and do it quickly. Passing this type of resolution won’t do anything to solve the problem, and uses state resources to make a purely political statement.”

The committee voted on party lines to approve the request for the resolution to be drafted and introduced.

House Republican Leader Comments on Democrat Proposals to Raise Business Taxes

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the bills having public hearings today in the House Ways & Means committee.

HB 623-FN-A, relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax.
HB 482-FN-A, relative to the revenue stabilization reserve account.

“In recent years Republican leadership has successfully created an environment where we are regionally competitive with our business tax rates, and with those rate reductions we’ve seen healthy revenue returns,” Hinch stated. “House Bill 623 seeks to reverse course on the Business Profits Tax rate reductions, and raises taxes by $135 million over the next 4 years. Businesses shouldn’t have to deal with this yo-yo method of taxation. They deserve certainty so they can grow and create jobs.”

“House Bill 482 would raid the Rainy Day fund to backfill state coffers if revenue dropped below an arbitrary number, and raise taxes if the Rainy Day Fund is depleted,” Hinch continued. ”I’m not sure the rain is falling, but my confidence in Democratic tax policy has certainly hit rock bottom with this proposal. It’s a double whammy. The governor can and will reign in state agency spending and manage the budget if times are tough. However, right now we should be saving for when rainy days come, and not building a plan to siphon the fund if it drizzles.“

House Republican Leader Responds to Democrat Attempts to Repeal New Voter Laws

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to public hearings held today on HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just this past July, 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.”

“I don’t believe it is unreasonable for us to require that those who participate in our elections be residents of our state,” Hinch continued. “What I do believe to be unreasonable is that we have had two classifications of voters in our state: those who abide by our statutes and laws as residents, and those who don’t.”

“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. The arguments for passing HB105 and HB106 are misleading and classic fear mongering perpetuated by the other side. I trust my colleagues on the Election Law committee will see through these conspiracies and find HB105 and HB106 inexpedient to legislate.”

blican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to public hearings held today on HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“HB106 seeks to repeal common sense legislation that the State just enacted in 2018. Just this past July, 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.”

“I don’t believe it is unreasonable for us to require that those who participate in our elections be residents of our state,” Hinch continued. “What I do believe to be unreasonable is that we have had two classifications of voters in our state: those who abide by our statutes and laws as residents, and those who don’t.”

“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. The arguments for passing HB105 and HB106 are misleading and classic fear mongering perpetuated by the other side. I trust my colleagues on the Election Law committee will see through these conspiracies and find HB105 and HB106 inexpedient to legislate.”

House Republican Leader Commends Governor on Positive Agenda for New Hampshire

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) offered the following reaction after Governor Sununu’s inaugural address, given today in Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord.

“Governor Sununu’s positive vision demonstrates how much he cares for the people of our state, and his ability to provide leadership to move us forward. He is committed to keeping our economy strong by keeping our tax burden and state spending as low as we responsibly can. That might be unpopular with Democrats in the legislature, but it is the right thing to do,” Hinch said. “His dedication to providing a better service experience for those who deal with state government, and his ability to build relationships within government, are making real reform possible, and providing better results for our state.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Votes on Common Sense Amendments

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House votes on Republican-sponsored amendments to House Rule 63.

“Today the Republican caucus proposed multiple common sense amendments to House rules that would have solved many of the problems associated with the change to Rule 63 that was adopted earlier today. These amendments included secure weapon storage, the option of a protective service or law enforcement escort to your vehicle, and the removal of the provision of possible arrest if a member is in violation of the rule.”

“These amendments, although would not have solved all the problems associated with the prohibition of firearms in the House chamber, would have put our members’ minds at ease. However, the majority chose to put our members at greater risk.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Vote to Prohibit Deadly Weapons

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House’s vote of 220-163 to prohibit deadly weapons in the House chamber.

“This amendment to House rules prohibits law abiding citizens from exercising their constitutionally protected right, and it lacks the necessary detail in process and procedures for the storage of weapons.”

“There have been several instances where members of this body have been threatened with physical violence against them or their families. This amendment discourages and deters members from possessing a firearm while traveling to and from the State House and their vehicle. In our capacity as identifiable public officials in an environment of heightened political rhetoric, we are at greater risk for violence” “I am deeply disappointed with today’s vote. I believe the outcome is over and above what is acceptable and necessary in today’s society.”

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