Republican Review | Volume 4 Issue 7 | January 19, 2019
MESSAGE FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER
House Republicans & Friends Across New Hampshire,
The next House session will be Thursday, January 31st, at 10:00AM. There will be a Republican caucus beginning at 8:30AM.
It was an interesting week in the New Hampshire House, with over 100 bill hearings taking place. Next week is no easier with 136. There are also a number of committees holding executive sessions, where they will vote on recommendations on bills in their committee. Please read through the calendar to ensure you are prepared.
Hold on to your hats, and your wallets, as a number of left-wing, and anti business proposals are in store for committees next week. Everything from single payer health care, to increasing the business profits tax. Read more in the sections below.
House Republicans who plan to be absent from their committees for executive session should notify their Ranking Republican. The House Republican Office can appoint a temporary replacement for them, to ensure all Republican seats are filled on important votes. Absence notice must be received no less than 24 hours in advance.
Please note that State offices will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day (Monday, January 21st) and Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 18th).
All the best,
Dick Hinch, House Republican Leader
Click here to view the latest House Calendar
New Notice Provision in the House Calendar
On January 2, the House voted to amend House Rule 43(b), which prohibits an executive session from being held on the same day as a public hearing, with a couple of exceptions. It now reads:
"Executive sessions shall be advertised in the House Calendar no less than 2 days prior to committee action or announced on the floor of the House by the Chairman of the appropriate committee. A bill may only be taken up in executive session on the same day as its public hearing with a unanimous vote of those present on the committee to which it was referred, or with prior permission of the Speaker."
We were unclear as to how we'd know if prior permission was granted, so we asked for clarification. The result is that a new notice provision now appears under some committee hearings in the calendar. So when you see, "Pursuant to House Rule 43(b), Executive Session may be held at the conclusion of committee hearings," be aware that at least one of the bills listed in the schedule of public hearings could come up for a vote.
Big Surprise: Democrats Want to Raise Business Taxes
They've telegraphed their intentions in the press, and have filed multiple bills on the subject, but this Wednesday, we get to have public hearings on two of the House Way's and Means Chair's proposals. HB623 would eliminate future rate reductions in the BPT and BET, and would raise the BPT to 8.5%, up from 7.7%. HB482 would drain the Rainy Day Fund if revenues fall below 95 percent of projections, and trigger a BPT increase if the fund was in danger of being depleted. Both proposals are unacceptable, and put us back in the position of being uncompetitive when it comes to competing for jobs and economic growth. According to the fiscal note, this could cost businesses $135 million over the next 4 years.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB
10:00 a.m. HB 623-FN-A, relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax.
11:00 a.m. HB 482-FN-A, relative to the revenue stabilization reserve account.
In contrast, House Republican have proposed two constitutional amendments that will have public hearings on Thursday.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB
2:00 p.m. CACR 11, relating to taxes. Providing that a broad-based sales tax shall be prohibited.
2:30 p.m. CACR 12, relating to taxes. Providing that an income tax on personal income shall be prohibited
Single Payer Healthcare is Back Again
On Wednesday, Commerce will hear a series of bad bills dealing with healthcare, including two that "examine" or "study" single payer or public option health care. We're not sure what they missed about Vermont's attempts at implementing single-payer not too long ago. In a press release this office sent out when the bill request were filed in September, Rep. Dick Hinch said the following:
“New Hampshire Democrats just need to look next door to Vermont to realize that single payer health care is not feasible. According to reports, the plan that failed there in 2014 would have required an 11.5% payroll tax on employers and a 9.5% income tax in addition to the state’s existing income tax. The fact that we’re seeing legislation to look at this issue again just baffles me. Vermont studied it, and rejected it because it would have bankrupted their state.”
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB
11:30 a.m. HB 180, establishing a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer health care program.
1:30 p.m. HB 277, establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.
Because They Don't Like Our President
Like we haven't heard enough of this from Democrats in Washington, NH state representatives have filed time-wasting legislation requiring that any presidential primary candidate file 3 or 5 years' worth of his or her federal income tax returns with the Secretary of State
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB
10:00 a.m. HB 202, relative to requirements for presidential primary candidates.
11:00 a.m. HB 440, relative to disclosure of federal tax information as a condition of eligibility for federal office
Republican House Member Training
There will be another Republican House member training on Friday, February 1st, beginning at 10:00 AM in LOB 301-303, with the topic of public speaking, and featuring guest instructors. More details will be announced in the near future. The event is open to all Republican legislators. Please mark your calendars.
2019 HOUSE DEADLINES
Thursday, February 21, 2019, noon Last day to report HBs going to a second committee
Thursday, February 28, 2019 Last day to act on HBs going to a second committee
Thursday, March 14, 2019, noon Last day to report all HBs not in a second committee, except budget bills
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Last day to act on HBs not in a second committee, except budget bills
Thursday, March 28, 2019, noon Last day to report House Bills, except budget bills, Last day to report list of retained HBs
Thursday, April 4, 2019 Last day to report budget bills, Last day to act on House Bills, except budget bills
Thursday, April 11, 2019 BUDGET CROSSOVER – Last day to act on budget bills
Thursday, May 2, 2019, noon Last day to report Senate Bills going to a second committee
Thursday, May 9, 2019 Last day to act on SBs going to a second committee
Thursday, May 30, 2019, noon Last day to report all remaining SBs, Last day to report list of retained SBs
Thursday, June 6, 2019 Last day to act on SBs
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Last day to form Committees of Conference
Thursday, June 20, 2019 Last day to sign Committee of Conference reports (4:00 p.m.)
Thursday, June 27, 2019 Last day to act on Committee of Conference reports
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