Republican Review | Volume 4 Issue 1 | December 8th, 2018


MESSAGE FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER

Friends,

For those of you new to our newsletter list, the Republican Review is a regular (we try for weekly) update on important matters of interest to members of the Republican Caucus of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, activists, and citizens across the state. We will bring you summaries of the week's events, looks ahead to future activities, round-ups of news and opinion, and facts and data to help us all understand issues and processes a bit better. We hope you enjoy this publication, and we welcome your input.

I am honored to have earned your support for the position of Republican Leader. I look forward to working with all members of the Republican Caucus, and working toward regaining the majority in 2020.

Have a great weekend,


Dick Hinch, House Republican Leader


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Republican Leader Announces First Leadership Appointments

House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released a list of his first appointments to House Republican leadership team Thursday afternoon. Hinch was officially appointed Republican (Minority) Leader by newly elected Speaker Shurtleff on Wednesday, and had previously been elected by the House Republican Caucus as their nominee for Speaker on November 29th.

The appointments are as follows:

Deputy House Republican Leader – Rep. Sherman Packard (R-Londonderry)
House Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Al Baldasaro (R-Londonderry)
Senior Republican Advisor – Rep. Steve Smith (R-Charlestown)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Kim Rice (R-Hudson)
Republican Policy Leader – Rep. Jason Osborne (R-Auburn)
Deputy Republican Floor Leader – Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack)

“These individuals represent a broad spectrum of our caucus, and each bring many years of legislative, personal, and professional experience to our team,” Rep. Hinch said of the appointees. “We will continue building the list of people who will be helping us organize the caucus, working with members, and formulating our message as part of the Republican leadership team. We may not be the majority party, but we have a caucus full of talented and thoughtful leaders,” Hinch offered. More appointments will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.


Republican Leader’s Statement on the Election of Secretary of State

House Republican Leader’s Statement on the Election of Secretary of State

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued the following statement on the outcome of the election for Secretary of State, where incumbent Bill Gardner earned a majority of votes of the newly elected New Hampshire House and Senate. The vote was 209-205.

“Republicans stuck together on the vote today to support one of the state’s greatest public servants. The office of Secretary of State is not for sale, and today’s vote demonstrated that a bipartisan majority of legislators rejected Van Ostern’s attempt to turn it into a political trophy.”


2019 Legislative Service Requests

The filing period for new and returning House members concluded on Monday, December 3rd. You can view the titles of proposed bills on the General Court website here: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/lsr_search/default.aspx

Over 700 bill requests have been filed by the House and appear online. House members have until January 4th to sign off on the language of their legislation before it is introduced as an official bill. The content of the bills remains confidential until sign off or unless the sponsor makes it public on their own.

House members should read the following notice from Office of Legislative Services director David Alukonis, which appears in the House caledar this week:

"Please be aware that the ten-day sign-off period for LSRs commenced on Monday, December 3rd. House members with LSRs ready for signoff (a current list may be found in this calendar) should notify OLS of their intentions as soon as possible by contacting OLS at askOLS@leg.state.nh.us. Failure to signoff within the ten-day period will result in the withdrawal of the LSR by the Director of OLS."


ORGANIZATION OF COUNTY DELEGATIONS

Per RSA 24:9-a, the first meeting of each county convention must be held during the second week of December. Having consulted senior incumbent members, the House Clerk announced the following schedule of organizational meetings:

The Belknap County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the Belknap County Complex.

The Carroll County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. in the Delegation Room, Second Floor, 95 Water Village Road, Ossipee.

The Cheshire County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Delegation Meeting Room of the County Hall Building, 12 Court Street, Keene.

The Coos County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Coos County Nursing hospital in West Stewartstown.

The Grafton County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at 9:00 a.m. at the County Complex on Dartmouth College Highway, North Haverhill.

The Hillsborough County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Bouchard Building, 329 Mast Road, Goffstown.

The Merrimack County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Monday, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. in the McDonnell Building, 4 Court Street, Lower Level Conference Room, Concord.

The Rockingham County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Friday, December 7th at 10:00 a.m. in the Delegation Office of the Rockingham County Nursing home in Brentwood.

The Strafford County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the Strafford County Justice and Administration Building, Superior Court Room II, County Farm Road, Dover.

The Sullivan County Delegation Organizational Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 13th at 8:30 a.m. in the Ahern Building in the Sullivan County Complex in Unity.


IN THE NEWS

N.H. Sees Substantial Increase in Young Adults Moving In (NHPR)

According to the article, "Migration gain for those in their 30s nearly doubled to 2,000 people a year over this period." The need for New Hampshire to retain and attract younger professionals and families is a constant talking point in the legislature. This is a positive sign that our economy and our quality of life are working to make our state more attractive without radical new state spending programs.

Gardner wins reelection after revote, 209 to 205 (Union Leader)

From the article:

Retired judge Ned Gordon of Bristol, a longtime Gardner friend and now a Republican state representative, was among those who seconded Gardner’s nomination. “While we may not always agree with Bill Gardner, his integrity is above question. He’s always done what he thinks is right for the state,” he said.

This is not Rep. Gordon's first time in the legislature. He first served in the House in 1994 before serving in the State Senate for 5 terms. He was appointed to serve as presiding justice of the Franklin District Court in 2005.

New Medicaid Expansion Work Requirement Could Apply to As Many As 15,000 People (NHPR)

From the article:

“We believe that there could be between 15,000 or 20,000 individuals who may not have a statutory exemption and they may not be working sufficient hours presently," [Commissioner of DHHS] Meyers said.

According to the latest DHHS dashboard, there are about 52,000 New Hampshire residents enrolled in the Medicaid expansion program. That means 28% or more of the enrolled population are NOT working at least 100 hours per month, or are otherwise covered by other exemptions, at the current time.




Above: Governor Sununu administers the oath of office for House members.
Below: Rep. Hinch thanks Rep. Baldasaro after his nomination speech.

NH HOUSE STATS:

Republicans: 167
Democrats: 233

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