Republican Review | Volume 4 Issue 11 | February 15, 2019


MESSAGE FROM THE REPUBLICAN LEADER

House Republicans & Friends Across New Hampshire,

It was a busy week in the New Hampshire House, and there was no shortage of things for us to be concerned about, as the Democrats' tax and spend agenda rolls onward. You can read our press releases from the week below.

The good news is that Governor Sununu cut through the noise to unveil his budget proposal, which contains a lot of things that Republicans can agree on. We have links below that will direct you to the text of his speech, summary documents, and more detailed information.

Next Thursday is the deadline to report all bills going to a second committee, so we will be seeing some massive executive sessions next week. On Tuesday, the Science, Technology and Energy committee will be voting on HB735-FN-A, a carbon tax bill that comes with a price tag in the billions. Will House Democrats put the brakes on this radical policy? On Thursday, the Criminal Justice and Public Safety committee will be voting on HB109-FN, a bill that has the potential to make criminals out of responsible gun owns. 

Please note that State offices will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 18th).

All the best,


Dick Hinch, House Republican Leader


Click here to view the latest House Calendar


Governor Unveils State Budget Proposal

House Republican Leader’s Statement on Governor’s Budget Address

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following Governor Sununu’s budget address on Thursday.

“Governor Sununu is staying true to core Republican principles of low taxes, responsible spending, and reforms that promote efficiencies and improve services,” Hinch said. “He understands that there is a need to keep our economy strong, and provide essential services without new taxes or fees. This is in stark contrast to what we’ve seen from Democrats in the legislature, who seem to be searching for new things to tax, and new money to spend every day. We look forward to reviewing the governor’s proposals in greater detail, but from what I heard today, he’s delivered what he promised during the campaign. We can only hope that House Democrats won’t toss his budget in the wastebasket once it’s introduced. Democrats have been talking about bipartisanship, but I was disappointed to see them remain seated following critical announcements in the governor’s speech.”

Budget Process Flow Chart

Now that the Governor’s budget is out there, we understand you may have questions regarding the process. We designed a handy flow chart many years ago to illustrate the budget process as it usually plays out from October through June. Click the image to download the full page PDF.


ICYMI: House Dems Make the Case for Showing Proof of Identity

In last week's House Calendar, we noticed a very interesting argument being made in the majority committee report on HB391, relative to permits for vehicle registration.

"This bill requires residents who seek a registration permit to provide a current government-issued photo identification card. This bill has the support of the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the NH Town Clerks’ Association, and is intended to prevent fraud when vehicles are registered," wrote Rep. Michael O'Brien (D-Nashua).

Isn't it funny how the Democrats are OK with showing an ID to register your car to prevent fraud, but they oppose doing the same for voting (voter ID), and other processes?

As it turns out, the Democrat leadership caught wind of this big oops, and had the chair of the committee move to recommit the bill to the committee for further work - and likely to issue a different majority report.


House Republican Leader Reacts to JLCAR Work Requirement Approval

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the approval by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules of the work requirement in the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Healthcare program.
 
“We are very pleased that the committee came together on this vote, and that the work requirement will be moving forward towards implementation. This is the type of bipartisan agreement we need on a common sense issue,” Hinch said. “We are seeing too many attempts to unravel good public policy that came about through compromise during the last two years. With all the work and thought that has gone into this process, we need to ensure the work requirement is not watered down or repealed.” 


House Republican Leader Responds to Election Law
Committee Voting to Repeal New Voter Laws

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the Election Law Committee voting 12-8 to pass HB105, relative to domicile residency, voter registration, and investigation of voter verification letters and voting 12-8 to pass HB106, relative to the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”

“I am deeply disappointed that Democrats on the Election Law committee did not see through the conspiracies, misleading information, and classic fear mongering perpetuated by proponents of these bills,” said Hinch. “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.”

“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. We will continue to fight to overturn these committee reports, and I trust my colleagues will agree that any person who casts a ballot in our state are subjected to the same rules.”


House Republican Leader Responds to Ways & Means Committee
Voting to Repeal Business Tax Relief

CONCORD, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means committee vote of 12-7 to recommend HB623 with an amendment that repeals future business tax rate reductions, and keeps the Business Profits Tax and Business Enterprise Tax at their current rates.

“NH businesses were promised a path towards real tax relief. Democrats are not upholding their end of the bargain and are hell bent on destroying the major strides Republicans have made the past 2 years,” Hinch said. “Business will have no faith in predictability of NH legislature to protect them long term. Why should businesses relocate to NH when we continually move the goal post to fit the flavor of the day?”


House Republican Leader Reacts to House Democrats’ Capital Gains Tax Proposal

CONCORD - House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement in reaction to the House Ways & Means committee vote late Tuesday on HB 686, relative to calculating and funding the interim cost of an opportunity for an adequate education and extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains.

“House Democrats appear to be looking for new things to tax and interesting ways to tax them. This bill will suck tens of millions of dollars out of the pockets of some citizens to provide a small level of property tax relief for others. We’re hearing a lot this year from Democrats about tax relief, but to me, tax relief does not mean tax expansion or tax increases, which is what we’re seeing at every turn. Property taxes and education funding are big issues, and we have several proposals looking at ways to address them this year, but this new tax on capital gains is a non-starter for Republicans.”


SIDE NOTE

On Tuesday, House Democrats were busy repealing business tax reductions or approving a capital gains tax. On Wednesday, House Republicans attended a presentation/workshop by Johnathan Williams of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) titled "Why Tax Cuts Work".


House Republican Leader Responds to Democrats' Anti-Gun Owner Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to anti-gun owner, Democrat agenda bills had a public hearing Wednesday.

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

“These bills are not necessary and are an excessive government overreach and a severe restriction of 2nd Amendment rights. The provisions in these bills do nothing to alleviate the concerns of the proponents and just cause more red tape and are intrusive to the rights of law abiding citizens. I hope that the committees find these bills inexpedient to legislate.”


House Republican Leader Responds To Labor Committee Voting To Support An Income Tax

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the Labor Committee voting 12-6 to pass HB712-FN, relative to a family and medical leave insurance program.

“It’s unfortunate that House Democrats are using a de facto income tax to pay for their fatally flawed Paid Family Medical Leave Insurance Program. We’ve seen this story before, New Hampshire Democrats take control of the Legislature and begin to chip away at the New Hampshire Advantage. When will they learn that dog won’t hunt?” said Hinch. “And if imposing this 0.5% income tax in our state wasn’t bad enough, the sad reality is that not even the bill’s sponsors can guarantee that it will keep the program solvent. Why else would they give the Commissioner of DES the ability to increase the income tax and decrease benefits as they see fit?” 

“I’ve spent my 10 years in the State House fighting any attempt at enacting a broad based tax in the State of New Hampshire. House Republicans will fight this attempt at pulling the wool over granite staters eyes every step of the way.”


House Republicans Leaders Respond to ACLU Lawsuit on HB1264

Concord, NH- House Republican leaders released the following statements relative to the ACLU filing a lawsuit on HB1264 on behalf of Dartmouth College students. 

House Republican Leader Richard Hinch (R-Merrimack):

“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 do not understand what is so 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. Choosing New Hampshire as your domicile for voting should subject each and every one of us to the same obligation of state citizenship. This bill is about ensuring our elections remain fair for all who cast a vote in our state.” 

House Election Law Committee Ranking Republican Kathleen Hoelzel (R-Raymond):

“Just yesterday the Election Law committee voted to pass HB106 to repeal all the provisions of HB1264. To bring this lawsuit now is just more of the same perpetual conspiracy theories from Democrats. HB1264 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. Considering the Supreme Court has already issued an advisory opinion on this bill, I look forward to that opinion being upheld by the US District Court.”


Bill Hearings to Watch Next Week

Tuesday, February 19

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB
10:00 a.m. HB 378, raising the minimum age for marriage.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Representatives Hall, SH
10:00 a.m. HB 455-FN, relative to the penalty for capital murder.

FINANCE JOINT WITH SENATE FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB
10:00 a.m. Governor’s budget presentation.

Wednesday, February 20

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Rooms 305-307, LOB
1:00 p.m. HB 178, establishing a minimum wage.
1:05 p.m. HB 186, establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.
1:10 p.m. HB 731-FN, relative to the minimum hourly rate.

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, Room 206, LOB
10:00 a.m. HR 7, condemning the use of government shutdowns.

Snapshot of Bills in Executive Session Next Week
(See House Calendar for rooms and times)

HB 709-FN-A-L, relative to the formula for determining funding for an adequate education
HB 564, relative to possession of firearms in safe school zones 
HB 101, relative to regulating possession of firearms in a school district
HB 221, renaming Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day
HB 735-FN-A, relative to carbon pricing
HB 455-FN, relative to the penalty for capital murder
HB 538-FN-A-L, increasing the road toll and providing funding for state road and bridge projects
HB 109-FN, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales
HB 481-FN-A-L, relative to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and making appropriations therefor


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


NH HOUSE STATS

Republicans: 167
Democrats: 233

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