SESSION NOTICE

The next House session will be on Thursday, February 13th at 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m., the House and Senate will assemble in joint session to receive the Governor’s State-of-the State Address. Following the Governor’s speech, the House will go back into session to act on pending legislation.

CAUCUS NOTICE

There will be a Republican caucus on Thursday, February 13th at 11:00 a.m. in Rooms 210-211, LOB.

House Republicans Oppose Democrat Proposed Ski Tax

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement on Monday declaring Republican opposition to legislative service request 2020-2578, a proposal that would include ski area ticket sales under the meals and rooms tax.

LSR 2020-2578, whose text is currently not available*, is sponsored by Rep. Craig Thompson (D-Harrisville), and co-sponsored by Rep. Lee Oxenham (D-Plainfield ), Jennie Gomarlo (D-Swanzey), Joe Schapiro (D- Keene), Michelle St. John (D-Hollis), Matthew Wilhelm (D-Manchester).

“Just as the snow guns are firing up on our state’s ski mountains, Democrats are launching this effort to tax one of our state’s most important industries. There has never been a tax on skiing, and this is an unprecedented attempt to single out an industry,” Hinch said. “It will be a cold, snowy day in hell before we let Democrats pass a ski tax. In fact, I believe hell will freeze over first. This is an unnecessary and egregious tax proposal that will only serve to drive tourists away from New Hampshire, and make skiing more expensive for our own residents.”

“Skiing, snowboarding and related snow sports bring in tens of millions of dollars to the New Hampshire economy each year. The industry supports hundreds of jobs and makes New Hampshire a winter destination for snow sport enthusiasts from around New England, and the Northeast United States,” Hinch included. “Next thing you know, they will propose a tax on hiking or a leaf-peeping tax.”

*Text of legislative service requests are not yet available. LSRs are the preliminary stages of proposed legislation, which are later issued a bill number.

House Republican Leader Reacts to Democrat Rep’s Vulgar Language Towards Private and Religious Schools

House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued a statement after reviewing a Facebook post by Rep. Tamara Le (D-North Hampton), where she says, “F**k private and religious schools.” Rep. Tamara Le is a member of the House Education Committee. 

The post has since been deleted, but a screen shot can be viewed here.

“It’s more than very concerning to me that a member of the House Education committee has used this type of vile language in a public format. It’s also concerning to me that so many of her Democrat House colleagues commented on and liked the post. Private and religious schools play an important role in many New Hampshire families’ lives. Given this exhibition of online rage, I do not believe that Rep. Le can provide any fair or objective review of policies pertaining to private and religious schools as a member of the Education committee. Rep. Le should immediately apologize to every private and religious school throughout the state, as well as all the students and parents. House Speaker Shurtleff must remove her from the House Education Committee, and he should, in the strongest terms, condemn this type of behavior from her.”

House Republican Leader Responds to Bipartisan Vote to Sustain Governor’s Veto of SB100

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of SB100, relative to discrimination in employment based on criminal background checks. 

“New Hampshire Republicans have spent the last few years improving New Hampshire’s business climate, and the results are crystal clear. We have a booming economy and one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. Republicans have opposed attempts to roll-back the pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda that has gotten us to this point at every step”

“Individual businesses should be free to make determinations on what step of the application process they should ask about a potential criminal record. This arbitrary restriction on our state’s employers would have wasted their time if a record would have made them an unsuitable candidate and I am pleased that the House took bipartisan action and sustained the Governor’s veto.”

House Republican Leader’s Statement on Rejection of Democrat Budget Bill Introduction

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement following the House vote on the suspension of House rules that would have allowed introduction of HB3 and HB4, budget bills proposed by House and Senate Democrats.

“What they proposed is not a compromise, had no buy-in from any member of the Republican party, and side-stepped negotiations with the governor. Additionally, the fact that they only released the text of the bills yesterday, and did not allow us or the public time to read and thoroughly understand the bills is really disrespectful. We didn’t even have time to prepare or submit amendments before the deadline because we were in session all day yesterday. They must think we’re a bunch of pushovers, but thankfully the legislative process has the provisions for the minority to stop this madness by preventing a two-thirds majority to allow the bills in.”