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House Majority Leader Applauds Committee Vote on SB3

Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement in response to the House Ways and Means Committee voting 23-0 to pass SB3, clarifying the tax treatment of the Federal Paycheck Protect Program loans.

“I commend the extensive work the Ways and Means committee put into SB3 to ensure this is the best policy for our state to adopt,’ said Rep. Osborne. ‘The fact of the matter is that this money never belonged to New Hampshire to begin with. We should not be in the business of taxing federal relief money meant to keep businesses afloat during a worldwide pandemic. The taxing of this money was forgiven at the federal level, and it is only right that it is also forgiven at the state level. This has been a top priority for the Republican Caucus this year, and we fully support this solution. I am looking forward to the full House vote next week and passing this important piece of legislation on to Governor Sununu.’’”

Republican Leaders Reject Washington Infringement on 2nd Amendment Rights

Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and Chairman of House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Daryl Abbas (R-Salem) released the following statements after the Criminal Justice Committee passed SB154, prohibiting the state from enforcing a Presidential Executive Order that restricts or regulates the right of the people to keep and bear arms, on a vote of 11-10.

House Majority Leader Jason Osborne:

“After much discussion in Washington over the last few months about Executive Orders that would severely restrict our Second Amendments rights, it is abundantly clear that something has to be done. These potential Executive Orders, or any laws enacted by Congress, would impede New Hampshire citizens’ basic rights to defend themselves.”

“New Hampshire’s firearms laws are clear, and as a result, we are consistently ranked as one of the safest states in the nation. This bill would do nothing to change our current laws, it would simply say that New Hampshire rejects Washington edicts and we will not be enforcing them.”

Chairman Daryl Abbas:

“New Hampshire should not be required to enforce federal laws and executive orders from the President of the United States that restrict the rights to bear arms that are inconsistent with New Hampshire’s laws and traditions.”

“If these out of state federal politicians enact policies infringing on our second amendment rights here in New Hampshire, that is their agenda and they should take responsibility for enforcing their agendas especially when the people of New Hampshire have historically rejected these types of infringements.”

House Leadership Slams Democrats for Opposing Protections for Granite State Taxpayer

Bedford, NH- Deputy Majority Leader Fred Doucette (R-Salem) released the following statement after House Democrats denied Granite Staters the opportunity to vote on two constitutional amendment-concurrent resolutions (CACRs) that would prohibit an income tax and a broad-based sales tax. 

“After two years of House Democrats’ relentless attacks on the New Hampshire advantage, it’s not surprising that they would deny granite staters a direct vote on how much government can reach into their pockets. A commitment to low taxes and small government has long had some bipartisan commitment compared to other states, but it is clear House Democrats have thrown that out the window,” said Doucette. “Today’s vote is a clear indication that they are still open to the idea of turning New Hampshire into a high tax, big government state like California or Massachusetts.” 

“House Democrats like to talk a big game when it comes to protecting Granite State taxpayers. Their actions on the House floor this week showed that to be nothing more than disingenuous political rhetoric.”

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Background: 

Constitutional amendment- concurrent resolutions (CACRs) are required to pass each body in the legislature by 3/5th’s of their membership; then the CACR must be submitted to the voters at the next biennial November election.  The CACR must be approved by two-thirds of the qualified voters present and voting.

CACR 1- relative to taxes. Providing that an income tax on earned personal income shall be prohibited.

CACR 2- relative to taxes. Providing that any broad-based sales tax shall be prohibited.

House Republicans Pleased With Passage of HB575

Bedford, NH – Assistant Majority Leader Stephen Pearson (R-Derry) released the following statement after the House voted 203-160 to pass HB575, relative to licensure of applicants for cosmetology, esthetics, and manicuring through apprenticeship programs. 

“House Republicans have always been leaders in the fight to knock down barriers to employment for Granite Staters. When writing occupational licensing laws, the government must ensure that we are striking the right balance of safety and empowering individuals to pursue the career of their choice. HB575 does that for individuals looking to become a cosmetologist, esthetician, or manicurist. This bill allows individuals getting their certification the convenience and flexibility that an apprenticeship offers; allowing them to work or care for a family while getting their education. House Republicans remain committed to ensuring all Granite Staters looking to join the workforce are not impeded by government regulation.”

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Update Emergency Order Powers

Bedford, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement in response to the House passing HB417, relative to the powers of the governor during a renewal of a declared state of emergency.

“When the emergency powers statute was passed after September 11, 2001, I don’t believe anyone would have ever thought we’d have to use this statute for a world-wide pandemic that effectively shut down the economy on every corner of the globe for over a year. If the last year has shown us anything, it is that the statute wasn’t perfect when it was originally passed, and could use some updating so that whomever may be governor in the future can share the burden with the other branches of government.”

“It is important to note that this bill does absolutely nothing to affect the current State of Emergency. All HB417 will do is reassert the legislature’s role in future states of emergency.”

House Republicans Pass Common Sense Election Integrity Bills

Bedford, NH- Assistant Majority Whip Maureen Mooney (R-Merrimack) released the following statement after the House passed a series of bills strengthening New Hampshire’s election integrity and transparency: 

“House Republicans are continuing to lead in the effort to ensure New Hampshire maintains its reputation for clean and fair elections by promoting transparency and integrity in our process,” said Mooney. “Americans’ confidence in our elections is at an all time low, but the passage of these bills is a small, but important step to restoring faith in the outcomes at the ballot box. It’s unfortunate that even common sense steps like ensuring removal of deceased individuals from the voter checklist and enhancing absentee ballot verification run into such staunch opposition. Despite our efforts to fight this ongoing issue, House Democrats will oppose even the most simple measures to make sure every ballot is cast by an eligible voter.”

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Background: 

HB285 – relative to verification of voter checklists.

HB291 – relative to public inspection of absentee ballot lists.

HB292 – relative to the absentee ballot application process.
HB523 – requiring a person who registers to vote without any identification to have his or her photo taken before his or her registration to vote is complete.

House Democrats Block Voters from Weighing in on Gun Control Measures

Bedford, NH- Representative Terry Roy (R-Deerfield) released the following statement after President Joe Biden issued several executive orders restricting 2nd amendment rights and House Democrats blocked CACR8 which would have given Granite Staters the opportunity to weigh in on new gun control measures.

“The day after New Hampshire Democrats in the House suppressed the vote, refusing to allow the citizens the opportunity to weigh in on stopping new gun control measures in New Hampshire and protecting them from Washington D.C. overreach, the Biden administration did just what we feared. Today, by executive fiat, Mr. Biden directed the ATF to take steps to make some of the most popular and common firearms in the Country illegal as well as moving on so called “Red Flag” laws. Part of the justification given for outlawing pistol braces was that they make pistols more accurate. It’s against just these types of ludicrous, uninformed decisions that CACR8 would have protected New Hampshire citizens. In New Hampshire we prefer our firearms to be accurate but we are funny that way.”

“It’s unfortunate that House Democrats fear the voice of the people of New Hampshire. If they took the time to listen to them as much as they listen to their National Party leaders they might actually understand what being a citizen of New Hampshire is all about; freedom, independence, and self-governance.”

House Majority Leader Responds to Democrats’ Opposition to Property Tax Relief

Bedford, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement after Democrat-sponsored floor amendment 1073h to HB2 failed on a vote of 174-206.

“Republicans made it a priority to cut property taxes by $100 million dollars in the state budget, however House Democrats sponsored a floor amendment to put that $100 million back and ensure that their constituents get zero property tax cuts. After more than a year of New Hampshire citizens having to tighten their belt, this property tax reduction would be a huge relief. Today Democrats betrayed their true intentions for wealth redistribution by opposing actual property tax cuts.”

NH House Passes State Budget onto Senate

Concord, NH- House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement after the House voted 205-178 to pass HB1 and 200-181 to pass HB2, the State Budget bills.

“Today the House passed a budget that all New Hampshire citizens can be proud of. This was not a year that was business as usual and we have overcome the challenges of putting together a budget in the midst of a pandemic. We had to make difficult decisions, but at the same time, we were able to pass a budget out of the House that delivers tax cuts to every person in the state.”

“Voters sent Republican majorities to Concord because we have a proven track record of managing the state in a fiscally responsible manner. This budget reflects what Republicans campaigned on throughout 2020 and what our constituents told us they wanted. We are proud of the product we are sending to the Senate, and we look forward to continuing the conversation of our state’s direction as these bills make their way through the legislative process.”

House Republicans Praise Right-to-Work Legislation

Concord, NH – House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) and House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Chairman Will Infantine (R-Manchester) released the following statements following the hearing on SB61, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor union:

Majority Leader Osborne: 

“This is about giving Granite Staters the freedom they deserve in addition to the clear economic benefits of passing this bill. Workers should not be coerced into paying union dues just to hold a job. Three years ago the Supreme Court decided that public sector employees cannot be forced to pay union dues as part of their employment and workers in private industry should be afforded the same opportunity. Despite what the opponents of this bill say, it does nothing to affect an individual’s ability to join or form a union, it simply allows them to make a decision on whether or not  membership is worth their hard earned money.”

Chairman Will Infantine:

“New Hampshire has a golden opportunity to jump-start its economic growth by becoming New England’s only Right-to-Work state. If the 27 Right-to-Work states nationwide have proven anything it’s that passing this legislation will result in more jobs, better wages, and more freedom for New Hampshire’s workforce.”