September 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Whittemore Center, UNH


No in-person caucus of Republican members is scheduled at this time. Republican members may receive information for conference call caucus by email.

House Republican Leader Responds to Upholding Veto of Omnibus Log-Jam Bill

Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House upholding Governor Sununu’s veto on HB1234, relative to state and local government administration, on a vote of 192-145.

“HB1234 is a prime example of everything that was wrong with the process the Democrats used to pass legislation this year. Throughout this entire pandemic Republicans agreed that our work needed to be completed, but Democrats chose a process which shortchanged the legislative process, bypassed public scrutiny, and resulted in this log jam of a bill. This bill consisted of over 40 different pieces of legislation, a vast majority of which was never seen by the House until this bill came over for a concurrence vote.”

“This rushed, heavy-handed, and mismanaged process done by the Democrats left out important and long established steps to the process, such as committees of conference. HB1234 sets a terrible precedent for future legislatures by saying one body and party can be denied a seat at the table, and Republicans stuck together today to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto and say no failed management by House leadership.”

Republican Leader Hinch Responds to Vote to Sustain Governor’s Veto of HB731

DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch issued the following statement after the House voted 197-139 to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB731, relative to the state minimum hourly rate. 

“It’s only fitting that one day after a jobs report shows significant gains in the New Hampshire economy, Republicans can keep the positive trend going by putting an end to this job-killing legislation. This is yet another instance of Democrats putting their progressive agenda ahead of common sense. COVID-19 has dramatically changed lives around the globe, and I know we can all agree on the significant impact it’s had on our small businesses. Given their record over the last two years, I shouldn’t be surprised that they would push such blatantly damaging legislation. Make no mistake, this legislation would do nothing more than force our state’s small businesses to cut hours, cut staff, or potentially close their doors.”

“New Hampshire’s employers have already made it clear that they know what it takes to attract, retain, and compensate their employees properly. I’m glad that we were able to stand up for the livelihoods of Granite Staters and defeat this job-killing proposal once and for all.”

Republican Leader Applauds Defeat of Democrats Income Tax

DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after the House voted to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB712, relative to a family and medical leave insurance program by a vote of 195-143. 

“If one thing has become clear over the last two years, it’s that New Hampshire Democrats have fully embraced ending the New Hampshire Advantage in favor of turning us into a high tax state like California. Republican concerns with this bill were clear from the start, we would not support a plan that’s likely to be insolvent, mandatory, and creates an income tax. Rather than address our concerns, Democrats sent essentially the same bill to the Governor’s desk two years in a row. They were never serious about getting anything passed, they were intent on playing politics. Voters will remember their repeated attempts at passing an income tax this November, and I’m proud that Republicans stood up and said “no” at every opportunity.”

Republican Leader Applauds House Vote to Sustain Veto of HB250

DURHAM- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch released the following statement after the House voted 194-146 to sustain the Governor’s veto of HB250, establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid program. 

“As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the State of New Hampshire is facing historic revenue shortfalls. It’s difficult to plan for a crisis like this, but Republican’s history of low spending has allowed us to be in a difficult, but manageable position. This bill proposed adding a new dental benefit to the state Medicaid program, but provided no actuarial analysis or even a fiscal note. Republicans can’t in good faith support this legislation when we aren’t sure how much it will cost. Our neighbors to the south have had their own issue with their dental medicaid benefit. They’ve had to cut and reestablish it twice already.”

“In these already uncertain times, Republicans will not allow Democrats to dig our fiscal hole any deeper. While in the majority, Democrats have grossly mismanaged our state finances every step of the way. Our fellow New Hampshire taxpayers deserve better.”

House Republican Leader Applauds Veto of HB685

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of HB685, relative to insurance plans that cover maternity benefits. This bill mandates insurance plans which cover maternity benefits to provide coverage for emergency or elective abortion services.

“If you are concerned about the cost of health insurance now, just imagine how much more it would be if insurers would be required to provide coverage for abortions,” Hinch said. “If you are concerned about abortions, just imagine if your insurance premiums went up because the government told insurance companies they have to cover abortions. Any way you look at it, whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, this bill goes too far. Out of all the insurance mandates Democrats have passed this year, this is the most egregious. Republicans will be united sustaining the veto.”

House Republican Leader Praises Veto of HB1494

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of HB1494, adopting omnibus legislation concerning workers. HB1171 was attached to this bill in the Senate and would create an unfunded mandate on municipal governments with the trust cost unknown.

“HB1494 is yet another example of Democrats’ failed leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Rather than working with Republicans on setting up a reasonable vetting process, they forged ahead and used it as an opportunity to pass wish-list items and bills that have not been vetted in the House,” said Hinch. “Regardless of their heavy-handed and mismanaged process, they can’t really expect Republicans to support an unfunded mandate on our communities while they are wrestling with lost revenue. There is a mountain of unanswered questions, including how much it will actually cost our cities and towns. Democrats don’t care about that detail. They are downshifting that expense willy-nilly. I commend the Governor on looking out for local taxpayers and vetoing this bill.”

House Republican Leader Applauds Veto of Gun Grabbing Legislation

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of HB687, relative to extreme risk protection orders. 100% of Republicans opposed it’s passage in the House and were joined 22 House Democrats.

“Democrats since coming into control have dedicated themselves to trying to erode the 2nd Amendment rights of Granite Staters. HB687 would have set a dangerous precedent by adding yet another tool to strip law-abiding citizens of their guns. This bill will inevitably result in false accusations and abuse that will lead to suspension of an individual’s constitutional rights without proper due process,” said Hinch. “Under HB687, a warrant can be signed for seizure of firearms based on a mere accusation. If that person was then deemed to not be a risk, and the order vacated, they would have to go to court in order to retrieve their property. That is flat out wrong, and will not fly on our watch. Not now…Not ever!”

House Republican Leader Praises DOJ Review of Out-of-State Income Tax Collection Practices

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement on the announcement that the NH Department of Justice is reviewing how some states may be improperly imposing taxes on New Hampshire employees who are working from home during the COVID 19 pandemic.

“For the last two years, we have been fighting against New Hampshire Democrats’ proposals to institute a state income tax here in New Hampshire,” Hinch said, “Now we are pushing back against what may be an improper application of other state’s taxes on New Hampshire’s growing work-from-home population.”

“Let us be clear. The New Hampshire Advantage should be defended from all enemies – both in-state, and out of state,” Hinch said, “If other states are in violation of any state or federal law or constitutional provision, they should get their hands out of our workers’ wallets immediately. I thank the governor and our Department of Justice officials for taking action on this serious issue. New Hampshire workers should not be funding other states’ budget woes if they don’t step foot in that state.”

House Republican Leader Applauds Veto of Redistricting Redo

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of HB 1665, establishing an independent redistricting commission. 

“This is yet another poorly crafted Democrat legislative concept that for the most part resembles legislation from last year, that the governor vetoed, and the legislature sustained. The constitution is clear, this is a legislative responsibility. A non-binding commission will only cause confusion as to whose responsibility it really is. Any entity is welcome to work with the legislature to come up with a plan in 2021, and any group of concerned citizens are already able to share their opinion on redistricting with the legislature, or submit a plan for the legislature’s consideration. If Republicans are in the majority, I assure you that we will continue the tradition of a transparent process with plenty of opportunity for public input, without the need for a separate commission.”

“Let’s be clear. This bill is being pushed by deep-pocket, out of state dark money groups driven by the Democrat national party bosses. Democrats will stop at nothing to manipulate the redistricting process in their favor rather than preserve our existing process where the people of New Hampshire have a say. When dark money is being spent to try to influence the legislature and pressure the governor, we need to push back. New Hampshire won’t stand for that. I’m thankful for Governor Sununu’s veto of this bill, again, and is leaving this process close to the people. Republicans will stand united to sustain his veto again.”

House Republican Leader Praises Veto SMART Act

Concord, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to Governor Sununu’s veto of SB 7, establishing the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART Act). 

“Let’s be completely clear, there is absolutely nothing smart about the SMART Act. SB 7 attempts to create something that New Hampshire opted not to do years ago. The costs of implementing this bill could be roughly $7 million between now and 2023 and would only mean even longer wait times at the DMV to do something that is already being done at town and city clerks offices around the state. SB 7 only serves to create more bureaucracy in registering voters when the right to vote should be as close to the people as possible.”

“New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of voter registration in the entire country. This is just another example of radical Democrats attempting to change our state into states like Massachusetts when in reality those states should try to be more like New Hampshire. This bill is trying to solve a problem that, quite frankly, does not exist. Not a smart move. I applaud Governor Sununu’s veto of this expensive and unnecessary legislation.”