Durham, NH- House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement in response to the House voting to sustain Governor Sununu’s veto of HB1665, establishing an independent advisory commission on redistricting, on a vote of 198-135.
“Democrats have politicized nearly every non-partisan legislative commission during the last two years. I can guarantee that they would turn this Commission into a circus. 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 facilitate a fair and transparent process using the traditional methods with no distractions from a so-called ‘independent’ commission.”