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.”