House Republicans Decry Democrats’ Lack of Transparency, Legislative Log Jam

CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) issued a statement relative to the June 30th House session during which the session agenda included dozens of omnibus bills containing subject matter that the House did not have time to thoroughly vet. In some cases dozens of Senate bills that had not yet received a public hearing or committee work in the House were attached to or completely replaced the content of House bills.

“Our log jam agenda today reflects the fact that Democrats refused to compromise one iota with Republicans. They chose to shortchange the legislative process, skip steps, and rush through these massive bills rather than work in a bipartisan manner with House Republicans,” Hinch said. “Democrats even abandoned the usual protocol of committees of conference, and placed us in this all-or-nothing position, having to vote against bills that may have parts we like, but too many parts we don’t like. It is a bad way to do things, it sets a terrible precedent, and our state deserves better.”

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