CONCORD – House Republican Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Republican member of the House Election Law committee, Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien (R-Derry) issued statements following the passage of HB 1665, establishing an independent redistricting commission. The bill passed by a vote of 203-121.
“This is yet another legislative concept that for the most part resembles legislation from last year, that the governor vetoed, and the legislature sustained. I see nothing in this current bill that will change my mind or the governor’s mind should it reach his desk,” House Republican Leader Dick Hinch said. “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 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.”
“Any individual or group of concerned citizens are already able to share their opinion on redistricting with the legislature, or submit a redistricting plan for the legislature’s consideration. New legislation is not needed to allow this,” Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien said. “If the people of New Hampshire believe their representatives have abused the redistricting process, they are free to seek other representation, as they have done in the past. This process must stay as close to the people as possible. This is the most effective and direct form of checks and balances upon this process available.”