House Session Bills This Week


March 19, 2019

Joe Sweeney

Concord, NH: NHGOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek released the following statements regarding multiple proposals before the New Hampshire House and Senate today:

CACR 12, relating to taxes. Providing that an income tax on personal income shall be prohibited.

“Democrats on the campaign trail typically acquiesce their past support for an income tax and claim they no longer support such a policy, just as Democrat Molly Kelly attempted to do in 2018. Democrats in the legislature have a fantastic opportunity to actually put into the record their opposition to a New Hampshire income tax by passing CACR 12 onto the voters of the Granite State; if they truly believe in taking the pledge against an income tax, they can make their position known this week. If they vote no on this common sense and pragmatic constitutional amendment, which seeks to preserve the New Hampshire Advantage in our state’s constitution, they are making it clear that they, like Molly Kelly and other New Hampshire Democrats, believe an income tax should be on the table. That’s not New Hampshire and it continues the Democrats’ War on Live Free or Die.”

HB 632-FN, relative to the education tax credit.

“New Hampshire Democrats are so desperate to maintain their union support that they are willing to rip 400 low income New Hampshire students out of their current school who currently receive scholarships under the the New Hampshire Education Tax Credit Scholarship program. This is just cruel. New Hampshire Democrats are attacking a program that saves local school districts money that also increases school choice for underprivileged New Hampshire families. In 2019, Democrat politicians and partisans need to stop enforcing an outdated model in which the zip code a child lives in determines their outcome. Republicans are fighting for a level playing field of opportunity, regardless of the student’s neighborhood while Democrats fight for more government.”

HB 233, relative to the group and individual health insurance market.

“This legislation will cause unnecessary harm to the individual health insurance market in the Granite State. This bill places state statute as dependent on federal law, and should any federal law regarding health insurance change, there is a strong chance a future state legislature would need to revisit this same statute to ensure that New Hampshire insurance companies would be able to cover individuals. This is the result of a New Hampshire Democrat party so dedicated to the destruction of private health insurance through excessive market manipulation that the only path forward is an eventual socialist takeover of our health insurance market. Legislators should reject more government in our health insurance, and allow the private market to thrive in this sector.”

HB 277, establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance.

“When HB 233 destroys the individual health insurance market, New Hampshire Democrats will swoop in with whatever public option this study commission comes up with to further deteriorate the health insurance market in New Hampshire. Legislators should reject this unnecessary study, as we already know that a socialist takeover of health insurance would be devastating for many seeking coverage and greatly impair the quality of care people can expect. We should be looking at ways to avoid the failures of Venezuela and other socialists nations that have had their entire economic systems collapse, yet studying a government takeover of health care puts us further down the road to serfdom. Legislators would be wise to reject this study and find ways to increase the free market in New Hampshire’s health insurance marketplace. The more government gets involved in regulating health insurance, the more unaffordable it becomes.”

HB 558-FN, restricting the distribution of plastic straws and HB 560-FN, relative to single-use carryout bags.

“Well folks the Democrats have hit a new low - they have now proposed a BAG TAX! That’s right, for every bag, paper or plastic, that a store uses to package your purchases they will be required to charge you a ten cent tax! Furthermore, no establishment will be allowed to give you a straw unless you specifically request it. This is frivolous. Banning plastic straws and bags in the United States, not just New Hampshire, would only affect a fraction of a percent of plastic pollution in the oceans. We all care about protecting and preserving our environment, but the academic journal Science found in a 2015 study that of the estimated 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that polluted the ocean from all of the world’s coastal countries, as little as 0.9 percent of the polluted plastic came from the United States."

"This is a micromanagement of many New Hampshire businesses - and consumers - in New Hampshire and those who cross over our state lines for access to better and more affordable goods will be severely impacted by this pointless left-of-left proposal.”


National Review: Feel-Good Bans on Straws and Plastic Bags Don’t Help the Ocean

HB 109-FN, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales.

“This bill creates a ban on simple transfers of firearms between friends, family members, and neighbors. HB 109 is drafted in such a way that the act of an instructor loaning a gun to a student, or a hunter allowing a friend to borrow their rifle for a hunting trip, could be prosecuted as violating the law if this bill in enacted. We should not be adding hurdles to law-abiding Granite Staters who seek to utilize their Second Amendment rights, yet that is all Democrats want to do. New Hampshire consistently ranks among the safest states in the nation due to our strong support of the right to bear arms and our even stronger Second Amendment community, and Republicans want to keep it that way while Democrats want to disarm law-abiding citizens.”

HB 514-FN, imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm.

“Forcing law-abiding citizens to wait up to eleven days to own property they have paid for is an abomination to New Hampshire’s Live Free or Die spirit. This bill also increases paperwork for firearm dealers, increasing business regulation on many small businesses throughout New Hampshire. There is no evidence to suggest that enacting a waiting period following purchase will make our state safer; in fact, it will likely make it worse as those who are willing to commit crimes will always find a way to break the law to possess a firearm. Targeting those who legally sell and buy firearms is an assault on our Second Amendment and Article 2a rights, and Republicans in New Hampshire should strongly reject this legislation that the Democrats are very eager to pass.”

SB 1-FN, relative to family and medical leave

“The Democrats have rushed through this flawed and controversial legislation because they do not want the public to see what it truly is: an income tax on wages that funds an inferior government replacement to a private market product. Workers throughout the Granite State already have superior medical leave through long-term and short-term disability insurance that many of their employers offer as an existing benefit; this bill would replace the superior product being paid by employers with an inferior product being paid by employees. How is this good for workers? Governor Sununu has put forth an innovative and market-driven family leave insurance plan for employers to add the benefit to already existing medical leave insurance plans; New Hampshire Democrats will not be satisfied until waged workers are taxed on their income and the government bureaucracy grows. Republicans believe in the power of the free market while Democrats wage a war on wages and our Live Free or Die spirit.”

HB 568, relative to the New Hampshire energy strategy.

“I’ve said it before and I will say it again: New Hampshire Democrats would be wise to read Governor Sununu’s phenomenal 10-year energy plan. The Governor has laid out a plan that utilizes the free enterprise system to reach our energy goals; not government programs and subsidies to prop up unsustainable industries within the energy sphere. We should be looking for ways to lower the cost of energy so the people of New Hampshire and our businesses can thrive. Democrats want government to steer the energy ship that the private sector can steer far more efficiently.”

HB 582-FN, relative to the regional greenhouse gas initiative cap and trade program for controlling carbon dioxide emissions.

“This flawed legislation strips rebates away from residential ratepayers, while continuing those to commercial and industrial entities. While an outright repeal of RGGI would be the best thing for all ratepayers, cutting out the rebate to residential ratepayers is an effective increase in energy rates for individuals paying for energy. Further, repealing the provision that was passed in 2012 that would allow New Hampshire to leave RGGI should other states in the agreement leave is just shortsighted and unfortunately political. This bill should be voted down when it comes up, but Democrats will pass it. While Democrats stand with their special interests and their base, Republicans stand with all Granite State residential ratepayers in opposing this legislation.”

HB 397-FN, relative to drivers’ licenses for New Hampshire residents who do not possess a social security card.

“The Democrats want undocumented immigrants the right to a driver license without reporting those same individuals to the proper federal immigration authorities. This is a form of sanctuary, plainly and simply put. These licenses will not differentiate from any other license in the state of New Hampshire, making it easier for undocumented non-citizens to vote in the State of New Hampshire and to travel commercially throughout the nation. Ask yourself: do the Democrats want to assist illegal immigrants in becoming illegal voters? With New Hampshire’s same-day registration, all one needs to register is a state approved license and an address. Are Democrats trying to make it easier for illegal immigrants to join the voting rolls? We should not be in the business of harboring illegal immigrants from federal authorities in New Hampshire by providing them a drivers’ license and then failing to report them to the proper authorities. We support legal migration, but to reward those who migrated to our nation and ended up in New Hampshire illegally is unfair to those who do so legally. New Hampshire legislators should reject sanctuary DMVs in the Granite State.”

HB 471-FN, relative to indicating citizenship on drivers’ licenses and nondrivers identification cards.

“Democrats in New Hampshire are going to vote to make it easier for undocumented individuals to receive a drivers’ license, and in the same day, they will likely vote no on requiring drivers’ licenses to indicate citizenship status. Without this status identified on licenses, undocumented immigrants will find it easier to vote and travel commercially throughout the nation thanks to New Hampshire’s lax laws. It is not discriminatory to list citizen status on a New Hampshire drivers’ license; either the cardholder is a citizen or a non-citizen. Clarifying that in New Hampshire law would make it easier for citizenship to be determined when one registers to vote and citizenship status can be earned by those legally immigrating here as well, so the argument that this places a burden on legal immigrants is astoundingly inaccurate.”