Concord - New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley released the following statement regarding the shameful announcement from Republican Senate minority leader Peter Bragdon, that the Republican Senate caucus will seek a repeal of SB500.
"This is the very worst kind of election year flip-flopping. Senator Bragdon and any of the other Republican Senators who plan on reversing their position to score cheap points before the November election should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. They are jeopardizing the safety of New Hampshire citizens in the name of Republican Party politics.
"SB500 had broad bipartisan support, it passed in the Senate on a unanimous voice vote, and in the House only 57 members voted against it, a smaller minority than the one that voted to secede from the Union. In addition, SB500 had the support of former Republican Speaker of the House and author of the state's truth in sentencing law Donna Sytek. The New Hampshire Police Chiefs Association, the Attorney General, numerous victims groups, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, also all supported SB500's passage as a safe and responsible way to reduce the recidivism rate in New Hampshire.
"SB500, places non-violent offenders in a strict mandatory supervision program to help re-acclimate them to society with the hopes that they will be less likely to commit crimes in the future. The program lasts one month longer than the period of time during which recently releases criminals are most likely to re-offend.
"Using SB500 to scare the people of New Hampshire is revolting, and Peter Bragdon should immediately recant his support for repeal. As a sponsor of the bill, Bragdon's statement today represents the worst of dirty politics. His election year 180 shows how morally bankrupt Republican leaders and their party have become."