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Saturday
Jul112015

NH GOP - GOV HASSAN DROPS BALL ON FEDERAL GRANT TO COMBAT HEROIN EPIDEMIC 

After Vetoing $18 Million To Combat Substance Abuse, Hassan Unaware Of Additional $12 Million Federal Grant

 

Concord - WMUR-TV last night reported that Governor Hassan was completely unaware that New Hampshire has received a $12 million grant for substance abuse prevention. This week, Vermont lawmakers celebrated receiving the same grant which will help double their partnerships on prevention. 

 

"At a time when law enforcement officials are asking for more resources to address our heroin crisis, our state needs a full-time governor who is focused on this serious problem. Governor Hassan's embarrassing admission that she didn't know about an important federal grant to combat substance abuse shows she is becoming increasingly detached from her official duties as she plots a campaign for United States Senate," said NHGOP Chairman Jennifer Horn. "Elected officials in Vermont knew that their state had been awarded the same grant, so there is no good excuse for Governor Hassan's clueless response and failed leadership. It's time for the governor to stop planning her next political career move with Washington insiders and start focusing on issues that are important to New Hampshire."

 

Governor Hassan recently vetoed the state budget which included a 75% increase in funding to combat substance abuse.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

WMUR: "Budget Stalemate In Concord Is Leaving Millions Of Dollars In Limbo." "Police and community leaders are calling for more help in the fight against heroin, but the budget stalemate in Concord is leaving millions of dollars in limbo." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)

  • "New Hampshire...Received A $12 Million Grant Geared Toward Drug Prevention, The New Hampshire Governor's Office Didn't Know About It." "And while New Hampshire, just like Vermont, recently received a $12 million grant geared toward drug prevention, the New Hampshire governor's office didn't know about it." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)
  • "'It's Time For The State Of New Hampshire To Step [Up] To The Plate And Do Something'" "'Other states are apparently much better at it than we are, but it's time for the state of New Hampshire to step to the plate and do something other than having police officers arrest drug addicts,' [Manchester Police Chief Nick] Willard said." (Josh McElveen, "Budget battle slows funds for heroin treatment," WMUR, 7/9/15)

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Saturday
Jul112015

NH Sen Carson disappointed by veto of voter residency law 

Concord, NH – Governor Maggie Hassan today vetoed SB 179 relative to voter residency requirements.

 

Senator Sharon Carson (R-Londonderry) released a statement following the Governor’s veto.

 

“I am disappointed that Governor Hassan has chosen to veto a responsible bill that would have restored meaningful elections to the citizens of New Hampshire, ensuring that legal residents’ votes can affect change in the communities they are invested in,” said Senator Sharon Carson (R- Londonderry).

 

“The legislation the Governor vetoed would have added a 30-day residency requirement and clarified the state’s voting laws. This bill has the full support of New Hampshire’s official on voting laws, Secretary of State William Gardner, who says it will protect the state from voter fraud and drive-by voting without infringing on an individual’s right to vote.”

 

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Saturday
Jul112015

NH House Majority Leader Reacts to Veto of SB179 Stop Drive-By-Voter Fraud

CONCORD – House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline) offered the following statement on the Governor’s veto of SB179, relative to eligibility to vote in New Hampshire.

 

The bill passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 211-145 on June 3rd, and the Senate concurred with the House on June 4th.

 

House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan (R-Brookline)


“Governor Hassan’s veto further delays our ability to implement reasonable clarifications in our election laws and ensure ballots cast in New Hampshire elections are cast by duly qualified people. Our citizens should have a reasonable expectation that their vote will not be cancelled out by temporary visitors. With the New Hampshire presidential primary less than a year away, the eyes of the nation are on us. Under our existing laws our doors are still technically open for people with little intent on staying here to participate in that primary. That seems unfair to most people, and it’s unfair to the process we hold so dear.”

Saturday
Jul112015

NH Sen. Forrester disappointed by veto of legislation preventing EBT fraud 

Concord, NH – Today Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed SB 169, which clarified prohibited uses of the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBTs) card or cash from the card at places including at state liquor stores, gambling establishments, and adult entertainment venues or for firearms, lottery tickets or tobacco.

 

Senator Jeanie Forrester, the prime sponsor of this bill, released a statement following the Governor’s Veto of SB 169.

 

“I’ve been working on this issue since the federal government mandated protections against the misuse of cash benefits in 2012. This bill served to build on legislation that I brought forward in my first term at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services, relative to requirements of federal government in order to keep funding,” said Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith).

 

“This bill was an important step in providing a clearer understanding of how these benefits should be used. I’m surprised and disappointed by the Governor’s refusal to take a simple step forward to assure that taxpayer dollars are being spent in a responsible manner,” said Forrester.

 

 “Last year alone, the state found over $1 million worth of fraud for misuse of EBT benefits. When we spend New Hampshire taxpayer’s money to help those on public assistance, we have a responsibility to protect both the taxpayers and those receiving this critical assistance,” added Forrester.

Saturday
Jul112015

NH GOP - GOV HASSAN VETOES BIPARTISAN DOMICILE REFORM BILL 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement regarding Governor Hassan's veto of SB 179, bipartisan legislation that would have established a thirty day residency requirement to vote in New Hampshire:

 

"Governor Hassan ignored Secretary of State Bill Gardner's sensible advice by vetoing this bipartisan legislation to ensure the integrity of New Hampshire's elections. Secretary Gardner is one of the foremost authorities on New Hampshire election law, and his strong support for a thirty day residency requirement shows that this commonsense approach should have been signed into law. Governor Hassan's decision to veto this bill is partisan politics at its worst. She has made it clear that she is focused on appeasing liberal special interest groups that are pushing her to run for United States Senate instead of doing what is best for New Hampshire."

 

Secretary of State Bill Gardner supported SB 179 and worked with legislative leadership to ensure it would not infringe on individuals' right to vote. Recently, Secretary of State Bill Gardner stated that New Hampshire has "drive-by voting" and that he has witnessed fraud personally.

 

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