RELEASE: House Republicans Make Bizarre Rulings to Provide Cover for Representative Robert Fisher

CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Today, the House Legislative Administration Committee voted 8-6 to take no action against Representatives Robert Fisher and Sherry Frost.  Before the final vote, Chairman Hinch ruled that the two members must be considered together under a single recommendation and that the minority would not be allowed publish a minority report.  Both of those decisions were challenged and upheld by 8-6 votes on party lines.  House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook), a member of the Legislative Administration Committee, released the following statement after the vote:

“The actions by House Republicans on the Legislative Administration Committee today were an embarrassing abdication of our duties as Representatives.  Two weeks ago, the House voted 307-56 for the specific purpose of having the Legislative Administration Committee make a recommendation to the full body after examining the complaints against Representatives Fisher and Frost.  For the Republican majority to determine that the committee has no authority to make a recommendation directly violates the charge we were given by the full House.”

“Decisions made by the majority today were clearly designed to provide cover for Representative Fisher and deny the ability to take any action against him. Dictating that the committee consider the actions of both Representatives Fisher and Frost in a single motion violates both legislative process and common sense, and violates the legislature’s right to discipline its members as it sees fit.”

“The most egregious action by the Republican majority today was the denial of the minority to submit a report.  How ironic that the majority recommendation of ‘no action’ was made under the guise of supporting free speech, while simultaneously denying the minority the long established tradition to formally oppose majority action by including a minority report.”

“Since the Republican majority does not intend to follow up on possibly perjurious statements made to the Legislative Administration Committee by Representative Fisher, I will ask the Attorney General to investigate the allegations that he still runs the Red Pill forum.”