Dec 17, 2014 10:47 AM
Kevin Landrigan: House Speaker Shawn Jasper says members will set agenda
CONCORD - House Speaker Shawn Jasper, R-Hudson, opened a caucus on the agenda of the 2015 session and then turned it over to the members to create it.
During an interview with NH1, Jasper said he wanted to send a strong signal after his stunning win as speaker that rank-and-file Republicans, not himself, will pick the issues.
"It's not been done this way before but I wanted to send the message that this is the members' agenda not the speaker's agenda,'' Jasper said.
Behind closed doors, House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan, R-Brookline, ran the caucus of more than 100 GOP members.
They settled on as top issues a balanced, fiscally conservative state budget, a repeal of the state's Medicaid expansion and giving locals veto power over Common Core educational standards.
Coming up on NH1 News tonight, Jasper talks about whether he can attract Republicans who were loyal to former Speaker Bill O'Brien on issues.
And the man who barely lost the Republican nomination to O'Brien for speaker, former Speaker Gene Chandler, explains why he thinks Jasper can be successful.