The NHLRA is dedicated to promoting and protecting the restaurant and hospitality industry in New Hampshire. By advocating for public policies that
sustain our industry, and by working on behalf of local businesses, we
are the voice of hospitality at the local, state and national levels.
|NHLRA's Recent Legislative Successes
2009, after the House passed a rooms and meals tax increase to 9% by just 1 vote,
it was clear that the legislature was going to raise the tax in spite of
widespread industry opposition. In an effort to mitigate the negative impact on the
industry, NHLRA negotiated a commitment from the legislature that 3.15% of the
annual Meals & Rentals Tax were to be dedicated to the budget of the Division
of Travel & Tourism Development to ensure continued growth in the State’s
investment in Tourism promotion.
2009, NHLRA successfully eased the Strict Liquor Liability standard that had
been in place in New Hampshire since Prohibition. Under the Strict Liquor
Liability standard it did not matter if you had inadvertently served an
intoxicated individual on your premises, you were still responsible for that
individual and faced administrative action against your license. NHLRA
successfully advocated for a more reasonable standard where there had to be
visible signs of intoxication or intent to over-serve an individual before
administrative action could be taken on the license.
2011, NHLRA successfully worked with the Legislature to repeal advertising
restrictions for alcoholic drink special prices advertised by restaurants.
Alcohol advertising restrictions were also a legacy of Prohibition and had long
been a problem for restaurateurs. Small business owners were regularly
penalized for inadvertent mentions of drink prices or specials in advertising.
- The NHLRA Board of Directors has long opposed Casino Gambling
believing that the resulting negative impacts will harm the hospitality and
tourism industry in New Hampshire, and
specifically the small locally owned businesses that make up the majority of
our membership. Each year NHLRA works with a broad
coalition to oppose Casino Gambling in New Hampshire and to date the New
Hampshire House has never authorized a Casino.
|NHLRA Government Relations Team
The NHLRA retains a full time Lobbyist who works closely with the NHLRA President & CEO, Board of
Directors and Government Affairs Committee to develop strategies for
opposing potentially harmful legislation and working to see that supportive
legislation is passed.
is a partner of the Sheehan Phinney Capitol Group, a government affairs
firm located in Concord, NH. Henry has been lobbying in New Hampshire
for 22 years and has been the NHLRA's lobbyist since 1999. He is our eyes and ears in the New
Hampshire Legislature and works closely with the Governor's Office and
state agencies. Henry prepares our weekly legislative update and provides advice and counsel to the association
and members who have issues with state government.
|Henry may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone at 603-228-2370.
|Mike Somers joined the NHLRA team in November of 2008, bringing with him a
background in restaurants and the wine and spirits industry. Mike is the President & CEO and
oversees the day-to-day operations of the Association, coordinates
legislative efforts with Henry Veilleux, serves on a number of Boards
and Commissions, and delivers the long term goals and objectives of the
Association as determined by the Board of Directors.
|Mike may be reached via e-mail at email@example.com or telephone at 603-228-9585 ext 17.
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