Thursday, February 17th - NH House Recap

SESSION RECAP

Feb.18, 2015

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

 

The following bills were removed from the Consent Calendar:

Education  HB 221-FN.

Health & Human Services  HB 670-FN

Judiciary       HB 352

Municipal & County Government  HB 397

 

The following bills were referred to the House Finance Committee: HB577, HB354, HB352, HB397, HB576

The following bills were referred to the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee: HB468, HB645

The following bill was referred to the Ways & Means Committee: HB572

REGULAR CALENDAR

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

HB 230, relative to penalties for failure to timely discharge a mortgage. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(Majority Report of OTP passed, voice vote and referred to Criminal Justice & Safety)

HB 686-FN-A, establishing a single payer health care system and making an appropriation therefor. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY       

HB 585-FN-A, relative to fines for violation of alcoholic beverage laws. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE  (Majority Report of OTP/A passed, Roll Call, 223-133 and referred  to the Ways & Mea ns Committee)

 

EDUCATION

HB 215-FN, relative to school building aid grant payments. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT (The Majority Report of OTP/A passed, voice vote and referred to the House Finance Committee)

HB 537-FN-L, relative to the calculation of the school administrative unit budget. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

HB 562-FN-L, repealing the limitation on the total education grant distributed to a municipality in a fiscal year and reducing the stabilization grants to certain municipalities. OUGHT TO PASS  (Majority Report of OTP passed, Voice Vote and referred to House Finance.

HB 575-FN-A, establishing the position of school nurse coordinator in the department of education and making an appropriation therefor. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.(The Majority Report of ITL passed,  Roll Call, 236-122)

HB 635-FN, relative to aid to school districts for costs of special education. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS (The Majority Report of ITL was passed, Division Vote, 220-140)

HB 675-FN, relative to eligibility for in-state tuition rates at the university system of New Hampshire and the community college system of New Hampshire. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

 

ELECTION LAW

HB 530-FN-A, authorizing a trial program for electronic voter check-in. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS (The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION

HB 216-FN, relative to recovery of certain investigatory costs by regulatory boards and commissions. OUGHT TO PASS.(The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote and referred to House  Finance)

HB 401-FN, requiring the use of cloud computing technology by state agencies. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

HB 457-FN-A, establishing a nurse practitioner position at the veterans’ home and making an appropriation therefor. WITHOUT RECOMMENDATION (The bill was tabled, voice vote)

HB 674-FN, relative to the salaries of certain unclassified positions. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(The Majority Report of OTP/A passed, voice vote and was referred to House Finance)

HB 682-FN, granting group II retirement system status to certain positions in the department of corrections. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

 

FINANCE

HB 261, relative to disbursements of school building aid grant payments. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. (The Majority Report of ITL passed, Roll Call vote, 226-135)

 

FISH AND GAME AND MARINE RESOURCES

HB 663-FN, requiring the implementation of a plan for the transfer of the fish and game department to the department of safety on or before July 1, 2017. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The Majority Report of ITL passed, voice vote)

 

JUDICIARY

HB 616-FN, increasing eligibility of claimants under the victims’ assistance fund. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT (The Majority Report of OTP/A passed, voice vote and was referred to House Finance )

HB 677-FN, prohibiting the use of public funds for abortion services. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.(The Majority Report of ITL passed, Roll Call, 216-142)

 

LEGISLATIVE ADMINISTRATION

HJR 1-FN, making restitution to Jeffrey Frost for inappropriate prosecution. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE (The Majority Report of ITL passed, .voice vote)

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

HB 125-FN-L, relative to county audits and competitive bidding for county services. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The Majority Report of ITL passed, Roll Call, 303-56)

HB 189, relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county delegation budget. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.(The Majority Report of ITL passed, Div. Vote, 191-168)

HB 205-L, relative to lending practices of energy efficiency and clean energy districts. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Recommitted to the Municipal & County Committee , Voice Vote)

HB 407, prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles or equipment which are not readily available in an open national commercial market. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS (moved to the end of the calendar)

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

HB 591-FN-A-L, relative to the road toll rate and eliminating a capital appropriation for highway projects. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The Majority Report of ITL was passed, Roll Call vote, 243-108)

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY

HB 208-FN, repealing the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Amendment passes on Roll Call vote, 197-158. Majority Report of OTP/A passed, Roll Call vote, 201-154)

HB 615-FN-A, relative to funding for state energy efficiency programs. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.(Majority Report of ITL passed, Roll Call vote, 210-145)

 

STATE FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

HB 273, relative to the rights of inhabitants and their political choice. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority Report  of ITL passed, voice vote)

HB 433, relative to the state guard. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. (Majority Report  of ITL passed, Roll Call, 215-137)

 

TRANSPORTATION

HB 241-FN, prohibiting driving while holding an animal in the driver’s seat. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Motion to Table passes, Roll Call, 296-56)

HB 387-FN, relative to motor vehicle inspections. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE  (Majority Report of ITL passed, RC, 207-140.

 

WAYS AND MEANS

HB 258-FN-L, relative to fees for preparing motor vehicle registration documents. OUGHT TO PASS (Majority Report of OTP passed, Voice Vote, referred to Finance.  Finance waives referral.

HB 623-FN, providing property tax relief for taxpayers for the property tax year beginning April 1, 2016. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority  Report of ITL passed, VV)

 

HB 576-FN-A, repealing the provision allowing operators to retain 3 percent of meals and rooms taxes collected and continually appropriating 3 percent of meals and rooms tax revenues to school building aid. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority  Report of ITL passed, VV)

 

Municipal & County Government

HB 407, prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles or equipment which are not readily available in an open national commercial market. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS  (Majority Report of ITL passes, RC, 303-56)

 

BILLS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT CALENDAR

 

EDUCATION

HB 676-FN-A, establishing a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics scholars program. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE  (Motion to Lay on the Table passed, VV)

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS

HB 670-FN, relative to the rights of conscience for medical professionals. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority  Report of ITL passed, Roll Call, 237-88)

 

JUDICIARY

HB 352, relative to violations of constitutional rights. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE  (Majority  Report of ITL passed, Voice Vote)

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

HB 397, relative to the duties of public servants. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Majority  Report of ITL passed, Division Vote, 274-45)