NH House Session Recap, June 3, 2015

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HOUSE RECAP

June 3, 2015

 

Amendment to House Rules: PROPOSED BY THE RULES COMMITTEE, Deadlines for next session. The amendment was passed on a voice vote by the necessary two-thirds.

 

SENATE MESSAGES

The Senate asked for concurrence on the following amended bills:

HB 449, relative to the duration of child support. (Chair Gargasz moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 597, relative to penalties for indecent exposure and lewdness. (Chair Tholl moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 206, establishing a committee to study non-academic surveys or questionnaires administered by a public school to its students and relative to non-academic surveys or questionnaires given to students.(Chair Infantine moves concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 332, relative to school district policy regarding objectionable course material.(Chair Ladd moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 519, establishing a committee to study policies which it determines are necessary for dyslexic students. (Chair Ladd moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 133, relative to recounts on questions. (Chair Ladd moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 328, relative to delivery of absentee ballots.(Chair Hoelzel moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 493, relative to minimum voting booths for city, town, school district, and village district elections. (Chair Hoelzel moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 425, relative to procedures for the adoption of agency rules under the administrative procedures act.(Chair A. Christie moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 455, relative to the board of managers of the New Hampshire veterans’ home, relative to the reporting process for certain departments and divisions of departments, and extending the commission to study mental health implementation in New Hampshire. (Chair. A. Christie moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 484, relative to medication administration by licensed nursing assistants and relative to exemptions from regulation for certain nursing care and attendant care services (Chair A. Christie moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 333, establishing a process for review and reporting of dedicated funds. (Chair. Kurk moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 212, relative to revocation of fish and game licenses of persons convicted of sexual assault while hunting, trapping, or fishing and relative to the authority of the fish and game department to establish fees. (Chair Kidder moved concurrence, passed, Division Vote, 226-90)

HB 190, establishing a statutory commission to study the standards for collaborative pharmacy practice.(Chair Kotowsk moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 476, amending the definition of "qualifying medical condition" in the therapeutic cannabis law. (Chair Kotowski moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 564, relative to prior authorization for certain prescription drugs. (Chair Kotowski moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 292, expanding the good Samaritan law to engineers and architect (Chair Rowe moved concurrence, motion passed, Division vote, 248-112).

HB 616, relative to compensation to claimants under the victims' assistance fund.  (Chair Rowe moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 347, relative to payment of wages of certain hourly school district employees. (Chair Infantine moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 233, relative to local approval of mining activity. (Chair Belanger moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 344, relative to tax increment financing plans of municipal economic development and revitalization districts. (Chair Belanger moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 451, relative to local approval of mining permits. (Chair Belanger moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 464, establishing the traditional commercial and recreational fishing protection act, prohibiting political subdivisions from interfering with commercial and recreational operations, relative to protective well radii for sewage disposal systems of commercial buildings, and relative to rulemaking by the commissioner of environmental services on certain minimal impact projects. (Chair Belanger moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 281, defining "exotic aquatic species of wildlife" and relative to the duties of the exotic aquatic weeds and species committee. (Chair C.Christensen moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 153, relative to the telecommunications planning and development advisory committee.   (Chair Introne moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 391, applying the E911 surcharge to prepaid cellular telephones. (Chair Introne moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 395 relative to electronic toll collection. (Chair S. Smith  moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 506, clarifying the conditions under which motor vehicle information may be used. (Chair S. Smith  moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 584, making various changes to laws relating to motor vehicles and vessels. (Chair S. Smith  moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 187, relative to information sharing for enforcement of the tobacco tax and relative to the biennial adjustment of the filing threshold for the business enterprise tax. (Chair Major moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

HB 258, relative to fees for preparing motor vehicle registration documents. (Chair Major moved concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

 

SENATE MESSAGES

The Senate non concurred on the following amended bills and requested a committee of conference:

HB 305, relative to assessment of and discharge planning for minors in the juvenile court system. (Speaker appoints Reps. Itse, P. Long, and Edelblut to the COC)

HB 421, authorizing the university of New Hampshire to grow industrial hemp for research purposes and proclaiming September 25 as Ataxia Awareness Day. (Speaker appoints Reps. Haefner, O’Connor, Sad, and Moynihan to the COC)

HB 364, relative to renewal fees administered by the office of professional licensing, the salt applicator certification program, and pesticide product registration requirements. (Speaker appoints Reps. A.Christie, Sytek, P.Schmidt, and L. Ober to the COC)

HB 473  requiring the board of managers of the veterans’ home to adopt a policy relative to therapeutic use of cannabis by residents of the home. (Speaker appoints Reps. Sytek, A. Christie, Beaudoin and Moffett to the COC.

HB219, relative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. (Speaker appoints Reps. McMahon, Kotowski, S.Schmidt, and LeBrun to the COC)

HB 483, relative to the commission on primary care workforce issues. (Speaker appoints Reps McMahon, Kotowski, S. Schmidt and LeBrun to the COC)

HB 450, establishing a commission to study and make recommendations for a common definition of employee. (Speaker appoints Reps. Infantine, Murphy, L. Turcotte and H.Rice to the COC)

HB 407, establishing a committee to study the classifications of military vehicles and equipment that may be purchased by the state and its political subdivisions and establishing a committee to study honorary legislation. (Speaker appoints Reps.J.Belanger, Sterling, Coffey and Porter to the COC)

HB 662, relative to property taxes paid by chartered public schools leasing property. (Speaker appoints Reps. J. Belanger, Edelblut, Williams and Sterling to the COC)

HB 25, making appropriations for capital improvements. (Speaker appoints Reps. Chandler, McConkey, F. Tilton and Ebel to the COC)

HB 460, establishing a commission to study revenue alternatives to the road toll for electric-powered and hybrid vehicles for the funding of improvements to the state’s highways and bridges. (Speaker appoints Reps. Chandler, F. Tilton, Cloutier and Ebel to the COC)

HB 547, requiring the assessing standards board to make recommendations on the valuation of telecommunications poles and conduits and the assessment of utility property. (Speaker appoints Reps. Abrami, Ohm, Lovejoy and Nigrello to the COC)

HB 599, relative to the economic revitalization zone tax credit program. (Speaker appoints Reps. Abrami, Gallagher, Almy and Azarian to the COC)

HB 681, establishing a fine for persons convicted of domestic violence and increasing the marriage license fee. . (Speaker appoints Reps. Lachance, Abrami, Almy and Gallagher to the COC)

 

The House  agrees to a committee of conference on the following Senate Bills:

SB 8, relative to appropriations for nursing homes. (Speaker appoints Reps.Barry, D. McGuire, Byron and Rosenwald to the COC, joining Senators Forrester, Little and Hosmer)

SB 40, including a fetus in the definition of "another" for the purpose of certain (Speaker appoints Reps. Tholl, Welch, Rideout and Burt to the COC, joining Senators Carson, Bradley and Lasky)

SB 84, relative to the definition of "telemedicine." . (Speaker appoints Reps. Fothergill, Kotowski, Martel and Ticehurst to the COC, joining Senators Sanborn, Stiles and Kelly)

SB 97, authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate storm water to comply with federal permit requirements. (Speaker appoints Reps. J. Belanger, Coffey, Porter and Sterling to the COC, joining Senators Birdsell, Boutin and Lasky)

 

CONSENT CALENDAR

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SB 35, relative to the definition of wine-fortified.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 50, relative to the content of a mortgage foreclosure notice.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 57, relative to qualifications and duties of condominium association board members.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 73, (New Title) relative to documentation of age to purchase alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 93-FN-A, (New Title) relative to the definition of beverage.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 99, establishing a committee to study allowing the sampling of beer or wine at farmer's markets.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 111, making changes to the life and health insurance guaranty association.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 119, (New Title) relative to the regulation of consumer guaranty contracts and debt cancellation or debt suspension agreements by the insurance department.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 145, relative to wine consumed at cocktail lounges.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 163, relative to wholesale hospital-to-hospital laboratory and testing services.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 189, relative to liquor manufacturers.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 216-FN, (New Title) relative to sales of alcoholic beverages by manufacturers.  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

SB 254, establishing a committee to study the provision of services to the public through peer-to-peer or sharing economy businesses.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

 

FINANCE

SB 32, relative to state agency budgetary reporting requirements.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 112, (2nd New Title) requiring the Medicaid program to cover tele health services.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 192-FN, permitting the department of revenue administration to conduct employee candidate background checks and establishing the position of tax policy analyst within the department.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES & ELDERLY AFFAIRS
SB 169, relative to permissible uses of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

 

JUDICIARY

SB 41, establishing a commission to study government immunity from suit and accountability by its citizens.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

SB 77-L, authorizing the creation of a special purpose village district within the town of Danbury.  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.

SB 235, relative to the condominium act and the land sales full disclosure act.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 241, relative to authorization for the town of Rindge to make capital expenditures from a trust fund.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 242-L, relative to amending the budget in towns that have adopted official ballot voting.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

SB 88, establishing a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 132-FN, relative to dredging projects conducted by the Pease development authority division of ports and harbors.  OUGHT TO PASS.

 

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

SCR 1, recognizing the contribution of Bhutanese refugees to New Hampshire, and requesting the United States government to work diligently on resolving the Bhutanese refugee crisis, reaching an agreement to allow the option of repatriation, and promoting human rights and democracy in Bhutan.  OUGHT TO PASS.

 

WAYS AND MEANS

SB 104-FN, relative to licensure of research organizations by the pharmacy board.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 120-FN, (New Title) relative to applicants for secondary game operator licenses.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.

SB 160, relative to duplicate vessel registration certificates.  OUGHT TO PASS.

SB 232-FN-A, exempting certain leases from the real estate transfer tax.  OUGHT TO PASS.

 

(Consent calendar passes on a voice vote)

 

regular CALENDAR

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SB 52, establishing a commission to study the issue of residential tenancies in foreclosed properties.  MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. (Committee report of ITL passed, Div. Vote 188-127)

SB 55, allowing private employers to establish a policy granting a veterans' preference in employment decisions.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Committee report of OTP/A passes, Roll Call, 331-37)

SB 188-FN, (New Title) revising banking, credit union, and trust laws.  OUGHT TO PASS. (Rep. Williams moves floor amendment 2020H, if fails in a Div. Vote, 203-162; Committee report of OTP passes, Division vote, 349-17))

SB 218-FN, making spoofing an unfair and deceptive act under the consumer protection law.  MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(Committee report of ITL passes, Roll Call, 203-158)

SB 223-FN, relative to name availability for business organizations.  OUGHT TO PASS. (Committee report of OTP passes, Div. Vote, 314-35)

SB 266-FN, adopting the Uniform Securities Act.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Committee  report of OTP/A passes, voice vote)

 

SENATE MESSAGE

HB 472, relative to the parole board and parole board procedures.(Chair Tholl moves concurrence, motion passed, voice vote)

 

Rep. A. Christie moves to removed SB 125 from the table. (motion to remove from the table passes ,Division vote, 234-118; the committee amendment is defeated, voice vote; Rep. Christie offers floor amendment 1931H, which passes , Div. vote 229-125/.The report of OTP/A, with the floor amendment added, passes, Division vote, 230-128) )

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

SB 29-FN, relative to fines for motor vehicle offenses.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Committee report of OTP/A passes, voice vote)

 

ELECTION LAW

SB 39, relative to recounts on questions.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Committee amendment passes, Div. Vote, 202-133; the committee report of OTP/A passes, Roll call vote, 206-149))

SB 179, relative to eligibility to vote.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Committee report of OTP/A passes, Roll Call, 211-145)

 

Rep. E. Hennessey moves to allow the gentlemen to remove their jackets.  (motion passes, voice vote)

Rep. Hinch moves that the entire debate on HB 179 be placed in the permanent journal. (motion passes, voice vote)

Rep. Introne moves to special order SB 221 to the next order of business due to an illness to a member. (motion to special order passes, voice vote)

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY

SB 221-FN, relative to electric rate reduction financing.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Speaker rules Floor amendment 2019 by Rep. Cushing as non-germane; Committee report of OTP/A  passes, 308-43, Roll Call) Rep. Edwards declared a conflict; Rep. Hess moves that the debate on SB 221 be printed in the permanent journal; the motion passes, voice vote)                                                                                                        

 

FINANCE

SB 151-FN, requiring inclusion of home educated pupils in the definition of average daily membership in attendance.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  (Committee report of OTP/A passes, voice vote)

SB 190-FN, relative to payment of costs for career and technical education center programs and administration by the department of education.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Committee amendment  fails, Roll Call vote, 175-164; committee report of OTP passes, voice vote)

SB 191-FN, relative to the use of the state's procurement card services.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Committee report of OTP/A passes, voice vote)

 

JUDICIARY

SB 124-FN, relative to filing felonies first in the superior court.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Rep. Ammon moves that SB 124 be laid upon the table. The motion fails, 204-138; the committee report of OTP/A passes Roll Call, 212-127)

SB 240, protecting certified public accountants from prosecution or penalty for providing services to alternative treatment centers.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Rowe moves that SB 240 be laid upon the table. The motion passes, voice vote. Rep. R. Walsh declared a conflict of interest)

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES

SB 133-FN, relative to certain health care data and relative to certain workers’ compensation medical claim data collected by the insurance department.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.  (The committee amendment fails in a Roll Call vote, 198-132; Rep. McGuire moves floor amendment 2009H. The motion passes, Division vote, 231-100; 
Rep. Simmons motion to lay the bill on the table fails, 223-108; the motion of OTP, as amended passes, Division vote,  264-67)

 

Rep. White moves reconsideration on SB 190 (motion fails, Voice vote)

 

SB 255, establishing a low-wage service worker task force.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.  (Committee report of OTP/A passes. Voice vote)

 

STATE-FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS

SCR 2, urging Congress to discontinue foreign aid to Argentina until financial disputes are resolved.  MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. MINORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  (Rep. Hunt moves that the bill be laid upon the table. The motion passes, Voice vote)

 

TRANSPORTATION

SB 63, relative to membership of the board of directors for the New Hampshire rail transit authority.  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Committee report of OTP/A passes, Voice vote)

 

WAYS AND MEANS

SB 213-FN-A-L, (New Title) establishing a committee to study the formula for distribution of meals and rooms tax revenues.  MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. MINORITY: OUGHT TO PASS. (Committee report of ITL fails 180-122; the motion of OTP passes, Voice vote)

 

The House is in recess until June 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.