NH House Session Recap, Jan. 6, 2016

SESSION RECAP

Wednesday, January 6

 

The House was called to order at

Introduction of Governor Hassan

Pledge of Allegiance, led by Rep. Bill Ohm.

National Anthem, sung by Catherine Martinez of Epsom, NH

 

The House Clerk announces the resignation of Rep. David Wood (R-Hampton)

 

Leaves of Absence

Introduction of Guests

Introduction of House Bills. Rep. Hinch  moves to divide the question on the introduction of bills and removeHB 1525. The motion to divide fails in a Roll Call vote, 160-186).

 

The House attended to a motion to vacate:HB 1591,relative to the health care premium contribution for retired public employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits, and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services; HB 1592, relative to the health care premium contribution for retired state employees who are over 65 years of age, relative to funding of retiree health benefits and making an appropriation to the department of administrative services. to the Committee on Finance; andHB 1548, prohibiting the trade of shark fins, to the Committee on Fish and Game & Marine Resources.

 

 

Speaker Jasper addresses members on civility in the House.  Rep. Shurtleff requested that his remarks be printed in the permanent journal.The request for a roll call was made by Rep. Prudhomme-O’Brien. (The motion 313-41) passed on a RC, 

 

The following bills have been removed from today’s Consent Calendar:

 

HB 211, establishing a commission to study domestic affairs.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Brewster)

HB 378, relative to shared residential responsibility and establishing a commission to study child support and related child care issues. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Rep. Brewster)

SB 219-FN, relative to breastfeeding.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Rep. Barbara Griffin)

HB 400-FN, relative to the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators and prohibiting deductions from compensation or mileage reimbursement of representatives. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Marple)

HB 405-FN, requiring the department of health and human services to license supervised visitation centers.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Oligny)

CACR 2,  Relating to dedicated funds.  Providing that funds shall be used solely for the purpose of the fund. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Hoell)

HB 585-FN-A, relative to fines for violation of alcoholic beverage laws.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Rep. Hoell)

HB 668-FN,  relative to expense deductions under the business profits tax. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Hoell)

 

REGULAR CALENDAR

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW

HB 266, establishing a committee to study removing child custody cases which involve abuse or neglect from the jurisdiction of the family court and probate court divisions. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The committee report is adopted in a division vote, 265-89)

HB 513, relative to complaint investigation procedures of the guardian ad litem board. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The committee amendment and report are adopted in a voice vote)

HB 515-FN, relative to oversight of guardians ad litem by the guardian ad litem board. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS. (The committee report is adopted in a voice vote)

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

HB 128, authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The committee report is adopted in a roll call vote, 221-142)

HB 131, relative to renewal of health club memberships.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The committee report is adopted in a voice vote)

HB 197-FN, relative to sales and samples provided by wine manufacturers.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (the comm. amendment is adopted in a voice vote/ the motion of OTP/A  is adopted in a roll call vote, 360-1)

HB 601-FN, relative to cash dispensing machine requirements.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (the committee report, with amendment, is adopted in a voice vote)

SB 75, relative to unfair trade practices targeting veterans.REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY. (the committee report is adopted in a division vote,  213-141))

SB 110,establishing the administrative supervision act. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT (the committee amendment is adopted in a voice vote/the committee report is adopted by a roll call vote, 211-149) A motion to place Rep. Ammon’s remarks into the permanent journal was defeated in a roll call vote, 104-255)

 

A motion was made by Rep. S. Smith to specialHB 504 to be taken up as the first order of business after lunch. (the motion passed on a voice vote)

A motion was made by Rep. Introne to special orderHB 626 to be taken up as the second order of business after lunch. (the motion passed on a voice vote)

 

The House recessed at 12:03 until 1:15 pm

 

Special ordered bills from the morning session:

TRANSPORTATION

HB 504, relative to online driver education.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (the committee report of ITL was defeated in a roll call vote, 111-242. Rep. Sad moved OTP and it was passed on a voice vote.)

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY

HB 626-FN-A, authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors.  MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(the committee report of ITL was defeated on a division vote, 165-187) .Rep. Moffett offered floor amendment 2326.(the amendment was adopted on a division vote, 225-127) Rep. Flanagan moved that HB 626-FN-A be tabled. Rep. Richardson asked for a  roll call. (the motion to table was defeated 116-241) The motion of OTP/A was adopted on a voice vote.

 

Regular Calendar (resumed)

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

SB 155-FN-A, establishing a recovery fund for victims of the Financial Resources Mortgage (FRM) fraud and continually appropriating a special fund. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(the committee report and amendment were adopted by a voice vote. The bill was then referred to Finance, under the rules of the House)

SB 178, relative to optometrist participation in vision insurance plans.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (the committee report of ITL was adopted in a voice vote)

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 240, prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using a drone to collect evidence.OUGHT TO PASS. Rep. Tholl moved that the bill be special ordered to after HB602, which is the preferred bill by the committee(the motion to special order passed on a voice vote)

 

Rep. Hunt moves to special order SB219 (Commerce and Consumer Affairs)  to the next order of business, which was removed from the consent calendar.(the motion passed on a voice vote)

SB 219-FN, relative to breastfeeding.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (Rep. Barbara Griffin) Rep. Hunt moves that SB 219-FN be tabled.(the motion to table was passed 188-158)

 

HB 512, prohibiting confiscation of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories during a state of emergency. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(The committee amendment is passed on a voice vote. The committee report as adopted in a roll call 231-121

HB 582-FN, repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The committee amendment is adopted on a voice vote. (The committee report was adopted on a roll call vote, 206-146)

HB 605-FN, repealing mandatory minimum sentences.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (The committee report and amendment is adopted on a voice vote)

HB 617-FN-A, requiring state police to wear a camera when interacting with the public.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(The committee report and amendment is adopted on a voice vote. The bill is referred to Finance, but this was waived by Finance chairman Neal Kurk.

 

EDUCATION

HB 218-FN, relative to additional funding for third grade proficiency in mathematics. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(the amendment is adopted on a voice vote/the committee report is adopted on a division vote, 192-148. The bill is now referred to Finance)

HB 231, relative to applications for school building aid. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (The committee amendment is adopted on a voice vote. The committee report is adopted on a division vote, 198-133. The bill is referred to the committee on Finance)

HB 242, relative to the statewide improvement and assessment program.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (the committee report and amendment are adopted on a voice vote.

HB 253, relative to the requirements for filing a charter school application.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (the committee report of ITL is adopted on a voice vote. The bill is referred to Finance)

HB 301, allowing a parent to elect not to include their child in the unique pupil identification system or other information database maintained by the department of education. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH     AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(the committee amendment is adopted on a voice vote. The committee report is then adopted on a division vote, 184-137. The bill is referred to Executive Departments and Administration)

HB 471, relative to the powers of the state board of education and the duties of school boards. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The committee amendment is adopted on a voice vote. The committee report is adopted on a division vote, 177-131)

HB 527, establishing guidelines for school districts relative to the use of school resource officers.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (The committee report and amendment were adopted on a voice vote)

HB 538-FN-L, relative to the implementation of new statewide education annual assessments.REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY (The committee report is adopted on a voice vote)

HB 549-FN-A-L, allowing school building aid grants for certain authorized projects.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT. (The committee report and amendment were adopted on a voice vote. The bill is referred to Finance.)

HB 611-FN, requiring legislative approval of all agreements, contracts, grants, or waivers involving the department of education or the state board of education. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(The committee report of ITL is adopted on a voice vote)

HB 625-FN-A, relative to public charter schools.REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY. (The committee report is adopted on a division vote, 185-135)

SB 157-FN,(New Title) relative to encouraging high school students to take and pass a United States citizenship test.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(The committee amendment was adopted on a voice vote.  The committee report was passed on a roll call vote, 267-65)

 

ELECTION LAW

HB 183, relative to voter registration forms. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.(Amendment 3030h is adopted on a division vote, 280-44/ the motion of OTP/A passes on a voice vote.

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW (REMOVED FROM CONSENT AND SPECIAL ORDERED)

HB 405-FN, requiring the department of health and human services to license supervised visitation centers.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. (Rep. Oligny pulled the bill) (The committee report of ITL  is adopted on a division vote, 228-91)

 

The House was adjourned  at 4:30 p.m. and will resume business at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7,2016.