NH House Session Recap: Feb. 4, 2016

House Session Recap-Feb. 4, 2016

 

The House was called to order at 1:00 p.m.

Rep. Dick Hinch moves that the House adjourn from the Session of January 27,2016

The House attended to a prayer by guest Chaplain, Dr. Peter Chamberland, Pastor of  Granite State Baptist  Church

Pledge of Allegiance led by Reps. Latha Mangipudi, Nashua; Rep. Kris Roberts, Keene; and Reps. Jean Jeudy and Carols Gonzalez of Manchester.

National Anthem: Mr. Leonard Bell, U.S. Navy retired.

Leaves of Absence

Introduction of Guests

 

Governor’s State of the State Address

 

The Consent Calendar was passed on a voice vote.

Under the rules of the House,HB 1243 was referred to House Judiciary

Under the rules of the House,HB 1655 was referred to House Ways & Means

 

REGULAR CALENDAR

 

EDUCATION

HB 1272-FN, relative to bus transportation for chartered public school students.OUGHT TO PASS.

Rep. Ladd presented floor amendment 0414H, which passed on a voice vote.  The committee report of OTP, as amended as passed on a voice vote.

 

JUDICIARY

HB 1127, relative to qualifications of referees in the superior courts and circuit courts.MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of OTP is adopted, roll call, 185-124.

HB 1350, relative to allodial rights and violations of the oath of office.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

HCACR 15, relating to the election of judges. Providing that judges be elected for specific terms.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 220-85.

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

HB 1214, allowing towns and cities to authorize an additional surcharge on hotel occupancy under the meals and rooms tax.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.(The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 185-119.

HB 1221, relative to excluding certain one-time expenditures from the default budget in official ballot municipalities.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.The committee report of ITL is adopted, division vote, 224-67.

HB 1402, 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:  REFER FOR INTERIM STUDY.Rep. Hoell moves to table. The motion passes, voice vote

HB 1576-FN-LOCAL, repealing the licensure of dogs.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee report of ITL was adopted, voice vote.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS

HB 1212, naming welcome center at exit 44 on Interstate 93 in honor of Raymond S. Burton.OUGHT TO PASS.The committee report of OTP is adopted, voice vote.

 

TRANSPORTATION

HB 1430-FN, relative to registration of compact utility tractors.OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.The committee amendment passes, voice vote.  A floor amendment (0270H) that corrects a clerical error is adopted, voice vote.  The report of OTP/A passes, voice vote.   The bill is referred to House Ways and Means.

HB 1446, relative to enforcement of the prohibition on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 198-100

HB 1697-FN, relative to the operation and insurance of transportation network companies.MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee amendment is adopted, voice vote.  Rep. Sanborn offers Floor Amendment 0405. The committee report, as amended, is adopted, voice vote.  Under House rules, the bill is referred to the Commerce and Consumer Affairs committee.

 

BILLS REMOVED FROM CONSENT

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT

HB 1389, prohibiting a town meeting from materially changing a petitioned warrant article in a town that has adopted the official ballot referendum form of meeting.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE. The committee report of ITL is adopted, Division vote, 194-99.

HB 1621-FN-LOCAL, relative to sanctuary cities.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.Rep. Potucek moves to table the bill.  The motion is adopted, division vote, 247-47.

 

TRANSPORTATION

HB 1295-FN, eliminating the bureau of certificate of title.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote.

 

Rep. Hinch offered the 3rd reading motion

 

The House is in recess until Wed, Feb 10 at 10:00 a.m.