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Wednesday
Jan282015

State House/LOB open Today 1/28/15

Following discussions with Governor Hassan’s office and the Office of Emergency Management, the decision has been made to open the State House and Legislative Office Building regular business on Wednesday, January 28. (see House schedule below, note  Finance change)

 

 

Senate President Chuck Morse

Speaker of the House Shawn Jasper

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 in the NH House

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW, Room 206, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 305, relative to assessment of and discharge planning for minors in the juvenile court

system.

11:00 a.m. HB 307, relative to the membership and duties of the legislative youth advisory council.

1:15 p.m. HB 380, relative to investigations of child day care agencies.

2:00 p.m. HB 168, relative to grounds for divorce for persons with minor children.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 308, relative to the supervision of a real estate office and the duties of a facilitator under

the real estate practice act.

10:30 a.m. HB 358, relative to driver’s license information obtained by pawnbrokers and secondhand

dealers.

11:00 a.m. HB 230, relative to penalties for failure to timely discharge a mortgage.

1:15 p.m. HB 356, exempting persons using private virtual currencies for internet commerce from the

licensing requirements for money transmitters.

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY, Room 204, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 214-FN, relative to circumstances under which a police officer’s certification may be revoked.

11:00 a.m. HB 245, establishing a committee to study state and county departments of corrections.

1:00 p.m. HB 367-FN, redefining simple assault.

1:45 p.m. HB 240, prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using a drone to collect evidence.

2:30 p.m. HB 287, allowing citizens to record by audio or video a traffic stop by law enforcement officers.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB

10:00 a.m. 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.

10:45 a.m. HB 253, relative to the requirements for filing a charter school application.

11:30 a.m. HB 346, relative to criminal history records checks for school employees and volunteers.

1:00 p.m. HB 242, relative to the statewide improvement and assessment program.

1:30 p.m. HB 323, relative to the administration of the statewide assessment program.

2:15 p.m. HB 283, requiring school districts to establish a policy permitting a pupil’s parent or legal

guardian to observe his or her classes.

3:00 p.m. HB 303, relative to statewide assessment standards and relative to parental consent for

psychological services to students.

 

ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB

10:00 a.m. CACR 4, Relating to the right to vote. Providing that 17-year olds who will be eligible to vote

in the general election be permitted to vote in the election’s primary election.

10:30 a.m. HB 328, relative to delivery of absentee ballots.

10:45 a.m. HB 340, relative to appointing undeclared voters as inspectors of election.

11:00 a.m. HB 355, relative to pre-election tests of ballot counting devices.

11:15 a.m. HB 112, relative to domicile for voting purposes.

1:00 p.m. HB 320, relative to removal of certain campaign materials at the polling place.

1:15 p.m. HB 312, relative to registration of voters.

1:30 p.m. HB 304, establishing a committee to study public access to political campaign information.

1:45 p.m. HB 228, relative to showing or specially marking a ballot.137 23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD

2:30 p.m. Executive session on HB 135, relative to qualifications of assistant election officials, HB 173,

relative to instruction on ballots, HB 183, relative to voter registration forms, and HB 185,

authorizing straight ticket voting.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE, Room 303, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 372, relative to certain private employers under workers’ compensation.

11:00 a.m. HB 373, establishing the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor.

1:00 p.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 200, defining “farm stand.”

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 113, designating the mastodon as the official state fossil.

11:00 a.m. HB 216-FN, relative to recovery of certain investigatory costs by regulatory boards and commissions.

1:00 p.m. HB 279, establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New

Hampshire.

1:45 p.m. HB 139-FN, relative to an emergency exception under the New Hampshire retirement system

for certain part-time employment.

2:15 p.m. HB 182, establishing a committee to study alternative public employee retirement plans.

2:30 p.m. Executive session on HB 119, establishing the John G. Winant Memorial Commission.

 

FINANCE, Rooms 210-211, LOB

10:00 a.m. Informational meeting: Commissioner John Beardmore, Department of Revenue: Taxes.

1:00 p.m. HB 176-FN-A-L, relative to towns affected by the Merrimack River flood control compact and

the Connecticut River flood control compact and making an appropriation therefor.

1:45 p.m. HB 261, relative to disbursements of school building aid grant payments.

2:30 p.m. HB 376-FN-A, appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose

of funding eligible and completed drinking water, wastewater, and landfill closure projects under

the state aid grant program.

 

FINANCE – (DIVISION III), Rooms 210-211 (Finance moved to Thurs.)

11:00 a.m. Informational meeting: Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey Meyers, Director of Intergovernmental

Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services: Medicaid Transformation Waiver.

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS, Room 205, LOB

9:15 a.m. Subcommittee work session on HB 188, allowing the department of health and human services

to share certain Medicaid enhancement tax information with the Centers for Medicare and

Medicaid Services.

10:15 a.m. HB 330, establishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency.

11:00 a.m. HB 202, repealing the authority for the dispensing of prescription drugs in certain clinics.

1:15 p.m. HB 232, relative to training in suicide risk assessment, treatment, and management.

2:15 p.m. HB 219-FN, relative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 290, relative to the acceptance of risk in outdoor recreational activities.

11:00 a.m. HB 292, expanding the good Samaritan law to engineers and architects.

1:00 p.m. HB 315, relative to termination of tenancy.

1:45 p.m. HB 309, permitting landlords to remove tenants’ property in certain circumstances.

2:30 p.m. HB 269, allowing a landlord to collect first and last month’s rent in addition to a security deposit.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

LABOR, INDUSTRIAL AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES, Room 307, LOB

10:15 a.m. HB 324, relative to membership in a union.

11:00 a.m. HB 267-FN, requiring employers to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States.

1:00 p.m. HB 347, relative to payment of wages of certain hourly school district employees.

1:30 p.m. HB 365, prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions.

2:30 p.m. HB 361, relative to the definition of “employee.”

 

MUNICIPAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT, Room 301, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 192, relative to the valuation of utility property.

10:20 a.m. HB 193, relative to utility assessments for the use of village district roads.

10:40 a.m. HB 186, enabling the department of environmental services and the town of New Ipswich to

negotiate an agreement regarding the encroachment of the town cemetery on state land.

11:00 a.m. HB 275, relative to the encroachment of a town cemetery on state-owned land.23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD 138

1:00 p.m. HB 235, relative to obstruction of traffic on certain highways.

1:20 p.m. HB 189, relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county

delegation budget.

1:45 p.m. HB 191, relative to projects which are privately financed in energy efficiency and clean energy

districts.

 

PUBLIC WORKS AND HIGHWAYS, Room 201, LOB

10:15 a.m. HB 384, establishing a committee to study the feasibility of privatizing the New Hampshire

toll system.

11:00 a.m. HB 321, establishing a committee to study improvements to the Elizabeth Meader Hanson site

in Dover.

Executive session to follow on HB 115, repealing the allocation of gross appropriations from

the highway fund in the state budget and HB 144, establishing a commission to study the

long-term viability of the New Hampshire state port authority.

 

RESOURCES, RECREATION AND DEVELOPMENT, Room 305, LOB

10:30 a.m. HB 201, relative to the acquisition of property rights at Back Lake dam in the town of Pittsburg,

Lake Armington dam in the town of Piermont, Cass Pond dam in the town of Epsom, and

Chesham Pond dam in the town of Harrisville by the department of environmental services.

11:00 a.m. HB 254, relative to exceptions to restrictions on boating.

11:30 a.m. Full committee work session on HB 174, establishing a committee to study the name and

structure of the department of resources and economic development, HB 111, relative to land

retained by the state and HB 167, directing the commissioners of the department of resources

and economic development and the department of environmental services to develop a business

development plan to attract certain businesses to New Hampshire.

1:15 p.m. HB 259, relative to the reporting date of the economic development strategy and plan.

1:45 p.m. HB 272, designating the Ham Branch watershed in Easton as a protected river and exempting

the Ham Branch watershed from the comprehensive shoreland protection act.

Executive session on pending legislation may follow.

 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENERGY, Representatives Hall

10:00 a.m. HB 143, relative to electric renewable energy classes.

11:15 a.m. HB 234, relative to renewable portfolio standards.

Room 304, LOB

12:45 p.m. Executive session on HB 132-L, relative to time-based rates for electric service.

1:00 p.m. Continued committee briefings.

 

TRANSPORTATION, Room 203, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 387-FN, relative to motor vehicle inspections.

10:30 a.m. HB 388-FN-A, establishing university number plates.

11:00 a.m. HB 357, relative to notice of change of name or address on a driver’s license.

11:30 a.m. HB 241-FN, prohibiting driving while holding an animal in the driver’s seat.

1:00 p.m. HB 310, relative to reporting the destruction of motor vehicles.

1:30 p.m. HB 385-FN, relative to special motorcycle number plates for disabled veterans.

2:00 p.m. HB 260, relative to the definition of antique motor vehicle or motorcycle.

2:30 p.m. or immediately following HB 260, Executive session on HB 105, relative to special number plates

for members of the Civil Air Patrol, HB 121, making a technical correction to the negligent driving

statute, HB 123, relative to walking disability placards, HB 134, establishing a committee

to study the use of motorized scooter chairs on roadways and sidewalks, and HB 156, relative to

the 70 mile per hour speed limit on a portion of I-93.

 

WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB

10:00 a.m. HB 258-FN-L, relative to fees for preparing motor vehicle registration documents.

10:30 a.m. HB 278, relative to town clerk fees for fill and dredge permit applications.

11:00 a.m. HB 359, allowing municipalities in Carroll county to offer property tax exemptions to foster

commercial and industrial construction.

11:30 a.m. CACR 1, Relating to taxation. Providing that a 3/5 vote is required to pass legislation imposing

new or increased taxes or license fees, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds and providing

that the general court shall appropriate funds for payment of interest and installments of

principal of all state bonds.

1:00 p.m. HB 314, establishing a commission to study the charitable status of certain nonprofit organizations

for purposes of state and local taxation.

1:30 p.m. HB 319, establishing a committee to study effects of making changes to certain New Hampshire

tax laws.139 23 JANUARY 2015 HOUSE RECORD

2:00 p.m. HB 350, establishing a commission to study the impacts of the property tax on New Hampshire’s

residents, businesses, municipalities, and the economy.

Saturday
Jan242015

NH Senate Leadership objects to Governor’s plan to cut nursing home funding  

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Senate President Chuck Morse (R-Salem) and Senator Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) issued the following statement in response to Governor Hassan’s plan to cut $7 million from New Hampshire nursing homes in order to make up for the department’s spending shortfall.

“New Hampshire nursing homes didn’t create this problem, and they shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Morse said.

“It is unacceptable that cuts are being made, particularly for services like nursing homes, where operating budgets are already very tight each year. The unexpected cuts to these organizations could have serious impact on how they are able to operate,” Morse added.

“The Legislature clearly directed these funds be spent on nursing home reimbursements. The Governor approved the raid of funds dedicated to our county and private nursing homes as part of her effort to fill the budget shortfall in DHHS. However, the budget, signed by Governor Hassan, does not allow this action per a footnote explicitly prohibiting transfers or reductions of the state’s nursing home funding,” said Forrester.

“There are four nursing homes in my district that will have to absorb around $700,000 because of the Governor’s cuts. The likely outcome will be a cost downshift to taxpayers in the three counties my district covers. This is the unfortunate result of the Governor’s inability to responsibly manage the state’s budget,” Forrester continued.

“We passed a manageable budget that the Governor signed into law and have seen revenues coming in just above our conservative estimates each month.  By all measures, the state should be able to live within its financial means,” said Morse.

The Department of Health and Human Services latest budget dashboard shows it exceeding its Fiscal Year 2015 budget by $58 million.

Wednesday
Jan212015

NHGOP STATEMENT ON SENATE BILLS TO LOWER CORPORATE TAXES 

Concord - New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn today released the following statement on new legislation introduced by the Republican majority in the New Hampshire State Senate that will lower business taxes:

 

 

"Senate Republicans should be congratulated for keeping their campaign promises to make New Hampshire a better place to do business. Lowering the Business Profits Tax and the Business Enterprise Tax will encourage job creation and economic growth while ensuring that New Hampshire's corporate tax rates are competitive with other New England states.

 

 

"It is time for Governor Hassan to join with Republicans and support this commonsense approach that will help our economy thrive. If the governor refuses to support this legislation, it will prove that she isn't willing to stand up for responsible fiscal policies that will help New Hampshire's business community create jobs for working families." 

Over the next four years, SB1 would reduce the Business Profits Tax from 8.5% to 8%. SB 2 would reduce the Business Enterprise Tax by 10% over the next three years.

Thursday
Jan082015

NH Sen Bradley backs Sanborn's Tax Amnesty to help taxpayers catch up 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

 

Dedicates revenues for one-time expenses

 

Concord, NH– Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today added his support to a Tax Amnesty Program Bill proposed by Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford). The program would let taxpayers pay back taxes owed to the State of New Hampshire without interest or penalties during a short window. Sanborn’s bill would use the one-time revenue generated by the program to set up a New Hampshires first taxpayer E-File system, and to provide a one-time boost to state aid to local road construction projects. Bradley says that Sanborn’s bill would give taxpayers struggling through the recent recession a chance to fulfill their obligations.

 

“New Hampshire has allowed a brief Tax Amnesty window twice before, and both have been successful,” Sanborn said. “But it’s important that we use this one-time revenue for one-time expenses, and not as a cash grab to make up for overspending in the current budget.”

 

“Senator Sanborn’s bill is the fiscally responsible way to implement a Tax Amnesty Program,” Bradley continued. “The fiscally responsible way to address our current deficit is to make sure state spending stays within the budget overwhelmingly approved by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.”

Wednesday
Dec312014

New Hampshire Senate Names Kate Giaquinto as Communications Director  

Concord, NH – Senate President Chuck Morse, R-Salem, today announced that he has hired Kate Giaquinto as the State Senate Communications Director.  

 

Giaquinto has worked in various communications roles, including with the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library at Saint Anselm College, and with Montagne Communications. Giaquinto is also a 2010 graduate of Saint Anselm College.

 

Giaquinto replaces Tom Cronin who joined the University of New Hampshire this past July.