2017 BILL REPORTS

Did you know New Hampshire legislators will consider over 800 bills in 2017?  The links below divide those bills into browsable categories.  You can also find bills listed on our issue pages.  Visit gencourt.state.nh.us for the latest information on bills, including a list of withdrawn bill requests. 

SELECT BILLS BY CATEGORY

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY
Gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the death penalty are some of the many issues included in this category.

Alcohol and Tobacco Laws

HB 112 (2017)
Requires child resistant packaging for e-cigarette cartridges.
HB 358 (2017)
Repeals the law that requires liquor licensees to remove people loitering who are "disorderly" or who loiter "for any illegal purpose."
HB 420 (2017)
Authorizes a court to require installation of an ignition interlock device as a condition of driver's license reinstatement for a person convicted of manslaughter involving alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 448 (2017)
Allows the Department of Safety to take action for certain ignition interlock violations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 555 (2017)
Limits the authority of state liquor investigators to premises where liquor and beverages are lawfully sold, stored, distributed, or manufactured.
HB 600 (2017)
Eliminates restrictions on obtaining a liquor license and being employed by a licensee based on felony convictions and character.
HB 90 (2017)
Allows a person who has had their license suspended or revoked in another state to apply for limited driving privileges under New Hampshire law.
SB 199 (2017)
Authorizes limited privilege drivers' licenses for persons whose licenses have been administratively suspended for operating under the influence or refusal to take a sobriety test.
SB 20 (2017)
Authorizes the use of liquid chromatograph tests as evidence of drug or alcohol intoxication, as requested by the Department of Safety.

Animals

HB 291 (2017)
Repeals the laws requiring veterinarians to use the prescription drug monitoring database.
HB 381 (2017)
Makes it a class B felony to beat, cruelly whip, torture, or mutilate a wild animal not in captivity. This bill also requires the Lottery Commission to take protective custody of animals mistreated at facilities licensed to conduct live horse racing or dog racing. There is no live dog or horse racing in the state at this time.
HB 594 (2017)
Establishes a statewide animal abuse registry which requires persons over 18 years of age convicted of cruelty to animals, or convicted of a comparable offense in another state, to register with law enforcement.
More Info | Sponsor: David Cote
HB 623 (2017)
Makes it a crime (unspecified misdemeanor for a first offense and class B felony for a second offense) to abandon animals at a foreclosed property.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 623 (2017)
Makes it a crime (unspecified misdemeanor for a first offense and class B felony for a second offense) to abandon animals at a foreclosed property.

Criminal Records Annulment

HB 397 (2017)
Prohibits the use of handcuffs on a minor in a court facility occupied by members of the public; prohibits a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, or other public employee from advising a juvenile or the juvenile's parent to waive the right to counsel; and codifies the annulment procedure for a juvenile criminal offense that occurred between May 14, 2014 and July 1, 2015 and while the person was 17 years of age.
HB 516 (2017)
If a petition to annul a criminal record is denied, this bill requires the court to state the reason for the denial and set a time period after which the petitioner can try again. At the time of this bill's submission, if a petition to annul a criminal record is denied, the petitioner must wait three years before trying again.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 626 (2017)
Allows for an annulment of arrest and court records without cost if the arrest resulted in a finding of not guilty, or if the case was dismissed or not prosecuted, or if a conviction was subsequently vacated. The bill also allows an individual to petition for annulment on an annual basis if denied, as opposed to the existing limitation of every three years.
More Info | Sponsor: Brian Stone

Death Penalty

HB 351 (2017)
Allows the death penalty for "knowingly causing the death" of someone under age eighteen.

Drinking Age

HB 545 (2017)
If a person seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing an alcohol overdose, this bill protects the person from prosecution for any charges related to underage drinking, if the evidence for the charge was obtained as a result of the person seeking medical assistance.

Employee Protections

HB 442 (2017)
Prohibits employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history prior to an interview.

Family Planning in NH: Abortion Restrictions

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
SB 66 (2017)
Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The bill was amended to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

Federal Laws

HB 171 (2017)
Prohibits the state and its political subdivisions from assisting a federal agency in the collection or use of a person's electronic data without consent or a warrant.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 370 (2017)
Appropriates $15 million over the next two fiscal years for the Department of Health and Human Services to comply with implementing the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

General and Miscellaneous Business Regulation

SB 120 (2017)
Permits the Public Utilities Commission to regulate certain incumbent local exchange carriers providing services to police, fire, emergency medical services, etc.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Gun Laws

HB 201 (2017)
Requires commercial sales and transfers of firearms to take place through licensed dealers who are required to perform background checks. If the status of either party's eligibility to own or possess a firearm cannot be ascertained in a private sale or transfer, the transaction must be completed through a licensed firearm dealer.
HB 350 (2017)
Prohibits possession of a firearm at a polling place during an election.
HB 84 (2017)
Allows a person to carry a loaded rifle, shotgun, or crossbow in a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, aircraft, or boat.  The House amended the bill to instead allow possession of a loaded firearm in a mobile home.  The Senate then amended the bill to also allow a loaded firearm "on the exterior of a stationary vehicle" or in the open bed of a pickup truck.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx
SB 12 (2017)
Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a concealed firearm is valid, and repeals the requirement to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Heroin Addiction: Law Enforcement

HB 153 (2017)
Allows a charge of manslaughter for selling heroin or fentanyl if the user dies.
HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
SB 131 (2017)
Appropriates $1,155,000 to hire five state troopers assigned to drug enforcement on the state border. This bill also appropriates $3,340,000 for state and local law enforcement and the state lab for overtime related to drug enforcement.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Heroin Addiction: Treatment Funding

HB 528 (2017)
Creates a dedicated fund for the bulk purchase of narcan and naloxone, so that the state can offer Narcan and naloxone at a discounted price. The fund would be supported by public and private sources including, but not limited to gifts, grants, donations, rebates, and funds from agreements or settlements received by the Department of Justice.
HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
HB 610 (2017)
Authorizes community-based needle exchange programs and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules for such programs.

Judicial Process

HB 106 (2017)
Requires corroboration for a victim's testimony in a sexual assault case if the defendant has no prior convictions for sexual assault.
HB 133 (2017)
Upon a defendant's request, this bill requires judges to instruct jurors, "Even if you find that the state has proved all of the elements of the offense charged beyond a reasonable doubt, you may still find that based upon the facts of this case a guilty verdict will yield an unjust result, and you may find the defendant not guilty." This is known as jury nullification.
HB 138 (2017)
Forbids incarcerating someone for civil contempt without a finding that the person is able to pay the contempt penalty. This bill also states that the courts cannot require a person to sell their home or only vehicle to satisfy a civil contempt penalty.
HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
HB 284 (2017)
Changes the jury instructions in sexual assault cases to add that "the defendant's testimony need not be corroborated." This bill also changes any reference to "victim" in the sexual assault laws to "complainant."
HB 306 (2017)
Requires presentence investigation reports to include an estimate of the cost of incarceration.
HB 382 (2017)
Prohibits electronic transmission, electronic signature, or telephonic testimony for search warrants, arrest warrents, domestic violence orders, and other orders.
HB 439 (2017)
Prohibits the admission of evidence of a victim's sexual history in any appeal, unless the New Hampshire Supreme Court rules it should be admitted. Before amendments, this bill added a blanket statement to New Hampshire’s criminal laws: "Prior consensual sexual activity between the victim of a crime and any person other than the defendant shall not be admitted into evidence in any prosecution under the criminal code, title LXII, in any court in this state.”
HB 448 (2017)
Allows the Department of Safety to take action for certain ignition interlock violations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.
HB 634 (2017)
Repeals penalty assessments, which go to the victims assistance fund, the judicial branch information technology fund, and the general fund.
HB 652 (2017)
Permits courts to establish veterans' tracks for veterans and members of the military who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The House amended the bill to also require a person sentenced by a mental health court to wait one year after completing all programs before filing a petition for annulment. The current period is six months.
HB 94 (2017)
Prohibits a defense in prostitution and human trafficking cases that relies on the defendant not knowing the individual's age or ability to consent.
SB 164 (2017)
Removes the statute of limitations on sexual assault prosecutions if the victim was under age eighteen at the time of the assault. At the time of this bill's submission, an individual who was sexually assaulted as a minor must seek prosecution before turning forty years-old.
SB 200 (2017)
Prohibits the incarceration of a defendant following a final hearing for non-payment of a fine or nonperformance of community service unless a lawyer has been appointed or the defendant has waived the right to counsel.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

ECONOMY, BUDGET & TAXES
From this year's property taxes to next year's budget, this category includes issues related to taxpayer issues.

Aging Population

HB 489 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study adaptation of the tax structure of the state to economic and demographic changes.

Agriculture, Food, and Beverages

HB 568 (2017)
Clarifies the current requirement that private use or occupancy of public property is subject to property taxation. This bill also allows local property tax exemptions for leases of publicly owned agricultural land.
HB 612 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding meat inspection, slaughter, auctions, and shipments, as requested by the committee to study livestock and meat inspection.
SB 10 (2017)
Creates a program to repay licensed milk producers from losses during the 2016 drought. The bill appropriates $2 million to the Milk Producers Emergency Relief Fund.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 169 (2017)
Modifies the definition of agritourism to preempt any local regulations of agritourism.
More Info | Sponsor: Bob Giuda
SB 221 (2017)
Makes some changes to the laws governing food facility inspections. In particular, this bill gives the Department of Health and Human Services more discretion over the inspection of food facilities.
SB 82 (2017)
Requires maple syrup packaging to list the state or province of origin.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 97 (2017)
Appropriates $6 million over the next two fiscal years for the agricultural land preservation programs.

Alcohol and Tobacco Laws

HB 140 (2017)
Authorizes wine manufacturers to conduct sampling and retail sales at a tasting room separate from a manufacturing facility.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 152 (2017)
Clarifies direct shipper laws as they relate to shipments of beer.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 161 (2017)
Requires beverage manufacturers to pay the beer tax on beverages sold at farmers' markets.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 175 (2017)
Prohibits the sale of food in a cigar bar licensed by the liquor commission. At the time of this bill's submission, the law prohibits the "service of food" at cigar bars.
HB 176 (2017)
Changes the definition of a cigar bar so that only cigar bars with under $75,000 must generate 60% or more of their quarterly gross revenue from the sale of cigar-related products.
HB 242 (2017)
Changes the definition of e-cigarette to include devices that do not contain nicotine. This bill also includes e-cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products for purposes of sale and licensure requirements.
HB 318 (2017)
Creates a 15% tax on the wholesale price of premium cigars.
HB 333 (2017)
Adds premium cigars to the tobacco tax, which is 65% of wholesale prices.
More Info | Sponsor: Richard Ames
HB 353 (2017)
Allows liquor licensees maintaining an inventory of at least 200 different beer labels to obtain a $240 license to fill and sell refillable beer containers (i.e., growlers).
HB 496 (2017)
Increases the tax applied to each gallon of beer sold or transferred from $0.30 to $0.50.
HB 549 (2017)
Modifies beverage vendor license fees. Current beverage vendor license fees vary form $720 to $1,920; this bill would set fees from $100 to $25,000.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 600 (2017)
Eliminates restrictions on obtaining a liquor license and being employed by a licensee based on felony convictions and character.
HB 632 (2017)
Permits an individual whose liquor license has been revoked to elect to have a neutral person designated by the Circuit Court review his or her case.
HB 79 (2017)
Establishes alcohol labeling requirements that apply to New Hampshire manufacturers selling less than 15,000 9-liter-equivalent total cases annually within the state.
HB 98 (2017)
Authorizes brew pubs to manufacture alcoholic cider.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 99 (2017)
Provides that any label that is approved by the U.S. Department of Treasury under the provisions of the federal Alcoholic Administration Act is automatically in compliance with state alcoholic beverage advertising restrictions.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
SB 196 (2017)
Increases the percentage of the previous year's gross liquor profits deposited into the Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund, from 1.7% to 3.4%.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 207 (2017)
Taxes chewing tobacco at a rate of $1.55 per ounce, rather than a rate of 65.03% of the wholesale price.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 87 (2017)
Allow licensed liquor manufacturers to sell and serve unlimited amounts of spirit product on their premises and at other on-premises licensed locations in the same city or town, without selling to the Liquor Commission first.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 88 (2017)
Allows wine manufacturers to operate up to five satellite tasting rooms. Wine manufacturers would be permitted to provide samples or to sell their products from the satellite locations. Wine manufacturers must pay $100 annual fee to the Liquor Commission for each satellite tasting room.
More Info | Sponsor: Gary Daniels

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 109 (2017)
Exempts building plans and construction drawings in connection with a local building permit process from the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 131 (2017)
Requires parties submitting zoning amendment petitions to pay the costs of notification.
HB 168 (2017)
Updates the state fire code to include the 2015 edition of the Uniform Fire Code NFPA 1.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 265 (2017)
Authorizes a municipality to limit accessory dwelling units for duplexes, condominiums, and manufactured housing.
HB 359 (2017)
Requires the register of deeds to keep 30% of all Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) fees to be used for conservation efforts within the town or city in which the fee originated.
HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $150,000.
HB 385 (2017)
Requires receipt of a foreclosure notice to be acknowledged.
More Info | Sponsor: Kate Murray
HB 446 (2017)
Forbids including project labor agreements in state agency construction contracts. A project labor agreement is defined as "any pre-hire collective bargaining agreement with one or more labor organizations that establishes the terms and conditions of employment for a specific construction project."
HB 617 (2017)
Grants a person the right to a jury trial if they are charged with planning and zoning violations that could result in fees or fines exceeding $275.
HB 80 (2017)
Makes various changes to building code enforcement.
HB 85 (2017)
Permits an arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) device to be replaced with a device without AFCI protection in certain circumstances. This bill also limits the information the State Building Code Review Board can require in an application.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx
HB 86 (2017)
Requires a zoning board of adjustment to vote on five separate criteria when determining whether to grant a variance.
HB 92 (2017)
Updates the state building code to reflect various 2015 editions.
SB 135 (2017)
Requires all electrical installations, even those done without compensation, to be made by someone licensed by the Electrician's Board. This bill also allows for the establishment of fees for voluntary inspections done by a board-appointed inspector. City or town building officials or code enforcement officers shall have the authority to check the license or identification of inspectors. Lastly, this bill updates a reference to the National Electrical Code within the state building code.
SB 201 (2017)
Requires municipalities to distribute pamphlets containing asbestos regulations when issuing permits for renovation or demolition of buildings.
SB 21 (2017)
Modifies the continuing education requirements for architects and clarifies the exemptions from licensure by the board of architects.
SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 53 (2017)
Adds definitions and requirements for federally regulated appraisal management companies opearating New Hampshire.
SB 73 (2017)
Defines single-family residence for purposes of approving plans for construction of sewage or waste disposal systems. The definition includes duplexes and homes with "accessory dwelling units."
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 94 (2017)
Appropriates $25 million to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority for affordable housing.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Budget 2018-2019

HB 1 (2017)
2018-2019 state budget bill. The House of Representatives failed to pass this bill, so the Senate added the budget to a different bill, HB 144.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 2 (2017)
2018-2019 state budget bill (part 2). The House of Representatives failed to pass this bill, so the Senate added the budget to a different bill, HB 517.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

EDUCATION
Curious about Common Core or school funding? Browse these issues related to education in the Granite State.

Aging Population

HB 603 (2017)
Establishes the John and Molly Stark student debt reduction program, which would provide grants to New Hampshire residents who attend UNH and agree to work in New Hampshire for four years after graduation. The bill appropriates $1.2 million over the next two fiscal years for the program.
HB 605 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in social services, such as nursing. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least four years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 606 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in health care. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least five years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Business Taxes

SB 75 (2017)
Establishes a tax credit for donations to career and technical education centers that can be applied against the business profits tax, with an aggregate allowable amount not to exceed $500,000 per fiscal year.

Charter Schools

HB 113 (2017)
Allows the state Board of Education to deny a chartered public school application based on lack of state funding.
HB 125 (2017)
Provides that members of a chartered public school board of trustees shall be appointed by the governor and Executive Council.
HB 147 (2017)
Requires chartered public schools to comply with all the laws applicable to public schools.
HB 148 (2017)
Requires all charter school teachers to possess a "valid New Hampshire teaching credential." At the time of this bill's submission, half of a charter school's teachers must be certified or have at least 3 years teaching experience.
HB 293 (2017)
Changes the requirements for a mission statement of a charter school.
HB 341 (2017)
Repeals the option to reduce property taxes for a property rented or leased to a charter school.
HB 419 (2017)
Allows for an annual refund of the pro-rata share of property taxes paid by a chartered public school pursuant to a lease of property from a non-exempt owner.
HB 494 (2017)
Requires that the nonprofit organization members and parents filing an application to establish a chartered public school must be New Hampshire residents.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 505 (2017)
Establishes an independent chartered public school commission with the authority to approve new charter schools.
HB 584 (2017)
Amends the amount of money per pupil the state would provide to public charter schools for each student, except for payments to the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School, which is unaffected by this bill. At the time of this bill's submission, the annual per pupil aid for public charter schools is $4,917.78 for kindergarten students, and $6,735.81 for grade 1-12 students. Under this bill, per pupil aid for all pupils (including kindergarten) would be calculated at 55% of the most recently available statewide average cost per pupil for public schools, including any differentiated aid.

Common Core

CACR 7 (2017)
Constitutional amendment that gives the Legislature more control over school funding and education standards. The amendment states, "the General Court shall have the authority and full discretion to define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, to establish reasonable standards of accountability therefor, and to mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity. Further, in the exercise thereof, the General Court shall have full discretion to determine the amount of, and methods of raising and distributing, State funding for education."
HB 207 (2017)
Prohibits the Department of Education and the state Board of Education from requiring any school or school district to implement the Common Core standards.
HB 304 (2017)
If a school board votes against adopting the Common Core education standards, this bill requires the board to adopt alternative academic standards that meet or exceed Common Core (or whatever other education standards the state has adopted).
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 620 (2017)
As originally written, this bill would have prohibited the state Board of Education from adopting any rules that require school districts to use specific curriculum or assessments, unless the program is fully paid for by the state or federal government. This bill also would have prevented the Board of Education from adopting any rules that exceed minimum requirements set in law. The bill was amended to instead require that the Board of Education consider the fiscal and administrative impact on local school districts before implementing new rules going forward.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
SB 44 (2017)
Prohibits the Department of Education and the state Board of Education from requiring the implementation of the Common Core standards in any school or school district in this state.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Employee Protections

SB 102 (2017)
Provides family and medical leave to certain school district employees who are not otherwise eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Free Speech

HB 477 (2017)
States that "No institution within the university system of New Hampshire which accepts state funds shall restrict a student's right to speak, including verbal speech, holding a sign, or distributing fliers or other materials, in a public forum."

Higher Education

HB 180 (2017)
Requires New Hampshire colleges to collect additional information on pupils taking remedial courses and requires the Department of Education to make that information available to the public on its website.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 313 (2017)
Allows a town to establish a scholarship fund.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 409 (2017)
Requires the University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire to provide detailed budgets upon legislative or executive request.
HB 477 (2017)
States that "No institution within the university system of New Hampshire which accepts state funds shall restrict a student's right to speak, including verbal speech, holding a sign, or distributing fliers or other materials, in a public forum."
HB 509 (2017)
Requires the trustees of the university system to submit a report detailing the operating budget for each institution in the university system for the next fiscal year.
HB 603 (2017)
Establishes the John and Molly Stark student debt reduction program, which would provide grants to New Hampshire residents who attend UNH and agree to work in New Hampshire for four years after graduation. The bill appropriates $1.2 million over the next two fiscal years for the program.
HB 604 (2017)
Establishes the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program, a scholarship program for qualifying New Hampshire students enrolled in the Community College System of New Hampshire. The bill appropriates $1 million over the next two fiscal years for the program.
HB 605 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in social services, such as nursing. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least four years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 606 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in health care. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least five years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 607 (2017)
Establishes a scholarship program for New Hampshire high school graduates attending college in New Hampshire, offering $1,000 each year for up to four years. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 609 (2017)
Amends the Children's Savings Account Program. State law requires a pilot program in Manchester and Coos county that gives each kindergarten student a $50 savings account. This bill expands the program to any student who completes a financial literacy program in the second grade or later. The bill also appropriates $5 million for the program over the next two fiscal years, and raises the mutual fund registration fee by $100 to support the program. These funds would allow additional state contributions to each child's savings account.
HB 641 (2017)
Establishes a program for students in grades 11 and 12 interested in taking science, technology, engineering, or math courses, previously approved by the University System of New Hampshire or Community College System of New Hampshire, for college credit at a state-funded rate of $250 per course.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 95 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the feasibility of transferring authority over the University System of New Hampshire's budget to the Legislature. The House amended the bill to instead study how the university and community college systems spend taxpayer money, and how to increase accountability.
HCR 2 (2017)
Urges legislators to support bills to ensure that students from New Hampshire have access to debt-free higher education at public colleges and universities.
SB 228 (2017)
Establishes the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership (NH GRIP) which provides $1,000 annually for four years to an in-state college graduate who is hired by a participating in-state employer.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 31 (2017)
Authorizes the University of New Hampshire Foundation to issue decal plates.
SB 41 (2017)
Establishes a skilled technology recruiting trust fund in the Treasury Department for the purpose of providing technology education scholarships. This bill appropriates $4 million over the next two fiscal years for the scholarships.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis

Judicial Process

HB 429 (2017)
States that any policy or funding decision from the Legislature regarding adequate public education is not subject to review by any court.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 490 (2017)
Asserts that any taxpayer shall have legal standing to sue the school board of the school district in which he or she resides.

Juvenile and Family Law

HB 556 (2017)
Requires schools to post a sign containing information on how to report child abuse or neglect to the Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
SB 153 (2017)
Appropriates $2.6 million over the next two fiscal years for early childhood intervention services through the family centered early supports and services program. The federal government will match this appropriation.
SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Local and County Government

HB 122 (2017)
Amends the procedure for withdrawal from a cooperative school district, so that the preexisting school district rather than the entire cooperative school district votes on withdrawal.
HB 313 (2017)
Allows a town to establish a scholarship fund.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 341 (2017)
Repeals the option to reduce property taxes for a property rented or leased to a charter school.
HB 378 (2017)
Provides that no public member of a school administrative unit planning committee shall hold any public elective office at the time of appointment.
HB 391 (2017)
Repeals laws related to allowing towns to adopt the checklist for school meetings as the checklist of the town.
HB 456 (2017)
Allows voters to petition for an article to establish a budget committee for a cooperative school district.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 308 (2017)
Requires any propane dealer who installs an underground propane tank to record the size and location of the tank in the registry of deeds for the county in which the property is located.
HB 376 (2017)
Requires construction projects that disturb the sediments of estuarine waters to submit a chemical analysis of such sediments in order to receive a permit from the Department of Environmental Services.
HB 380 (2017)
Makes the Oil Discharge and Disposal Cleanup Fund nonlapsing and expands the criteria for eligible reimbursable expenses to include properties contaminated by gasoline ethers. This bill also increases the reimbursement limit for tank upgrades from $1,500 to $2,250 for low-income owners of home heating oil tanks.
SB 201 (2017)
Requires municipalities to distribute pamphlets containing asbestos regulations when issuing permits for renovation or demolition of buildings.
SB 73 (2017)
Defines single-family residence for purposes of approving plans for construction of sewage or waste disposal systems. The definition includes duplexes and homes with "accessory dwelling units."
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Business Taxes

SB 123 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program for New Hampshire, including how such a program could be used to reduce business taxes.

Carbon Restrictions and Climate Change

HB 540 (2017)
Prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from applying, accepting, or expending federal funding for climate change adaptation and discontinues the Climate and Health Program, which is funded by federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Department states that these funds are used for contracts with county and local governments to provide program support services, regional/local planning for extreme weather events, and interventions to strengthen response capacity, with the remainder of the funds used to hire a full-time project coordinator and a part-time staff person for health impact analysis.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
SB 123 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program for New Hampshire, including how such a program could be used to reduce business taxes.

Consumer Protection Law

HB 504 (2017)
Prohibits a regulated utility from terminating the service of a customer who fails to pay any charge or fee to a third party.
HB 515 (2017)
Allows a residential customer with a utility account in arrears to pay whatever is owed rather than pay a deposit to the utility company.

Drilling, Fracking, and Pipelines

HB 162 (2017)
Establishes criteria for high pressure gas pipeline applications, including compensation to property owners in eminent domain proceedings. This bill also requires 75% or more of the gas transmitted into New Hampshire to be distributed within New Hampshire.
HB 179 (2017)
Prohibits any tariff, tax, or fee on any electric ratepayer for the purpose of financing the construction of a high pressure gas pipeline.
HB 493 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to determine if gas pipeline capacity contracts with a term of more than one year are in the public interest.
SB 229 (2017)
Establishes protections for property owners if a pipeline company takes their land through eminent domain. For example, this bill sets up a process for the pipeline company to pay for reloaction, temporary housing, and legal expenses.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Eminent Domain Restrictions

SB 229 (2017)
Establishes protections for property owners if a pipeline company takes their land through eminent domain. For example, this bill sets up a process for the pipeline company to pay for reloaction, temporary housing, and legal expenses.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Federal Laws

HB 540 (2017)
Prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services from applying, accepting, or expending federal funding for climate change adaptation and discontinues the Climate and Health Program, which is funded by federal grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Department states that these funds are used for contracts with county and local governments to provide program support services, regional/local planning for extreme weather events, and interventions to strengthen response capacity, with the remainder of the funds used to hire a full-time project coordinator and a part-time staff person for health impact analysis.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
SB 121 (2017)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to send an updated list of "impaired waters" to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will impact municipal storm and wastewater system regulations. The Senate amended the bill to instead establish a commission to determine if DES should take over the MS-4 permit system from the EPA, and if so, to recommend a fee structure that would pay for DES to manage permits.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 136 (2017)
Makes changes to the process for selling or transferring land to the federal government. In particular, this bill eliminates the land use board, requires approval of federal land acquisitions by the governor and Executive Council, and requires the commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development to issue a certificate of compliance.
More Info | Sponsor: Bob Giuda

Fish and Game and Outdoor Recreation

HB 190 (2017)
Provides for a portion of funds in the wildlife habitat account to be used for Fish and Game Department boundary work, and prohibits wildlife habitat account and fisheries habitat account funds from being spent on equipment.
HB 467 (2017)
Changes the duties of the Fish and Game Commission so that the Executive Director generally will not require the consent of the commission to set policy.
HB 488 (2017)
Re-establishes the state park system advisory council which was repealed on June 30, 2016. The council generally advises policymakers about ways to protect and improve the park system.
SB 48 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study changes to the Fish and Game Commission and Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

General and Miscellaneous Business Regulation

HB 463 (2017)
Allows the Department of Environmental Services to make rules regarding air pollution and the deposit of such pollutants on soils and water. This bill also regulates devices emitting or having the potential to emit air pollutants that may harm soil and water. The Department of Environmental Services states entities with such devices would have to pay an application fee and an emissions-based permit fee.
HB 481 (2017)
Permits towns to regulate plastic shopping bags.
HB 547 (2017)
Establishes a statewide program to recycle and dispose of electronic waste generated by households, charities, school districts, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees, at no cost to those entities. The program will be funded by manufacturers that sell electronic devices.
SB 49 (2017)
Allows the Department of Environmental Services to deny a permit for a solid waste facility to a privately held corporation if certain key members of the corporation were convicted of a felony in the past five years.

Local and County Government

HB 173 (2017)
Expands the authority of selectmen to restrict outdoor water usage to include commercial property.
HB 308 (2017)
Requires any propane dealer who installs an underground propane tank to record the size and location of the tank in the registry of deeds for the county in which the property is located.
HB 337 (2017)
Allows the Site Evaluation Committee to set rules for municipal regulation of the noise level of small wind turbines. At the time of this bill;s submission, state law does not allow municipalities to set a noise limit below 55 decibels.
HB 357 (2017)
Repeals changes made in 2016 to laws governing the appraisal, for property tax purposes, of telecommunications poles and conduits. The 2016 changes established a statutory valuation formula based on replacement cost, age and depreciation. Under this bill, municipalities would independently assess the value of poles and conduits.
HB 470 (2017)
Modifies the penalties for violations of municipal ordinances and bylaws concerning sewage or stormwater. For example, this bill would allow municipalities to ask the court to bill the violator for expenses related to enforcement.
HB 481 (2017)
Permits towns to regulate plastic shopping bags.
HB 535 (2017)
Raises the total peak generating capacity for group net metering when the generator is a city or town.
SB 116 (2017)
Requires an energy facility applying to build in New Hampshire to give notice to any affected municipality, including cities or towns that would be able to see or hear the energy facility in a neighboring municipality.
More Info | Sponsor: Ruth Ward
SB 117 (2017)
Establishes the Stormwater Management and Flood Resilience Fund to provide grants to public and non-public organizations for stormwater pollution monitoring, treatment and outreach. This bill appropriates $400,000 to the fund.
SB 124 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.
SB 172 (2017)
Prohibits the Department of Environmental Services from declaring a dam on residential property to be a menance to public safety unless the governing body of the municpality in which the dam is located has declared it a menance.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 185 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a program for tax and other relief for coastal properties subject to storm surge, sea level rise, and extreme precipitation, under the community revitalization tax relief program.
SB 201 (2017)
Requires municipalities to distribute pamphlets containing asbestos regulations when issuing permits for renovation or demolition of buildings.
SB 240 (2017)
Requires municipalities to connect private wells to public water systems in the event a private well has a 10% increase in man-made containments in a year. The bill was amended to instead require a "responsible party" to monitor any contaminated water supplies and provide clean drinking water if necessary.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis

Northern Pass

HB 145 (2017)
Requires local approval to site high voltage transmission lines in a town or city.
HB 462 (2017)
Requires the Site Evaluation Committee to amend rules, specifically some rules requiring visual impact assessments, fire protection plans, and emergency response plans.
SB 116 (2017)
Requires an energy facility applying to build in New Hampshire to give notice to any affected municipality, including cities or towns that would be able to see or hear the energy facility in a neighboring municipality.
More Info | Sponsor: Ruth Ward

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 324 (2017)
Gives the Commissioner of Revenue Administration authority to determine the value of utility property for the purpose of local property taxation.
HB 328 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include notifications in licenses that public utility infrastructure over, under, or across state land is taxable.
SB 95 (2017)
Increases the salary for the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission from $121,488 to $128,260.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Other: Education

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 111 (2017)
Provides that costs of purchased power agreements prior to July 9, 2015 shall only be collected through the default service charge, rather than through other charges to ratepayers.
HB 146 (2017)
Expands "energy cost saving measure" and "energy performance contracts" to include utility cost savings.
HB 258 (2017)
Makes various changes to the process for submission and approval of subsurface sewage disposal system plans, as requested by the Department of Environmental Services.
More Info | Sponsor: Dale Sprague

HEALTH CARE
Do you support the Affordable Care Act in NH? What about the medical marijuana or physician-assisted suicide? This category covers all of those issues and more.

Affordable Care Act: Federal Health Insurance Exchange

SB 157 (2017)
Requires health carrier network adequacy rules to include access to providers for persons with substance use disorder. This bill also requires health carriers to notify covered persons of their rights, including the ability to appeal decisions and seek care out-of-network.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Affordable Care Act: Medicaid Expansion

HB 250 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the benefits and costs of a "health care for all" publicly funded health care program for New Hampshire.
HB 321 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a public health insurance program for New Hampshire.
HB 638 (2017)
Repeals New Hampshire's expanded Medicaid program, called the New Hampshire Health Protection Program (NHHPP).
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
SB 236 (2017)
Continues expanded Medicaid eligibility, which would otherwise expire December 31, 2018.

Aging Population

HB 605 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in social services, such as nursing. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least four years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 606 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in health care. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least five years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
SB 161 (2017)
Establishes a commission to evaluate the direct care workforce and preparedness of long-term care and support services for aging adults with dementia or other cognitive brain injuries.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Agriculture, Food, and Beverages

SB 221 (2017)
Makes some changes to the laws governing food facility inspections. In particular, this bill gives the Department of Health and Human Services more discretion over the inspection of food facilities.

Alcohol and Tobacco Laws

HB 268 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the consequences of tobacco use by minors in New Hampshire.
HB 279 (2017)
Revises in the Indoor Smoking Act to allow smoking in many public places, including grocery stores and restaurants, unless the private owner chooses to ban smoking.
SB 145 (2017)
Prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle if a passenger is under age sixteen.
SB 196 (2017)
Increases the percentage of the previous year's gross liquor profits deposited into the Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund, from 1.7% to 3.4%.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 209 (2017)
Includes e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine in the Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program.

Animals

HB 290 (2017)
Makes various changes to the rabies vaccination laws, as requested by the state veterinarian.
HB 291 (2017)
Repeals the laws requiring veterinarians to use the prescription drug monitoring database.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Employee Protections

HB 407 (2017)
Requires workers compensation insurance to cover prophylactic treatment for exposure to "potentially harmful chemical, physical, or biological agents."
More Info | Sponsor: Andrew White

Family Planning in NH: Abortion Restrictions

HB 471 (2017)
Requires any health care provider that provides an abortion to submit information about the patient to the state through an electronic form. Patients and providers would be assigned confidential identification numbers. Under this bill, the public would be able to view aggregate data on abortions, including the woman's age, the woman's county of residence, the gestational age of the fetus, the method of abortion, and the woman's use of contraception.
HB 578 (2017)
Prohibits abortion after 21 weeks, unless there is a medical emergency. This bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on any abortions.
HB 589 (2017)
Repeals the protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health facilities.
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper

Family Planning in NH: Contraception Coverage

HB 264 (2017)
Allows pharmacies to dispense oral contraceptives to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription. The House amended the bill to instead establish a commission to study making oral contraceptives available over-the-counter.
SB 154 (2017)
Allows pharmacies to dispense oral contraceptives to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn

General and Miscellaneous Business Regulation

HB 586 (2017)
Makes various changes to the licensure and regulation of body art practitioners, electrologists, massage therapists, and ophthalmic dispensers, including establishing a facility license for body piercing, branding, or tattooing facilities.

Health Insurance Across State Lines

HB 633 (2017)
Allows health insurance companies to sell health insurance policies that do not comply with certain New Hampshire health insurance standards established in law. This would allow out-of-state licensed companies to sell policies in New Hampshire.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
SB 149 (2017)
Allows an individual who is a resident of New Hampshire or an employer with under 100 employees to purchase health insurance from out-of-state health insurance carriers.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn

Heroin Addiction: Law Enforcement

HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.

Heroin Addiction: Treatment Funding

HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
HB 610 (2017)
Authorizes community-based needle exchange programs and requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop rules for such programs.
SB 157 (2017)
Requires health carrier network adequacy rules to include access to providers for persons with substance use disorder. This bill also requires health carriers to notify covered persons of their rights, including the ability to appeal decisions and seek care out-of-network.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 158 (2017)
Declares that if substance use disorder services are a covered under a health benefit plan, prior authorization for prescribed medications for a substance use disorder is only required once a year.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 196 (2017)
Increases the percentage of the previous year's gross liquor profits deposited into the Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment Fund, from 1.7% to 3.4%.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 220 (2017)
Repeals the state definition of "mental illness" and replaces it with "mental disorders as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition." This bill also allows involuntary commitment for opioid addiction.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 234 (2017)
Legalizes trace amounts of drugs in needles, and authorizes persons other than pharmacists to dispense hypodermic syringes and needles. This bill would allow needle exchange programs.
More Info | Sponsor: James Gray

Higher Education

HB 605 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in social services, such as nursing. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least four years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.
HB 606 (2017)
Establishes a college scholarship program for UNH students pursuing careers in health care. Applicants would have to agree to work in New Hampshire for at least five years after graduating. The bill appropriates $1 to start the program.

Inheritance and Wills

SB 230 (2017)
Adopts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.
SB 61 (2017)
Clarifies the procedure for receipt of medical records of a deceased spouse or next of kin.

Judicial Process

HB 373 (2017)
Provides that application forms for allied health professionals be adopted as a rule by the Board of Directors of Allied Health Professionals rather than by each governing board. This bill also requires the Merrimack County Superior Court to provide information to the Office of Legislative Services about cases concerning the validity of administrative rules.
SB 151 (2017)
Prohibits a nursing facility from requiring that a patient sign a mandatory arbitration agreement, which limits the ability of a patient to settle disputes with the facility in court.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 162 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.
SB 163 (2017)
Permits certain medical and dental records and reports to be admissible in civil proceedings as evidence of the necessity of and charges for certain medical and dental services, the diagnosis and prognosis of a physician or dentist, and certain opinions of physicians and dentists. The bill would not apply to any claim where the medical expenses exceed $25,000. The bill states, "The purpose of this act is to reduce the costs to the parties and to the judicial system, and to reduce the burdens on medical practitioners and their patients, of requiring live medical testimony in trials of tort claims seeking damages on account of bodily injury."
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 230 (2017)
Adopts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.

Juvenile and Family Law

HB 587 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. This bill also makes it illegal to advertise or charge for conversion therapy.
HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.
SB 230 (2017)
Adopts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.
SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Law Enforcement

HB 437 (2017)
Allows a law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction to hold an arrested person in need of medical treatment in temporary custody until that person is medically cleared to enter a correctional facility or jail.
HB 649 (2017)
Makes emergency medical technicians and rescue squad members eligible for a death benefit if killed in the line of duty.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx

POLITICS/POLITICAL PROCESS
Learn about campaigns and voting rights, from SB2 elections at the town level all the way up to the Electoral College in Presidential elections.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 617 (2017)
Grants a person the right to a jury trial if they are charged with planning and zoning violations that could result in fees or fines exceeding $275.
HB 86 (2017)
Requires a zoning board of adjustment to vote on five separate criteria when determining whether to grant a variance.

Campaign Spending Reform

HB 116 (2017)
Requires legislative hearings on the consequences of the Citizens United decision and calls upon New Hampshire's congressional delegation to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the decision.
HB 519 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions.
HB 533 (2017)
Modifies the definition "political advocacy organization" for purposes of the political expenditures and contributions laws.
HB 537 (2017)
Clarifies the applicability of limits on the making of political contributions. In particular, this bill specifies that any individual can only donate a total of $5,000 to a candidate or his or her campaign committee in a single election cycle, regardless of when a candidate declares his or her candidacy.
HCR 7 (2017)
Requests a U.S. constitutional convention "to propose amendments to the federal Constitution for the exclusive purpose of election reform that do not abrogate or amend the First Amendment."
HR 7 (2017)
Calls on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to consider a constitutional amendment prohibiting campaign contributions unless the donor is eligible to vote in that federal election.
SB 115 (2017)
Requires that a political contribution by a limited liability company (LLC) be allocated to members, for the purpose of determining whether a member has exceeded contribution limits.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 197 (2017)
Appropriates $200,000 over the next two fiscal years to the Department of Justice to enforce election and lobbying laws.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 32 (2017)
Adds fines for violating the requirements for signature, identification, and authorization of political advertising.
SB 33 (2017)
Modifies the definition of "political advocacy organization." For example, the new definition would require the organization to release a public communication within 60 days before a primary or general election.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Consumer Protection Law

HJR 1 (2017)
Requests $176,448.50 for restitution to Jeffrey Frost for civil and criminal charges brought against him relating to two mortgages he worked on with two different LLCs.

Electoral College Repeal

HB 231 (2017)
Apportions the state's presidential electors so that two at-large presidential electors shall cast their ballots for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in the state, and congressional district presidential electors shall cast their ballots for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates who received the highest number of votes in their respective congressional districts.
HB 447 (2017)
"National Popular Vote Bill," an interstate agreement to elect the President by national popular vote.

Federal Laws

HB 116 (2017)
Requires legislative hearings on the consequences of the Citizens United decision and calls upon New Hampshire's congressional delegation to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the decision.
HB 139 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for selecting and recalling delegates to a convention to rewrite the U.S. Constitution.
HB 466 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for the selection of delegates to a U.S. constitutional convention.
HCR 3 (2017)
Withdraws all requests by the New Hampshire Legislature for a federal constitutional convention.
HCR 4 (2017)
Urges Congress to propose the "regulation freedom" amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would require a majority vote of the House of Representatives and Senate to adopt a regulation opposed by one quarter of the members of Congress.
HCR 5 (2017)
Calls for a U.S. constitutional convention to add amendments that "impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress."
HCR 7 (2017)
Requests a U.S. constitutional convention "to propose amendments to the federal Constitution for the exclusive purpose of election reform that do not abrogate or amend the First Amendment."
HCR 8 (2017)
Urges adoption of procedural rules for a U.S. constitutional convention.
More Info | Sponsor: Jordan Ulery
HCR 9 (2017)
Resolution affirming states' powers based on the U.S. and state constitutions.
HR 8 (2017)
Urges the U.S. Congress to investigate Trump University "and any other potentially improper or illegal financial dealings in which President Trump may have been involved."

Free Speech

HB 249 (2017)
Repeals the prohibition on ballot selfies.
HB 253 (2017)
Eliminates the prohibition on wearing campaign clothing at the polls.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau

General and Miscellaneous Business Regulation

HB 452 (2017)
Establishes an office of the business advocate in the Department of Resources and Economic Development, responsible for being a liaison between the private sector and state government.
HB 546 (2017)
Directs the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant to prepare a business impact assessment for proposed rules. If the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules issues a final objection to a rule, and the agency adopts the rule, that portion of the rule will expire in 90 days.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose

Gun Laws

HB 350 (2017)
Prohibits possession of a firearm at a polling place during an election.

Inheritance and Wills

SB 198 (2017)
Requires the clerk of a circuit court to publish probate court notices on the judicial branch website or by other electronic media, rather than in a newspaper.

Judge, Sheriff Age Limits

CACR 3 (2017)
Constitutional amendment ending the age limit for judges and sheriffs.

Judicial Process

CACR 5 (2017)
Constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to confirm judicial appointments.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
CACR 8 (2017)
Constitutional amendment eliminating the position of Register of Probate. The Legislature stripped most of the duties of that office in 2011 while restructuring the court system.
HB 185 (2017)
Clarifies the power of a commissioner of deeds to administer oaths, take depositions, issue subpoenas, and acknowledge instruments in the same manner as a justice of the peace.
HB 187 (2017)
Repeals exceptions to the types of lawsuits which may be brought against the state.
HB 188 (2017)
Excepts continuing violations of rights which are guaranteed by the federal or state constitution from the 3-year statute of limitations for personal actions.
HB 204 (2017)
Permits inhabitants to pursue compensation when they are injured as a result of the failure of officers, clerks or employees of the government to perform their duties, or through fraudulent acts or omissions of these public servants. This compensation would come from bonds issued to indemnify public and municipal employees.
HB 241 (2017)
Allows the public to speak at meetings of the Judicial Council, and requires notice of Judicial Council meetings in the House calendar.
HB 244 (2017)
Gives attendence at legislative meetings precedence over attendence at civil court proceedings, if a legislator has a scheduling conflict.
More Info | Sponsor: Jordan Ulery
HB 288 (2017)
Expands the legal definition of "under oath" to include documents filed with a state agency, not just documents filed in court.
HB 311 (2017)
Includes court employees in judicial performance evaluations.
HB 345 (2017)
At least five days before dropping a case, this bill requires the Attorney General to issue a report evaluating the evidence of a case to the parties in the case.
HB 365 (2017)
Requires the payment of attorney's fees to any person who brings a lawsuit to enforce compliance with the Right-to-Know law, unless the interested parties agree that no fees shall be paid. At the time of this bill's submission, fees are not awarded unless the court finds the person or body violating the law knew or should have known it was a violation.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Hynes
HB 373 (2017)
Provides that application forms for allied health professionals be adopted as a rule by the Board of Directors of Allied Health Professionals rather than by each governing board. This bill also requires the Merrimack County Superior Court to provide information to the Office of Legislative Services about cases concerning the validity of administrative rules.
HB 445 (2017)
Requires the Supreme Court to allow any party to a case in New Hampshire to request notice by certified mail of the date of oral arguments in such case. The requesting party shall pay the costs of such notification.
HB 449 (2017)
Allows a plaintiff to attach a judge's paycheck, if the judge is found liable for wrongful conduct and owes the plaintiff monetary compensation.
HB 476 (2017)
Gives more duties to the registers of probate. The Legislature stripped most of the duties of that office in 2011 while restructuring the court system.
HB 635 (2017)
Establishes the Non-Client Public Protection and Recovery Fund for the purpose of paying claims to non-clients, including those who claim restitution for being imprisoned unlawfully.  This bill requires the Supreme Court to collect a fee from attorney, judges, and court clerks for the fund.
HJR 1 (2017)
Requests $176,448.50 for restitution to Jeffrey Frost for civil and criminal charges brought against him relating to two mortgages he worked on with two different LLCs.

SOCIAL ISSUES
Abortion restrictions, immigration enforcement, and welfare restrictions fall in this category, which covers issues related to social services and morality.

Aging Population

HB 219 (2017)
Establishes a demographic study committee to consider net migration, New Hampshire's aging population, etc.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

Alcohol and Tobacco Laws

HB 279 (2017)
Revises in the Indoor Smoking Act to allow smoking in many public places, including grocery stores and restaurants, unless the private owner chooses to ban smoking.
HB 427 (2017)
Allows the hobby distillation of liquors. At the time of this bill's submission, the state only allows people to make beer and wine as a hobby.

Animals

HB 381 (2017)
Makes it a class B felony to beat, cruelly whip, torture, or mutilate a wild animal not in captivity. This bill also requires the Lottery Commission to take protective custody of animals mistreated at facilities licensed to conduct live horse racing or dog racing. There is no live dog or horse racing in the state at this time.
HB 483 (2017)
Prohibits a defendant summoned for failure to license a dog from being arrested for failure to appear on such summons.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 359 (2017)
Requires the register of deeds to keep 30% of all Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) fees to be used for conservation efforts within the town or city in which the fee originated.

Drinking Age

HB 545 (2017)
If a person seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing an alcohol overdose, this bill protects the person from prosecution for any charges related to underage drinking, if the evidence for the charge was obtained as a result of the person seeking medical assistance.

Employee Protections

HB 478 (2017)
Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity.

Family Planning in NH: Abortion Restrictions

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
HB 578 (2017)
Prohibits abortion after 21 weeks, unless there is a medical emergency. This bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on any abortions.
HB 589 (2017)
Repeals the protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health facilities.
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper
SB 66 (2017)
Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The bill was amended to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

Family Planning in NH: Contraception Coverage

SB 154 (2017)
Allows pharmacies to dispense oral contraceptives to persons 18 years of age or older without a prescription.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn

Federal Laws

HB 370 (2017)
Appropriates $15 million over the next two fiscal years for the Department of Health and Human Services to comply with implementing the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.

Free Speech

HB 477 (2017)
States that "No institution within the university system of New Hampshire which accepts state funds shall restrict a student's right to speak, including verbal speech, holding a sign, or distributing fliers or other materials, in a public forum."

Gambling

HB 164 (2017)
Allows poker games in private residences so long as there is no benefit for the host.
HB 169 (2017)
Increases the limits on wagers at charitable gaming venues from $4 to $10.
HB 263 (2017)
Makes some changes to the facilities licenses for charitable gaming. For example, this bill removes the limit on facilities licenses that may be issued annually.
HB 360 (2017)
Decreases the pari-mutuel tax from 1.25% (horse racing) and 1.5% (dog racing) to 0.5%of the total contributions.
HB 560 (2017)
Allows keno games in New Hampshire, with local approval. 8% of keno proceeds would go to the venue licensed to host the game. The remainder would go to school funding and gambling addiction prevention and treatment.
HB 562 (2017)
Allows online gambling.
SB 206 (2017)
Allows historic horse racing. The Senate amended the bill to instead extend the license for simulcast horse racing at a location in Cheshire County, provided that the location conducts a live horse race within two years of obtaining the license.
SB 242 (2017)
Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling.

Heroin Addiction: Treatment Funding

HB 629 (2017)
Makes it easier for grandparents to get guardianship of grandchildren as the result of a parent's substance abuse or dependence.

Higher Education

HB 477 (2017)
States that "No institution within the university system of New Hampshire which accepts state funds shall restrict a student's right to speak, including verbal speech, holding a sign, or distributing fliers or other materials, in a public forum."

Inheritance and Wills

SB 40 (2017)
Establishes the New Hampshire electronic wills act which authorizes an additional method of creating valid wills that are created in electronic format and executed using electronic signatures.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Judicial Process

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
HB 652 (2017)
Permits courts to establish veterans' tracks for veterans and members of the military who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The House amended the bill to also require a person sentenced by a mental health court to wait one year after completing all programs before filing a petition for annulment. The current period is six months.
HJR 3 (2017)
Appropriates $98,000 for restitution to Timothy Rioux for a child support reduction case.
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper
SB 66 (2017)
Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The bill was amended to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

Juvenile and Family Law

CACR 2 (2017)
Constitutional amendment that states, "Minor children have the natural right to the protection of their parents in the control of their health, education, and welfare."
HB 134 (2017)
Modifies the grounds for divorce to include drug abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. This bill also allows a right to trial by jury in divorce proceedings. Lastly, this bill states that if either party accuses the other of behaviors that could be grounds for divorce, the parties cannot choose to divorce based on "irreconcilable differences," and must instead seek a divorce based on grounds.
HB 135 (2017)
Allows a continuance in a divorce case if evidence is not submitted at least 5 days prior to a hearing.
HB 136 (2017)
Clarifies the equity jurisdiction of the family courts.
HB 137 (2017)
Requires referees, marital referees, or marital masters serving in the courts who are not former judges to be commissioned as justices of the peace.
HB 206 (2017)
Establishes a special marriage officiant license, which temporarily authorizes an individual to solemnize a marriage. The license would carry a $85 fee, $80 of which would go to the fund for domestic violence programs.
HB 236 (2017)
Changes the factors the court may consider in determining parental rights and responsibilities and establishes a presumption in favor of shared parental rights, including residential responsibility.
HB 257 (2017)
Permits a child day care agency to use home laundered cloth diapers at the request of a child's parent.
More Info | Sponsor: Andrew Prout
HB 349 (2017)
Requires that a court order to remove a child from a home includes written findings of why out-of-home placement is necessary, such as specific instances of abuse or neglect.
HB 355 (2017)
Requires that the adoption and foster family home licensing process includes a fingerprint-based criminal records check of any adult living in the home. At the time of this bill's submission, any adults living in the home are checked against child abuse and neglect registries, but only potential foster or adoptive parents are fingerprinted.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 370 (2017)
Appropriates $15 million over the next two fiscal years for the Department of Health and Human Services to comply with implementing the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.
HB 422 (2017)
Repeals the Child Protection Act, which governs the procedure for removing a child from a home in cases of abuse or neglect. This bill also establishes a committee to study the repeal of the Child Protection Act, particularly what other legislative changes are necessary related to the repeal.
HB 499 (2017)
Provides that both men and women must be 18 years of age to enter into a valid contract for marriage. Currently, the minimum age for males is 14 and the minimum age for females is 13. This bill also increases the minimum age at which a minor may petition the court to marry to 16 years of age.
HB 506 (2017)
Provides that, for purposes of the modification of a child support order, notice to the respondent may include written notice by electronic means.
HB 521 (2017)
Provides the terms, duration, and criteria for modification of various types of alimony.
HB 536 (2017)
Requires the Wellness and Primary Prevention Council to develop a process to select an organization to establish a system of family resource centers of quality (FRCQ).
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 587 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. This bill also makes it illegal to advertise or charge for conversion therapy.
HB 629 (2017)
Makes it easier for grandparents to get guardianship of grandchildren as the result of a parent's substance abuse or dependence.
HB 652 (2017)
Permits courts to establish veterans' tracks for veterans and members of the military who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The House amended the bill to also require a person sentenced by a mental health court to wait one year after completing all programs before filing a petition for annulment. The current period is six months.
HJR 3 (2017)
Appropriates $98,000 for restitution to Timothy Rioux for a child support reduction case.
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper

TRANSPORTATION/RECREATION
NH doesn't require seat belts or motorcycle helmets, but there are boat speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee. Click here to learn about laws affecting travel, infrastructure, and recreation.

Alcohol and Tobacco Laws

HB 228 (2017)
Allows minors to transport alcoholic beverages in a vehicle or boat when accompanied by a stepparent, grandparent, domestic partner, or sibling of legal age.
HB 307 (2017)
Prohibits the Liquor Commission from marking or reserving public parking places at state liquor stores except for places reserved for persons who are disabled. The bill specifically prohibits reserved spaces for low emission vehicles.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Ohm
HB 420 (2017)
Authorizes a court to require installation of an ignition interlock device as a condition of driver's license reinstatement for a person convicted of manslaughter involving alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 427 (2017)
Allows the hobby distillation of liquors. At the time of this bill's submission, the state only allows people to make beer and wine as a hobby.
HB 448 (2017)
Allows the Department of Safety to take action for certain ignition interlock violations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 90 (2017)
Allows a person who has had their license suspended or revoked in another state to apply for limited driving privileges under New Hampshire law.
SB 145 (2017)
Prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle if a passenger is under age sixteen.
SB 199 (2017)
Authorizes limited privilege drivers' licenses for persons whose licenses have been administratively suspended for operating under the influence or refusal to take a sobriety test.

Animals

HB 289 (2017)
Allows the Department of Transportation to add highway signs for animal shelthers. The shelter would pay for any sign.

Architecture, Construction, and Real Estate

HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $150,000.

Commuter Rail

HB 267 (2017)
Repeals the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority, which is responsible for developing passenger rail services in New Hampshire, including commuter rail.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HCR 1 (2017)
Urges the U.S. Congress to explore transportation alternatives and appropriate funds for rural transit initiatives.
SB 100 (2017)
Appropriates $4 million to continue the project development phase of the New Hampshire capital rail corridor project.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky

Distracted Driving Laws

HB 214 (2017)
Repeals prohibitions on electronic device usage while driving.

Drinking Age

HB 228 (2017)
Allows minors to transport alcoholic beverages in a vehicle or boat when accompanied by a stepparent, grandparent, domestic partner, or sibling of legal age.

Employee Protections

HB 426 (2017)
Requires hazardous duty pay of $20 per week for construction workers who regularly work on state highways, roads, or bridges.

Federal Laws

SB 136 (2017)
Makes changes to the process for selling or transferring land to the federal government. In particular, this bill eliminates the land use board, requires approval of federal land acquisitions by the governor and Executive Council, and requires the commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development to issue a certificate of compliance.
More Info | Sponsor: Bob Giuda

Fish and Game and Outdoor Recreation

HB 126 (2017)
Prohibits hunting on Willand Pond in the cities of Dover and Somersworth.
HB 132 (2017)
Allows Hunt Of A Lifetime, Inc. to designate a hunting adventure permit to a nonresident if the permit has not been designated for use by a New Hampshire resident by August 15. Hunt of a Lifetime, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that organizes hunting adventures for children age 21 and under who have been diagnosed with life threatening illnesses. The Executive Director of Fish and Game may issue, at no cost, up to 2 licenses or permits to Hunt Of A Lifetime, Inc. each year.
HB 224 (2017)
Repeals the law allowing nonresident full-time students to purchase a hunting or fishing license at the resident cost.
HB 392 (2017)
Adds the use of a crossbow to the bow hunting license.
HB 428 (2017)
Allows a person 68 years of age or older to acquire a perpetual crossbow hunting permit.
HB 467 (2017)
Changes the duties of the Fish and Game Commission so that the Executive Director generally will not require the consent of the commission to set policy.
HB 488 (2017)
Re-establishes the state park system advisory council which was repealed on June 30, 2016. The council generally advises policymakers about ways to protect and improve the park system.
SB 48 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study changes to the Fish and Game Commission and Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Gas Tax

HB 621 (2017)
Establishes a road usage fee ranging from $0 to $123.33, based on a vehicle's miles per gallon, as part of annual car registration. The fee would go to construction and maintenance of state roads and bridges.
SB 187 (2017)
Modifies the description of vehicles using fuel on which the supplier has prepaid the gas tax. This bill also repeals the law entitling diplomats to a refund of the gas tax.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

General and Miscellaneous Business Regulation

HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $150,000.
HB 582 (2017)
Sets up rules, fees, and licensing for public bathing facilities.

Gun Laws

HB 84 (2017)
Allows a person to carry a loaded rifle, shotgun, or crossbow in a motor vehicle, OHRV, snowmobile, aircraft, or boat.  The House amended the bill to instead allow possession of a loaded firearm in a mobile home.  The Senate then amended the bill to also allow a loaded firearm "on the exterior of a stationary vehicle" or in the open bed of a pickup truck.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx

Higher Education

SB 31 (2017)
Authorizes the University of New Hampshire Foundation to issue decal plates.

Judicial Process

HB 448 (2017)
Allows the Department of Safety to take action for certain ignition interlock violations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.
SB 165 (2017)
If an individual with a suspended license cannot pay the required security in full, this bill allows periodic payments.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Landlord-Tenant and Housing Laws

HB 301 (2017)
Allows electric grills on balconies and decks under certain conditions.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Ohm

Law Enforcement

HB 577 (2017)
Establishes additional restrictions on the use of number plate scanning devices by law enforcement. For example, this bill requires all license plate data to be encrypted.
SB 67 (2017)
Grants state police employees the authority to enforce motor vehicle laws and regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials on all state roads.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Local and County Government

HB 121 (2017)
Increases the maximum optional fee municipalities may charge for transportation improvements when collecting motor vehicle registration fees, from $5 to $10.
HB 163 (2017)
States that any municipality that enacts an ordinance or bylaw relating to off highway recreation vehicles is responsible for the enforcement of the ordinance or bylaw.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 193 (2017)
Permits cities to adopt bylaws and ordinances relative to temporary traffic control measures, including non-police flaggers, cones, etc.
SB 174 (2017)
Expands the laws covering public parking facilities to include the repair of existing parking facilities.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Military and Veterans

HB 388 (2017)
Allows special license plates for veterans and armed forces members to be used on "any motor vehicle, trailer, or other vehicle."
More Info | Sponsor: Amelia Keane
HB 88 (2017)
Allows a veteran who is an amputee, paraplegic, or blind as a result of military service to select which special license plate he or she is eligible for without having to pay registration and number plate fees.
SB 204 (2017)
Allows Purple Heart number plates to be furnished without charge. This bill also adds former prisoners of war and survivors of Pearl Harbor to persons who may be issued an additional plate for a motorcycle.
More Info | Sponsor: Gary Daniels

New Tolls

SB 134 (2017)
Permits the Department of Transportation to install electronic tolling at the Dover and/or Rochester tolling facilities along the Spaulding Turnpike, and/or the Hooksett ramp tolling facility. The Senate amended the bill to also set up a system to use an electronic toll transponder anonymously. The House then amended the bill to instead study the financial feasibility of installing and implementing all electronic tolling at any tolling location.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 205 (2017)
Prohibits a person from flying a drone above a state or county correctional facility or a municipal jail.
HB 301 (2017)
Allows electric grills on balconies and decks under certain conditions.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Ohm
HB 432 (2017)
Requires law enforcement agencies to enforce parking violations if a person with a walking disability, or his or her driver, presents photographic evidence of another person without a handicap placard or plates parking in a handicap parking space.
HB 433 (2017)
Authorizes fire chiefs to issue decals to firefighters to use on multi-use decal plates.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 90 (2017)
Allows a person who has had their license suspended or revoked in another state to apply for limited driving privileges under New Hampshire law.

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