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  Visit gencourt.state.nh.us for the latest information on bills, including a list of withdrawn bill requests.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.

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 Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

Alcohol Regulations

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 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 being employed by a liquor licensee based on felony convictions and character.

Animal Rights

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.

Business Regulations

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

Child Abuse and Protection

HB 112 (2017)
Requires child resistant packaging for e-cigarette cartridges.
HB 220 (2017)
Changes legal references to "child pornography" to "child sexual abuse images."
HB 326 (2017)
Ends criminal immunity for persons participating in good faith in a report of child abuse. This bill also extends civil immunity for court-appointed special advocates (CASA), the volunteers who advocate on behalf of children in court.
More Info | Sponsor: John Burt
HB 338 (2017)
Clarifies that the state must terminate parental rights for a person convicted of murder or manslaughter of his/her child or other family member; this includes parental rights for a child born after the parent's conviction.
More Info | Sponsor: John Burt
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 351 (2017)
Allows the death penalty for "knowingly causing the death" of someone under age eighteen.
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 367 (2017)
Provides that, upon the request of another state's lead agency, the Department of Health and Human Services shall check the name of an out-of-state child care provider against New Hampshire's registry of founded reports of abuse and neglect.
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 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 414 (2017)
Provides that if a child dies while receiving services under a CHINS petition, any reimbursement obligation from the parent shall be waived.
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 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.
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 646 (2017)
Makes several changes to the delinquent children statute to limit the detention of minors.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
SB 166 (2017)
States, "Upon a showing, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the child's birth is the result of sexual assault of the birth mother, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that termination of the biological father's parent-child relationship with the child is in the best interest of the child."
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 223 (2017)
Directs the Division of Children, Youth and Families to hire a sufficient number of assessment social workers to bring the total number of filled positions to 120, and a sufficient number of assessment supervisors to bring the total number of filled positions to 24.
SB 239 (2017)
Establishes the Department of Children's Services and Juvenile Justice, and transfers all former powers, duties and responsibilities of the Division for Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to the newly established department.
SB 63 (2017)
Requires the state to keep child abuse and neglect reports 7 years if the report is screened out, 10 years if the report is unfounded, and indefinitely if the report is founded. Right now the state keeps reports 1 year, 3 years, and 7 years.

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.

Disability Rights Laws

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.

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.

DUI Laws

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 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.

Early Education and Kindergarten

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.

Employment Discrimination

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

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.

Fireworks

HB 100 (2017)
Exempts toy smoke devices from the prohibition on the sale or use of smoke bombs.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
SB 23 (2017)
Legalizes the sale of firecrackers.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

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

Health Insurance

HB 619 (2017)
Requires that prisoners who have either Medicaid or private insurance have that insurance pay first, before the Department of Corrections or counties pay any of a health care bill.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow

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 and Farmers

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.
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 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 Regulations

HB 140 (2017)
Authorizes wine manufacturer retail outlets, for a fee of $216, where wine manufacturers can provide samples and sell their wine.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 152 (2017)
Clarifies direct shipper laws as they relate to shipments of beer. The bill was amended to require NH wholesale distributors to resell any beer available for purchase in the United States to licensees upon their request.
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 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 being employed by a liquor 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)
Removes the state Liquor Commission from the role of label approval for beer sold exclusively in NH and gives automatic approval on the basis of successful federal approval process.
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 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

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
HB 25 (2017)
Makes appropriations for capital improvements (e.g. roof replacements, HVAC upgrades, etc.) for the next two fiscal years.
HB 332 (2017)
Repeals various dedicated funds with no recent fiscal activity, such as the apple marketing account.
HB 517 (2017)
Establishes a Bureau of Health and Benefits; a Bureau of Property, Casualty and Workers' Compensation; and a Bureau of Finance; all within the Department of Administrative Services Risk Management Unit. This bill also clarifies the duties of the Risk Management Unit, Division of Personnel, and office of the commissioner. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 2, the Senate is amending this bill into a new budget bill.

Business Growth and Development Funding

HB 316 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a local property tax exemption for new construction.
HB 398 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study financial incentives for professional media production in New Hampshire.
HB 574 (2017)
Increases the annual allowable contributions to the Community Development Finance Authority that may be used as a tax credit, from $5 million to $6 million.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 581 (2017)
Establishes a credit against business profits taxes for media production expenditures made in New Hampshire.
SB 170 (2017)
Permits municipalities to issue bonds for the purpose of providing or expanding broadband infrastructure.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 183 (2017)
Establishes the technology sector marketing tax credit, to be used against business taxes for businesses recruiting and employing skilled technology sector professionals. The tax credit is equal to 75% of the contribution made to the Community Development Finance Authority by an eligible business as determined by the New Hampshire High Tech Council, with the aggregate of tax credits awarded to not exceed $1 million in any given tax year.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis
SB 184 (2017)
Increases the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax for first-time recipients of the credit.
SB 202 (2017)
Permits towns to invest capital reserve funds in a community development finance institution.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 205 (2017)
Establishes the small business jobs fund act and tax credit. The business tax credit is available to taxpayers that make a capital contribution to a small business jobs fund, which is in turn used for small business investments.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 74 (2017)
Makes changes to the process for economic revitalization zone tax credits. The bill also increases the aggregate total limit of the credit from $825,000 to $1.5 million per calendar year.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Business Regulations

HB 101 (2017)
Lengthens the time a solid waste operator certificate is valid from one year to three years, and exempts volunteer solid waste operators from the certification requirement.
HB 298 (2017)
Clarifies definitions of persons licensed by the mechanical licensing board, modifies rulemaking for master and apprentice plumbers, requires business entities to show proof of good standing and insurance, and exempts inspectors from license renewal fees.
HB 310 (2017)
Establishes group-wide supervision of internationally active insurance groups, as requested by the Insurance Department.
HB 331 (2017)
As stated in the bill text, "This bill addresses words of exemption and the standard of review for government requirements on commercial enterprises."
HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $75,000. The amended bill increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required to $75,00 for the state and $150,00 for towns and counties.
HB 375 (2017)
Creates penalties for failure to deliver goods under the Uniform Commercial Code.
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 457 (2017)
Adds certain requirements for mortgage services, expands the definition of small loans, and requires money transmitters to register through the Nationwide Multistate Licensing System and Registry. The House amended the bill to remove the registration requirement for money transmitters.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 473 (2017)
Increases the threshold above which merchants can sell gift cards with expiration dates from $100 to $250, revises the definition of gift certificate by removing the requirement that it be in writing, and provides that gift certificates of $250 or less shall not be considered abandoned property.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 522 (2017)
Establishes a committee to review occupational licensing to determine which licenses could be made optional for practitioners.
HB 538 (2017)
Allows persons holding an occupational or professional license granted in another state or country to be temporarily licensed in this state for a 120-day period awaiting approval or denial of licensure by the relevant board or commission.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
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
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.
HB 582 (2017)
Sets up rules, fees, and licensing for public bathing facilities.

EDUCATION
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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.

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.

Child Abuse and Protection

HB 233 (2017)
Requires a school to submit its emergency response plan, and any updates to the plan, to the Department of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
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.
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 103 (2017)
Prohibits advertising and marketing of food and beverages that may not be sold on school property during the school day.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
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
SB 43 (2017)
Requires consent of a parent or guardian for a student to participate in a non-academic survey. There is an exception for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

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 only allow rules that exceed minimum federal requirements if the rules do not require "unreimbursed expenditures or administrative burdens" on schools.
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. The House amended the bill to also require a recommendation from the legislative oversight committee before the Board of Education adopts any new academic standards.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Curriculum

HB 103 (2017)
Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education.
HB 107 (2017)
Adds a member to the advanced manufacturing education advisory council.
HB 210 (2017)
Authorizes the state Board of Education to adopt rules establishing a code of ethics for certified educational personnel.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 395 (2017)
Repeals the state Board of Education's authority over homeschooling programs and gives more general oversight of homeschooling to the Home Education Advisory Council.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 412 (2017)
Amends references to the "pre-engineering technology curriculum" to say "pre-engineering AND technology curriculum," and requires the development and implementation of a pre-engineering and technology curriculum for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12.
SB 101 (2017)
Allows a student to enroll in a career and technical education (CTE) program after just one year of high school, rather than two.
SB 104 (2017)
Establishes the credential of master teacher in school counseling. The bill was amended to instead change references from "vocational" education to "career and technical" education.
SB 45 (2017)
Requires a one-half year civics course in high school. The state also requires "a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics."
SB 46 (2017)
Requires the school district in which the pupil resides to grant a pupil's request to participate in a cocurricular program in another school district if such program is not offered in the school district in which the pupil resides.

Disability Rights Laws

HB 647 (2017)
Establishes the "education freedom savings account program" for children with disabilities. The program allows the parent of an eligible child to receive funds from a scholarship organization to pay for education expenses. Once a parent contracts with a scholarship organization, the state must transfer funds to the parent's account equal to 90% of per pupil state education funding.

Early Education and Kindergarten

HB 155 (2017)
Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs.
HB 216 (2017)
Prohibits expulsion for any student in kindergarten through second grade. The House amended the bill to instead simply require a school to make school assignments available to a student during a suspension.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
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 191 (2017)
Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs, with adjustments based on the number of English language learners and free and reduced lunch students in each district. The House amended the bill to simply provide full funding for full-day kindergarten programs, and half funding for half-day kindergarten programs. The House also added keno legalization to the bill to create the revenue for kindergarten funding.

Education Funding

HB 339 (2017)
Amends the definition of "sending district" to allow reimbursement for the cost of a student attending a career and technical education program in the school district in which the student resides.
More Info | Sponsor: Barbara Shaw

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."

Health Insurance

SB 235 (2017)
Allows school districts to use the Medicaid to Schools program to pay for Medicaid-covered services delivered in a school setting, without requiring the recipient of those services to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the NH Medicaid State Plan to establish a Medicaid benefit for children with severe emotional disturbances.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan

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 435 (2017)
Requires the Adjutant General's Department to include at least $25,000 for the New Hampshire National Guard Scholarship (NHNGS) Fund in the Department's budget request each year.
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.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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Business Regulations

HB 463 (2017)
Allows the Department of Environmental Services (DES) to make rules regarding air pollution and the deposit of such pollutants on soils and water. DES states entities with such devices would have to pay an application fee and an emissions-based permit fee. The Senate amended the bill to also require DES to set a limit on PFCs in water that takes into account the best available studies to protect public health, "particularly prenatal and early childhood health." The House and Senate did not agree on a final version of the bill.
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.

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.

Child Abuse and Protection

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.

Climate Change

HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
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.
SB 181 (2017)
Adds biodiesel to the definition of exempt fuel in the law governing emission control technology.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

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.

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

Energy Costs

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 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 401 (2017)
Requires the public utilities commission to develop a process to implement time varying rate design, which would price electricity higher at times when demand peaks.
HB 627 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) laws. This bill lowers the current $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency Fund to $0.10 and uses these funds, excluding administrative costs, to establish the position of the energy efficiency advocate within the Office of the Consumer advocate. Under this bill all retail electric ratepayers would receive a rebate on a per kilowatt-hour basis for all amounts in excess of $0.10 for any allowance sale. Allocation of funds to the low-income core energy efficiency program, to municipal, school districts and local government energy efficiency projects, and to a fuel-neutral residential core energy efficiency program would be discontinued.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose
SB 125 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study transmission, distribution, generation, and other costs in the state's electricity system.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 128 (2017)
Allows electric utilities such as Eversource to pursue contracts to purchase capacity on natural gas pipelines and/or electricity from new transmission line projects, provided that the contracts will lower electricity rates and/or improve the reliability of the electric grid. The Public Utilities Commission would still have to find that the contracts are in the public's best interest.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 129 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Renewable Portfolio Energy Standard and associated Renewable Energy Fund, particularly related to low-moderate income community solar projects. For example, the bill requires at least 15% of funds from the Renewable Energy Fund benefit low-moderate income residential customers. This bill also increases the share of solar and biomass energy required in the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

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. The House amended the bill to only repeal the voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reductions registry.
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 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) from the EPA, and if so, to recommend a fee structure that would pay for DES to manage permits. According to the DES website, "The NPDES permit program addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to the waters of the United States."
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

FEDERAL SURVEY 2016 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. The House amended the bill to only repeal the voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reductions registry.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte

Hunting, Fish and Game

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.
SB 48 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study changes to the Fish and Game Commission and Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

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 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.

Motorcycles

HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.

NH State Parks and Outdoor Recreation

HB 302 (2017)
Requires the Hampton Beach area commission to study leasing Hampton Beach state park with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
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

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
SB 128 (2017)
Allows electric utilities such as Eversource to pursue contracts to purchase capacity on natural gas pipelines and/or electricity from new transmission line projects, provided that the contracts will lower electricity rates and/or improve the reliability of the electric grid. The Public Utilities Commission would still have to find that the contracts are in the public's best interest.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

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

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.

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

Affordable Care Act: Medicaid Expansion

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

Alcohol Regulations

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

Animal Rights

HB 290 (2017)
Makes various changes to the rabies vaccination laws, as requested by the state veterinarian.

Business Regulations

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.
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.

Child Abuse and Protection

HB 269 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study methods for educating New Hampshire families about the risks of lung cancer, particularly from radon exposure.
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.
HB 400 (2017)
Establishes a task force to determine the level of service to be provided to clients of community mental health centers. The bill was amended to make several changes to the child protection and mental health systems. For example, the bill adds a new category for reports of child abuse, "unfounded but with reasonable concern." The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a ten-year plan for the state’s mental health system.
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 103 (2017)
Prohibits advertising and marketing of food and beverages that may not be sold on school property during the school day.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 145 (2017)
Prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle if a passenger is under age sixteen.
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.
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

Consumer Protection Law

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

Contraception

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

Disability Rights Laws

HB 387 (2017)
Appropriates roughly $12 million over the next two fiscal years to the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the rate of provider compensation for persons with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders.
HB 487 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law allowing vehicle window tinting for persons with disabilities.
HB 653 (2017)
Requires a health care premium contribution for retired state employees and spouses receiving benefits who are eligible for Medicare Parts A and B due to age or disability.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service business process alignment and information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 160 (2017)
Allows religious nonmedical personnel, consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines, to certify eligibility for walking disability plates and placards.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 218 (2017)
Expands the eligibility to participate in the work incentive program, known as Medicaid for employed adults with disabilities (MEAD), to individuals age 65 whose full retirement is 66.

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

Expanding Medical Marijuana

HB 157 (2017)
Adds chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 158 (2017)
Adds opioid addiction to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 159 (2017)
Adds fibromyalgia to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 160 (2017)
Adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana. The Senate amended the bill to also include every other change to the state's medical marijuana law that passed this year.
HB 197 (2017)
Adds myelitis disorder or disease to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 222 (2017)
Makes various changes to the medical marijuana law, for example adding PTSD and opioid addiction to qualifying medical conditions, and removing the requirement of a 3-month medical relationship between doctor and patient before medical marijuana is prescribed.
More Info | Sponsor: Brian Stone
HB 472 (2017)
Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana at home.
SB 144 (2017)
Changes the medicinal marijuana law to allow marijuana for injuries or conditions that result in qualifying symptoms, not just injuries that significantly interfere with daily activities. The House and Senate could not agree on a final version of the bill.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 15 (2017)
Allows medicinal marijuana for "severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects."
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 159 (2017)
Adds Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 17 (2017)
Adds hepatitis C without antiviral treatment to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 26 (2017)
Adds community living facilities for people with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses to the definition of "facility caregiver" in the medical marijuana law.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan

Gay and Transgender Rights

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.
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.

Health Insurance

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. The House amended the bill to instead create a committee to study revisions to the New Hampshire health insurance laws.
HB 256 (2017)
Authorizes a person to self-order laboratory testing without a health care provider's request. The testing would not be covered by insurance.
HB 295 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers.
HB 321 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a public health insurance program for New Hampshire.
HB 329 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study balance billing by health care providers. The bill was amended to also allow towns to ratify the results of meetings and elections postponed due to the March 14, 2017 snowstorm.

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.

SB 111 (2017)
Establishes a bipartisan commission to evaluate New Hampshire's response to Russian interference in our democracy.

Budget 2018-2019

HB 144 (2017)
Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County. Since the House failed to pass the 2018-2019 budget bill HB 1, the Senate is amending this bill into a new budget bill.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch

Business Regulations

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

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 379 (2017)
Modifies the laws governing political advertising placed in rights-of-way. For example, this bill requires any political advertising to be 500 feet from any dwelling.
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

Child Abuse and Protection

SB 143 (2017)
Allows an electronic signature to meet the requirement of a notarized signature on documents filed electronically. The Senate amended the bill to instead authorize a court to request a copy of the criminal conviction record of a proposed guardian and any household member who has provided authorization.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky

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.

Curriculum

SB 45 (2017)
Requires a one-half year civics course in high school. The state also requires "a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics."

Disability Rights Laws

HB 389 (2017)
Modifies the procedures for assisting a voter with disabilities who is unable to access the polling place.

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

Gun Laws

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

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 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 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 259 (2017)
Adds the Secretary of State into the process of coordinating with the register of probate and the administrative judge of the circuit court to preserve any closed probate files having the potential for historical significance.
HB 288 (2017)
Expands the legal definition of "under oath" to include some 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 374 (2017)
Creates a process for inhabitants to file with the government when their constitutional rights are violated, without using a lawyer.

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

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 Senate amended the bill to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

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 Regulations

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.

Animal Rights

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.

Child Abuse and Protection

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 136 (2017)
Clarifies the equity jurisdiction of the family courts.
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 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.
SB 148 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren in New Hampshire.
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 166 (2017)
States, "Upon a showing, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the child's birth is the result of sexual assault of the birth mother, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that termination of the biological father's parent-child relationship with the child is in the best interest of the child."
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 167 (2017)
Provides that the burden of proof in termination of parental rights cases shall be proof beyond a reasonable doubt, rather than clear and convincing evidence.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 223 (2017)
Directs the Division of Children, Youth and Families to hire a sufficient number of assessment social workers to bring the total number of filled positions to 120, and a sufficient number of assessment supervisors to bring the total number of filled positions to 24.
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.
SB 239 (2017)
Establishes the Department of Children's Services and Juvenile Justice, and transfers all former powers, duties and responsibilities of the Division for Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to the newly established department.
SB 7 (2017)
Makes several changes to the administration of food stamps. In particular, this bill forbids the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from waiving federal work requirements for food stamps unless approved by the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee. The bill also requires DHHS to use federal limits for food stamp eligibility, rather than state standards, unless there are minor children in the household and the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee approves the alternative eligibility criteria. Lastly, the bill requires food stamp recipients to cooperate with the division of child support services. The Senate amended the bill to add the Granite Workforce pilot program, a work training program for welfare recipients.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Contraception

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

Curriculum

HB 103 (2017)
Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education.

Disability Rights Laws

HB 648 (2017)
Establishes requirements for "van-only" parking spaces for persons with disabilities.
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service business process alignment and information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

Divorce and Alimony

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 521 (2017)
Provides the terms, duration, and criteria for modification of various types of alimony.
SB 71 (2017)
Establishes criteria for the amount and duration of alimony orders.

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.

Early Education and Kindergarten

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.
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.

Employment Discrimination

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

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. The Senate amended the bill to also raise the bet limit in charitable gambling.
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.

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 Regulations

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 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.

Animal Rights

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

Business Regulations

HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $75,000. The amended bill increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required to $75,00 for the state and $150,00 for towns and counties.
HB 570 (2017)
Lowers registration fees for motor vehicles in car and truck rental businesses to 1/3 of the registration fee.
HB 582 (2017)
Sets up rules, fees, and licensing for public bathing facilities.

Child Abuse and Protection

SB 145 (2017)
Prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle if a passenger is under age sixteen.

Climate Change

HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 576 (2017)
Increases the fee for vehicle inspection stickers by $0.50 and allocates the increase to the motor vehicle air pollution abatement fund.

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

Disability Rights Laws

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 487 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law allowing vehicle window tinting for persons with disabilities.
HB 648 (2017)
Establishes requirements for "van-only" parking spaces for persons with disabilities.
SB 160 (2017)
Allows religious nonmedical personnel, consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines, to certify eligibility for walking disability plates and placards.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

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.

DUI Laws

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 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.

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

Fireworks

HB 100 (2017)
Exempts toy smoke devices from the prohibition on the sale or use of smoke bombs.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
SB 23 (2017)
Legalizes the sale of firecrackers.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Gas Tax and Road Use Fees

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

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

Health Insurance

HB 295 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers.
HB 510 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers, with the insured's permission.
More Info | Sponsor: David Lisle

Higher Education

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

Hunting, Fish and Game

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. The House amended the bill to allow persons 68 years of age or older to use a crossbow during regular archery deer hunting season without a special 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 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 48 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study changes to the Fish and Game Commission and Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Judicial Process

HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.

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.

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.
HB 371 (2017)
Increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required from $35,000 to $75,000. The amended bill increases the amount of a public works contract for which a bond is required to $75,00 for the state and $150,00 for towns and counties.
SB 174 (2017)
Expands the laws covering public parking facilities to include the repair of existing parking facilities.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Motorcycles

HB 451 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law governing motorcycle and moped licensing. The House amended the bill to also postpone the date when the Department of Safety must start issuing REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses.
HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 458 (2017)
States that "Any headlamp color approved by the director for motor vehicles shall be considered approved for motorcycles."

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