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  Visit gencourt.state.nh.us for the latest information on bills, including a list of withdrawn bill requests.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

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.

Hunting, Fish and Game

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

Judicial Process

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 382 (2017)
Prohibits electronic transmission, electronic signature, or telephonic testimony for search warrants, arrest warrents, domestic violence orders, and other orders.
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 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 646 (2017)
Makes several changes to the delinquent children statute to limit the detention of minors.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
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.
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
SB 232 (2017)
Allows an arrest warrant if someone does not "remain of good behavior" after being issued a summons to appear in court for a misdemeanor or violation.
SB 60 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for notarization of the results of chemical analyses of controlled drugs and allows them to be signed under penalty of unsworn falsification.
SB 68 (2017)
Gives courts more discretion over modifying or revoking the probation over someone who violates his or her probation.
SB 98 (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.

Law Enforcement

HB 212 (2017)
Expands the type of public functions for which a person must request a police detail and allows police officers from counties or state agencies to serve as such detail.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 408 (2017)
Makes various changes to the authority, composition, administration, and privileges and immunities of the state guard.
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. The Senate amended the bill to also allow police to distribute accident reports to the public.
HB 498 (2017)
Requires sheriffs to complete a program of police training, but exempts sheriffs from the physical fitness requirements of such training.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 555 (2017)
Limits the authority of state liquor investigators to premises where liquor and beverages are lawfully sold, stored, distributed, or manufactured.
HB 571 (2017)
Appropriates $500,000 for the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC) over the next two fiscal years.
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.
HB 599 (2017)
Creates an Office of Ombudsman in the Department of State, which would investigate criminal complaints against government officers, employees, and contractors.
HB 614 (2017)
Limits when state, county, and local law enforcement can transfer property to the federal government as part of civil forfeiture. This bill, according to the state Department of Justice and Department of Safety, would increase the number of cases prosecuted at the state rather than federal level, increase state revenue from civil forfeiture, and decrease the amount of money from forfeitures being returned to county and local law enforcement.
HB 643 (2017)
Requires a law enforcement officer to wear a body camera if there is a substantiated complaint based on the officer's conduct. This bill increases penalty assessments to pay for body cameras.
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
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
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
SB 190 (2017)
Continues the first responder's critical injury benefit, which was scheduled to end June 30, 2018.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 211 (2017)
Establishes a statewide law enforcement data network, maintained by the Department of Safety, Division of State Police, and provides an option for other law enforcement agencies to utilize the data network for a service fee.
SB 216 (2017)
Sets a rate for differential pay for state troopers. This bill also allows for the director of State Police to use officers from the Bureau of Marine Patrol for crowd control services.
SB 99 (2017)
Establishes an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) fund for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is currently funded with a federal grant. This bill then appropriates $500,000 over the next two years for the fund.

Local and County Government

HB 89 (2017)
Expands the public safety services for which a town may establish a revolving fund.
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

Marijuana

HB 151 (2017)
Prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance.

Marijuana Decriminalization

HB 640 (2017)
Decriminalizes possession of 3/4 ounce or less of marijuana, with additional penalties for violators under age twenty-one.

Marijuana Legalization

HB 215 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.
HB 377 (2017)
If the state ever allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use, this bill requires the Liquor Commission to buy and sell marijuana the same way it does alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 656 (2017)
Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp.
SB 233 (2017)
Allows a person twenty-one years of age or older to possess up to 1 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate no more than 6 marijuana plants without penalty. This bill also establishes a committee to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.

Mental Health

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. The Senate amended the bill to also allow police to distribute accident reports to the public.
HB 602 (2017)
Prohibits the state from placing a person with mental illness in the secure psychiatric unit of the state prison unless that person has been charged with a crime in the past. This would require the state to establish a secure therapeutic psychiatric hospital, as the current state hospital is not equipped to house some patients who present a serious likelihood of danger to themselves or others.
HB 76 (2017)
Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Corrections to establish a procedure for the involuntary administration of medication to inmates with a mental illness.

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

Business Regulations

SB 225 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws governing trusts, trust companies and family trust companies. The bill also creates a new law defining and governing civil law foundations.
SB 246 (2017)
Modifies the branching authority of foreign credit unions in the state.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 29 (2017)
Clarifies the execution of documents under the New Hampshire business corporation act.
SB 42 (2017)
Deletes the hearing requirement for late reinstatements by certain corporations which were administratively dissolved. This bill also changes late reinstatement notice requirements.
SB 81 (2017)
Allows the banking commissioner to conditionally approve a license for a mortgage loan originator of a person licensed in another state.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis
SB 85 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Uniform Securities Act.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 86 (2017)
Makes various changes to the regulatory authority of the Banking Department concerning trusts, banks, and credit unions.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 89 (2017)
Clarifies when a franchisor is an employer of a franchisee.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis

Business Taxes

HB 415 (2017)
Reduces the business profits tax rate from 8.2% to 4%; repeals the business enterprise tax, statewide property tax, utility property tax, and interest and dividends tax; establishes an income tax of 3.95%; and requires the state pay 35% of contributions of retirement system employers to some members beginning in fiscal year 2021.
HB 531 (2017)
Increases the minimum gross business income threshold for filing the Business Profits Tax (BPT) return from $50,000 to $75,000.
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.
HB 615 (2017)
Gradually reduces the business profits tax, from 8.2% to 6%. This bill also gradually reduces the business enterprise tax from 0.72% to 0.4%.
HB 637 (2017)
Amends the business enterprise tax by stating that any business not required in any year to file a tax return on its gross business profits shall not be required to file a business enterprise tax (BET) return.
SB 1 (2017)
Reduces the Business Profits Tax (BPT) from 8.2% to 7.7% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2021.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
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 16 (2017)
Reauthorizes the commission to study apportionment of gross business profits under RSA 77-A and the committee to study the process by which business names are authorized by the secretary of state.
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 2 (2017)
Reduces the Business Profits Tax (BPT) from 8.2% to 7.5% and the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) from 0.72% to 0.5% in 2020.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
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 $3 million per calendar year.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
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.
SB 76 (2017)
Allows a taxpayer to request a rebate equal to 75% of the research and development tax credit in lieu of a credit being awarded against business profits taxes. The bill appropriates $2 million over the next two fiscal years for rebates.
SB 77 (2017)
Removes the New Hampshire limitation of $100,000 for the Internal Revenue Code Section 179 deduction under the business profits tax. The removal of this limitation will allow taxpayers to use the current Internal Revenue Code Section 179 deduction of $500,000.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 78 (2017)
Requires that business profits tax taxpayer records obtained by the Revenue Administration for an audit shall be confidential and not disclosed.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 90 (2017)
Increases the minimum employer's contribution rate to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, from 0.1% to 0.2%.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Charter Schools

HB 341 (2017)
Repeals the option to reduce property taxes for a property rented or leased to a charter school.

Child Abuse and Protection

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 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

Climate Change

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 198 (2017)
Broadens the qualifications for the position of consumer advocate to include engineers, certified public accountants, economists, or other persons with financial expertise.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose
HB 343 (2017)
Declares that before a life insurance policy or annuity is sold to the public, the form must be approved by the insurance commissioner.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 385 (2017)
Requires receipt of a foreclosure notice to be acknowledged.
More Info | Sponsor: Kate Murray
HB 78 (2017)
Greatly increases the fines for violating the laws regarding property and casualty insurance.
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.
SB 91 (2017)
Forbids a title loan lender from accuring and collecting interest on a title loan which is in default.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 92 (2017)
Decreases the time to respond to consumer complaints and inquirires filed with the Banking Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Disability Rights Laws

HB 117 (2017)
Allows the elderly to apply for the property tax exemption for improvements to assist persons with disabilities. This bill also applies the exemption to standby generator systems.

Economic Planning in NH

SB 112 (2017)
Establishes a council on the creative economy.
SB 227 (2017)
Expands job training programs offered by the Department of Resources and Economic Development. The bill is paid for by increasing the amount of unemployment tax that funds job training programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Employee Protections

HB 130 (2017)
Prohibits employers from using credit history in employment decisions.
HB 194 (2017)
Allows employers to pay wages to employees weekly or biweekly. At the time of this bill's submission, employers must pay employees weekly unless they get a waiver from the state Department of Labor.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
HB 346 (2017)
Requires that arrangements for cashing pay checks be made between the employer and the financial institution.
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
HB 438 (2017)
Prohibits a public employer from withholding union dues from a public employee's wages.
HB 442 (2017)
Prohibits employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history prior to an interview.
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 628 (2017)
Establishes a social insurance program that would be operated by New Hampshire Employment Security to provide for paid family and medical leave insurance. Employers would pay 0.5% of wages per employee as premium payments.
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

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

Higher Education

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.

Landlord and Tenant Rights

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
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.
HB 491 (2017)
Requires a school board to disclose each major item, and its source, in the default budget at a public hearing.
HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."

Mental Health

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

Other: Crime and Public Safety

SB 13 (2017)
Repeals certain obsolete statutes relating to the New Hampshire Technical Institute's security force.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 340 (2017)
Exempts leased property from the law requiring the sale of the former Laconia state school. The bill also requires the long range capital planning and utilization committee to approve a sale of Laconia state school property.
SB 36 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the Laconia state school property and develop recommendations regarding the sale of the property.
More Info | Sponsor: Chuck Morse

Other: Education

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 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 270 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the incidence of suspensions and expulsions of children in middle and high schools.
HB 271 (2017)
Requires school districts to report data relating to the suspension or expulsion of students in kindergarten through grade 12 to the Department of Education.
SB 13 (2017)
Repeals certain obsolete statutes relating to the New Hampshire Technical Institute's security force.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Pollution and Conservation

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.

Privacy and Surveillance

HB 396 (2017)
Restricts the collection, storage, and sharing of student assessment data by the state and federal Departments of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
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

Right to Know and Transparency

HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."

School Building Aid

SB 105 (2017)
Allows an exception to the suspension of new school building aid projects to allow funding for "needed replacement of heat and hot water systems."
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 192 (2017)
Lifts the moratorium on new school building aid funding for the next two fiscal years. The Department of Education estimates this would make about $19.5 million in school building aid available for new projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

School Funding: Constitutional Amendment

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 174 (2017)
Limits the jurisdiction of the superior courts over certain adequate education statutes and adequate education grants.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 354 (2017)
Appropriates roughly $9 million from the Education Trust Fund for additional school funding for certain districts which may have been short-changed under the previous school funding formula.
HB 356 (2017)
Increases the state school funding per pupil by $30, from $3,561.27 to $3,591.27. The bill was amended to instead establish one committee to study education funding and the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education, and another committee to study the structure and duties of the Department of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
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 525 (2017)
Removes the gradual reduction in stabilization grants for school funding. Stabilization grants kept state school funding level for school districts with falling enrollment.
HB 583 (2017)
Limits the computation of average daily membership in each school district to once a year, for the purpose of state school funding. At the time of this bill's submission, the Department of Education reviews and recalculates, when necessary, student data between the initial computation (typically done in September for the October 1 report date) and the final state school funding payments made in April.
HB 597 (2017)
Makes many changes to the formula for state school funding.
More Info | Sponsor: Richard Ames
SB 56 (2017)
Appropriates roughly $9 million from the Education Trust Fund for additional school funding for certain districts in fiscal year 2018. Those districts include Bedford, Grantham, Windham, etc.

School Vouchers & Business Tax Credit Scholarship Program

HB 129 (2017)
Repeals the Education Tax Credit Program, which gives businesses a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund for private, parochial, and homeschooled students.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 297 (2017)
Repeals the Education Tax Credit Program, which gives businesses a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund for private, parochial, and homeschooled students.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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Other: Energy and Environment

HB 344 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a program of renewable energy incentives and benefits for low income ratepayers.
HB 352 (2017)
Changes the name of the Energy Efficiency Fund to the Energy Fund, and allows that fund to be used for renewable energy projects as well as energy efficiency projects.
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 368 (2017)
Authorizes the Commissioner of Administrative Services to decommission the Concord Steam Corporation facilities and contract for replacement systems providing heat to state-owned buildings in Concord.
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.
SB 125 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study transmission and distribution costs in the state's energy system.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 50 (2017)
Changes certain requirements concerning public membership on the Site Evaluation Committee.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
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: Health Care

SB 126 (2017)
Allows hospitals with renewable energy projects to apply for funding from the Renewable Energy Fund.

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.

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 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 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

Pollution and Conservation

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.
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 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.
HB 567 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for municipalities to annually deduct the value of water and air pollution control equipment from property tax.
HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.
SB 30 (2017)
Makes various changes to the legal definition of woodland buffers and waterfront buffers.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Property Taxes: Should NH Remain Free of Sales and Income 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 567 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for municipalities to annually deduct the value of water and air pollution control equipment from property tax.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

HB 559 (2017)
Modifies the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program by repealing the $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency Fund. Under the bill, all commercial and industrial retail electric ratepayers would receive a full rebate and residential customer rebates would end. Up to 35% of all remaining proceeds would be allocated to the low-income core energy efficiency program (current rate is 15%). Up to $5 million annually would be allocated to municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency projects. Any remaining amounts would go to a fuel-neutral residential core energy efficiency program.
HB 592 (2017)
Repeals the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
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

Renewable Portfolio Standard

HB 114 (2017)
Reduces the percentage of electricity that must come from class I sources by 2025, under the renewable portfolio standards. Class I sources include wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, methane, and solar energy.
HB 141 (2017)
Allows hydropower to fulfill up to 5% of class I renewable energy required under the renewable portfolio standards. Class I sources include wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, methane, and solar energy.
HB 199 (2017)
Broadens the renewable portfolio standards to include all hydroelectric power sources in class IV renewable energy sources.
HB 225 (2017)
Repeals the electric renewable portfolio standard. The bill was amended to instead modify the annual reporting requirements for electricity providers related to the electric renewable portfolio standard.
SB 126 (2017)
Allows hospitals with renewable energy projects to apply for funding from the Renewable Energy Fund.
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
SB 51 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study subsidies for energy projects provided by the renewable portfolio standard.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Residential Solar Power

HB 518 (2017)
Eliminates the cap on net metering.
HB 535 (2017)
Raises the total peak generating capacity for group net metering when the generator is a city or town.
SB 124 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.
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

Water Sustainability in NH

HB 119 (2017)
Appropriates $2,228,692 to the Department of Environmental Services to fund twelve eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.
HB 173 (2017)
Expands the authority of selectmen to restrict outdoor water usage to include commercial property.
HB 342 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the transfer of authority from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to the state Department of Environmental Services regarding the issuance of the New Hampshire municipal separate storm sewer system general permit (MS4)
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 393 (2017)
Renames the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Replacement fund to the Reserve Account. This bill also expands the types of water pollution control projects that can receive funding from the Reserve Account.
HB 431 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area.
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 485 (2017)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services to use exposure scenarios in children and other vulnerable populations to determine criteria for emerging contaminants in drinking water.
HB 486 (2017)
Identifies and defines different types of wetlands protected under the Wetlands Protection Act.
More Info | Sponsor: Judith Spang
HB 507 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the responsibility of a person who makes drinking water non-potable through pollution.
HB 585 (2017)
Prohibits the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of the state. According to the Department of Environmental Services, there are 10 municipalities serving 289,300 people that fluoridate their drinking water.

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.

Health Insurance

HB 510 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers, with the insured's permission.
More Info | Sponsor: David Lisle
HB 611 (2017)
Clarifies premium rates for individuals and small employers under the law relating to portability, availability and renewability of health care coverage.
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 health care bill.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
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
SB 155 (2017)
Declares that step 2 of the Medicaid managed care program shall not be implemented until July 1, 2019.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 156 (2017)
Clarifies the process of paying for filling prescriptions. This bill also gives the pharmacy board rulemaking authority over the price of filling prescriptions.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
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 189 (2017)
Requires insurance policies to cover 3-D tomosynthesis mammography.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 215 (2017)
Permits the community college system to participate in the state group health insurance plan.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
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
SB 237 (2017)
Allows Medicaid providers who practice in metropolitan areas to be reimbursed by Medicaid for telehealth services.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 238 (2017)
Clarifies the term "usual and customary price" for the purposes of filling prescriptions, so that an insured individual will pay the full copay even if the pharmacy has negotiated a price with the insurer that is lower than the copay. Medicaid recipients would always pay their Medicaid copay (which is under $10).
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

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
SB 54 (2017)
Increases the number of hours of alcohol and drug use education required for initial licensure as a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor or as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, from 270 to 300 hours.

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.

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 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.

Landlord and Tenant Rights

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. The Senate amended the bill to also allow police to distribute accident reports to the public.
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
SB 190 (2017)
Continues the first responder's critical injury benefit, which was scheduled to end June 30, 2018.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Mental Health

HB 208 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 286 (2017)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to make an annual report on suicide deaths among individuals receiving services through the department.
HB 400 (2017)
Establishes a task force to determine the level of service to be provided to clients of community mental health centers.
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. The Senate amended the bill to also allow police to distribute accident reports to the public.
HB 468 (2017)
Allows persons licensed as mental health practitioners in other states to practice in this state 60 days after application to the board of mental health practice, pending final approval.
HB 572 (2017)
Extends the suspension of prior authorization requirements that relate to the ability of community mental health programs to prescribe medication that treats severe mental illness.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 596 (2017)
Permits a person who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health treatment facility to request a review hearing every two years.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 602 (2017)
Prohibits the state from placing a person with mental illness in the secure psychiatric unit of the state prison unless that person has been charged with a crime in the past. This would require the state to establish a secure therapeutic psychiatric hospital, as the current state hospital is not equipped to house some patients who present a serious likelihood of danger to themselves or others.
HB 650 (2017)
Makes various changes to the regulation of psychology practitioners, including disciplinary proceedings, the disclosure of patient records, and educational requirements.
HB 76 (2017)
Authorizes the commissioner of the Department of Corrections to establish a procedure for the involuntary administration of medication to inmates with a mental illness.
SB 146 (2017)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a centralized system for transporting persons subject to involuntary emergency admission to New Hampshire Hospital and other designated facilities. At the time of this bill's submission, county sheriff departments handle transportation for persons subject to involuntary admission.
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 162 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for the annulment of a mental health record.
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 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

Nonprofit Taxation

HB 573 (2017)
Limits the property tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals to the property of the main hospital campus.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

SB 59 (2017)
Allows first responders and people providing emergency health services to apply for a court order to have someone's blood tested if the responder comes in contact with that person's body fluids.

Other: Health Care

HB 184 (2017)
Repeals the licensure requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.

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.

Judicial Process

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 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 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.
HJR 2 (2017)
Requires the payment of $42,500 plus interest to Joseph Haas for the court's failure to process a "notice of errors" filed by Haas.
SB 143 (2017)
Allows an electronic signature to meet the requirement of a notarized signature on documents filed electronically.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
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.
SB 70 (2017)
Requires all expert witnesses to be disclosed, and all reports concerning their testimony to be filed, before any expert witness may be deposed.

Law Enforcement

HB 599 (2017)
Creates an Office of Ombudsman in the Department of State, which would investigate criminal complaints against government officers, employees, and contractors.

Legislative Process

CACR 1 (2017)
Constitutional amendment changing the state Legislature to biennial sessions.
CACR 6 (2017)
Constitutional amendment forbidding legislators from introducing legislation that creates a financial conflict of interest.
CACR 9 (2017)
Constitutional amendment changing the term of office for state representatives, state senators, executive councilors, and the governor to four years.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
HB 213 (2017)
Establishes one rate of $0.54 per mile for travel reimbursement for legislators.
HB 232 (2017)
Adds a personal interest disclosure statement to the financial disclosure form required to be filed annually by legislators.
HB 243 (2017)
Allows the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt the first state seal from 1776 as the seal of the General Court.
More Info | Sponsor: Jordan Ulery
HB 245 (2017)
Requires the analysis section of a bill to identify any private organization responsible for distributing a model act used to draft the bill.
HB 327 (2017)
Requires the legislative budget assistant to estimate the relative impact of a bill when they would otherwise say the impact of a bill is "indeterminate" because there are too many unknown factors.
HB 410 (2017)
Makes some small changes to the membership and duties of the Legislative Youth Advisory Council.
HB 541 (2017)
Requires that legislators be paid compensation in silver dollar coins. The State Treasury notes that although the face value of a silver coin may be one dollar, the spot value varies and was $16.47 on January 4, 2017.
SB 35 (2017)
Revises the personal interest disclosure requirements for legislators, for example removing verbal disclosure.
More Info | Sponsor: Bob Giuda

Legislative/Executive Checks and Balances

CACR 4 (2017)
Constitutional amendment for the legislature to elect the Attorney General every two years.  At the time of this bill's submission, the Attorney General is appointed by the governor and Executive Council.
CACR 5 (2017)
Constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to confirm judicial appointments.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 394 (2017)
Prohibits any public employee from testifying at a legislative hearing during working hours, unless the chairperson of the legislative committee requests the testimony, the employer authorizes the testimony, or the employe uses personal time.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
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

Local and County Government

HB 108 (2017)
Permits a municipality to scan records that are to be retained less than 10 years into PDF format and dispose of paper copies.
HB 118 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement that a governing body note whether or not they recommend an appropriation in a warrant article submitted by petition.
HB 120 (2017)
Allows counties to establish a rainy day fund.
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 123 (2017)
If a zoning board of adjustment finds that it cannot conclude a public hearing within the time available, this bill allows the board to vote to continue the hearing to a specified time and place with no additional notice required.
HB 127 (2017)
Requires that the filling of a vacancy in a county office by the county convention be by "a majority of the ballots cast" rather than "majority vote."
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
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
HB 170 (2017)
Requires notice of meetings and minutes of public meetings to be posted on a public body's website, if one exists.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 182 (2017)
Permits political subdivisions to require the default budget to be placed on the ballot as a separate contingent warrant article if the operating budget is defeated. The bill permits a revised operating budget to be voted on if both the operating budget and the contingent default budget are defeated.
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 202 (2017)
Requires a state agency head to notify a municipality's governing body and legislative delegation of the relocation of a state office within the municipality.
HB 223 (2017)
Prohibits the recipient of county or municipal funds from using such funds for lobbying.
HB 230 (2017)
Changes the referendum procedure for public water systems, so that a petition must represent 20% of the number of ballots cast in the most recent town elections, rather than 10% of all registered voters.
HB 247 (2017)
Requires the city or town clerk, rather than supervisors of the checklist, to retain voter registration forms.
HB 251 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for voters to adopt warrant articles that permit the town or district to create a capital reserve fund as part of the local budget.
HB 254 (2017)
Revises the membership of the Assessing Standards Board by adding a legislative member and reducing the members who are municipal or assessing officials or assessors.
HB 272 (2017)
Provides that the election of county commissioners in Carroll county shall be by voters of the districts of each commissioner. Currently all voters of the county elect the commissioners.
HB 303 (2017)
Requires that a vacancy in the office of a county commissioner be filled by a majority vote of the county convention members representing the cities and towns in the commissioner's district.
HB 325 (2017)
Permits towns that have adopted a charter form of government to appoint a town clerk.
HB 453 (2017)
Requires the board of supervisors of the checklist to fill any vacancy in the board within 45 days.
HB 461 (2017)
Requires Carroll county to establish a grant committee and to adopt a policy for acceptance of grants by the county.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 514 (2017)
Establishes qualifications for alternate members of an elected planning board.
HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."
HB 83 (2017)
Prohibits family members from being elected or appointed to the same town, city, or school district board or committee.

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

Gambling

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.

Gay and Transgender Rights

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

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."

Judicial Process

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 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 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 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

Local and County Government

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.

Marijuana Legalization

HB 215 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.
HB 377 (2017)
If the state ever allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use, this bill requires the Liquor Commission to buy and sell marijuana the same way it does alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 656 (2017)
Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp.

Mental Health

HB 596 (2017)
Permits a person who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health treatment facility to request a review hearing every two years.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

Other: Crime and Public Safety

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.

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 209 (2017)
Provides that if Massachusetts adopts Atlantic standard time, the state of New Hampshire shall also adopt the Atlantic standard time. This would make daylight saving time permanent in both states.

Other: Politics and Political Process

HB 105 (2017)
Names a building in Concord in honor of Van McLeod.
HB 91 (2017)
Changes General John Stark Day to the second Monday in April.
SB 142 (2017)
Directs the joint legislative historical committee to give priority to hanging a portrait in the state house of E. Maude Ferguson, the first woman elected to the New Hampshire state senate.

Other: Social Issues

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.
SB 132 (2017)
Directs the Division of Historical Resources to establish and administer a New Hampshire state register of historic burial grounds and cemeteries.

Privacy and Surveillance

HB 482 (2017)
Requires the operator of a social media website or online service to remove subscriber information at the subscriber's request.
HB 523 (2017)
Regulates the collection, retention, and use of biometric information by individuals and private entities.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

Prostitution

HB 287 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the decriminalization of sex work.

Rape, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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 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.
SB 166 (2017)
States, "Upon a showing 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

State Names and Icons

HB 262 (2017)
Establishes the common blackberry as the state berry. The Senate amended the bill to make the blackberry the "berry of the biennium."
More Info | Sponsor: Clyde Carson
SB 110 (2017)
Makes the painted turtle the state reptile.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Tobacco and Smoking

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.

Veterans and Military

HB 508 (2017)
Names the New Hampshire Army National Guard Regional Training Institute and Barracks facility in Pembroke after Colonel Edward Cross.
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 81 (2017)
Allows a stepmother of person killed while on duty in the military to receive gold star number plates.

Welfare Restrictions

HB 532 (2017)
Prohibits a person who desecrates a U.S. flag or state flag from receiving financial assistance.
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

Zoning and Property Rights

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.

TRANSPORTATION/RECREATION
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Motorcycles

HB 553 (2017)
Allows biennial rather than annual motorcycle inspections.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
SB 27 (2017)
Repeals restrictions on grip height and handlebars on motorcycles.

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.

NH State Parks and Outdoor Recreation

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 186 (2017)
Limits the liability of a person acting as a sports official at athletic events.
HB 211 (2017)
Continues to allow 10-day, nonresident off highway recreational vehicle registrations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 237 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study helmet and restraint laws for youth operators and passengers of OHRVs and snowmobiles.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 248 (2017)
Modifies the procedure for approval of OHRV operation on certain highways and trail connectors in Coos and Grafton counties.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
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 315 (2017)
Requires that persons who may accompany and be legally responsible for a youth operator of an OHRV or a snowmobile be at least 25 years of age, rather than 18.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 363 (2017)
Repeals the laws authorizing unique number plates for motor vehicles used exclusively for ski area purposes, and for "motorized locomotives" used by the New Hampshire State Voitures of La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
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 217 (2017)
Provides free admission to state parks for children under the age of 15 years-old.
SB 48 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study changes to the Fish and Game Commission and Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

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 433 (2017)
Authorizes fire chiefs to issue decals to firefighters to use on multi-use decal plates.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
SB 52 (2017)
Requires the commissioner of the Department of Safety to prepare a procedural manual of Department of Safety policies. The bill also requires a biennial rather than annual report on revenue generated from safe boater education certificates.

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 124 (2017)
Repeals all aircraft registration fees collected by the Department of Transportation.
HB 154 (2017)
Allows public transit bus personnel to use traffic light prioritization technology.
HB 195 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study temporary seasonal docks.
HB 424 (2017)
Requires the town or city clerk to retain a copy of the bill of sale and certificate of registration or the certificate of title for certain vehicles exempted from title requirements. This bill also modifies the notification requirements for removal and sale of certain vehicles.
HB 433 (2017)
Authorizes fire chiefs to issue decals to firefighters to use on multi-use decal plates.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 479 (2017)
Establishes Rotary International special license plates.
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.
HB 500 (2017)
Allows tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations to issue decals for multi-use decal plates.
HB 570 (2017)
Lowers registration fees for motor vehicles in car and truck rental businesses to 1/3 of the registration fee.
HB 579 (2017)
Makes various changes to trailer registration. For example, this bill authorizes trailer agents to issue multi-year registrations up to 12 years.
HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.
HB 598 (2017)
Requires the Division of Motor Vehicles to give automobile owners a decal and identification card that states the holder is exempt from registering his or her car under the Uniform Commercial Code, essentially making vehicle registration optional.
HB 618 (2017)
Repeals the government bureau and regulation for automobile titles.
SB 119 (2017)
Exempts certain temporary seasonal docks from permitting.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 14 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement that a plow operator be actively engaged in plowing in order to use amber lights.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 178 (2017)
Allows a refund for vehicle registration and permit fees in instances in which a transfer of vehicle ownership results in a shortened registration period.
SB 180 (2017)
Classifies all number plates with four digits or fewer as vanity plates, effective July 1, 2017.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 28 (2017)
Authorizes the issuance of a salvage certificate of title for a vehicle under certain conditions.
SB 52 (2017)
Requires the commissioner of the Department of Safety to prepare a procedural manual of Department of Safety policies. The bill also requires a biennial rather than annual report on revenue generated from safe boater education certificates.

Pollution and Conservation

HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.

Privacy and Surveillance

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.
HB 97 (2017)
Regulates the use of drones by the government, individuals, and businesses, including fines and other penalties.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

Right to Know and Transparency

HB 417 (2017)
Requires sworn reports regarding motor vehicle license suspensions to be available for public inspection.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Hynes

Road Safety

HB 102 (2017)
Requires drivers to turn on their headlights in fog, regardless of how thick the fog is.
HB 128 (2017)
Clarifies that pedestrians must obey signals at railroad grade crossings.
HB 193 (2017)
Permits cities to adopt bylaws and ordinances relative to temporary traffic control measures, including non-police flaggers, cones, etc.
HB 227 (2017)
Allows tinting on car windows.
HB 234 (2017)
Authorizes a governing body to reduce the speed limit on a class V highway, so long as the speed limit is not below 25 miles per hour.
HB 314 (2017)
Establishes requirements and restrictions for the testing of self-driving vehicles on New Hampshire roads.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 319 (2017)
Limits 20-day registration plates to three plates within a 12-month period for any one vehicle. This bill also authorizes the Division of Motor Vehicles to suspend or revoke the driver's license of a person whose driver's license has been suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction.
HB 335 (2017)
Requires the Department of Safety to adopt changes to federal rules governing motor carrier safety regulations, and to notify any individuals affected by the changes.

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