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  Visit gencourt.state.nh.us for the latest information on bills, including a list of withdrawn bill requests.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

Rape, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

HB 106 (2017)
Requires corroboration for a victim's testimony in a sexual assault case if the defendant has no prior convictions for sexual assault.
HB 284 (2017)
Changes the jury instructions in sexual assault cases to add that "the defendant's testimony need not be corroborated." This bill also changes any reference to "victim" in the sexual assault laws to "complainant."
HB 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 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 382 (2017)
Prohibits electronic transmission, electronic signature, or telephonic testimony for search warrants, arrest warrents, domestic violence orders, and other orders.
HB 382 (2017)
Prohibits electronic transmission, electronic signature, or telephonic testimony for search warrants, arrest warrents, domestic violence orders, and other orders.

Child Abuse and Protection

HB 112 (2017)
Requires child resistant packaging for e-cigarette cartridges.
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 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 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 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 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. Accrued unpaid reimbursements shall not be waived.

Tobacco and Smoking

HB 112 (2017)
Requires child resistant packaging for e-cigarette cartridges.
HB 112 (2017)
Requires child resistant packaging for e-cigarette cartridges.

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 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 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. Accrued unpaid reimbursements shall not be waived.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
HB 205 (2017)
Prohibits a person from flying a drone above a state or county correctional facility or a municipal jail.
HB 261 (2017)
Allows county commissioners to request an employee candidate background check to be completed by the county sheriff's office or the county department of corrections, not just by the state police.
HB 278 (2017)
Repeals the crime of criminal defamation.
HB 283 (2017)
Inserts a definition of "bodily injury" into the criminal code. There is already a definition of "severe bodily injury."
HB 301 (2017)
Allows electric grills on balconies and decks under certain conditions.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Ohm

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 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.
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 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.

Privacy and Surveillance

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 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

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.

Prostitution

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

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.
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 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.

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

Income Tax

HB 104 (2017)
Repeals the commuters income tax, which was declared unconstitutional in 1975.

Right to Know and Transparency

HB 109 (2017)
Exempts building plans and construction drawings in connection with a local building permit process from the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 109 (2017)
Exempts building plans and construction drawings in connection with a local building permit process from the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

Zoning and Property Rights

HB 109 (2017)
Exempts building plans and construction drawings in connection with a local building permit process from the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 109 (2017)
Exempts building plans and construction drawings in connection with a local building permit process from the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 131 (2017)
Requires parties submitting zoning amendment petitions to pay the costs of notification.
HB 131 (2017)
Requires parties submitting zoning amendment petitions to pay the costs of notification.
HB 168 (2017)
Updates the state fire code to include the 2015 edition of the Uniform Fire Code NFPA 1.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 189 (2017)
Establishes a right of moiety in a homestead. This would allow a property owner of a primary residence not to pay a debt (such as taxes) and continue to occupy at least half the property, with the other half temporarily subject to be occupied and used by the creditor.
HB 260 (2017)
Recognizes the allodial land rights of inhabitants of the state of New Hampshire, which covers land ownership by occupancy and defense of the land. This bill then provides that a public servant who seeks to diminish such rights shall be dismissed from office.
HB 265 (2017)
Authorizes a municipality to limit accessory dwelling units for townhouses and manufactured housing.
HB 280 (2017)
Provides that no interested person shall be prohibited from appearing and placing a claim on property subject to forfeiture.
HB 292 (2017)
Creates a right to a jury trial for collection of taxes through the execution of a lien on the individual's property.
HB 292 (2017)
Creates a right to a jury trial for collection of taxes through the execution of a lien on the individual's property.
HB 323 (2017)
Transfers power from the Assessing Standards Board to the Department of Revenue Administration for the purpose of rules and standards for assessments. The bill was amended to instead only change a reference to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

Disability Rights Laws

HB 117 (2017)
Expands the residential real estate property tax exemption for improvements that assist persons with disabilities to include standby generator systems.

Local and County Government

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 131 (2017)
Requires parties submitting zoning amendment petitions to pay the costs of notification.
HB 131 (2017)
Requires parties submitting zoning amendment petitions to pay the costs of notification.
HB 167 (2017)
Allows a county convention to require an audit of county accounts.
HB 172 (2017)
Allows the county treasurer to incur debt in anticipation of the receipt of taxes, in certain circumstances.
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 191 (2017)
Allows cities and towns to issue bonds for the purpose of providing or expanding Internet service.
HB 239 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study reducing the cost of county government.
HB 296 (2017)
Allows the county convention to authorize a forensic audit and pay for it from the contingency fund.
HB 313 (2017)
Allows a town to establish a scholarship fund.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 316 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a local property tax exemption for new construction.
HB 316 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a local property tax exemption for new construction.

Judicial Process

HB 142 (2017)
Appropriates $3.5 million to construct a new Tenth Circuit District Court Facility in Hampton.
HB 281 (2017)
Increases the monetary amount of a claim over which the Board of Claims has concurrent jurisdiction with the superior court, from $50,000 to $80,000.
HB 292 (2017)
Creates a right to a jury trial for collection of taxes through the execution of a lien on the individual's property.
HB 292 (2017)
Creates a right to a jury trial for collection of taxes through the execution of a lien on the individual's property.

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 149 (2017)
Forbids former employees of the Insurance Department from disclosing confidential information gained during their employment or use such information for personal gain.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 150 (2017)
Makes certain technical changes to the law governing property and casualty insurance, as requested by the Insurance Department.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 238 (2017)
Establishes a broadband internet study committee.
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.
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.

Tobacco and Smoking

HB 175 (2017)
Prohibits the sale of food in a cigar bar licensed by the liquor commission. At the time of this bill's submission, the law prohibits the "service of food" at cigar bars.
HB 176 (2017)
Changes the definition of a cigar bar so that only cigar bars with under $75,000 must generate 60% or more of their quarterly gross revenue from the sale of cigar-related products.
HB 242 (2017)
Changes the definition of e-cigarette to include devices that do not contain nicotine. This bill also includes e-cigarettes in the definition of tobacco products for purposes of sale and licensure requirements.
HB 318 (2017)
Creates a 15% tax on the wholesale price of premium cigars.

Employee Protections

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

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 246 (2017)
Defines market value of stumpage for purposes of determining loss under timber trespass.
HB 324 (2017)
Gives the Commissioner of Revenue Administration authority to determine the value of utility property for the purpose of local property taxation.
HB 328 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include notifications in licenses that public utility infrastructure over, under, or across state land is taxable.
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.

Other: Politics and Political Process

HB 266 (2017)
Appropriates $60,000 to the state house bicentennial education and commemoration fund.

Business Growth and Development Funding

HB 316 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a local property tax exemption for new construction.
HB 316 (2017)
Allows municipalities to adopt a local property tax exemption for new construction.

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

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. The House amended the bill to instead create a committee review process if one district wants to withdraw from a cooperative school district.
HB 313 (2017)
Allows a town to establish a scholarship fund.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
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 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."
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."

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. The House amended the bill to instead create a committee review process if one district wants to withdraw from a cooperative school district.
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 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.

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.
HB 386 (2017)
Modifies the Education Tax Credit Program, which gives businesses a tax credit for donating to a scholarship fund for private, parochial, and homeschooled students. For example, this bill allows scholarships for college, tutoring, and distance education. The bill also extends the deadline for making donations and distributing scholarships.
HB 557 (2017)
Allows a school district to assign a child to another public school in another school district or to an approved private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
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

Standardized Testing

HB 166 (2017)
Replaces annual statewide assessments with assessments once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school. Each school district would be responsible for administering its own assessments on off-years.
More Info | Sponsor: Terry Wolf
HB 226 (2017)
Requires state aid to schools for third graders not proficient in reading according to the statewide assessment or an authorized, locally-administered assessment. This bill also requires school districts receiving such aid to annually provide documentation to the Department of Education demonstrating that the district has implemented an instructional program to improve non-proficient reading.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 275 (2017)
Forbids including a student's statewide assessment results in the student's transcript.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 276 (2017)
Allows parents to exempt students from statewide assessments. This bill also forbids the Department of Education from penalizing school districts with low participation rates on statewide standardized tests.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
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
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

Veterans and Military

HB 221 (2017)
Expands the allowable use of National Guard scholarships to include fees, books, and non-credit professional development programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Kuch
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. The House amended the bill to instead appropriate $25,000 each year, regardless of a request.

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 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 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. The bill was amended to also make some changes to the requirements for criminal history records checks of school employees, volunteers, and other educational staff.

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 340 (2017)
Exempts leased property from the law requiring the sale of the former Laconia state school. As originally written, the bill also requires the long range capital planning and utilization committee to approve a sale of Laconia state school property. The Legislature amended the bill to instead establishes the Lakeshore Redevelopment Planning Commission to study and make recommendations for the former Laconia state school land and buildings and training facility property.

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
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

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.
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.

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.
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.

Special Education

HB 554 (2017)
Requires the Department of Education to develop an assessment tool as a resource for parents of deaf and hard-of-hearing children to monitor and track developmental stages toward English literacy from birth to age five. This bill also requires the commissioner of the Department of Education to establish an advisory committee of 13 volunteer members who specialize or have experience with deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
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.
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.
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.

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."
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."

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.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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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.

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 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 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 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 481 (2017)
Permits towns to regulate plastic shopping bags.

Energy Costs

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.

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 258 (2017)
Makes various changes to the process for submission and approval of subsurface sewage disposal system plans, as requested by the Department of Environmental Services. The bill was amended to also extend an exemption from restrictions on certain septage and sludge land applications.
More Info | Sponsor: Dale Sprague
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 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 317 (2017)
Requires legislative approval for any increase in the system benefits charge, the portion of the electricity rate that pays for system improvements such as energy efficiency programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose
HB 324 (2017)
Gives the Commissioner of Revenue Administration authority to determine the value of utility property for the purpose of local property taxation.
HB 328 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include notifications in licenses that public utility infrastructure over, under, or across state land is taxable.
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.
HB 336 (2017)
Regulates outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters.
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 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 manage the replacement of systems providing heat to state-owned buildings in Concord.

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.

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.
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.

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 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 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 (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 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.

Zoning and Property Rights

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 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.

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.
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.

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 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.

Hunting, Fish and Game

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.

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

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

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.

Other: Health Care

HB 184 (2017)
Repeals the licensure requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals. The bill was amended to instead give medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals one more year before they have to register with the state.
HB 200 (2017)
Authorizes heath care facilities and physicians to dispense medication and use equipment and therapies which are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 322 (2017)
Allows some licensing boards for various health care providers to require completion of a survey as part of the license renewal process.
HB 334 (2017)
Exempts various health care professionals from licensure by the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Scully
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 plaintiffs in Merrimack County Superior Court contesting the validity of a rule to provide notice to the Office of Legislative Services, and for the respondent agency to file a copy of a final judgment with the office.
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 plaintiffs in Merrimack County Superior Court contesting the validity of a rule to provide notice to the Office of Legislative Services, and for the respondent agency to file a copy of a final judgment with the office.
HB 450 (2017)
Revises the membership of the New Hampshire commission on deafness and hearing loss.
HB 455 (2017)
Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from requiring providers to attain accreditation, credentialing, or licensing other than by the pharmacy board or other state or federal entity until May 1, 2018.
HB 469 (2017)
Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs. The bill was amended to also allow pharmacists to administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines. Lastly, the bill was amended to give the Insurance Department more power and flexibility to regulate health insurance costs during federal health care reform.
HB 469 (2017)
Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs. The bill was amended to also allow pharmacists to administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines. Lastly, the bill was amended to give the Insurance Department more power and flexibility to regulate health insurance costs during federal health care reform.
HB 484 (2017)
Establishes a commission on the Seacoast cancer cluster investigation.
HB 511 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study environmentally-triggered chronic illness.
HB 575 (2017)
Allows the board of acupuncture to certify individuals as acupuncture detoxification specialists.
HB 630 (2017)
Requires the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to work with the departments of justice, insurance and corrections to develop the interdepartmental health information and analysis program.
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
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 126 (2017)
Allows hospitals with renewable energy projects to apply for funding from the Renewable Energy Fund.
SB 137 (2017)
Makes nurses licensed in Vermont, Massachusetts, or Connecticut eligible for a temporary license in New Hampshire.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

Tobacco and Smoking

HB 268 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the consequences of tobacco use by minors in New Hampshire.
HB 279 (2017)
Revises in the Indoor Smoking Act to allow smoking in many public places, including grocery stores and restaurants, unless the private owner chooses to ban smoking.

Zoning and Property Rights

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 269 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study methods for educating New Hampshire families about the risks of lung cancer, particularly from radon exposure.

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 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 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 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

Health Insurance

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.

Local and County Government

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.

Vaccinations

HB 361 (2017)
Would only allow the state to require vaccines for diphtheria, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, measles, and tetanus. Right now the Department of Health and Human Services is allowed to add other vaccine requirements, and currently requires vaccines for hepatitis B and chickenpox.
HB 362 (2017)
Prohibits the state from setting any vaccine requirement "for diseases that are noncommunicable in a child care or school setting, including, but not limited to, hepatitis B." Right now the Department of Health and Human Services requires all school children to be vaccinated against hepatitis B. The House amended the bill to instead forbid an immunization/vaccination requirement for diseases that are noncommunicable.
HB 469 (2017)
Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs. The bill was amended to also allow pharmacists to administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines. Lastly, the bill was amended to give the Insurance Department more power and flexibility to regulate health insurance costs during federal health care reform.
HB 469 (2017)
Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs. The bill was amended to also allow pharmacists to administer hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, MMR, and meningococcal vaccines. Lastly, the bill was amended to give the Insurance Department more power and flexibility to regulate health insurance costs during federal health care reform.

Legislative/Executive Checks and Balances

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 plaintiffs in Merrimack County Superior Court contesting the validity of a rule to provide notice to the Office of Legislative Services, and for the respondent agency to file a copy of a final judgment with the office.
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 plaintiffs in Merrimack County Superior Court contesting the validity of a rule to provide notice to the Office of Legislative Services, and for the respondent agency to file a copy of a final judgment with the office.

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

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.
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.

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

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 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
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

Right to Know and Transparency

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 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 527 (2017)
Clarifies when forms and rates filed with the Insurance Department are open to public inspection. The Senate amended the bill to also regulate the lengths of docks, exempting certain temporary seasonal docks and boat lifts from permitting requirements. The House and Senate did not agree on a final version of the bill.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt

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.

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
CACR 5 (2017)
Constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to confirm judicial appointments.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell

Judicial Process

CACR 5 (2017)
Constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to confirm judicial appointments.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
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 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.

Right to Know and Transparency

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 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 110 (2017)
Requires members of the press to wear a name tag when working in the Statehouse.
HB 170 (2017)
Requires minutes of public meetings, or notification of minutes, to be posted on a public body's website, if one exists.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 170 (2017)
Requires minutes of public meetings, or notification of minutes, to be posted on a public body's website, if one exists.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 178 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.
HB 183 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study cost of requests for information under the right-to-know law.
HB 232 (2017)
Adds a personal interest disclosure statement to the financial disclosure form required to be filed annually by legislators.
HB 252 (2017)
Clarifies the procedure for pro se litigants under the right-to-know law.

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 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. The House amended the bill to instead create a committee review process if one district wants to withdraw from a cooperative school district.
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 170 (2017)
Requires minutes of public meetings, or notification of minutes, to be posted on a public body's website, if one exists.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 170 (2017)
Requires minutes of public meetings, or notification of minutes, 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 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.

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.

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. The House amended the bill to instead create a committee review process if one district wants to withdraw from a cooperative school district.

Voter ID

HB 235 (2017)
Allows the use of an assisted living facility photo identification card for voter identification purposes.

Other: Politics and Political Process

HB 240 (2017)
Repeals the law that allows a political party to determine the date, call, and purpose of the state convention and selecting delegates. State law then dictates the time frame and agenda for state party conventions.

Voting Laws

HB 247 (2017)
Requires the city or town clerk, rather than supervisors of the checklist, to retain voter registration forms.

Zoning and Property Rights

HB 260 (2017)
Recognizes the allodial land rights of inhabitants of the state of New Hampshire, which covers land ownership by occupancy and defense of the land. This bill then provides that a public servant who seeks to diminish such rights shall be dismissed from office.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Other: Politics and Political Process

HB 105 (2017)
Names a building in Concord in honor of Van McLeod.

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 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 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.
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.

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 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 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.

Judicial Process

HB 136 (2017)
Clarifies the equity jurisdiction of the family courts.
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.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.

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.

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.

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

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.

Prostitution

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

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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 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.

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.
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 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.

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

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.

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.

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 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. Lastly, this bill authorizes a salvage certificate of title for a vehicle under specific conditions after a total loss payment has been made.
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.
HB 364 (2017)
Authorizes the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles to suspend the license of a youth operator for up to a year while an accident involving death or bodily injury is investigated.
HB 416 (2017)
Requires a visual acuity examination for drivers' licenses, including additional vision tests after age 40 for license renewals.

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 124 (2017)
Repeals all aircraft registration fees collected by the Department of Transportation.
HB 154 (2017)
Allows public transit buses 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 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)
Authorizes the Rotary District 7870 Foundation to issue decals for use on multi-use decal plates.
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.

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 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. The House amended the bill to instead require certain lawsuits brought by the state to be filed within three years.
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. The Senate amended the bill to only require the adult to be 21 years-old when on a roadway (rather than a trail). The House and Senate could not agree on a final version of the bill.
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.

Local and County Government

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 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 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 $125,00 for towns and counties.

Zoning and Property Rights

HB 181 (2017)
Requires an owner of land that abuts a private road to repair and maintain his or her share of such road.

Transportation Infrastructure

HB 181 (2017)
Requires an owner of land that abuts a private road to repair and maintain his or her share of such road.

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
HB 433 (2017)
Authorizes fire chiefs to issue decals to firefighters to use on multi-use decal plates.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner

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 $125,00 for towns and counties.

Veterans and Military

HB 383 (2017)
Names a bridge in Keene the Veterans Memorial Pedestrian Bridge.
HB 388 (2017)
Allows special license plates for veterans and armed forces members to be used on "any motor vehicle, trailer, or other vehicle."
More Info | Sponsor: Amelia Keane

Right to Know and Transparency

HB 417 (2017)
Requires sworn reports regarding motor vehicle license suspensions to be available for public inspection. The House amended the bill to instead authorize a municipal agent to provide information regarding a motor vehicle transaction to a contractor hired by the municipality, for audit purposes only.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Hynes

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.

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.

Hunting, Fish and Game

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.

Judicial Process

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

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