Legislative Review  

JANUARY 23, 2015 

This Week's Top News

A step in the right direction

The right choice

RGGI-cide?

A solution in search of a problem

Last Laugh

Upcoming Events

Tracked Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS

FISCAL POLICY

HEALTH CARE

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT

WORKERS' COMPENSATION


This Week's Top News

A step in the right direction

The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony this week on two bills designed to give businesses struggling with high energy and healthcare costs a shot in the arm by lowering the rates of two major business taxes – the business profits (BPT) and the business enterprise (BET) taxes. SB 1, sponsored by Sen. Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) would lower the BPT from the current 8.5 percent (one of the highest tax rates in the country) to 8 percent over two budget cycles. SB 2, sponsored by Sen. Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford), would lower the BET from the current .75 percent to .65 percent over the same time period.

Opponents argued the revenue impacts would lead to deep cuts in state-funded services. BIA, which strongly supports both measures, disagrees. Department of Revenue Administration fiscal impact analysis did not take into account how the two taxes work in conjunction (e.g. lowering the BET would reduce the amount of credit given to companies that also pay the BPT). Furthermore, historic growth in tax receipts, which is easily calculated, indicates that the modest reductions called for in SB 1 and SB 2 would not result in significantly lower tax receipts than what is currently being collected.

The bottom line is these two bills send a powerful and positive message to New Hampshire businesses that New Hampshire is doing what it reasonably can to make the state a better place for companies to relocate or expand into. BIA supports these efforts and encourages the Legislature to pass SB 1 and SB 2.

The right choice

It didn’t take long for the House Judiciary Committee to recommend killing HB 120, a bill that would have severely constrained mediation by the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission, causing cases before the commission to be even more delayed than they already are. BIA opposed this proposal in testimony before the committee last week. This week the committee recommended unanimously to kill the bill. We expect the full House will agree with the committee recommendation. On to the next crisis…

RGGI-cide?

Proponents and opponents of HB 208 FN filled Representative’s Hall this week to provide testimony on a bill repealing New Hampshire’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Those favoring the repeal seem to be a mix of individuals who dispute claims of climate change, or at least the effect of carbon emissions on climate change; those who feel RGGI is an inappropriate government mandate; or those who feel the program is leading to higher electricity costs. Advocates for the program, including the Department of Environmental Services and the Public Utilities Commission, pointed to the success of energy efficiency programs funded through RGGI, the reductions in carbon emissions and the fact that even if New Hampshire removed itself from the program, it would not result in cost savings to consumers. It seems unlikely that a total repeal of the program will happen, but we would not be surprised to see other RGGI-related proposals trying to reduce energy costs before the session is over.

A solution in search of a problem

Add SB 42 to the list of bills that appear to be a solution in search of a problem. It deals with employee notification of contraceptive coverage and would require employers offering health insurance, either through a group policy or a self-funded plan, to include specific notification to prospective employees of the health plan's contraceptive coverage. The information would need to be provided on the written employment application or as a separate written notice distributed with the written application or on the employer's career opportunities web page.

BIA testified in opposition to this bill, which was spurred by the Hobby Lobby U.S. Supreme Court decision last summer that stated the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services cannot require closely held corporations to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptive methods that violate the religious beliefs of the companies' owners. Our concerns about the bill stem from the broad and unprecedented new requirement upon all employers to provide specific and explicit notification about one aspect of the employers' health benefit plans when, in reality, the vast majority of New Hampshire employers probably already provide comprehensive contraceptive coverage and will continue to do so. New Hampshire's contraceptive mandate, in place since 1999, requires companies with group health plans to offer contraceptive coverage and does not permit exclusions. Self-funded plans must also comply with the Affordable Care Act's essential health benefits standard, which also includes contraceptives.

SB 42 would impose a broad, new employee notification requirement that is unnecessary and an intrusion into the normal process of recruiting and extending employment offers.

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Last Laugh

Final Exam

A few fraternity brothers needed to fill a science requirement in order to graduate, so they spent weeks studying for the final.

The day of the exam arrived, and they were more than ready for the test. The teacher pulled out a chart that had different pictures of birds' legs.

The teacher said, "This is your exam. Name these birds by their legs."

After ten minutes one boy stood up, absolutely furious, and slammed the paper down on the teacher's desk.

"Unbelievable!" he yelled. "You knew I needed to pass this exam to graduate. How could you do this to me?"

The guy began to leave the room and the teacher yelled at him, "Hey you, what's your name?"

The student pulled up his pants, revealing his legs, and said, "I don't know, sir. You tell me."

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Tracked Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 167 Directing the commissioners of the department of resources and economic development and the department of environmental services to develop a business development plan to attract certain businesses to New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: David Danielson. Introduced and Referred to House Resources, Recreation and Development. Full Committee Work Session: 1/27/2015 11:30 AM LOB 305

HB 170 Relative to the advisory committee on international trade. Prime sponsor: Pamela Tucker. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Public Hearing: 1/20/2015 10:00 AM LOB 302

HB 174 Establishing a committee to study the name and structure of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Introduced and Referred to House Resources, Recreation and Development. Full Committee Work Session: 1/27/2015 11:30 AM LOB 305

HB 259 Relative to the reporting date of the economic development strategy and plan. Prime sponsor: Naida Kaen. Introduced and Referred to House Resources, Recreation and Development. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:15 PM LOB 305

HB 279 Establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Ken Gidge. Introduced and Referred to House Executive Departments and Administration. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:00 PM LOB 306

HB 294 Establishing a commission to develop a strategic plan for New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Jacalyn Cilley. Introduced and and Referred to House Executive Departments and Administration. Public Hearing: 1/29/2015 11:30 AM LOB 306

HB 318 Establishing a committee to study state laws and rules affecting New Hampshire businesses. Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Public Hearing: 2/5/2015 10:30 AM LOB 302

HB 324 Relative to membership in a union. Prime sponsor: Joseph Pitre. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 10:15 AM LOB 307

HB 399 Establishing a force of state capitol security officers with the authority to carry firearms.Prime sponsor: Alfred Baldasaro. Introduced and Referred to Legislative Administration.

HB 402 Establishing the Frank Partin right-to-work act. Prime sponsor: William O’Brien. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

HB 534 Relative to the duties of the housing finance authority. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced and Referred to Finance.

SB 30 Relative to municipal economic development and revitalization districts. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Public and Municipal Affairs. Hearing: ===RECESSED=== 1/21/15, Room 102, LOB, 9:45 a.m.

SB 88 Establishing a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation. Prime sponsor: Bette Lasky. Introduced and Referred to Senate Transportation. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0036s, 1/29/15; Vote 5-0; CC; SC7

SB 107 Prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union. Prime sponsor: John Reagan. Introduced and Referred to Commerce

SB 180 Relative to the innovation business job growth program. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Senate Finance. Hearing: 2/3/15, Room 103, SH, 2:00 p.m.; SC7

2015-H-0335-R Relative to economic revitalization zones. Prime sponsor: Ken Weyler

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 124 Relative to the implementation of new college and career readiness standards. Prime sponsor: Glenn Cordelli. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Public Hearing: 1/29/2015 2:30 PM LOB 206-208

HB 237 Requiring vocational education centers to prioritize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula as a condition for funding. Prime sponsor: Adam Schroadter. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 1:00 PM LOB 207

SB 101 Prohibiting the state from requiring implementation of common core standards. Prime sponsor: Kevin Avard. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 103, LOB, 9:50 a.m.

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 132 Relative to time-based rates for electric service. Prime sponsor: Dick Marston. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Executive Session: 1/27/2015 12:45 PM LOB 304

HB 143 Relative to electric renewable classes. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. ==RESCHEDULED== Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 10:00 AM Representatives Hall

HB 153 Relative to the telecommunications planning and development advisory committee. Prime sponsor: Laurence Rappaport. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 1/21/2015 2:30 PM LOB 304

HB 191 Relative to projects which are privately financed in energy efficiency and clean energy districts. Prime sponsor: John Mann. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:45 PM LOB 301

HB 205 Relative to lending practices of energy efficiency and clean energy districts. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government

HB 208 Repealing the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program. Prime sponsor: Richard Barry. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 1/22/2015 10:00 AM Representatives Hall

HB 209 Repealing New Hampshire’s atomic energy policy. Prime sponsor: Robert Backus. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Full Committee Work Session: 2/5/2015 10:45 AM LOB 304

HB 213 Establishing an energy awareness commission. Prime sponsor: Richard McNamara. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Continued Public Hearing: 2/5/2015 10:00 AM LOB 304

HB 227 Relative to eminent domain on public lands. Prime sponsor: James Belanger. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government

HB 234 Relative to renewable portfolio standards. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. ==RESCHEDULED== Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 11:15 AM Representatives Hall

HB 238 Relative to the energy efficiency implementation plan. Prime sponsor: John Mann. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 10:00 AM LOB 304

HB 252 Relative to the divestiture of electrical generation facilities. Prime sponsor: J.R. Hoell. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 2:00 PM LOB 304

HB 291 Establishing a committee to study modernization of the energy grid in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Marjorie Shepardson. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 11:00 AM LOB 304

HB 316 Establishing a committee to study offshore wind energy production. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy

HB 345 Requiring utilities to provide data to consumers explaining rates and rate increases. Prime sponsor: Katherine Rogers. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy

HB 362 Relative to the reliability of the electric grid. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 1:00 PM LOB 304

HB 382 Establishing a committee to study facilitating private investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prime sponsor:  David Borden. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy

HB 431 Relative to the placement of all new elective electric transmission lines in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Laurence Rappaport. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy.

HB 543 Repealing the electric renewable portfolio standard. Prime sponsor: Bart Fromuth. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy

HB 544 Allowing the general court to deny a utility the use of the power of eminent domain. Prime sponsor: Laurence Rappaport. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy

SB 60 Establishing a commission to investigate implementation of decoupling for New Hampshire utilities. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 1/21/15, Room 100, SH, 9:15 a.m.

SB 68 Relative to requirements for multiple line telephone systems. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Introduced and Referred to Senate Executive Departments and Administration. Hearing: 1/28/15, Room 101, LOB, 9:00 a.m.

SB 170 Requiring the public utilities commission to ensure ratepayer protections with electric power suppliers. Prime sponsor: Russell Prescott. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 1/21/15, Room 100, SH, 9:30 a.m.

2015-H-0030-R Authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors. Prime sponsor: Suzanne Smith

2015-H-0034-L Relative to taking land by eminent domain for high pressure gas pipelines and requiring payment of the land use change tax when land is taken by eminent domain to build energy infrastructure. Prime sponsor: James Belanger

2015-H-0085-R Relative to the use of revenues generated by electric and other utility company leases and rentals. Prime sponsor: Rick Ladd

2015-H-0120-R Relative to regional greenhouse gas initiative distributions to residential customers. Prime sponsor: David Borden

2015-H-0674-R Implementing goals of the state 10-year energy strategy. Prime sponsor: David Danielson

2015-S-0702-R Relative to the electric renewable portfolio standard. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley

2015-H-0811-R Relative to funding for state energy efficiency programs. Prime sponsor: Robert Backus

2015-S-0928-R Relative to electric rate reduction financing. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 376 FN Appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible and completed drinking water, wastewater, and landfill closure projects under the state aid grant program. Prime sponsor: Thomas Buco. Introduced and Referred to House Finance. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 2:30 PM LOB 210-211

HB 462 Repealing an increase in the fuel oil discharge cleanup fund fee. Prime sponsor: James Spillane. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means.

HB 522 Making certain changes in the law governing toxic substances in the workplace to comply with federal law. Prime sponsor: Jeffrey Goley. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

SB 168 Relative to the duties of the commissioner of the department of environmental services. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Introduced and Referred to Senate Executive Departments and Administration. Introduced and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration

SB 196 FN Appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible water supply land protection costs under the state aid grant program. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 1/28/15, Room 100, SH, 9:30 a.m.

SB 229 Appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose of restoring and protecting waters of the southeast watershed in accordance with EPA guidelines. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Hearing: 1/28/15, Room 100, SH, 9:45 a.m.

2015-H-0711-R Consolidating existing oil pollution funds. Prime sponsor: Chris Christensen

FISCAL POLICY - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

CACR 2 Relating to dedicated funds. Providing that funds shall be used solely for the purpose of the fund. Prime sponsor: Stephen Smith. Introduced and Referred to House Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 10:00 AM LOB 202

HB 115 Repealing the allocation of gross appropriations from the highway fund in the state budget. Introduced and Referred to Public Works and Highways. Prime sponsor: Herbert Richardson. Executive Session: 1/27/2015 LOB 201

HB 180 Relative to the definition of "price or consideration" under the real estate transfer tax. Prime sponsor: Naida Kaen. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 1:00 PM LOB 202

HB 192 Relative to the valuation of utility property. Prime sponsor: James Coffey. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 10:00 AM LOB 301

HB 224 FN Repealing the exemption for water and air pollution control facilities from local property taxation. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government

HB 314 Establishing a commission to study the charitable status of certain nonprofit organizations for purposes of state and local taxation. Prime sponsor: Pamela Brown. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:00 PM LOB 202

HB 319 Establishing a committee to study effects of making changes to certain New Hampshire tax laws. Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Introduced and Referred to House Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:30 PM LOB 202

HB 333 Establishing a process for review and reporting of dedicated funds. Prime sponsor: Karen Umberger. Introduced and Referred to House Finance. Public Hearing: 1/29/2015 3:30 PM LOB 210-211

HB 350 Establishing a commission to study the impacts of the property tax on New Hampshire’s residents, businesses, municipalities, and the economy. Prime sponsor: Judith Spang. Introduced and Referred to House Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 2:00 PM LOB 202

HB 386 Reducing the rate of the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: James Spillane. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 2/3/2015 2:30 PM LOB 202

HB 444 Exempting certain long-term residents from local school taxes. Prime sponsor: Peter Hansen. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government.

SB 1 FN Reducing the rate of the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 103, SH, 9:00 a.m.

SB 2 FN Reducing the rate of the business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Andy Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 103, SH, 9:30 a.m.

SB 6 FN Increasing the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means

2015-H-0059-R Including nonprofit charitable enterprises under the business enterprise tax, and lowering the rate of the tax. Prime sponsor: David Hess

2015-H-0130-L Relative to the road toll rate and eliminating a capital appropriation for highway projects. Prime sponsor: James Spillane

2015-S-0263-R Exempting ground leases from the real estate transfer tax. Prime sponsor: David Boutin

2015-H-0317-R Relative to property tax relief. Prime sponsor: Michael Brewster

2015-H-0365-R Relative to applying the interest and dividends tax to trusts, increasing exemptions and extending the tax to capital gains; and relative to homeowners property tax relief. Prime sponsor: Richard Ames

2015-H-0366-R Relative to preventing the diversion of business income to tax havens. Prime sponsor: Richard Ames

2015-S-0392-R Relative to career and technical education centers and establishing a business profits tax credit for donations to such centers. Prime sponsor: David Watters

2015-H-0761-R Relative to expense deductions under the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Laurie Sanborn

2015-H-0768-R Reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduit. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire

2015-H-0807-R Establishing a retail sales tax. Prime sponsor: Gilman Shattuck

2015-H-0818-R Relative to the taxation of trusts under the interest and dividends tax. Prime sponsor: David Hess

2015-S-0904-R Establishing a job creation tax credit against the business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles

HEALTH CARE - BIA staff contact: Adrienne Rupp, x114

HB 101 Relative to prescription refills. Prime sponsor: Dan McGuire. Introduced and referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Public Hearing: 1/20/2015 11:15 AM LOB 205

HB 128 Authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. Prime sponsor: Donald McClarren. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Subcommittee Work Session: 1/21/2015 9:00 AM LOB 302

HB 188 Allowing the department of health and human services to share certain Medicaid enhancement tax information with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prime sponsor: Norm Major. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Subcommittee Work Session: 1/27/2015 9:15 AM LOB 205

HB 223 Relative to external review under the managed care law. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs

HB 251 Excluding circumcision from the state Medicaid plan. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. ===CANCELLED=== Public Hearing: 1/29/2015 11:00 AM LOB 302

HB 330 Establishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency. Prime sponsor: Charles McMahon. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 10:15 AM LOB 205

HB 390 Relative to stop loss insurance. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Public Hearing: 1/29/2015 10:30 AM LOB 302

HB 508 Relative to the dissolution of the New Hampshire medical malpractice joint underwriting association. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Introduced and Referred to Judiciary.

SB 42 Relative to employee notification of contraceptive coverage. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 100, SH, 2:00 p.m.

SB 56 Establishing a commission to study oversight, regulation, and reporting of patient safety and health care quality issues. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 101, LOB, 1:00 p.m.

SB 84 Relative to the definition of "telemedicine." Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 101, LOB, 2:10 p.m.

SB 131 FN Authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. Prime sponsor: Andy Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Hearing: 1/20/15, Room 100, SH, 1:45 p.m.

SB 163 Relative to wholesale hospital-to-hospital laboratory and testing services. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce

SB 176 Relative to the definition of "direct primary care." Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce

2015-H-0123-R Establishing a single payer health care system. Prime sponsor: Richard McNamara

2015-H-0136-L Relative to redetermining eligibility for Medicaid. Prime sponsor: David Hess

2015-H-0147-R Relative to indemnification of health care facilities under certain circumstances. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman

2015-H-0260-L Relative to health insurance plans of public employers. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy

2015-H-0652-R Relative to prior authorizations for certain prescription drugs. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman

2015-H-0803-R Establishing the federally-facilitated health exchange as the health exchange for New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 120 Relative to complaint procedures before the state commission for human rights. Prime sponsor: Patrick Abrami. Introduced and Referred to House Judiciary. Public Hearing: 1/15/2015 1:30 PM LOB 208

HB 139 Relative to an emergency exception under the New Hampshire retirement system for certain part-time employment. Prime sponsor: Mario Ratzki. Introduced and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:45 PM LOB 306

HB 163 Establishing a state minimum hourly rate. Prime sponsor: Timothy Robertson. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

HB 361 Relative to the definition of “employee.” Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 2:30 PM LOB 307

HB 365 Prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 1:30 PM LOB 307

HB 370 Enabling counties and municipalities to establish minimum wage rates. Prime sponsor: Timothy Robertson. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

HB 392 Relative to the minimum hourly wage. Prime sponsor: Andrew White. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

HB 411 Prohibiting the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Douglas Ley. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

HB 496 Prohibiting public employers from using criminal history in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Frank Heffron. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

SB 47 Repealing the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce

SB 55 Allowing private employers to establish a policy granting a veterans' preference in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Sharon Carson. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce

SB 156 Prohibiting discrimination against employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce

2015-H-0358-R Relative to paid sick leave for employees. Prime sponsor: Mary Gile

2015-H-0860-R Increasing the minimum wage. Prime sponsor: Jacalyn Cilley

WORKERS' COMPENSATION - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 372 Relative to certain private employers under workers’ compensation. Prime sponsor: Robert Haefner. Introduced and Referred to House Environment and Agriculture. Public Hearing: 1/27/2015 10:00 AM LOB 303

HB 450 Relative to the definition of employee for purposes of workers’ compensation and establishing a commission to study and make recommendations for a common definition of employee. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

HB 465 Relative to workers’ compensation for domestic employees. Prime sponsor: Donald LeBrun. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.

HB 477 Increasing workers’ compensation benefits and establishing payment schedules. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.