Legislative Review  

MAY 22, 2015 

This Week's Top News

Kicking the can (part 1)

Kicking the can (part 2)

Couch cushions

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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

RETAINED BILLS

BOOT HILL


This Week's Top News

Kicking the can (part 1)

It was a disappointing week for businesses hoping the Legislature would follow through on work done last fall by legal staff from various state agencies, including the Department of Employment Security and the Department of Labor, to develop a unified definition employers can use to determine whether someone should be classified as an employee or independent contractor. Some may be surprised to find the “tests” used by the two departments (for the purposes of paying unemployment taxes and determining appropriate workers’ compensation coverage) are different, which often leads to confusion, unintentional violations and fines for inadvertent non-compliance.

The language that ultimately became HB 450 included input from employers, advocacy groups (including BIA) and even organized labor. Unfortunately late opposition from the AFL/CIO has apparently doomed the bill to the purgatory of a study commission to meet over the summer. The task? Review the language of the bill that stakeholders already have spent six months drafting and modifying. Our educated guess is that this review, while kicking the can down the road, will not result in any substantive changes.

Kicking the can (part 2)

When in doubt, do nothing? That seems to be the 2016 mantra at the State House. SB 146 was the most recent victim. This bill, sponsored by Sen. Dave Boutin (R-District 16), would have allowed for the development of accessory dwelling units, what are often called mother-in-law apartments in areas zoned for single-family homes. The legislation enjoyed wide support from housing advocates, those who advocate for the elderly and business advocacy groups like BIA who are looking for practical ways to add to our state’s under-developed supply of affordable and available workforce housing. Even the New Hampshire Municipal Association was not opposing the Senate-passed version of bill. Despite overwhelming support at the House public hearing, the Municipal and County Government Committee is retaining the bill hoping to work on it next fall. Since there was no opposition, we’re a little unsure of what “work” needs to be done.

Couch cushions

Do you remember the thrill of finding loose change in the couch cushions or those red letter days when you found a forgotten $20 bill stuffed in your pants pocket? Imagine the relief Senate budget writers must have felt when they got word from the Ways and Means Committee that it will be adding an extra $118 million to revenue estimates for the 2016/17 budget. This certainly takes some pressure off and has allowed the Finance Committee to restore funding removed by the House for New Hampshire travel and tourism promotion. It also means the state’s university system will get more money (although probably not enough to avoid increases in tuition). Senate Finance is also recommending that renewable energy fund money raided by the House to pay for DOT operating expenses go back to fund its intended purpose of providing grants to residential and business electricity consumers to help defray costs associated with making buildings more energy efficient. All of these were budget requests made by BIA in our testimony to Senate Finance. No word yet on two other BIA budget priorities – business tax reductions and an increase in funding for New Hampshire’s R&D tax credit program. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the budget in early June.

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Upcoming Events

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Tracked Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 279 Establishing a commission to study the economic impact of the arts and culture in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Ken Gidge. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled.

HB 599 Relative to the economic revitalization zone tax credit program. Prime sponsor: Ken Weyler. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 1399s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1399s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

SB 30 Relative to municipal economic development and revitalization districts. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Vacated and Referred to Finance. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 88 Establishing a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation. Prime sponsor: Bette Lasky. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Public Works and Highways. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for Jun 3 (Vote 14-1; CC)

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. Ought to Pass: RC 12Y-12N, MF; SJ 7. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 7. No pending motion

SB 223 Relative to name availability for business organizations. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for Jun 3 (Vote 15-4; RC)

SB 234 Establishing a committee to study the use of law enforcement details and flaggers for traffic control on municipally maintained roads. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Transportation. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 266 Adopting the Uniform Securities Act. Prime sponsor: Gerald Little. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-1743h for Jun 3 (Vote 15-6; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-1823h

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

SB 101 Prohibiting the state from requiring implementation of common core standards. Prime sponsor: Kevin Avard. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Vetoed by Governor 05/08/2015

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS - BIA staff contact: Stefanie Lamb, x112

HB 153 Relative to the telecommunications planning and development advisory committee. Prime sponsor: Laurence Rappaport. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Committee Amendment 1345s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1345s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

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. Lay on Table (Rep J. Belanger): MA VV

HB 192 Relative to the valuation of utility property. Prime sponsor: James Coffey. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways & Means; SJ 8. Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV, SJ 12

HB 205 Relative to lending practices of energy efficiency and clean energy districts. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 208 Repealing the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program. Prime sponsor: Richard Barry. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 4/8/15, Room 100, SH, 9:45 a.m.

HB 227 Relative to eminent domain on public lands. Prime sponsor: James Belanger. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Public and Municipal Affairs. Sen. Little Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 12. Inexpedient to Legislate Not Voted On

HB 362 Relative to the reliability of the electric grid. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 382 Establishing a committee to study facilitating private investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prime sponsor:  David Borden. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 543 Repealing the electric renewable portfolio standard. Prime sponsor: Bart Fromuth. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Lay on Table (Rep Richardson): MA RC 253-95

HB 547 Reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 1395s, NT, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1395s, NT, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

HB 572 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. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 4/29/15, Room 100, SH, 9:00 a.m.; SC19. Please note: Proposed amendments #2015-1412s and #2015-1423s will be introduced during the hearing on HB 572-FN-L and will be open to public testimony.

HB 614 Implementing goals of the state 10-year energy strategy. Prime sponsor: David Danielson. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Committee Amendment 1736s, NT, AA, VV. Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment #2015-1855s, AA, VV; SJ 15. Ought to Pass with Amendments 1736s, NT, and 1855s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; SJ 15

SB 18 Prohibiting the use of PVC piping as a flue material for venting combustion gases. Prime sponsor: Sharon Carson. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV

SB 26 Relative to the electric renewable portfolio standard. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV

SB 60 Establishing a commission to investigate implementation of decoupling for New Hampshire utilities. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Enrolled Bill Amendment #2015-1842EBA: AA VV

SB 170 Requiring the public utilities commission to ensure ratepayer protections with electric power suppliers. Prime sponsor: Russell Prescott. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Amendment #1286h: AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #1286h: MA VV

SB 221 Relative to electric rate reduction financing. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Continued Executive Session: 5/26/2015 10:00 AM LOB 302-304

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS - BIA staff contact: Stefanie Lamb, x112

HB 233 Relative to local approval of mining activity. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Committee Amendment 1734s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1734s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 15

HB 349 Relative to state buffers for projects requiring wetland permits. Prime sponsor: Judith Spang. Introduced and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Lay on Table (Rep C. Christiensen): MA VV

HB 379 Establishing a commission to study the effects of ocean acidification on commercially harvested species. Prime sponsor: David Borden. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Lay on Table (Rep Borden): MA DV 218-121

HB 451 Relative to local approval of mining permits. Prime sponsor: Franklin Sterling. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Committee Amendment 1735s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1735s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 15

HB 498 Relative to notification of radon and arsenic testing. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 14

HB 522 Making certain changes in the law governing toxic substances in the workplace to comply with federal law. Prime sponsor: Jeffrey Goley. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 664 Consolidating existing oil pollution funds. Prime sponsor: Chris Christensen. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

SB 97 Authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate stormwater to comply with federal permit requirements. Prime sponsor: Regina Birdsell. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Sen. Birdsell Moved Nonconcur with House Amendment #1118h; Requests C of C, MA, VV; SJ 12. President Appoints: Senators Birdsell, Boutin and Lasky

SB 125 Relative to certification and licensure for mold assessment or remediation services. Prime sponsor: Sam Cataldo. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Executive Departments and Administration. Lay on Table (Rep A. Christie): MA RC 206-147 )

SB 132 Relative to dredging projects conducted by the Pease development authority division of ports and harbors. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Public Works and Highways. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for Jun 3 (Vote 15-0; CC)

SB 135 Relative to lead poisoning in children. Prime sponsor: Dan Feltes. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Amendment #1424h: AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #1424h: MA VV

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. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Sen. Bradley Moved Laid On Table, MA, VV

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. Committee Amendment 0103s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0103s, MA, VV; Sen. Fuller Clark Moved Laid On Table, MA, VV:

FISCAL POLICY - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 1 Making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for
fiscal years ending June 30, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Finance. Hearing: 05/05/15, Representatives' Hall, SH 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. HB1 and HB2; SC18.

HB 2 Relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to House Finance. Hearing: 05/05/15, Representatives' Hall, SH 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.; and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. HB1 and HB2; SC18

HB 115 Repealing the allocation of gross appropriations from the highway fund in the state budget. Prime sponsor: Herbert Richardson. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Transportation. Hearing: 5/26/15, Room 103, LOB, 1:00 p.m., on proposed amendment #2015-1840s - relative to reports on gross appropriations from the highway fund in the tentative state budget and defining autocycle and making provisions for the operation and inspection to HB 115, relative to reports on gross appropriations from the highway fund in the tentative state budget; SC23

HB 180 Relative to the definition of "price or consideration" under the real estate transfer tax. Prime sponsor: Naida Kaen. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 1326s, NT, AF, VV. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 15

HB 192 Relative to the valuation of utility property. Prime sponsor: James Coffey. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways & Means. Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV

HB 333 Establishing a process for review and reporting of dedicated funds. Prime sponsor: Karen Umberger. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Finance. Committee Amendment 1404s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1404s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

HB 547 Reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduit. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 1395s, NT, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1395s, NT, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 12

HB 551 Relative to preventing the diversion of business income to tax havens. Prime sponsor: Richard Ames. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Lay on Table (Rep Almy): MA VV

SB 1 FN Reducing the rate of the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Ought to Pass: RC 14Y-10N, MA. Pending Motion OT3rdg. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

SB 2 FN Reducing the rate of the business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Andy Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Ought to Pass: RC 14Y-10N, MA. Pending Motion OT3rdg. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

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. Ought to Pass: RC 24Y-0N, MA; SJ 6. Pending Motion OT3rdg; SJ 6. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid On Table, MA, VV: SJ 6

SB 190 Relative to payment of costs for career and technical education center programs and administration by the department of education, and establishing a tax credit against business profits taxes for donations to such centers. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Executive Session: 5/26/2015 10:00 AM LOB 201

SB 217 Establishing a job creation tax credit against business enterprise taxes. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 0494s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0494s, MA, VV; SJ 7. Pending Motion OT3rdg; SJ 6. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 7

SB 232 Exempting certain leases from the real estate transfer tax. Prime sponsor: David Boutin. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Ways and Means. Executive Session: 5/21/2015 10:00 AM LOB 202

HEALTH CARE - BIA staff contact: Adrienne Rupp, x114

HB 223 Relative to external review under the managed care law. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 330 Establishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency. Prime sponsor: Charles McMahon. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Hearing: 3/24/15, Room 101, LOB, 1:40 p.m.

HB 508 Relative to the dissolution of the New Hampshire medical malpractice joint underwriting association. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Executive Departments and Administration. Hearing: 4/22/15, Room 101, LOB, 10:00 a.m.; SC17

HB 564 Relative to prior authorizations for certain prescription drugs. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Special Order HB 564 to the end of the Regular Calendar, Without Objection, MA; SJ 15. Committee Amendment 1710s, AA, VV. Sen. Kelly Floor Amendment #2015-1898s, RC 10Y-14N, AF; SJ 15. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1710s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 15

HB 628 Relative to indemnification of health care facilities under certain circumstances. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Sen. Sanborn moved to Rerefer to Committee, MA, VV; SJ 15

SB 42 Relative to employee notification of contraceptive coverage. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Committee Amendment 0505s, RC 12Y-12N; AF; SJ 7. Ought to Pass Not Voted On; SJ 7. Sen. Prescott Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 7

SB 56 Establishing a commission to study oversight, regulation, and reporting of patient safety and health care quality issues. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Enrolled Bill Amendment #2015-1839EBA: AA VV

SB 84 Relative to the definition of "telemedicine." Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Amendment #1332h: AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #1332h: MA VV. Sen. Sanborn Moved Nonconcur with House Amendment #1332h; Requests C of C, MA, VV; SJ 14. President Appoints: Senators Sanborn, Stiles, and Kelly

SB 163 Relative to wholesale hospital-to-hospital laboratory and testing services. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for Jun 3 (Vote 19-0; CC)

SB 185 Extending the New Hampshire health protection program. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Health and Human Services. Inexpedient to Legislate Not Voted on. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

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

HB 361 Relative to the definition of "employee." Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 411 Prohibiting the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Douglas Ley. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: RC 24Y-0N, MA; SJ 12. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 12. Pending Motion OT3rdg; SJ 12

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. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-1836s, NT, 5/28/15; SC23

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. Lay on Table (Rep Infantine): MA VV

SB 55 Allowing private employers to establish a policy granting a veterans' preference in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Sharon Carson. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-1605h for Jun 3 (Vote 12-7; RC). Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

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. Ought to Pass Not Voted On; SJ 7. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 7

CHAPTER LAW

HB 170 Relative to the advisory committee on international trade. Prime sponsor: Pamela Tucker. Signed by the Governor on 5/5/2015; Chapter 07; Effective Date 7/4/2015

HB 259 Relative to the reporting date of the economic development strategy and plan. Prime sponsor: Naida Kaen. Signed by the Governor on 5/5/2015; Chapter 11; Effective Date 7/4/2015

HB 260 Relative to the definition of antique motor vehicle or motorcycle. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Signed by the Governor on 5/5/2015; Chapter 12; Effective Date 7/4/2015

HB 534 Relative to the duties of the housing finance authority. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Signed by the Governor on 5/5/2015; Chapter 16; Effective Date 7/4/2015

SB 168 Relative to the duties of the commissioner of the department of environmental services. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Signed by the Governor on 05/07/2015; Chapter 0032; Effective 07/06/2015

SB 47 Repealing the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Signed by the Governor on 05/07/2015; Chapter 0040 Effective 07/06/2015

RETAINED BILLS

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. Retained in Committee

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. Retained in Committee

HB 143 Relative to electric renewable classes. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Retained in Committee

HB 288 Relative to the code for energy conservation in new building construction. Prime sponsor: Warren Groen. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Retained in Committee

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. Retained in Committee

HB 324 Relative to membership in a union. Prime sponsor: Joseph Pitre. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Retained in Committee

HB 351 Exempting historically significant vehicles from emission control requirements. Prime sponsor: Sherman Packard. Introduced and Referred to Transportation. Retained in Committee

HB 372 Relative to certain private employers under workers’ compensation. Prime sponsor: Robert Haefner. Introduced and Referred to House Environment and Agriculture. Retained in Committee

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. Retained in Committee

HB 386 Reducing the rate of the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: James Spillane. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Retained in Committee

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. Retained in Committee

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

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

HB 569 Including certain nonprofit charitable enterprises under the business enterprise tax and reducing the rate of the tax. Prime sponsor: David Hess. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Retained in Committee

HB 571 Relative to taxation of trusts under the interest and dividends tax. Prime sponsor: David Hess. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Retained in Committee

HB 596 Relative to health insurance plans of public employers. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy. Introduced and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Retained in Committee

HB 626 Authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy infrastructure corridors. Prime sponsor: Suzanne Smith. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Retained in Committee

HB 634 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. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Retained in Committee

HB 668 Relative to expense deductions under the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Laurie Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Retained in Committee

SB 3 Relative to payment for reasonable value of services. Prime sponsor: Gary Daniels. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Sen. Prescott moved to Rerefer to Committee, MA, VV; SJ 10

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. Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV

SB 137 Relative to cost-sharing parity for oral anti-cancer therapies. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Retained in Committee

SB 146 Relative to accessory dwelling units. Prime sponsor: David Boutin. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Retained in Committee

SB 219 Relative to breastfeeding. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Retained in Committee

BOOT HILL

CACR 3 Relating to public education. Providing that the general court shall define standards and funding for public education. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Senate Education. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 101 Relative to prescription refills. Prime sponsor: Dan McGuire. Introduced and referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 120 Relative to complaint procedures before the state commission for human rights. Prime sponsor: Patrick Abrami. Introduced and Referred to House Judiciary. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 124 Relative to the implementation of new college and career readiness standards. Prime sponsor: Glenn Cordelli. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Education. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 132 Relative to time-based rates for electric service. Prime sponsor: Dick Marston. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 209 Repealing New Hampshire’s atomic energy policy. Prime sponsor: Robert Backus. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 213 Establishing an energy awareness commission. Prime sponsor: Richard McNamara. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 249-77

HB 234 Relative to renewable portfolio standards. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 238 Relative to the energy efficiency implementation plan. Prime sponsor: John Mann. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 244 Relative to the permissible level of methyl tertiary butyl ether in drinking water. Prime sponsor: Jim McConnell. Introduced and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 242-32

HB 248 Directing the university system of New Hampshire to conduct a study of the effects of prolonged human consumption of and exposure to methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). Prime sponsor: Jim McConnell. Introduced and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 252 Relative to the divestiture of electrical generation facilities. Prime sponsor: J.R. Hoell. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 272 Designating the Ham Branch watershed in Easton as a protected river and exempting the Ham Branch watershed from the comprehensive shoreland protection act. Prime sponsor: Susan Ford. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 278 Relative to town clerk fees for fill and dredge permit applications. Prime sponsor: David Danielson. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 342 Relative to property owners’ consent for smart meter gateway devices. Prime sponsor: Ken Peterson. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 213-143

HB 360 Relative to public utilities that fail to restore service within 3 days. Prime sponsor: Jordan Ulery. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 200-142

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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

HB 402 Establishing the Frank Partin right-to-work act. Prime sponsor: William O’Brien. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 184-74

HB 409 Banning corn-based ethanol as an additive to gasoline in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Joseph Pitre. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 213-131

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

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

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. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 548 Establishing the federally-facilitated health exchange as the health exchange for New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Introduced and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 237-131

HB 558 Establishing a clean water tax credit. Prime sponsor: Adam Schroadter. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 561 Relative to the use of revenues generated by electric and other utility company leases and rentals. Prime sponsor: Rick Ladd. Introduced and Referred to Finance. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 574 Relative to regional greenhouse gas initiative distributions to residential customers. Prime sponsor: David Borden. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 179-129

HB 591 Relative to the road toll rate and eliminating a capital appropriation for highway projects. Prime sponsor: James Spillane. Introduced and Referred to Public Works and Highways. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 243-108

HB 600 Relative to paid sick leave for employees. Prime sponsor: Mary Gile. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 219-122

HB 609 Relative to hydraulic fracturing. Prime sponsor: Timothy Horrigan. Introduced and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 254-81

HB 615 Relative to funding for state energy efficiency programs. Prime sponsor: Robert Backus. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 623 Providing property tax relief for taxpayers for the property tax year beginning April 1, 2016. Prime sponsor: Michael Brewster. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 673 Establishing a sales and use tax. Prime sponsor: Gilman Shattuck. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 355-13

HB 679 Establishing tax deferrals for expansion of natural gas distribution systems. Prime sponsor: Gilman Shattuck. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 684 Increasing a state minimum hourly rate. Prime sponsor: Jacalyn Cilley. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 198-145

HB 686 Establishing a single payer health care system and making an appropriation therefor. Prime sponsor: Richard McNamara. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 687 Relative to eligibility for Medicaid. Prime sponsor: David Hess. Introduced and Referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

SB 68 Relative to requirements for multiple line telephone systems. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Introduced and Referred to Senate Executive Departments and Administration. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 117 Relative to energy security and diversity. Prime sponsor: Donna Soucy. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

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

SB 180 Relative to the innovation business job growth program. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Senate Finance. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV