Legislative Review  

JUNE 6, 2014 

This Week's Top News

And in the end...

Labor

Economic Development

Fiscal Policy

Health Care

Energy

Last Laugh

Upcoming Events

Tracked Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

ENVIRONMENTAL
Air
Water / Land
Waste

FISCAL POLICY

HEALTH CARE

HUMAN RESOURCES AND LABOR

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

WORKERS' COMPENSATION

CHAPTER LAW

INTERIM STUDY

BOOTHILL


This Week's Top News

And in the end…

State senators and representatives wrapped up work this week for the 2014 legislative session by voting on the few conference committee bills that remained. Legislators considered more than 750 bills this session, many having direct or indirect impacts on the business community. The following is a brief recap of the more significant business-related legislative activity.

Labor

SB 217, a bill making New Hampshire a right-to-work state (meaning employees would not be required to financially support union activity in their workplace if they chose to opt out), was an early victim. Even with a Republican majority in the Senate, this bill was quickly dispatched. Other bills that also died during the session include HB 350, which would have allowed an unemployed individual to sue a potential employer for discrimination if he or she had applied for a job but not been hired; SB 302, which would have prohibited employers from terminating the employment of individuals who publicly or privately criticized the company; and SB 295, which would have prohibited employers from using credit histories to make employment decisions. HB 439, which sought to increase the indemnity (compensation) portion for workers’ compensation claimants, made it through the House but was killed in the Senate. HB 1499, which would have increased weekly unemployment benefits, died at the end of the session.

Economic Development

HB 1297, an effort to roll back workforce housing laws in New Hampshire, and HB 1475, repealing New Hampshire’s research and development tax credit, were quickly killed in the House. SB 297, which would have weakened New Hampshire’s apportionment of damages laws and increased liability risks for employers, died in the Senate. SB 215 passed both chambers and should soon be signed into law. It allows for B-Corps, or benefit corporations, to be established in New Hampshire under our existing corporations act. This will allow New Hampshire to compete against other states that already allow B-Corps (companies that have a dual purpose, to serve a public benefit as well as make a profit) to exist. SB 223, an innovative public/private approach to municipal water/sewer infrastructure development passed both chambers and has been signed into law. BIA supported this legislation, the goal of which was included in the Strategic Economic Plan for New Hampshire, written and released by the BIA last fall.

Fiscal Policy

2014 was a non-budget-writing year at the State House, so there were few tax proposals on the table. One that occupied everyone’s attention toward the end of the session was New Hampshire’s response to various Superior Court decisions declaring the Medicaid Enhancement Tax unconstitutional. SB 369 was the legislative remedy putting into law an agreement between the state and 25 of the 26 New Hampshire hospitals. The bill has passed, which creates a “fix” now, but it also likely results in a budget gap for the next fiscal year, which the 2015 Legislature will have to solve.

Health Care

The most controversial and involved healthcare issue of this session was the Legislature's decision to expand Medicaid. Under the Affordable Care Act, states had the option of expanding their Medicaid programs to include adults ages 18-64 up to 138 percent of federal poverty level. In exchange, the federal government would fund 100 percent of all medical costs associated with this new population for the first three years. Reimbursement would go down after that, ending at 90 percent of costs by 2020 and remaining at that level.

New Hampshire took an innovative approach to Medicaid expansion with SB 413, which established the New Hampshire Health Protection Program. The bill uses private health insurance to cover this newly eligible population. Depending on the circumstances, individuals will either obtain employer-sponsored health insurance or purchase individual coverage on the federally facilitated marketplace.

Currently, the NH Department of Health and Human Services is working to implement the first phase of the program, involving those individuals currently eligible for employer-sponsored coverage, and will submit a waiver to the federal government at the end of this year to obtain approval for the premium assistance phase, where individuals will purchase through the marketplace. The entire program sunsets in December 2016, so lawmakers will need to evaluate the outcomes of the pilot program and determine whether to reauthorize it.

Energy

It was again a busy session on energy issues. There were bills passed relating to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), ownership of power plants by Public Service of New Hampshire and the creation of an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard. But the energy issue that dominated the session was the siting of energy projects.

While many of the bills filed relating to siting would have put up significant roadblocks to development, the few bills that passed represent a balanced approach to project development. SB 245 in particular was a product of lengthy negotiations and compromise from all parties. This bill reduces the size of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), expands the subcommittee process the committee uses to perform its work, increases public outreach and participation in the process, and for the first time provides the SEC with dedicated staff. These changes are all aimed at increasing transparency and understanding of the SEC, while also allowing the committee to efficiently carry out its work.

It seems every year the same energy issues keep coming back for consideration. With the November election, it will be interesting to see how the Legislature changes, but one thing is certain: next year we will again be talking about RGGI, siting issues and energy efficiency funding.

Last Laugh

Great News

The newlywed wife said to her husband when he returned from work, "I have great news for you. Pretty soon we're going to be three in this house instead of two."

The husband started glowing with happiness. Kissing his wife, he said, "Oh, darling, I'm the happiest man in the world."

But then she said, "I'm glad that you feel this way because tomorrow morning my mother is moving in with us."

Source: The Good Clean Funnies

Upcoming Events

June 11 - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and BIA present: 4th Annual New Hampshire Small Business Day Luncheon in Washington, noon - 3 PM, U.S. Senate building complex. Download flyer

June 11-19 - Policy Development Roundtables, times and locations vary

To view and register for upcoming events, visit BIAofNH.com/events


Tracked Legislation

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT- BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 1116 Relative to the membership of the advanced manufacturing education advisory council. Prime sponsor: Janice Schmidt. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1416 (New Title) Establishing an economic development plan and process for the division of economic development. Prime sponsor: John Cebrowski. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 215 Authorizing benefit corporations. Prime sponsor: Molly Kelly. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/12/2014 and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 241 Establishing the division of economic development fund. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Executive Departments and Administration. Enrolled Bill Amendment #2007eba, Adopted VV (In session from 6/4/14). Enrolled Bill Amendment #2014-2007e Adopted, VV, 6/4/14

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

HB 1238 Relative to access to assessment materials. Prime sponsor: Glenn Cordelli. Passed House. Introduced and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 335 (New Title) establishing a commission to study career and technical education centers. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Education. Refer to Ways and Means. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 343 (New Title) relative to the duties of the statewide education improvement and assessment program legislative oversight committee and repealing the school administrative unit legislative oversight committee. Prime sponsor: Sam Cataldo. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Education. Conference Committee Report #1965c, Adopted VV. Conference Committee Report 1965c; Adopted, VV

ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS - BIA staff contact: Michael Licata, x112

HB 1129 (New Title) Requiring the development of an energy efficiency implementation plan. Prime sponsor: Kenneth Grossman. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Conference Committee Report #2014-1915c; Senate Amendment, Filed. Conference Committee Report #1915c; Adopted, VV

HB 1224 (New Title) Relative to pipeline operation safety.. Prime sponsor: William Baber. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. House Enrolled Bill Amendment #2014-1563e Adopted, VV. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1312 (New Title) Establishing a committee to study offshore wind energy and the development of other ocean power technology. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1376 (New Title) Establishing a committee to study pipeline safety and development in the state of New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Marcia Hammon. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Conference Committee Report 1932c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1932c; Adopted, VV

HB 1549 Relative to assessment of renewable generation facility property subject to a voluntary payment in lieu of taxes agreement. Prime sponsor: Howard Moffett. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/14 and Referred to Ways and Means. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1590 (New Title) Relative to the valuation of the Granite Reliable Power project in Coos county. Prime sponsor: Robert Theberge. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/14 and Referred to Ways and Means. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1600 Relative to reporting of energy production for net metering. Prime sponsor: Richard McNamara. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1602 Relative to the divestiture of PSNH assets. Prime sponsor: David Borden. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Conference Committee Report 1958c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1958c; Adopted, Div 227-88

SB 268 (New Title) Relative to funding for certain energy efficiency programs. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Conference Committee Report #1989c, Adopted VV. Conference Committee Report 1989c; Adopted, VV

SB 269 Relative to the reporting requirements for dedicated funds. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Finance. Vacated from Finance and Referred to Ways and Means. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 281 Relative to the siting of wind turbines. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology & Energy. Remove from Table (Rep Borden) MF Div 128-136

SB 324 Relative to the assessment of public utilities and other entities to fund the expenses of the public utilities commission. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Refer to Ways and Means. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

ENVIRONMENTAL - BIA staff contact: Michael Licata, x112

Air

HB 1167 Relative to exemptions from boiler inspection requirements. Prime sponsor: Chip Rice. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Senate Executive Departments and Administration. Conference Committee Report 1939c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1939c; Adopted, RC 182-152

HB 1209 (New Title) relative to On-Board Diagnostics (OBD II) testing and the OBD II testing advisory committee. Prime sponsor: Mary Cooney. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Transportation. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

Water / Land

HB 1258 Relative to fill and dredge permitting applications. Prime sponsor: Shannon Chandley. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1383 Relative to municipal monitoring of large groundwater withdrawals. Prime sponsor: Karen Umberger. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Conference Committee Report 1925c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1925c; Adopted, VV

SB 267 Extending the effective date for integrated land development permits. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 387 (New Title) relative to exemptions from the land sales full disclosure act and relative to local land use citations. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 388 Establishing a committee to study the current status of land conservation in New Hampshire and the state's role in encouraging the voluntary protection of land in the future. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

Waste

HB 1229 Relative to the oil discharge and gasoline ether cleanup fund. Prime sponsor: Leigh Webb. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1532 (New Title) relative to notification of radon and arsenic levels. Prime sponsor Susan Almy. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Conference Committee Report; Not Signed Off. Committee of Conference Report: Not signed off

SB 325 Relative to oil spill preparedness and response. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

FISCAL POLICY - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 1142 Relative to the road toll for alternative fuels. Prime sponsor: Candace Bouchard. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 243 (New Title) relative to the carry forward of a credit against the business profits tax, rulemaking concerning the real estate transfer tax, the disclosure of certain department of revenue administration records, and the tax on unstamped tobacco products. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Ways and Means. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 327 Relative to economic revitalization zone tax credits. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Ways and Means. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

HEALTH CARE - BIA staff contact: Adrienne Rupp, x114

SB 91 Relative to drug use not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Prime sponsor: Sharon Carson. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 193  (New Title) Establishing a commission to study pathways to oral health care in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Peggy Gilmour. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to House Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 340 (New Title) Requiring the insurance department to hold public information sessions and provide a comment period before approval of products to be sold on the health exchange. Prime sponsor: Sam Cataldo. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Commerce & Consumer Affairs. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

SB 345 Repealing the prospective repeal of the annual public hearing and report on health insurance costs and trends. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Commerce & Consumer Affairs. Conference Committee Report #1962c, Adopted Div 246-85. Conference Committee Report 1962c; Adopted, VV

SB 369 Relative to the Medicaid enhancement tax. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Ways and Means. Conference Committee Report #2004c, Adopted RC 278-72. Conference Committee Report 2004c; Adopted, VV

SB 419 Establishing a medical malpractice panel and insurance oversight committee. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Judiciary. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HUMAN RESOURCES AND LABOR - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 591 Relative to an abusive work environment and the health and safety of public employees. Prime sponsor: Dianne Schuett. Passed House 3/20/2013. Introduced 3/21/2013 and Referred to Senate Executive Dept. & Admin. Conference Committee Report 1930c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1930c; Adopted, VV

HB 1168 Relative to employer documentation of worker eligibility to work in the United States. Prime sponsor: Chip Rice. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

HB 1188 Relative to paycheck equity. Prime sponsor: Charles Weed. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Conference Committee Report 1936c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1936c; Adopted, RC 207-120

HB 1407 Relative to privacy in the workplace. Prime sponsor: Katherine Rogers. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Conference Committee Report 1916c; Adopted, VV. Conference Committee Report #1916c; Adopted, VV

HB 1625 Relative to penalties for possession of marijuana in the amount of one ounce or less and the cultivation of marijuana plants. Prime sponsor: Adam Schroadter. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Adopt Amendment #2014-0771h AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-0771h MA RC 215-92. Without objection returned to House per Senate Rule 3-21

SB 207 Relative to paycheck equity. Prime sponsor: Sylvia Larsen. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/20/2014 and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Refer to Criminal Justice and Public Safety. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 351 (New Title) relative to the requirement for notice of non-compete agreements prior to the start of employment. Prime sponsor: Peter Bragdon. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

SB 390 relative to protection of employees who are victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, or criminal harassment. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/20/2014 and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Referred to Criminal Jusitce and Public Safety. House Enrolled. Senate Enrolled

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

HB 1499 (New Title) Increasing the maximum weekly benefit amount of unemployment benefits; amending the definitions of “full-time” and “part-time” work; and establishing a commission study the effect on the unemployment compensation trust fund of the contribution rate reduction trigger levels in RSA 282-A:82 and RSA 282-A:82-a and the elimination of some or all of the waiting periods required to be served pursuant to RSA 282-A:31, I(h). Prime sponsor: Jeff Goley. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Finance. Conference Committee Report; Not Signed Off. Committee of Conference Report: Not signed off

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

SB 204 (2nd New Title) relative to a benefit for certain medical conditions covered by workers’ compensation and establishing a commission to study soft tissue injuries under workers’ compensation and to study the feasibility of developing a first responder’s critical injury fund. Prime sponsor: Lou D’Allesandro. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Refer to Finance. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled

CHAPTER LAW

HB 1169 Relative to enforcement of labor laws by the department of labor. Prime sponsor: Chip Rice. Signed by the Governor on 5/27/2014; Chapter 0049; Effective 7/26/2014

HB 1174 Establishing a commission to study the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Chris Muns. Signed by the Governor on 5/27/2014; Chapter 0050; Effective 5/27/2014

HB 1309 Making a technical change in the workers' compensation law. Prime sponsor: Jeff Goley. Signed by the Governor on 5/23/2014; Chapter 0021; Effective 5/23/2014

HB 1334 Relative to contributions to charities by employees. Prime sponsor: Gary Daniels. Signed by the Governor on 5/27/2014; Chapter 0059; Effective 7/26/2014

HB 1384 Relative to rehearings by the public utilities commission. Prime sponsor: Charles Townsend. Signed by the Governor on 5/23/2014; Chapter 0024; Effective 7/22/2014

HB 1531 (New Title) relative to establishing a joint committee on tax expenditure review and requiring tax expenditure and potential liability reports by the department of revenue administration. Prime sponsor: Susan Almy. Signed by the Governor on 5/23/2014; Chapter 0028; Effective 5/23/2014

HB 1587 Relative to the collection and disclosure of pupil data. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Signed by the Governor on 5/27/2014; Chapter 0068; Effective 7/01/2014

SB 223 Authorizing municipalities to enter into contracts for the private funding and repayment of construction of sewer systems. Prime sponsor: David Boutin. Signed by the Governor on 04/11/2014; Chapter 0004; Effective 04/11/2014

SB 347 Relative to municipal enforcement of land use ordinances. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Signed by the Governor on 05/27/2014; Chapter 0077; Effective 01/01/2015

SB 367 (New Title) requiring adjustment of the road toll according to changes in the Consumer Price Index, eliminating certain ramp tolls on the Everett turnpike in the town of Merrimack, and establishing a committee to study the effectiveness and efficiency of the department of transportation. Prime sponsor: Jim Rausch. Signed by the Governor on 05/20/2014; Chapter 0017

SB 413 Relative to access to health insurance coverage. Prime sponsor: Chuck Morse. Signed Into Law By the Governor, March 27, 2014.

INTERIM STUDY

HB 1151 Establishing a committee to study the solid waste operator training program and financial assurance for corrective action at solid waste landfills. Prime sponsor: Tara Sad. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

HB 1158 Relative to insurance incentives to lower costs of health care. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Refer to Interim Study MA VV

HB 1189 Relative to temporary worker rights. Prime sponsor: Charles Weed. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Refer to Interim Study: MA Div 264-30

HB 1202 Establishing a commission to study revenue alternatives to the road toll for the funding of the state's highways and bridges. Prime sponsor: Harry Young. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Public Works and Highways. Refer to Interim Study MA VV

HB 1220 Relative to limitations on ethanol in gasoline. Prime sponsor: David Campbell. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Transportation. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

HB 1262 Relative to student assessment data privacy. Prime sponsor: J.R. Hoell. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Refer to Interim Study: MA RC 203-117

HB 1271 Establishing a committee to study the powers and duties of conservation commissions. Prime sponsor: Shawn Jasper. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Refer to Interim Study: MA VV

HB 1314 (New Title) Establishing a committee to study implementation of a public interest standard for a telecommunication utility merger, consolidation, reorganization, or sale by the public utilities commission. Prime sponsor: Linda DiSilvestro. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

HB 1355 Relative to unemployment compensation for self-employed individuals. Prime sponsor: Kevin St. James. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Refer to Interim Study: MA VV

HB 1374 Repealing the priority status of the widening of I-93 from Manchester to the Massachusetts border in the state of New Hampshire 10 year transportation improvement plan. Prime sponsor: John Cloutier. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Public Works and Highways. Refer to Interim Study: MA VV

HB 1404 Relative to payroll cards. Prime sponsor: Michael Cahill. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 4/17/14; Vote 5-0; CC

HB 1571 Relative to breastfeeding. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Sen. Kelly Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

HB 1586 Relative to student and teacher information protection and privacy. Prime sponsor: Glenn Cordelli. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Majority Committee Report: Refer to Interim Study (Vote 14-5; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass. Refer to Interim Study: MA RC 218-104

HB 1596 Allowing for an adjustment to business enterprise taxes for business funds acquired by loan from a financial institution. Prime sponsor: Leon Rideout. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Refer to Interim Study MA VV

HB 1599 Relative to employment protection for victims of domestic violence. Prime sponsor: Peter Sullivan. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Refer to Interim Study: MA VV

HB 1612 Relative to health insurance cost-reduction incentives. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Refer to Interim Study: MA VV

SB 208 Allowing for the deduction of foreign taxes paid from taxable dividends under the interest and dividends tax. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; SJ 7. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; SJ 7

SB 252 Relative to the management of hazardous waste. Prime sponsor: Bette Lasky. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Sen. Bradley Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 5

SB 297 Relative to apportionment of damages. Prime sponsor: Sharon Carson. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Judiciary. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

SB 299 Prohibiting insurance companies from discriminating regarding reimbursements based on forms of licensure issued by the board of medicine. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

SB 334 Relative to certification and licensure for mold assessment or remediation services. Prime sponsor: Peggy Gilmour. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

SB 406 Relative to certain health care data. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; SJ 6

SB 408 Relative to aid for regional agreements of watershed municipalities. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Finance. Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV

SB 420 Reducing the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Andy Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Refer to Interim Study, MA

CACR 19 Relating to dedicated funds. Providing that dedicated funds shall be used solely for the purpose of the fund. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Ways & Means. Refer to Interim Study MA RC 199-65

BOOT HILL

HB 350 Prohibiting discrimination against the umemployed. Prime sponsor: Timothy Copeland. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 439 Relative to weekly workers' compensation payments. Prime sponsor: Herbert Richardson. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 492 Relative to the legalization and regulation of marijuana Prime sponsor: Steve Vaillancourt. Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 192-140. Reconsider: MF Div 146-181

HB 585 Relative to insurance parity for optometrists. Prime sponsor: Donna Schlachman. Introduced 1/3/2013 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Lay on the Table (Rep. LeBrun) MA DV 198-143

HB 1100  Establishing a committee to study the ownership by public entities of land for conservation purposes. Prime sponsor: Franklin Bishop. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 247-55

HB 1181 Relative to the provision of services to electricity suppliers by an electric utility. Prime sponsor: Jacqueline Cali-Pitts. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1191 Establishing a commission to study manufacturing education in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Kermit Williams. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 1192 Eliminating the threshold price on the use of proceeds from the regional greenhouse gas initiative program. Prime sponsor: Kenneth Grossman. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate MA Div 289-9

HB 1195 (New Title) establishing a committee to study the impacts of the property tax on New Hampshire’s residents, businesses, municipalities, and the economy. Prime sponsor: Judith Spang. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 1239 Relative to the implementation of new educational standards. Prime sponsor: Glenn Cordelli. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 182-124

HB 1247 Requiring the department of education to share costs of implementing statewide online assessment technology requirements. Prime sponsor: Syndi White. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 1252 Establishing a committee to study and propose a recodification of the education laws currently in RSA title 15. Prime sponsor: Dan Itse. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1254 Establishing a committee to study and propose a recodification of certain environment-related statutes. Prime sponsor: Daniel Itse. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1287 Requiring a refundable deposit on beverage containers. Prime sponsor: Charles Weed. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate MA VV

HB 1294 Requiring that all providers be allowed to participate in the health exchange. Prime sponsor: Bill Nelson. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 179-129

HB 1297 Relative to workforce housing grants. Prime sponsor: John Burt. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1304 Relative to the storage of fluorescent lamps at transfer stations. Prime sponsor: Dan McGuire. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 187-107

HB 1305 Relative to the definition of asbestos abatement. Prime sponsor: Dan McGuire. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 1308 Adding 2 members to the advisory council on workers' compensation. Prime sponsor: Jeff Goley. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass with Amendments 1302s, NT, 1498s, MA, VV; OT3rdg. House Non-Concurs with Senate Amendment #1302s (Rep A. White); MA VV

HB 1310 Allowing towns and cities to terminate the application of the property tax exemption for water and air pollution control facilities within the town or city. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1311 Relative to the exemption period for the property tax exemption for water and air pollution control facilities. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 17-0; CC). Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1346 Relative to allocations of funds from the highway fund. Prime sponsor: Tim O’Flaherty. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Public Works and Highways. Inexpedient to Legislate MA VV

HB 1348 Relative to the community development finance authority. Prime sponsor: Adam Schroadter. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Resources Recreation and Development. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 289-9

HB 1349 Relative to the definition of independent contractor. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1615s, NT, MA, RC 12Y-11N; OT3rdg. House Non-Concurs with Senate Amendment #1615s (Rep A. White); MA VV

HB 1352 Establishing a committee to explore public-private partnerships to coordinate energy transmission corridors with rapid transit. Prime sponsor: Sid Lovett. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB1385 Relative to changes and additions to energy facilities. Prime sponsor: Charles Townsend. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 1397 Establishing a committee to study whether the department of education is operating within its statutory authority. Prime sponsor: Jane Cormier. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 228-77

HB 1403 Establishing a state minimum hourly wage. Prime sponsor: Sally Kelly. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Senate Finance. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA

HB 1405 Prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Robert Cushing. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Sen. Soucy Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

HB1443 Relative to renewable portfolio standards. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1454 Relative to increases in fees using rulemaking authority. Prime sponsor: William Hatch. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1456 Relative to the issuance of certificate for energy facilities by the site evaluation committee. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1467 Relative to large groundwater withdrawal permits. Prime sponsor: Maureen Mann. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 289-9

HB 1468 Establishing a committee to study the effects of increasing workers' compensation benefits and to study payment schedules for medical reimbursement. Prime sponsor: Jack Flanagan. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1471 Relative to the proration of payments in lieu of taxes for renewable generation facilities among school districts. Prime sponsor: James Grenier. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-0; CC). Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1475 Relative to expanding the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax to be a reinvestment tax credit. Prime sponsor: Daniel Itse. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Lay on Table (Rep. Shurtleff) MA RC 195-68

HB 1476 Exempting proprietorships from taxation under the business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Daniel Itse. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 211-67

HB 1477 Exempting proprietorships from taxation under the business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Daniel Itse. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 214-67

HB 1498 Relative to wages lost when an employee submits to a medical examination required under workers' compensation law. Prime sponsor: Jeff Goley. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Sen. Prescott Moved Laid On Table, MA, DIV 12Y-11N

HB 1508 Terminating state participation in the common core educational standards. Prime sponsor: Lenette Peterson. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Education. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 201-138

HB 1509 Relative to including nonprofit charitable enterprises in the business enterprise tax and lowering the rate of the tax. Prime sponsor: David Hess. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 173-163

HB 1539 Relative to the repeal date of the certificate of need law. Prime sponsor: Pamela Tucker. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 167-132

HB 1541 Allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates. Prime sponsor: William O’Brien. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 162-109

HB 1553 Requiring a refund of business profits taxes and business enterprise taxes which exceed an annual revenue cap adopted by the legislature. Prime sponsor: George Lambert. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV

HB 1561 Relative to the classification of temporary emergency workers under unemployment compensation laws. Prime sponsor: Gene Chandler. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Inexpedient to Legislate MA VV

HB 1570 Establishing a paint stewardship program. Prime sponsor: Scott Burns. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Ought to Pass with Amendment 1538s, MF, RC 7Y-16N, Sen. Bradley Moved Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

HB 1573 Discontinuing regional planning commissions and requiring the election of municipal planning board members. Prime sponsor: Jane Cormier. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA

HB 1597 Reducing the rate of tax on meals under the meals and rooms tax. Prime sponsor: J.R. Hoell. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 184-148

HB 1608 Relative to hydraulic fracturing. Prime sponsor: Timothy Horrigan. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Special Order (Rep. Horrigan) MA VV. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 248-66

HB 1613 Relative to payment of the Medicaid enhancement tax. Prime sponsor: Mary Jane Wallner. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Rep. Chandler moved to Non-Concur with Senate AM and request C of C; MA VV (In recess of 5/15/14). Speaker Appoints: Wallner, Almy, Rosenwald, Hess. Sen. Odell Accedes to House Request for Committee of Conference, MA, VV. Sen. Odell Refused to Accede to House Request For C of C, MA, VV

HB 1619 Prohibiting the acquisition, collection, or retention of certain information. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Judiciary. Committee Amendment 1403s, Not Voted On; Sen. Carson Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV

HJR 12 Requesting that Anthem extend its coverage to include one hospital in every county in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: John Cloutier. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Inexpedient to Legislate MA RC 197-122

SB 217 Prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union. Prime sponsor: John Reagan. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Finance. Inexpedient to Legislate, RC 13Y-11N, MA

SB 224 Relative to diminished earnings capacity and protections for certain wage earners and relative to independent medical examinations. Prime sponsor: Lou D’Allesandro. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 255 Establishing an innovation business tax incentive program and credit against interest and dividend taxes. Prime sponsor: Sylvia Larsen. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate, RC 13Y-11N, MA

SB 258 Permitting the public utilities commission to authorize a telephone company to permanently discontinue its service. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 283 Relative to disposition of funds obtained by the attorney general. Prime sponsor: Jeanie Forrester. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to House Finance. Sen. Forrester Moved Nonconcur with House Amendment 1665h; MA, VV;

SB 288 Relative to auditing insurance policies under workers' compensation. Prime sponsor: Lou D’Allesandro. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 295 Prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions. Prime sponsor: Donna Soucy. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Ought to Pass with Amendment #1252h MA RC 192-142. Sen. Sanborn Moved Nonconcur with House Amendment 1252h; MA, VV;

SB 302 Relative to public or private criticism of employers by employees. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 308 Relative to innovation in the delivery of health care. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Passed Senate. Introduced 4/1/2014 (In Recess, 3/26/14) and Referred to Finance. Sen. Stiles Moved Nonconcur with House Amendment 1715h; MA, VV

SB 312 Establishing a job creation credit against the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax for small businesses increasing employment in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate, RC 13Y-11N, MA

SB 342 Relative to medical examinations for workers' compensation. Prime sponsor: Donna Soucy. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 380 Requiring an insurer participating in the health exchange to include access to a hospital in each county of the state. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 402 Relative to insurance coverage for pediatric vision screenings. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

SB 410 Relative to apportionment in cooperative school districts with a renewable generation facility. Prime sponsor: Bob Odell. Committee Amendment 0498s, Not Voted On; SJ 5. Sen. Odell Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; SJ 5

SB 412 Relative to managed care network adequacy and federal health care reform. Prime sponsor: Peggy Gilmour. Introduced and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV

CACR 10 Relating to revenue classes. Providing that all moneys received by the state shall belong to a defined revenue class. Prime sponsor: Peter Bixby. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate: MA Div 276-33

CACR 11 Relating to the definitions of "tax" and "fee." Providing that a tax is imposed to raise state revenue and a fee is imposed to recover costs to the state for providing a service to the payer. Prime sponsor: Peter Bixby. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Inexpedient to Legislate MA VV