Legislative Review  

MARCH 6, 2015 

This Week's Top News

The first of three

On the table

These taxing times

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

The first of three

The House Finance Committee held the first of three scheduled public hearings on the proposed 2016/2017 state budget last night in Concord. Two additional hearings are scheduled for Monday in North Conway and Derry.

The three-hour hearing in Representatives Hall drew a packed house, including many advocates from the health and human services sector talking about the need to fund programs such as Medicaid, substance abuse and behavioral health.

BIA submitted written testimony to the committee outlining the following priority areas – lower business taxes, an expanded R&D tax credit, reauthorization of the New Hampshire Health Protection Program and adequate funding for higher education. To read the letter to the House Finance Committee, click here.

On the table

Yesterday, the Senate laid SB 42 on the table, which means the bill is likely dead for this session. BIA opposed the bill as introduced, which would have required employers to notify current and prospective employees of their oral contraceptive coverage provided through their health plan. A proposed amendment greatly improved the bill by changing it to apply only to employers not offering oral contraceptive coverage, eliminating the company website notification requirement and reducing the penalty to $500 with a warning issued for a first offense.

Still, BIA felt the bill was unnecessary. Because New Hampshire has had a contraceptive mandate since 1999 and because the federal Affordable Care Act also requires oral contraception for all health policies with one exception (a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision last summer), the number of New Hampshire employers the bill would have impacted is likely very, very small.

These taxing times

Senate Republicans are following through on promises to lower state business taxes. The Senate voted 14-10 to pass SB 1 (lowering the rate of the business profits tax) and SB 2 (lowering the rate of the business enterprise tax) on strictly partisan roll call votes. Senate Democrats in opposing the bills voiced concerns that decreased business tax revenue would harm essential state services important to the business community and that lowering business tax rates was not a top concern for employers.

BIA supports both bills. New Hampshire business tax rates are among the highest in the country and are a disincentive for companies to expand in or relocate to our state. We believe SB 1 and SB 2 take a modest, measured approach to reducing business taxes. Both bills phase in reductions over a three-year period. When combined with conservative expectations about growth in the economy, some are predicting there would be no revenue loss to the state at all.

After surviving the initial Senate vote, both bills have been sent to Senate Finance for further review and consideration.

2015/2016 Blue Book's are in!

The 2015/2016 Handbook of New Hampshire Elected Officials, the Blue Book, has arrived. If you have pre-ordered a copy, you should expect to receive your book in a few days. Or you may stop by our office at 122 North Main Street in Concord to pick it up. For more information or questions, please call the BIA at 603.224.5388 x100 or visit NHBlueBook.com.

Last Laugh

Stork

On his first visit to the zoo, a little boy stared at the caged stork for a long time. He waved, jumped up and down, and stared at the stork a while longer.

Finally, turning to his father, he exclaimed, "Gee, Dad, he doesn't recognize me!"

Upcoming Events

March 10 - BIA Focus on Public Policy Series presented by Lincoln Financial Group, New Hampshire's Budget-Balancing High-Wire Act, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Grappone Conference Center, Concord

April 3 - Croissants and Crossover, 8 - 10 AM, Center of NH, Manchester

April 6 - Senator Ayotte's Washington Briefing for Business Leaders, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Center of NH, Manchester

April 17 - Relieving the Energy Crisis: Update on New Hampshire Infrastructure Projects, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Center of NH, Manchester

May 7 - Annual Business Meeting and Member Reception presented by Pierce Atwood, 4:30 - 7:30 PM, Center of NH, Manchester

To register for upcoming events, visit BIAofNH.com/events or call 603.224.5388 x116.


Tracked Legislation

HB 170 Relative to the advisory committee on international trade. Prime sponsor: Pamela Tucker. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Ought to Pass: MA VV

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. Ought to Pass: MA VV

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0650h (Vote 12-4; RC)

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)

HB 402 Establishing the Frank Partin right-to-work act. Prime sponsor: William O’Brien. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)

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

HB 599 Relative to the economic revitalization zone tax credit program. Prime sponsor: Ken Weyler. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0550h (Vote 15-0; CC)

SB 30 Relative to municipal economic development and revitalization districts. Prime sponsor: Jeff Woodburn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Public and Municipal Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0730s, NT, 3/12/15; SC12

SB 88 Establishing a committee to study public-private partnerships for intermodal transportation. Prime sponsor: Bette Lasky. Introduced and Referred to Senate Transportation. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0036s, MA, VV

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

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0326h (Vote 16-5; RC)

SB 101 Prohibiting the state from requiring implementation of common core standards. Prime sponsor: Kevin Avard. Introduced and Referred to House Education. Inexpedient to Legislate, MF, VV. Sen. Bradley moved Ought to Pass. Ought to Pass: MA, VV

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

HB 153 Relative to the telecommunications planning and development advisory committee. Prime sponsor: Laurence Rappaport. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Ought to Pass: MA VV

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. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Ought to Pass: MA VV

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. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0675h (Vote 14-3; RC). Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

HB 208 Repealing the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program. Prime sponsor: Richard Barry. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Amendment #0139h (Rep Vose): AA RC 197-158. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0139h: MA RC 201-154. Referred to Finance. Second Committee Referral Waived by Committee Chair

HB 227 Relative to eminent domain on public lands. Prime sponsor: James Belanger. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Amendment #0362h: AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0362h: MA VV

HB 260 Relative to the definition of antique motor vehicle or motorcycle. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Introduced and Referred to Transportation. Ought to Pass: MA VV

HB 362 Relative to the reliability of the electric grid. Prime sponsor: David Murotake. Introduced and Referred to House Science, Technology and Energy. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0183h: MA VV

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. Ought to Pass: 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. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

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 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. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 16-3; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

HB 547 Reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0643h (NT) (Vote 14-7; RC). Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 24-0; CC)

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. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Referred to Ways and Means. Executive Session: 3/3/2015 10:00 AM LOB 202

HB 574 Relative to regional greenhouse gas initiative distributions to residential customers. Prime sponsor: David Borden. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0310h

HB 609 Relative to hydraulic fracturing. Prime sponsor: Timothy Horrigan. Introduced and Referred to Environment and Agriculture. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-6; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

HB 614 Implementing goals of the state 10-year energy strategy. Prime sponsor: David Danielson. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology and Energy. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0452h (Vote 11-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

HB 679 Establishing tax deferrals for expansion of natural gas distribution systems. Prime sponsor: Gilman Shattuck. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 13-1; RC)

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. Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 3/12/15; SC12

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. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0192s, MA, VV; OT3rdg;

SB 117 Relative to energy security and diversity. Prime sponsor: Donna Soucy. Introduced and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0728s, 3/12/15; SC12

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0731s, 3/12/15; SC12

SB 221 Relative to electric rate reduction financing. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: === RECONVENE === 2/18/15, Room 100, SH, 9:00 a.m.; SC10

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS - BIA staff contact: Stefanie Lamb, x112

HB 233 Relative to local approval of mining activity. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Ought to Pass: 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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 17-0; CC)

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)

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. Introduced and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0530h (NT) (Vote 14-5; RC)

HB 278 Relative to town clerk fees for fill and dredge permit applications. Prime sponsor: David Danielson. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 21-0; CC)

HB 349 Relative to state buffers for projects requiring wetland permits. Prime sponsor: Judith Spang. Introduced and Referred to Resources, Recreation and Development. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

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. Executive Session: 2/5/2015 10:00 AM LOB 210-211

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. Introduced and Referred to Municipal and County Government. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0435h: 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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)

HB 498 Relative to notification of radon and arsenic testing. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Introduced and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 15-2; CC)

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 19-0; CC)

HB 664 Consolidating existing oil pollution funds. Prime sponsor: Chris Christensen. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0491h (Vote 21-0; CC)

SB 97 Authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate stormwater to comply with federal permit requirements. Prime sponsor: Regina Birdsell. Introduced and Referred to Public and Municipal Affairs. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

SB 125 Relative to certification and licensure for mold assessment or remediation services. Prime sponsor: Sam Cataldo. Introduced and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0467s, MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; SJ 7

SB 132 Relative to dredging projects conducted by the Pease development authority division of ports and harbors. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Transportation. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; SJ 7

SB 135 Relative to lead poisoning in children. Prime sponsor: Dan Feltes. Introduced and Referred to Health and Human Services. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0715s, 3/12/15; SC12

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. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0454s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; SJ 7

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:

HB 664 Consolidating existing oil pollution funds. Prime sponsor: Chris Christensen. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0491h (Vote 21-0; CC)

FISCAL POLICY - BIA staff contact: David Juvet, x115

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. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0057h MA VV

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0113h (NT) (Vote 21-0; CC)

HB 192 Relative to the valuation of utility property. Prime sponsor: James Coffey. Introduced and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Ought to Pass: MA VV

HB 333 Establishing a process for review and reporting of dedicated funds. Prime sponsor: Karen Umberger. Introduced and Referred to House Finance. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0185h: MA VV

HB 547 Reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduit. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0643h (NT) (Vote 14-7; RC). Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

HB 551 Relative to preventing the diversion of business income to tax havens. Prime sponsor: Richard Ames. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 13-8; RC)

HB 673 Establishing a sales and use tax. Prime sponsor: Gilman Shattuck. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-2; RC)

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 with Amendment 0495s, RC 14Y-10N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; SJ 7

SB 2 FN Reducing the rate of the business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Andy Sanborn. Introduced and Referred to Senate Ways and Means. Committee Amendment 0493s, AA, VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0493s, RC 14Y-10N, MA; SJ 7. Sen. Feltes Moved Laid On Table, RC 10Y-14N, MF; SJ 7. Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; SJ 7

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. Introduced and Referred to Education. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0676s, 3/12/15; Vote 5-0; CC; SC12

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. Introduced and Referred to Ways and Means. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 3/12/15; SC12

HEALTH CARE - BIA staff contact: Adrienne Rupp, x114

HB 223 Relative to external review under the managed care law. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Introduced and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 20-0; CC)

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. Adopt Amendment #0158h: AA VV. Ought to Pass with Amendment #0158h: MA VV. Refer to Finance. Second Committee Referral Waived by Committee Chair

HB 508 Relative to the dissolution of the New Hampshire medical malpractice joint underwriting association. Prime sponsor: John Hunt. Vacated from Judiciary and Referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0674h (Vote 15-1; RC)

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-5; RC)

HB 564 Relative to prior authorizations for certain prescription drugs. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman. Introduced and Referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0312h (Vote 13-4; RC)

HB 628 Relative to indemnification of health care facilities under certain circumstances. Prime sponsor: Thomas Sherman. Introduced and Referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0718h (Vote 17-0; CC)

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. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

SB 84 Relative to the definition of "telemedicine." Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Health and Human Services. Sen. Sanborn Moved Laid On Table, MA, VV

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. Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 3/12/15; SC12

SB 137 Relative to cost-sharing parity for oral anti-cancer therapies. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Hearing: 3/10/15, Room 100, SH, 1:40 p.m.

SB 163 Relative to wholesale hospital-to-hospital laboratory and testing services. Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 3/12/15; SC12

SB 176 Relative to the definition of "direct primary care." Prime sponsor: Nancy Stiles. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 3/12/15; SC12

SB 185 Extending the New Hampshire health protection program. Prime sponsor: David Pierce. Introduced and Referred to Health and Human Services. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 3/12/15; SC12

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

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 14-0; CC)

HB 163 Establishing a state minimum hourly rate. Prime sponsor: Timothy Robertson. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 17-2; CC)

HB 361 Relative to the definition of “employee.” Prime sponsor: William Infantine. Introduced and Referred to House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0132h (NT) (Vote 19-0; CC)

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. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

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. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)

HB 392 Relative to the minimum hourly wage. Prime sponsor: Andrew White. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 15-4; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0075h (Vote 20-0; CC)

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. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0150h (NT)

HB 600 Relative to paid sick leave for employees. Prime sponsor: Mary Gile. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

HB 684 Increasing a state minimum hourly rate. Prime sponsor: Jacalyn Cilley. Introduced and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 12-8; RC). Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass

SB 47 Repealing the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Andrew Hosmer. Introduced and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; SJ 7

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 3/12/15; SC12

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

SB 219 Relative to breastfeeding. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0707s, 3/12/15; SC12

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

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2015-0335h (NT) (Vote 16-4; RC)

SB 3 Relative to payment for reasonable value of services. Prime sponsor: Gary Daniels. Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Hearing:===TIME CHANGE=== 2/10/15, Room 100, SH, 2:00 p.m.

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 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

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

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 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 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 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