Legislative Review  

APRIL 18, 2014 

This Week's Top News

Coop-er-tition?

Gas tax bill cruising

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

INTERIM STUDY

BOOTHILL


This Week's Top News

Coop-er-tition?

Is it better to compete or cooperate? What about both?

Those questions and others are the focus of the House Finance Committee as it works its way through a complex bill that involves health care, antitrust law and state action immunity. SB 308 would establish the Health Care Delivery Innovation Through Cooperation Act, which would allow healthcare providers to obtain cooperative agreements from the state attorney general for the purpose of sharing personnel, facilities and other assets. The bill's intent is to encourage necessary and appropriate collaboration between healthcare entities to improve the healthcare delivery system in New Hampshire, ensure continued access to services, reduce costs, and protect the health and long-term viability of local institutions that provide significant community benefit.

The purpose of SB 308 is to help protect institutions entering into cooperative agreements, with the AG's blessing, from an antitrust challenge in federal court. Essentially, institutions facing a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission could claim state action immunity because of the robust review and oversight process in place at the state level.

Policy makers will discuss the implications of moving New Hampshire's healthcare system toward a more regulated environment, instead of maintaining the status quo and a traditional market-driven system.

BIA, which has long supported accountable care models and payment reform based on a holistic approach to healthcare delivery and focus on outcomes over quantity of procedures, believes the regulatory structure outlined in SB 308 is a good one. It will move the state further towards a system of clinical integration in healthcare delivery while protecting the public interest.

Expect the finance committee to work on this one until the May 8 deadline for bills to be voted out of committee.

Gas tax bill cruising

A combined House Public Works and Ways and Means Committee gave the green light this week to SB 367, a bill increasing the gas tax by four cents with all money raised dedicated to road and bridge expansions and improvements. BIA, along with a number of other business associations, favors the legislation, believing the increase is needed to complete the I-93 widening project from Salem to Manchester and reduce the number of red-listed bridges in the state.

Ultimately, the combined committee approved the Senate-passed version of the bill with bipartisan support. This means if the full House follows suit next week and passes the legislation (which we expect will happen) it goes straight to the governor for her signature. Gov. Hassan has already indicated she favors the bill and is ready to sign it when it reaches her desk.

Last Laugh

All I need to learn about life I learned from the Easter Bunny!

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Walk softly and carry a big carrot.

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears.

There's no such thing as too much candy.

All work and no play can make you a basket case.

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day.

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits.

Keep your paws off other people's jellybeans.

Good things come in small sugarcoated packages.

The grass is greener in someone else's basket.

An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare.

To show your true colors you have to come out of the shell.

The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Source: The Good Clean Funnies

Upcoming Events

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

June 9 - 19th Annual BIA Golf Classic, 8 AM, Concord Country Club

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 4/24/14; Vote 5-0; CC

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. Hearing: 4/23/14, Room 100, SH, 9:30 a.m.

HB 1619 Prohibiting the acquisition, collection, or retention of certain information. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Judiciary. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1403s, NT, 4/24/14; SC15

SB 215 Authorizing benefit corporations. Prime sponsor: Molly Kelly. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/12/2014 and Referred to House Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 14-4; RC); Minority Committee Report: Refer to Interim Study

SB 223 Authorizing municipalities to enter into contracts for the private funding and repayment of construction of sewer systems. Prime sponsor: David Boutin. Passed Senate 1/30/2014. Introduced 2/6/2014 and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled. Signed by the Governor on 04/11/2014; Chapter 0004; Effective 04/11/2014

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. Vacated to Ways and Means, MA VV. Full Committee Work Session: 4/22/2014 1:30 PM LOB 202

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. Hearing: 4/22/14, Room 103, LOB, 9:45 a.m.;

HB 1587 Relative to the collection and disclosure of pupil data. Prime sponsor: Neal Kurk. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Health, Education and Human Services. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 4/17/14; Vote 5-0; CC;

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (NT)(Vote 17-0; CC);

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. Executive Session: 4/22/14 10:30 AM LOB 207

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. Hearing: 4/23/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:30 a.m.

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. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

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. Hearing: 4/2/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:00 a.m.

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. Hearing: 4/23/14, Room 101, LOB, 10:00 a.m.;

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. Hearing: 4/2/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:15 a.m.

HB 1384 Relative to rehearings by the public utilities commission. Prime sponsor: Charles Townsend. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg;

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. Hearing: 4/16/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:00 a.m.;

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. Hearing: 4/29/14, Room 103, SH, 9:15 a.m.

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. Hearing: 4/29/14, Room 103, SH, 9:00 a.m.

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1430s, 4/24/14; SC15

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. Hearing: 4/9/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:30 a.m.; SC13

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. Public Hearing: 4/22/2014 2:00 PM LOB 304

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. ==RESCHEDULED== Work Session: 4/24/2014 10:01 AM LOB 202

SB 281 Relative to the siting of wind turbines. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Passed Senate. Introduced and Referred to Science, Technology & Energy. Subcommittee Work Session: 4/15/2014 1:00 PM LOB 304

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1354h (Vote 16-0; CC)

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

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. ==RESCHEDULED== Work Session: 4/24/2014 10:00 AM LOB 202

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. Hearing: 4/30/14, Room 100, SH, 9:45 a.m.

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. Hearing: 4/15/14, Room 103, LOB, 1:15 p.m.;

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. Hearing: 4/23/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:45 a.m.;

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. Hearing: 4/30/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:15 a.m.;

SB 223 Authorizing municipalities to enter into contracts for the private funding and repayment of construction of sewer projects. Prime sponsor: David Boutin. Passed Senate 1/30/2014. Introduced 2/6/2014 and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Senate Enrolled. House Enrolled. Signed by the Governor on 04/11/2014; Chapter 0004; Effective 04/11/2014

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. Public Hearing: 4/10/2014 10:30 AM LOB 305

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. Division I Work Session: 4/22/2014 10:30 AM LOB 212

SB 347 Relative to municipal enforcement of land use ordinances. Prime sponsor: David Watters. Passed Senate. Introduced 3/20/2014 and Referred to House Municipal and County Government. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 20-0; CC);

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. Executive Session: 4/22/2014 1:00 PM LOB 302

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. Public Hearing: 4/16/2014 1:30 PM LOB 305

Waste

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. Hearing: 4/9/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:00 a.m.; SC13

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

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. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1434s, NT, 4/24/14; SC15

HB 1570 Establishing a paint stewardship program. Prime sponsor: Scott Burns. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Senate Energy and Natural Resources. Hearing: 4/16/14, Room 101, LOB, 9:45 a.m.

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 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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 12-5; RC);

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. Hearing: 4/8/14, Room 103, SH, 9:00 a.m.; SC13

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 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. Passed House. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Ways and Means. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

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. Full Committee Work Session: 4/22/2014 11:30 AM LOB 202

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. Full Committee Work Session: 4/22/2014 1:00 PM LOB 202

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. Introduced 4/1/2014 and Referred to Joint Committee - Public Works and Highways & Ways and Means. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 26-11; RC); Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

HEALTH CARE - BIA staff contact: Adrienne Rupp, x114

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 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. Hearing:===RECESSED===4/15/14, Room 103, SH, 9:30 a.m.

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. Executive Session: 4/15/14 11:00 AM LOB 302

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1399h (Vote 16-0; CC);

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. ==RESCHEDULED== Work Session: 4/22/2014 11:30 AM LOB 210-211

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. Continued Executive Session: 4/22/2014 1:00 PM LOB 302

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. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1372h (Vote 10-8; RC); Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate

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. Public Hearing: 4/9/2014 1:30 PM LOB 202

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

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. =REVISED=Executive Session: 4/22/14 1:30 PM LOB 208

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. Ought to Pass with Amendment 0104s and 0319s, MA VV; OT3rdg

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. Hearing: 4/10/14, Room 101, LOB, 2:20 p.m.; SC13

HB 1169 Relative to enforcement of labor laws by the department of labor. Prime sponsor: Chip Rice. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

HB 1174 Establishing a commission to study the payment of subminimum wages to persons with disabilities. Prime sponsor: Chris Muns. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

HB 1188 Relative to paycheck equity. Prime sponsor: Charles Weed. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 Introduced and Referred to Commerce. Hearing: 3/25/14, Room 101, LOB, 2:15 p.m.; SC11

HB 1334 Relative to contributions to charities by employees. Prime sponsor: Gary Daniels. Introduced 1/8/2014 and Referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Ought to Pass MA VV. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

HB 1349 Relative to the definition of independent contractor. Prime sponsor: Keith Murphy. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Commerce. Hearing: 4/1/14, Room 101 LOB, 1:40 p.m.

HB 1403 Establishing a state minimum hourly wage. Prime sponsor: Sally Kelly. Introduced 3/27/2014 and Referred to Senate Finance. Hearing: 4/22/14, Room 103, SH, 1:15 p.m

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

HB 1407 Relative to privacy in the workplace. Prime sponsor: Katherine Rogers. Passed House. Introduced 3/13/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Hearing: 3/25/14, Room 101, LOB, 1:55 p.m.

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 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

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

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

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass (NT) (Vote 20-0; CC);

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

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. Hearing: 4/15/14, Room 103, SH, 1:45 p.m.; SC13

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

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1302s, NT, 4/24/14; Vote 5-0; CC

HB 1309 Making a technical change in the workers' compensation law. Prime sponsor: Jeff Goley. Passed House. Introduced 2/19/2014 and Referred to Senate Commerce. Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg

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

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. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2014-1427H (NT) (Vote 17-2; RC);

INTERIM STUDY

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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