2017 BILL REPORTS

Did you know New Hampshire legislators will consider over 800 bills in 2017?  The links below divide those bills into browsable categories.  You can also find bills listed on our issue pages.  Visit gencourt.state.nh.us for the latest information on bills, including a list of withdrawn bill requests. 

SELECT BILLS BY CATEGORY

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY
Gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the death penalty are some of the many issues included in this category.

Judicial Process

SB 232 (2017)
Allows an arrest warrant if someone does not "remain of good behavior" after being issued a summons to appear in court for a misdemeanor or violation.
SB 60 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for notarization of the results of chemical analyses of controlled drugs and allows them to be signed under penalty of unsworn falsification.
SB 66 (2017)
Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The bill was amended to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.
SB 68 (2017)
Gives courts more discretion over modifying or revoking the probation over someone who violates his or her probation.
SB 9 (2017)
Prohibits the admission of evidence of a victim's sexual history in any appeal.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 98 (2017)
Removes the statute of limitations on sexual assault prosecutions if the victim was under age eighteen at the time of the assault. At the time of this bill's submission, an individual who was sexually assaulted as a minor must seek prosecution before turning forty years-old.

Juvenile and Family Law

HB 326 (2017)
Ends criminal immunity for persons participating in good faith in a report of child abuse. This bill also extends civil immunity for court-appointed special advocates (CASA), the volunteers who advocate on behalf of children in court.
More Info | Sponsor: John Burt
HB 338 (2017)
Clarifies that the state must terminate parental rights for a person convicted of murder or manslaughter of his/her child or other family member; this includes parental rights for a child born after the parent's conviction.
More Info | Sponsor: John Burt
HB 349 (2017)
Requires that a court order to remove a child from a home includes written findings of why out-of-home placement is necessary, such as specific instances of abuse or neglect.
HB 355 (2017)
Requires that the adoption and foster family home licensing process includes a fingerprint-based criminal records check of any adult living in the home. At the time of this bill's submission, any adults living in the home are checked against child abuse and neglect registries, but only potential foster or adoptive parents are fingerprinted.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 367 (2017)
Provides that, upon the request of another state's lead agency, the Department of Health and Human Services shall check the name of an out-of-state child care provider against New Hampshire's registry of founded reports of abuse and neglect.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 370 (2017)
Appropriates $15 million over the next two fiscal years for the Department of Health and Human Services to comply with implementing the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014.
HB 397 (2017)
Prohibits the use of handcuffs on a minor in a court facility occupied by members of the public; prohibits a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, or other public employee from advising a juvenile or the juvenile's parent to waive the right to counsel; and codifies the annulment procedure for a juvenile criminal offense that occurred between May 14, 2014 and July 1, 2015 and while the person was 17 years of age.
HB 414 (2017)
Provides that if a child dies while receiving services under a CHINS petition, any reimbursement obligation from the parent shall be waived.
HB 422 (2017)
Repeals the Child Protection Act, which governs the procedure for removing a child from a home in cases of abuse or neglect. This bill also establishes a committee to study the repeal of the Child Protection Act, particularly what other legislative changes are necessary related to the repeal.
HB 556 (2017)
Requires schools to post a sign containing information on how to report child abuse or neglect to the Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
HB 601 (2017)
If a first responder administers Narcan to a youth age 14-17 for an overdose, this bill requires the state to assess whether the youth should be placed at the Sununu Youth Services Center.
HB 646 (2017)
Makes several changes to the delinquent children statute to limit the detention of minors.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 652 (2017)
Permits courts to establish veterans' tracks for veterans and members of the military who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This bill aso provides that gross income for purposes of calculating child support may include veterans' benefits only "to the extent permitted by federal law and to the extent such benefits are intended to support not only the veteran but also the veteran's family."
SB 166 (2017)
States, "Upon a showing that the child's birth is the result of sexual assault of the birth mother, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that termination of the biological father's parent-child relationship with the child is in the best interest of the child."
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 223 (2017)
Directs the Division of Children, Youth and Families to hire a sufficient number of assessment social workers to bring the total number of filled positions to 120, and a sufficient number of assessment supervisors to bring the total number of filled positions to 24.
SB 239 (2017)
Establishes the Department of Children's Services and Juvenile Justice, and transfers all former powers, duties and responsibilities of the Division for Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to the newly established department.
SB 63 (2017)
Requires the state to keep child abuse and neglect reports 7 years if the report is screened out, 10 years if the report is unfounded, and indefinitely if the report is founded. Right now the state keeps reports 1 year, 3 years, and 7 years.

Landlord-Tenant and Housing Laws

HB 301 (2017)
Allows electric grills on balconies and decks under certain conditions.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Ohm
HB 623 (2017)
Makes it a crime (unspecified misdemeanor for a first offense and class B felony for a second offense) to abandon animals at a foreclosed property.

Law Enforcement

HB 212 (2017)
Expands the type of public functions for which a person must request a police detail and allows police officers from counties or state agencies to serve as such detail.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 437 (2017)
Allows a law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction to hold an arrested person in need of medical treatment in temporary custody until that person is medically cleared to enter a correctional facility or jail.
HB 498 (2017)
Requires sheriffs to complete a program of police training, but exempts sheriffs from the physical fitness requirements of such training.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 555 (2017)
Limits the authority of state liquor investigators to premises where liquor and beverages are lawfully sold, stored, distributed, or manufactured.
HB 571 (2017)
Appropriates $500,000 for the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (NH ICAC) over the next two fiscal years.
HB 577 (2017)
Establishes additional restrictions on the use of number plate scanning devices by law enforcement. For example, this bill requires all license plate data to be encrypted.
HB 599 (2017)
Creates an Office of Ombudsman in the Department of State, which would investigate criminal complaints against government officers, employees, and contractors.
HB 614 (2017)
Limits when state, county, and local law enforcement can transfer property to the federal government as part of civil forfeiture. This bill, according to the state Department of Justice and Department of Safety, would increase the number of cases prosecuted at the state rather than federal level, increase state revenue from civil forfeiture, and decrease the amount of money from forfeitures being returned to county and local law enforcement.
HB 643 (2017)
Requires a law enforcement officer to wear a body camera if there is a substantiated complaint based on the officer's conduct. This bill increases penalty assessments to pay for body cameras.
HB 649 (2017)
Makes emergency medical technicians and rescue squad members eligible for a death benefit if killed in the line of duty.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx
SB 120 (2017)
Permits the Public Utilities Commission to regulate certain incumbent local exchange carriers providing services to police, fire, emergency medical services, etc.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 131 (2017)
Appropriates funds to hire 15 state troopers assigned exclusively to drug enforcement.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 190 (2017)
Continues the first responder's critical injury benefit, which was scheduled to end June 30, 2018.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 211 (2017)
Establishes a statewide law enforcement data network, maintained by the Department of Safety, Division of State Police, and provides an option for other law enforcement agencies to utilize the data network for a service fee.
SB 216 (2017)
Sets a rate for differential pay for state troopers. This bill also allows for the director of State Police to use officers from the Bureau of Marine Patrol for crowd control services.
SB 67 (2017)
Grants state police employees the authority to enforce motor vehicle laws and regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials on all state roads.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Local and County Government

HB 89 (2017)
Expands the public safety services for which a town may establish a revolving fund.
SB 120 (2017)
Permits the Public Utilities Commission to regulate certain incumbent local exchange carriers providing services to police, fire, emergency medical services, etc.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Marijuana Decriminalization

HB 640 (2017)
Decriminalizes possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, with additional penalties for violators under age twenty-one.

Marijuana Legalization

HB 151 (2017)
Prohibits the designation of industrial hemp as a controlled substance.
HB 215 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.
HB 377 (2017)
If the state ever allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use, this bill requires the Liquor Commission to buy and sell marijuana the same way it does alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 656 (2017)
Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp.
SB 233 (2017)
Allows a person twenty-one years of age or older to possess up to 1 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate no more than 6 marijuana plants without penalty. This bill also establishes a committee to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.

Mental Health Care Funding

HB 602 (2017)
Prohibits the state from placing a person with mental illness in the secure psychiatric unit of the state prison unless that person has been charged with a crime in the past. This would require the state to establish a secure therapeutic psychiatric hospital, as the current state hospital is not equipped to house some patients who present a serious likelihood of danger to themselves or others.

ECONOMY, BUDGET & TAXES
From this year's property taxes to next year's budget, this category includes issues related to taxpayer issues.

Budget 2018-2019

HB 25 (2017)
Makes appropriations for capital improvements (e.g. roof replacements, HVAC upgrades, etc.) for the next two fiscal years.

Business Taxes

HB 415 (2017)
Reduces the business profits tax rate from 8.2% to 4%; repeals the business enterprise tax, statewide property tax, utility property tax, and interest and dividends tax; establishes an income tax of 3.95%; and requires the state pay 35% of contributions of retirement system employers to some members beginning in fiscal year 2021.
HB 531 (2017)
Increases the minimum gross business income threshold for filing the Business Profits Tax (BPT) return from $50,000 to $75,000.
HB 574 (2017)
Increases the annual allowable contributions to the Community Development Finance Authority that may be used as a tax credit, from $5 million to $6 million.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 581 (2017)
Establishes a credit against business profits taxes for media production expenditures made in New Hampshire.
HB 615 (2017)
Gradually reduces the business profits tax, from 8.2% to 6%. This bill also gradually reduces the business enterprise tax from 0.72% to 0.4%.
HB 637 (2017)
Amends the business enterprise tax by stating that any business not required in any year to file a tax return on its gross business profits shall not be required to file a business enterprise tax (BET) return.
SB 1 (2017)
Reduces the Business Profits Tax (BPT) from 8.2% to 7.7% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2021.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 123 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program for New Hampshire, including how such a program could be used to reduce business taxes.
SB 16 (2017)
Reauthorizes the commission to study apportionment of gross business profits under RSA 77-A and the committee to study the process by which business names are authorized by the secretary of state.
SB 183 (2017)
Establishes the technology sector marketing tax credit, to be used against business taxes for businesses recruiting and employing skilled technology sector professionals. The tax credit is equal to 75% of the contribution made to the Community Development Finance Authority by an eligible business as determined by the New Hampshire High Tech Council, with the aggregate of tax credits awarded to not exceed $1 million in any given tax year.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Innis
SB 184 (2017)
Increases the research and development tax credit against the business profits tax for first-time recipients of the credit.
SB 2 (2017)
Gradually reduces the Business Profits Tax (BPT) from 8.2% to 7.5% and the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) from 0.72% to 0.5%.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 205 (2017)
Establishes the small business jobs fund act and tax credit. The business tax credit is available to taxpayers that make a capital contribution to a small business jobs fund, which is in turn used for small business investments.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 74 (2017)
Makes changes to the process for economic revitalization zone tax credits. The bill also increases the aggregate total limit of the credit from $825,000 to $3 million per calendar year.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 75 (2017)
Establishes a tax credit for donations to career and technical education centers that can be applied against the business profits tax, with an aggregate allowable amount not to exceed $500,000 per fiscal year.
SB 76 (2017)
Allows a taxpayer to request a rebate equal to 75% of the research and development tax credit in lieu of a credit being awarded against business profits taxes. The bill appropriates $2 million over the next two fiscal years for rebates.
SB 77 (2017)
Removes the New Hampshire limitation of $100,000 for the Internal Revenue Code Section 179 deduction under the business profits tax. The removal of this limitation will allow taxpayers to use the current Internal Revenue Code Section 179 deduction of $500,000.
More Info | Sponsor: Andy Sanborn
SB 78 (2017)
Requires that business profits tax taxpayer records obtained by the Revenue Administration for an audit shall be confidential and not disclosed.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 90 (2017)
Increases the minimum employer's contribution rate to the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, from 0.1% to 0.2%.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Carbon Restrictions and Climate Change

SB 123 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study a carbon reduction investment program for New Hampshire, including how such a program could be used to reduce business taxes.

Charter Schools

HB 341 (2017)
Repeals the option to reduce property taxes for a property rented or leased to a charter school.

Consumer Protection Law

HB 198 (2017)
Broadens the qualifications for the position of consumer advocate to include engineers, certified public accountants, economists, or other persons with financial expertise.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose
HB 343 (2017)
Declares that before a life insurance policy or annuity is sold to the public, the form must be approved by the insurance commissioner.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 78 (2017)
Greatly increases the fines for violating the laws regarding property and casualty insurance.
HJR 1 (2017)
Requests $176,448.50 for restitution to Jeffrey Frost for civil and criminal charges brought against him relating to two mortgages he worked on with two different LLCs.
SB 91 (2017)
Forbids a title loan lender from accuring and collecting interest on a title loan which is in default.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 92 (2017)
Decreases the time to respond to consumer complaints and inquirires filed with the Banking Department.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Employee Protections

HB 130 (2017)
Prohibits employers from using credit history in employment decisions.
HB 194 (2017)
Allows employers to pay wages to employees weekly or biweekly. At the time of this bill's submission, employers must pay employees weekly unless they get a waiver from the state Department of Labor.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
HB 407 (2017)
Requires workers compensation insurance to cover prophylactic treatment for exposure to "potentially harmful chemical, physical, or biological agents."
More Info | Sponsor: Andrew White
HB 438 (2017)
Prohibits a public employer from withholding union dues from a public employee's wages.
HB 442 (2017)
Prohibits employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history prior to an interview.
HB 628 (2017)
Establishes a social insurance program that would be operated by New Hampshire Employment Security to provide for paid family and medical leave insurance. Employers would pay 0.5% of wages per employee as premium payments.
SB 102 (2017)
Provides family and medical leave to certain school district employees who are not otherwise eligible for leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy
SB 22 (2017)
Provides immunity from civil liability to an employer who discloses employment information about a worker to a prospective or current employer.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 226 (2017)
Eliminates the one-week waiting period before eligibility to receive unemployment benefits.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 84 (2017)
Allows workers' compensation payments to be made through direct deposit.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Federal Laws

SB 53 (2017)
Adds definitions and requirements for federally regulated appraisal management companies opearating New Hampshire.

Fish and Game and Outdoor Recreation

HB 608 (2017)
Requires the Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED) to to use competitive bidding for the purchase and sale of firewood used at state parks and campgrounds. In April 2016, DRED entered into an agreement with the Department of Corrections (DOC) in which DOC will provide DRED with kiln dried firewood at a $0.35 discount per bundle for a five year term or on the first 150,000 bundles delivered. DRED purchases approximately 30,000 bundles annually at $3.75 from DOC.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau

Gambling

HB 169 (2017)
Increases the limits on wagers at charitable gaming venues from $4 to $10.
HB 263 (2017)
Makes some changes to the facilities licenses for charitable gaming. For example, this bill removes the limit on facilities licenses that may be issued annually.
HB 360 (2017)
Decreases the pari-mutuel tax from 1.25% (horse racing) and 1.5% (dog racing) to 0.5%of the total contributions.
HB 560 (2017)
Allows keno games in New Hampshire, with local approval. 8% of keno proceeds would go to the venue licensed to host the game. The remainder would go to school funding and gambling addiction prevention and treatment.
HB 562 (2017)
Allows online gambling.
HB 580 (2017)
Regulates online fantasy sports. Under this bill, fantasy sport operators would pay an annual fee of up to $5,000 and a 5% tax on revenue (which may be credited against other business taxes).
HB 96 (2017)
Doubles the maximum price of Lucky 7 tickets.
SB 206 (2017)
Authorizes historic horse racing.
SB 242 (2017)
Authorizes one smaller and one larger casino with video lottery and table gaming. The smaller casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $40 million, and the larger casino would pay an initial ten-year license fee of $80 million. The casinos would pay a tax of 35% on gross slot machine revenue and 18% on gross table game revenue. The Legislature would choose how to distribute this revenue, provided that some of the revenue goes to towns hosting or neighboring the casino, and some of the revenue goes to treat problem gambling.
SB 37 (2017)
Prohibits employers who are game operators from receiving any distribution from any employee tip pool.
More Info | Sponsor: Gary Daniels

EDUCATION
Curious about Common Core or school funding? Browse these issues related to education in the Granite State.

Local and County Government

HB 490 (2017)
Asserts that any taxpayer shall have legal standing to sue the school board of the school district in which he or she resides.
HB 491 (2017)
Requires a school board to disclose each major item, and its source, in the default budget at a public hearing.
HB 557 (2017)
Allows a school district to assign a child to another public school in another school district or to an approved private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."

Mental Health Care Funding

SB 235 (2017)
Allows school districts to use the Medicaid to Schools program to pay for Medicaid-covered services delivered in a school setting, without requiring the recipient of those services to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the NH Medicaid State Plan to establish a Medicaid benefit for children with severe emotional disturbances.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan

Military and Veterans

HB 221 (2017)
Expands the allowable use of National Guard scholarships to include fees, books, and non-credit professional development programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Bill Kuch
HB 435 (2017)
Requires the Adjutant General's Department to include at least $25,000 for the New Hampshire National Guard Scholarship (NHNGS) Fund in the Department's budget request each year.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 233 (2017)
Requires a school to submit its emergency response plan, and any updates to the plan, to the Department of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
SB 13 (2017)
Repeals certain obsolete statutes relating to the New Hampshire Technical Institute's security force.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Other: Economy, Budget and Taxes

HB 609 (2017)
Amends the Children's Savings Account Program. State law requires a pilot program in Manchester and Coos county that gives each kindergarten student a $50 savings account. This bill expands the program to any student who completes a financial literacy program in the second grade or later. The bill also appropriates $5 million for the program over the next two fiscal years, and raises the mutual fund registration fee by $100 to support the program. These funds would allow additional state contributions to each child's savings account.

Other: Education

HB 103 (2017)
Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education.
HB 107 (2017)
Adds a member to the advanced manufacturing education advisory council.
HB 122 (2017)
Amends the procedure for withdrawal from a cooperative school district, so that the preexisting school district rather than the entire cooperative school district votes on withdrawal.
HB 155 (2017)
Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs.
HB 210 (2017)
Authorizes the state Board of Education to adopt rules establishing a code of ethics for certified educational personnel.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 216 (2017)
Prohibits expulsion for any student in kindergarten through second grade. This bill also limits the circumstances in which a pupil in kindergarten through second grade may be suspended.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 226 (2017)
Requires state aid to schools for third graders not proficient on the reading component of the statewide assessment. This bill also requires school districts receiving such aid to annually provide documentation to the Department of Education demonstrating that the district has implemented an instructional program to improve non-proficient reading.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 270 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the incidence of suspensions and expulsions of children in middle and high schools.
HB 271 (2017)
Requires school districts to report data relating to the suspension or expulsion of students in kindergarten through grade 12 to the Department of Education.
HB 339 (2017)
Amends the definition of "sending district" to allow reimbursement for the cost of a student attending a career and technical education program in the school district in which the student resides.
More Info | Sponsor: Barbara Shaw
HB 340 (2017)
Exempts leased property from the law requiring the sale of the former Laconia state school. The bill also requires the long range capital planning and utilization committee to approve a sale of Laconia state school property.
HB 395 (2017)
Repeals the state Board of Education's authority over homeschooling programs and gives more general oversight of homeschooling to the Home Education Advisory Council.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
HB 412 (2017)
Amends references to the "pre-engineering technology curriculum" to say "pre-engineering AND technology curriculum," and requires the development and implementation of a pre-engineering and technology curriculum for public school students in kindergarten through grade 12.
HB 557 (2017)
Allows a school district to assign a child to another public school in another school district or to an approved private school if there is no public school for the child's grade in the child's resident district.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
SB 101 (2017)
Allows a student to enroll in a career and technical education (CTE) program after just one year of high school, rather than two.
SB 103 (2017)
Prohibits advertising and marketing of food and beverages that may not be sold on school property during the school day.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 104 (2017)
Establishes the credential of master teacher in school counseling.
SB 13 (2017)
Repeals certain obsolete statutes relating to the New Hampshire Technical Institute's security force.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 153 (2017)
Appropriates $2.6 million over the next two fiscal years for early childhood intervention services through the family centered early supports and services program. The federal government will match this appropriation.
SB 191 (2017)
Increases state funding for full-day kindergarten programs.
SB 36 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the Laconia state school property and develop recommendations regarding the sale of the property.
More Info | Sponsor: Chuck Morse
SB 45 (2017)
Requires a one-half year civics course in high school. This would replace "a locally developed competency assessment of United States government and civics" required by law.
SB 46 (2017)
Requires the school district in which the pupil resides to grant a pupil's request to participate in a cocurricular program in another school district if such program is not offered in the school district in which the pupil resides.

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.

Other: Health Care

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
SB 103 (2017)
Prohibits advertising and marketing of food and beverages that may not be sold on school property during the school day.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 247 (2017)
Makes various changes to the laws regarding lead. For example, this bill requires testing for blood lead levels in children at the age of one and two, and requires testing for lead in drinking water in child care facilities and schools. This bill also appropriates $6 million for lead remediation projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Privacy and Surveillance

HB 396 (2017)
Restricts the collection, storage, and sharing of student assessment data by the state and federal Departments of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
SB 43 (2017)
Requires written consent of a parent or guardian for a student to participate in a non-academic survey. There is an exception for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Right to Know and Transparency

HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."

School Building Aid

SB 105 (2017)
Allows an exception to the suspension of new school building aid projects to allow funding for "needed replacement of heat and hot water systems."
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 192 (2017)
Lifts the moratorium on new school building aid funding for the next two fiscal years. The Department of Education estimates this would make about $19.5 million in school building aid available for new projects.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

School Funding: Constitutional Amendment

CACR 7 (2017)
Constitutional amendment that gives the Legislature more control over school funding and education standards. The amendment states, "the General Court shall have the authority and full discretion to define reasonable standards for elementary and secondary public education, to establish reasonable standards of accountability therefor, and to mitigate local disparities in educational opportunity and fiscal capacity. Further, in the exercise thereof, the General Court shall have full discretion to determine the amount of, and methods of raising and distributing, State funding for education."
HB 174 (2017)
Limits the jurisdiction of the superior courts over certain adequate education statutes and adequate education grants.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 354 (2017)
Appropriates roughly $10 million from the Education Trust Fund for additional school funding for certain districts which may have been short-changed under the previous school funding formula.
HB 356 (2017)
Increases the state school funding per pupil by $30, from $3,561.27 to $3,591.27. The bill was amended to instead establish a committee to study education funding and the cost of an opportunity for an adequate education.
More Info | Sponsor: Rick Ladd
HB 429 (2017)
States that any policy or funding decision from the Legislature regarding adequate public education is not subject to review by any court.
More Info | Sponsor: Gregory Hill
HB 525 (2017)
Removes the gradual reduction in stabilization grants for school funding. Stabilization grants kept state school funding level for school districts with falling enrollment.
HB 583 (2017)
Limits the computation of average daily membership in each school district to once a year, for the purpose of state school funding. At the time of this bill's submission, the Department of Education reviews and recalculates, when necessary, student data between the initial computation (typically done in September for the October 1 report date) and the final state school funding payments made in April.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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Other: Energy and Environment

HB 302 (2017)
Requires the Hampton Beach area commission to study leasing Hampton Beach state park with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
HB 317 (2017)
Requires legislative approval for any increase in the system benefits charge, the portion of the electricity rate that pays for system improvements such as energy efficiency programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose
HB 324 (2017)
Gives the Commissioner of Revenue Administration authority to determine the value of utility property for the purpose of local property taxation.
HB 328 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to include notifications in licenses that public utility infrastructure over, under, or across state land is taxable.
HB 336 (2017)
Regulates outdoor wood-fired hydronic heaters.
HB 344 (2017)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a program of renewable energy incentives and benefits for low income ratepayers.
HB 352 (2017)
Changes the name of the Energy Efficiency Fund to the Energy Fund, and allows that fund to be used for renewable energy projects as well as energy efficiency projects.
HB 357 (2017)
Repeals changes made in 2016 to laws governing the appraisal, for property tax purposes, of telecommunications poles and conduits. The 2016 changes established a statutory valuation formula based on replacement cost, age and depreciation. Under this bill, municipalities would independently assess the value of poles and conduits.
HB 368 (2017)
Authorizes the Commissioner of Administrative Services to decommission the Concord Steam Corporation facilities and contract for replacement systems providing heat to state-owned buildings in Concord.
HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
HB 401 (2017)
Requires the public utilities commission to develop a process to implement time varying rate design, which would price electricity higher at times when demand peaks.
HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 547 (2017)
Establishes a statewide program to recycle and dispose of electronic waste generated by households, charities, school districts, and businesses with 10 or fewer employees, at no cost to those entities. The program will be funded by manufacturers that sell electronic devices.
HB 567 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for municipalities to annually deduct the value of water and air pollution control equipment from property tax.
HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.
SB 125 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study transmission and distribution costs in the state's energy system.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 128 (2017)
Modifies the laws governing the electric utility restructuring, authorizing measures to mitigate the cost of electric service, reduce electric price volatility, and/or reduce the potential for disruptions in electricity supply.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 181 (2017)
Adds biodiesel to the definition of exempt fuel in the law governing emission control technology.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 30 (2017)
Makes various changes to the legal definition of woodland buffers and waterfront buffers.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 50 (2017)
Changes certain requirements concerning public membership on the Site Evaluation Committee.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 95 (2017)
Increases the salary for the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission from $121,488 to $128,260.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Other: Health Care

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
SB 126 (2017)
Allows hospitals with renewable energy projects to apply for funding from the Renewable Energy Fund.

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 302 (2017)
Requires the Hampton Beach area commission to study leasing Hampton Beach state park with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.

Property Taxes: Should NH Remain Free of Sales and Income Taxes?

HB 567 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement for municipalities to annually deduct the value of water and air pollution control equipment from property tax.

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

HB 559 (2017)
Modifies the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program by repealing the $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency Fund. Under the bill, all commercial and industrial retail electric ratepayers would receive a full rebate and residential customer rebates would end. Up to 35% of all remaining proceeds would be allocated to the low-income core energy efficiency program (current rate is 15%). Up to $5 million annually would be allocated to municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency projects. Any remaining amounts would go to a fuel-neutral residential core energy efficiency program.
HB 592 (2017)
Repeals the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
HB 627 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) laws. This bill lowers the current $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency Fund to $0.10 and uses these funds, excluding administrative costs, to establish the position of the energy efficiency advocate within the Office of the Consumer advocate. Under this bill all retail electric ratepayers would receive a rebate on a per kilowatt-hour basis for all amounts in excess of $0.10 for any allowance sale. Allocation of funds to the low-income core energy efficiency program, to municipal, school districts and local government energy efficiency projects, and to a fuel-neutral residential core energy efficiency program would be discontinued.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose

Renewable Portfolio Standard

HB 114 (2017)
Reduces the percentage of electricity that must come from class I sources by 2025, under the renewable portfolio standards. Class I sources include wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, methane, and solar energy.
HB 141 (2017)
Allows hydropower to fulfill up to 5% of class I renewable energy required under the renewable portfolio standards. Class I sources include wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal, methane, and solar energy.
HB 199 (2017)
Broadens the renewable portfolio standards to include all hydroelectric power sources in class IV renewable energy sources.
HB 225 (2017)
Repeals the electric renewable portfolio standard. The bill was amended to instead modify the annual reporting requirements for electricity providers related to the electric renewable portfolio standard.
SB 126 (2017)
Allows hospitals with renewable energy projects to apply for funding from the Renewable Energy Fund.
SB 129 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Renewable Portfolio Energy Standard and associated Renewable Energy Fund, particularly related to low-moderate income community solar projects. For example, the bill requires at least 15% of funds from the Renewable Energy Fund benefit low-moderate income residential customers. This bill also increases the share of solar energy required in the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley
SB 51 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study subsidies for energy projects provided by the renewable portfolio standard.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

Residential Solar Power

HB 518 (2017)
Eliminates the cap on net metering.
HB 535 (2017)
Raises the total peak generating capacity for group net metering when the generator is a city or town.
SB 124 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.
SB 129 (2017)
Makes various changes to the Renewable Portfolio Energy Standard and associated Renewable Energy Fund, particularly related to low-moderate income community solar projects. For example, the bill requires at least 15% of funds from the Renewable Energy Fund benefit low-moderate income residential customers. This bill also increases the share of solar energy required in the Renewable Portfolio Standard.
More Info | Sponsor: Jeb Bradley

Water Sustainability in NH

HB 119 (2017)
Appropriates $2,228,692 to the Department of Environmental Services to fund twelve eligible and completed drinking water and wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.
HB 173 (2017)
Expands the authority of selectmen to restrict outdoor water usage to include commercial property.
HB 342 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the transfer of authority from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to the state Department of Environmental Services regarding the issuance of the New Hampshire municipal separate storm sewer system general permit (MS4)
HB 376 (2017)
Requires construction projects that disturb the sediments of estuarine waters to submit a chemical analysis of such sediments in order to receive a permit from the Department of Environmental Services.
HB 393 (2017)
Renames the Winnipesaukee River Basin Program Replacement fund to the Reserve Account. This bill also expands the types of water pollution control projects that can receive funding from the Reserve Account.
HB 431 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study long term goals and requirements for drinking water in the seacoast area.
HB 470 (2017)
Modifies the penalties for violations of municipal ordinances and bylaws concerning sewage or stormwater. For example, this bill would allow municipalities to ask the court to bill the violator for expenses related to enforcement.
HB 485 (2017)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services to use exposure scenarios in children and other vulnerable populations to determine criteria for emerging contaminants in drinking water.
HB 486 (2017)
Identifies and defines different types of wetlands protected under the Wetlands Protection Act.
More Info | Sponsor: Judith Spang

HEALTH CARE
Do you support the Affordable Care Act in NH? What about the medical marijuana or physician-assisted suicide? This category covers all of those issues and more.

Law Enforcement

SB 190 (2017)
Continues the first responder's critical injury benefit, which was scheduled to end June 30, 2018.
More Info | Sponsor: Donna Soucy

Medicinal Marijuana

HB 157 (2017)
Adds chronic pain to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 158 (2017)
Adds opioid addiction to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 159 (2017)
Adds fibromyalgia to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 160 (2017)
Adds post-traumatic stress disorder to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 197 (2017)
Adds myelitis disorder or disease to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
HB 222 (2017)
Makes various changes to the medical marijuana law, for example adding PTSD and opioid addiction to qualifying medical conditions, and removing the requirement of a 3-month medical relationship between doctor and patient before medical marijuana is prescribed.
More Info | Sponsor: Brian Stone
HB 472 (2017)
Permits qualifying patients and registered caregivers to grow medicinal marijuana at home.
SB 144 (2017)
Changes the medicinal marijuana to allow marijuana for injuries or coniditions that result in qualifying symptoms, not just injuries that significantly interfere with daily activities.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 15 (2017)
Allows medicinal marijuana for "severe pain that has not responded to previously prescribed medication or surgical measures or for which other treatment options produced serious side effects."
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 159 (2017)
Adds Ehlers-Danlos syndrome to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes
SB 17 (2017)
Adds hepatitis C without antiviral treatment to the qualifying medical conditions for medical marijuana.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan
SB 26 (2017)
Adds community living facilities for people with developmental disabilities or mental illnesses to the definition of "facility caregiver" in the medical marijuana law.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan

Mental Health Care Funding

HB 208 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study current mental health procedures for involuntary commitment.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 400 (2017)
Establishes a task force to determine the level of service to be provided to clients of community mental health centers.
HB 572 (2017)
Extends the suspension of prior authorization requirements that relate to the ability of community mental health programs to prescribe medication that treats severe mental illness.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 596 (2017)
Permits a person who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health treatment facility to request a review hearing every two years.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 602 (2017)
Prohibits the state from placing a person with mental illness in the secure psychiatric unit of the state prison unless that person has been charged with a crime in the past. This would require the state to establish a secure therapeutic psychiatric hospital, as the current state hospital is not equipped to house some patients who present a serious likelihood of danger to themselves or others.
SB 146 (2017)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a centralized system for transporting persons subject to involuntary emergency admission to New Hampshire Hospital and other designated facilities. At the time of this bill's submission, county sheriff departments handle transportation for persons subject to involuntary admission.
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 235 (2017)
Allows school districts to use the Medicaid to Schools program to pay for Medicaid-covered services delivered in a school setting, without requiring the recipient of those services to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to amend the NH Medicaid State Plan to establish a Medicaid benefit for children with severe emotional disturbances.
More Info | Sponsor: John Reagan

Nonprofit Taxation

HB 573 (2017)
Limits the property tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals to the property of the main hospital campus.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 269 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study methods for educating New Hampshire families about the risks of lung cancer, particularly from radon exposure.
HB 437 (2017)
Allows a law enforcement officer in another jurisdiction to hold an arrested person in need of medical treatment in temporary custody until that person is medically cleared to enter a correctional facility or jail.
SB 59 (2017)
Allows first responders and people providing emergency health services to apply for a court order to have someone's blood tested if the responder comes in contact with that person's body fluids.

Other: Education

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
SB 103 (2017)
Prohibits advertising and marketing of food and beverages that may not be sold on school property during the school day.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.

Other: Health Care

HB 184 (2017)
Repeals the licensure requirements for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals.
HB 200 (2017)
Authorizes heath care facilities and physicians to dispense medication and use equipment and therapies which are not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 256 (2017)
Authorizes a person to self-order laboratory testing without a health care provider's request. The testing would not be covered by insurance.
HB 286 (2017)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to make an annual report on suicide deaths among individuals receiving services through the department.
HB 295 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers.
HB 322 (2017)
Allows licensing boards for various health care providers to require completion of a survey as part of the license renewal process.
HB 329 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study balance billing by health care providers.
HB 334 (2017)
Exempts some sonographers from licensure by the board of medical imaging and radiation therapy.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Scully
HB 373 (2017)
Provides that application forms for allied health professionals be adopted as a rule by the Board of Directors of Allied Health Professionals rather than by each governing board. This bill also requires the Merrimack County Superior Court to provide information to the Office of Legislative Services about cases concerning the validity of administrative rules.
HB 387 (2017)
Appropriates roughly $12 million over the next two fiscal years to the Department of Health and Human Services to increase the rate of provider compensation for persons with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders.
HB 399 (2017)
Limits the use of pesticides in places where children play, such as schools. This bill also establishes notice requirements regarding any emergency pesticide application.
HB 443 (2017)
Prohibits prescription drug manufacturers from offering to pay or reimburse an individual for his or her insurance copayment.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk
HB 450 (2017)
Revises the membership of the New Hampshire commission on deafness and hearing loss.
HB 455 (2017)
Prohibits pharmacy benefit managers from requiring providers to attain accreditation, credentialing, or licensing other than by the pharmacy board or other state or federal entity. The Insurance Department states this bill may require pharmacy benefit managers to credential more providers than they would otherwise.
HB 468 (2017)
Allows persons licensed as mental health practitioners in other states to practice in this state 60 days after application to the board of mental health practice, pending final approval.
HB 469 (2017)
Requires licensed pharmacies to establish continuous quality improvement programs.
HB 484 (2017)
Establishes a commission on the Seacoast cancer cluster investigation.
HB 487 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law allowing vehicle window tinting for persons with disabilities.
HB 510 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers, with the insured's permission.
More Info | Sponsor: David Lisle
HB 511 (2017)
Establishes a commission to assess what data sources can be used to create a public health oversight program to monitor chronic conditions, particularly whether they have an environmental cause.
HB 550 (2017)
Establishes a seven-member controlled drug review board to adopt rules related to scheduling controlled substances, investigative trials of scheduled substances, shipping of such substances in-state, investigations and hearings, and communications with federal regulatory authorities.
HB 575 (2017)
Allows the board of acupuncture to certify individuals as acupuncture detoxification specialists.

POLITICS/POLITICAL PROCESS
Learn about campaigns and voting rights, from SB2 elections at the town level all the way up to the Electoral College in Presidential elections.

Judicial Process

HJR 2 (2017)
Requires the payment of $42,500 plus interest to Joseph Haas for the court's failure to process a "notice of errors" filed by Haas.
SB 143 (2017)
Allows an electronic signature to meet the requirement of a notarized signature on documents filed electronically.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 198 (2017)
Requires the clerk of a circuit court to publish probate court notices on the judicial branch website or by other electronic media, rather than in a newspaper.
SB 70 (2017)
Requires all expert witnesses to be disclosed, and all reports concerning their testimony to be filed, before any expert witness may be deposed.

Juvenile and Family Law

HB 137 (2017)
Requires referees, marital referees, or marital masters serving in the courts who are not former judges to be commissioned as justices of the peace.

Law Enforcement

HB 599 (2017)
Creates an Office of Ombudsman in the Department of State, which would investigate criminal complaints against government officers, employees, and contractors.

Legislative Process

CACR 1 (2017)
Constitutional amendment changing the state Legislature to biennial sessions.
CACR 6 (2017)
Constitutional amendment forbidding legislators from introducing legislation that creates a financial conflict of interest.
CACR 9 (2017)
Constitutional amendment changing the term of office for state representatives, state senators, executive councilors, and the governor to four years.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
HB 213 (2017)
Establishes one rate of $0.54 per mile for travel reimbursement for legislators.
HB 232 (2017)
Adds a personal interest disclosure statement to the financial disclosure form required to be filed annually by legislators.
HB 243 (2017)
Allows the House of Representatives and the Senate to adopt the first state seal from 1776 as the seal of the General Court.
More Info | Sponsor: Jordan Ulery
HB 245 (2017)
Requires the analysis section of a bill to identify any private organization responsible for distributing a model act used to draft the bill.
HB 541 (2017)
Requires that legislators be paid compensation in silver dollar coins. The State Treasury notes that although the face value of a silver coin may be one dollar, the spot value varies and was $16.47 on January 4, 2017.
SB 35 (2017)
Revises the personal interest disclosure requirements for legislators, for example removing verbal disclosure.
More Info | Sponsor: Bob Giuda

Legislative/Executive Checks and Balances

CACR 4 (2017)
Constitutional amendment for the legislature to elect the Attorney General every two years.  At the time of this bill's submission, the Attorney General is appointed by the governor and Executive Council.
CACR 5 (2017)
Constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to confirm judicial appointments.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
HB 546 (2017)
Directs the Office of Legislative Budget Assistant to prepare a business impact assessment for proposed rules. If the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules issues a final objection to a rule, and the agency adopts the rule, that portion of the rule will expire in 90 days.
More Info | Sponsor: Michael Vose

Local and County Government

HB 108 (2017)
Permits a municipality to scan records that are to be retained less than 10 years into PDF format and dispose of paper copies.
HB 118 (2017)
Eliminates the requirement that a governing body note whether or not they recommend an appropriation in a warrant article submitted by petition.
HB 120 (2017)
Allows counties to establish a rainy day fund.
HB 122 (2017)
Amends the procedure for withdrawal from a cooperative school district, so that the preexisting school district rather than the entire cooperative school district votes on withdrawal.
HB 123 (2017)
If a zoning board of adjustment finds that it cannot conclude a public hearing within the time available, this bill allows the board to vote to continue the hearing to a specified time and place with no additional notice required.
HB 127 (2017)
Requires that the filling of a vacancy in a county office by the county convention be by "a majority of the ballots cast" rather than "majority vote."
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 144 (2017)
Changes the annual county budget procedures for Rockingham County to match those used in Hillsborough County.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 170 (2017)
Requires notice of meetings and minutes of public meetings to be posted on a public body's website, if one exists.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 182 (2017)
Permits political subdivisions to require the default budget to be placed on the ballot as a separate contingent warrant article if the operating budget is defeated. The bill permits a revised operating budget to be voted on if both the operating budget and the contingent default budget are defeated.
HB 185 (2017)
Clarifies the power of a commissioner of deeds to administer oaths, take depositions, issue subpoenas, and acknowledge instruments in the same manner as a justice of the peace.
HB 202 (2017)
Requires a state agency head to notify a municipality's governing body and legislative delegation of the relocation of a state office within the municipality.
HB 223 (2017)
Prohibits the recipient of county or municipal funds from using such funds for lobbying.
HB 230 (2017)
Changes the referendum procedure for public water systems, so that a petition must represent 20% of the number of ballots cast in the most recent town elections, rather than 10% of all registered voters.
HB 247 (2017)
Requires the city or town clerk, rather than supervisors of the checklist, to retain voter registration forms.
HB 251 (2017)
Establishes a procedure for voters to adopt warrant articles that permit the town or district to create a capital reserve fund as part of the local budget.
HB 254 (2017)
Revises the membership of the Assessing Standards Board by adding a legislative member and reducing the members who are municipal or assessing officials or assessors.
HB 272 (2017)
Provides that the election of county commissioners in Carroll county shall be by voters of the districts of each commissioner. Currently all voters of the county elect the commissioners.
HB 299 (2017)
Amends notice requirements under the zoning and planning laws to require verified mail instead of certified mail.
HB 303 (2017)
Requires that a vacancy in the office of a county commissioner be filled by a majority vote of the county convention members representing the cities and towns in the commissioner's district.
HB 325 (2017)
Permits towns that have adopted a charter form of government to appoint a town clerk.
HB 453 (2017)
Requires the board of supervisors of the checklist to fill any vacancy in the board within 45 days.
HB 460 (2017)
Requires public meeting minutes to note any objection from a member of the public if that person believes a discussion taking place violates the state Right-to-Know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Chris True
HB 461 (2017)
Requires Carroll county to establish a grant committee and to adopt a policy for acceptance of grants by the county.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 514 (2017)
Establishes qualifications for alternate members of an elected planning board.
HB 530 (2017)
Provides that Registers of Deeds shall not charge more than $1 per page for copies of documents. The bill also requires the records to be available online, to the greatest extent practicable.
HB 564 (2017)
States that "members of the budget committee shall be entitled to all information necessary to perform their duties." This bill also states that "each member of the school board shall, upon request, be provided with all necessary information related to the compensation and benefits of school district personnel and school administrative unit personnel."
HB 617 (2017)
Grants a person the right to a jury trial if they are charged with planning and zoning violations that could result in fees or fines exceeding $275.
HB 83 (2017)
Prohibits family members from being elected or appointed to the same town, city, or school district board or committee.
HB 86 (2017)
Requires a zoning board of adjustment to vote on five separate criteria when determining whether to grant a variance.
HB 87 (2017)
Makes some changes to the method of appointing a moderator pro tempore in town meetings and school district elections.
SB 109 (2017)
Authorizes a moderator to conduct a verification count of machine-counted ballots.
SB 113 (2017)
Authorizes cities and towns to try electronic poll book devices for voter registration and check-in.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky

SOCIAL ISSUES
Abortion restrictions, immigration enforcement, and welfare restrictions fall in this category, which covers issues related to social services and morality.

Juvenile and Family Law

SB 148 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study families in which grandparents are raising their grandchildren in New Hampshire.
SB 153 (2017)
Appropriates $2.6 million over the next two fiscal years for early childhood intervention services through the family centered early supports and services program. The federal government will match this appropriation.
SB 166 (2017)
States, "Upon a showing that the child's birth is the result of sexual assault of the birth mother, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that termination of the biological father's parent-child relationship with the child is in the best interest of the child."
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 167 (2017)
Provides that the burden of proof in termination of parental rights cases shall be proof beyond a reasonable doubt, rather than clear and convincing evidence.
More Info | Sponsor: Bette Lasky
SB 223 (2017)
Directs the Division of Children, Youth and Families to hire a sufficient number of assessment social workers to bring the total number of filled positions to 120, and a sufficient number of assessment supervisors to bring the total number of filled positions to 24.
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.
SB 239 (2017)
Establishes the Department of Children's Services and Juvenile Justice, and transfers all former powers, duties and responsibilities of the Division for Children, Youth and Families and the Division of Juvenile Justice Services to the newly established department.
SB 7 (2017)
Makes several changes to the administration of food stamps. In particular, this bill forbids the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from waiving federal work requirements for food stamps unless approved by the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee. The bill also requires DHHS to use federal limits for food stamp eligibility, rather than state standards, unless there are minor children in the household and the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee approves the alternative eligibility criteria. Lastly, the bill requires food stamp recipients to cooperate with the division of child support services.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 71 (2017)
Establishes criteria for the amount and duration of alimony orders.

Local and County Government

HB 359 (2017)
Requires the register of deeds to keep 30% of all Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) fees to be used for conservation efforts within the town or city in which the fee originated.

Marijuana Legalization

HB 215 (2017)
Establishes a commission to study the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana.
HB 377 (2017)
If the state ever allows the sale of marijuana for recreational use, this bill requires the Liquor Commission to buy and sell marijuana the same way it does alcohol.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 656 (2017)
Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. The bill outlines various regulations, from the ability of municipalities to control the location of marijuana establishments, to labels disclosing the THC in each serving of a marijuana product. The bill also legalizes hemp.

Mental Health Care Funding

HB 596 (2017)
Permits a person who has been involuntarily committed to a mental health treatment facility to request a review hearing every two years.
More Info | Sponsor: JR Hoell
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

Military and Veterans

HB 508 (2017)
Names the New Hampshire Army National Guard Regional Training Institute and Barracks facility in Pembroke after Colonel Edward Cross.
HB 652 (2017)
Permits courts to establish veterans' tracks for veterans and members of the military who come into contact with the criminal justice system. This bill aso provides that gross income for purposes of calculating child support may include veterans' benefits only "to the extent permitted by federal law and to the extent such benefits are intended to support not only the veteran but also the veteran's family."
HB 81 (2017)
Allows a stepmother of person killed while on duty in the military to receive gold star number plates.

Miscellaneous

HB 105 (2017)
Names a building in Concord in honor of Van McLeod.
HB 209 (2017)
Provides that if Massachusetts adopts Atlantic standard time, the state of New Hampshire shall also adopt the Atlantic standard time. This would make daylight saving time permanent in both states.
HB 262 (2017)
Establishes the common blackberry as the state berry.
More Info | Sponsor: Clyde Carson
HB 91 (2017)
Changes General John Stark Day to the second Monday in April.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

HB 156 (2017)
Includes fetuses eight weeks and older as potential victims under murder statutes.
HB 287 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study the decriminalization of sex work.
SB 66 (2017)
Includes fetuses as potential victims under murder statutes. The bill was amended to include only fetuses twenty weeks and older, not just "viable" fetuses.

Other: Education

HB 103 (2017)
Requires school districts to provide advance notice to parents and legal guardians of course material involving discussion of human sexuality or human sexual education.
SB 153 (2017)
Appropriates $2.6 million over the next two fiscal years for early childhood intervention services through the family centered early supports and services program. The federal government will match this appropriation.

Other: Health Care

HB 587 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation. This bill also makes it illegal to advertise or charge for conversion therapy.
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn
SB 224 (2017)
Prohibits conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy attempts to change a person's sexual orientation.

Other: Politics and Political Process

SB 142 (2017)
Directs the joint legislative historical committee to give priority to hanging a portrait in the state house of E. Maude Ferguson, the first woman elected to the New Hampshire state senate.

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 648 (2017)
Establishes requirements for "van-only" parking spaces for persons with disabilities.

Other: Social Issues

HB 478 (2017)
Prohibits discrimination based on gender identity
SB 110 (2017)
Makes the painted turtle the state reptile.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard
SB 132 (2017)
Directs the Division of Historical Resources to establish and administer a New Hampshire state register of historic burial grounds and cemeteries.
SB 147 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study mental health and social service information system interoperability.
More Info | Sponsor: Jay Kahn

Privacy and Surveillance

HB 482 (2017)
Requires the operator of a social media website or online service to remove subscriber information at the subscriber's request.
HB 523 (2017)
Regulates the collection, retention, and use of biometric information by individuals and private entities.
More Info | Sponsor: Neal Kurk

Welfare Restrictions

HB 532 (2017)
Prohibits a person who desecrates a U.S. flag or state flag from receiving financial assistance.
SB 7 (2017)
Makes several changes to the administration of food stamps. In particular, this bill forbids the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) from waiving federal work requirements for food stamps unless approved by the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee. The bill also requires DHHS to use federal limits for food stamp eligibility, rather than state standards, unless there are minor children in the household and the Health and Human Services Oversight Committee approves the alternative eligibility criteria. Lastly, the bill requires food stamp recipients to cooperate with the division of child support services.
More Info | Sponsor: Kevin Avard

TRANSPORTATION/RECREATION
NH doesn't require seat belts or motorcycle helmets, but there are boat speed limits on Lake Winnipesaukee. Click here to learn about laws affecting travel, infrastructure, and recreation.

Other: Crime and Public Safety

SB 52 (2017)
Requires the commissioner of the Department of Safety to prepare a procedural manual of Department of Safety policies. The bill also requires a biennial rather than annual report on revenue generated from safe boater education certificates.

Other: Energy and Environment

HB 302 (2017)
Requires the Hampton Beach area commission to study leasing Hampton Beach state park with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 591 (2017)
Allows recreational prospecting, within some limits. For example, this bill prohibits the use of suction dredging for recreational prospecting.

Other: Health Care

HB 295 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers.
HB 487 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law allowing vehicle window tinting for persons with disabilities.
HB 510 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers, with the insured's permission.
More Info | Sponsor: David Lisle
SB 160 (2017)
Allows religious nonmedical personnel, consistent with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines, to certify eligibility for walking disability plates and placards.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Feltes

Other: Politics and Political Process

HB 348 (2017)
Establishes a process for the Division of Motor Vehicles to register drivers to vote.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler

Other: Recreation and Transportation

HB 100 (2017)
Exempts toy smoke devices from the prohibition on the sale or use of smoke bombs.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 102 (2017)
Requires drivers to turn on their headlights in fog, regardless of how thick the fog is.
HB 124 (2017)
Repeals all aircraft registration fees collected by the Department of Transportation.
HB 128 (2017)
Clarifies that pedestrians must obey signals at railroad grade crossings.
HB 154 (2017)
Allows public transit bus operators to use a device to change a traffic signal.
HB 181 (2017)
Requires an owner of land that abuts a private road to repair and maintain his or her share of such road.
HB 186 (2017)
Limits the liability of a person acting as a sports official at athletic events.
HB 195 (2017)
Establishes a committee to study temporary seasonal docks.
HB 205 (2017)
Prohibits a person from flying a drone above a state or county correctional facility or a municipal jail.
HB 211 (2017)
Continues to allow 10-day, nonresident off highway recreational vehicle registrations.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 227 (2017)
Allows tinting on car windows.
HB 234 (2017)
Authorizes a governing body to reduce the speed limit on a class V highway, so long as the speed limit is not below 25 miles per hour.
HB 248 (2017)
Modifies the procedure for approval of OHRV operation on certain highways and trail connectors in Coos and Grafton counties.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 295 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers.
HB 302 (2017)
Requires the Hampton Beach area commission to study leasing Hampton Beach state park with the Department of Resources and Economic Development.
HB 314 (2017)
Establishes requirements and restrictions for self-driving vehicles.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 315 (2017)
Requires that persons who may accompany and be legally responsible for a youth operator of an OHRV or a snowmobile be at least 25 years of age, rather than 18.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 319 (2017)
Limits 20-day registration plates to three plates within a 12-month period for any one vehicle. This bill also authorizes the Division of Motor Vehicles to suspend or revoke the driver's license of a person whose driver's license has been suspended or revoked in another jurisdiction.
HB 335 (2017)
Requires the Department of Safety to adopt changes to federal rules governing motor carrier safety regulations, and to notify any individuals affected by the changes.
HB 347 (2017)
Assigns $200,000 to the Department of Transportation to distribute to counties with populations less than 100,000 for rural bus services.
HB 348 (2017)
Establishes a process for the Division of Motor Vehicles to register drivers to vote.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 363 (2017)
Repeals the laws authorizing unique number plates for motor vehicles used exclusively for ski area purposes, and for "motorized locomotives" used by the New Hampshire State Voitures of La Societe des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 364 (2017)
Authorizes the Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles to suspend the license of a youth operator for up to six months while an accident involving death or bodily injury is investigated.
HB 383 (2017)
Names a bridge in Keene the Veterans Memorial Pedestrian Bridge.
HB 416 (2017)
Requires a visual acuity examination for drivers' licenses, including additional vision tests after age 40 for license renewals.
HB 424 (2017)
Requires the town or city clerk to retain a copy of the bill of sale and certificate of registration or the certificate of title for certain vehicles exempted from title requirements. This bill also modifies the notification requirements for removal and sale of certain vehicles.
HB 432 (2017)
Requires law enforcement agencies to enforce parking violations if a person presents photographic evidence of another person without a walking disability parking in a handicap parking space.
HB 433 (2017)
Authorizes fire chiefs to issue decals to firefighters to use on multi-use decal plates.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 451 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law governing motorcycle and moped licensing.
HB 454 (2017)
Repeals the emission control equipment requirements for motor vehicles. This bill also repeals on-board diagnostic system (OBD II) testing procedures for car inspections.
HB 458 (2017)
States that "Any headlamp color approved by the director for motor vehicles shall be considered approved for motorcycles."
HB 479 (2017)
Establishes Rotary International special license plates.
HB 480 (2017)
Requires the return of a driver's license after reversal of administrative license suspension findings.
HB 487 (2017)
Makes some changes to the law allowing vehicle window tinting for persons with disabilities.
HB 492 (2017)
Defines and regulates the use of motorized scooters and wheelchairs operating on public streets.
HB 500 (2017)
Allows tax-exempt 501(c)(4) organizations to issue decals for multi-use decal plates.
HB 510 (2017)
Allows assigning medical payments under car insurance to health care providers, with the insured's permission.
More Info | Sponsor: David Lisle
HB 512 (2017)
Establishes a commission to develop a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Transportation and the Department of Resources and Economic Development for staffing, operating, and maintaining rest areas and welcome centers.
HB 553 (2017)
Allows biennial rather than annual motorcycle inspections.
More Info | Sponsor: Len Turcotte
HB 563 (2017)
Appropriates $2 million for the Carroll and Strafford freight rail improvements project, and $2 million for the Coos county freight rail improvements project, contingent upon matching private funds.
HB 570 (2017)
Lowers registration fees for motor vehicles in car and truck rental businesses to 1/3 of the registration fee.

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