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Bill Hearings for Week of February 19, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 52 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 10 and opposition of 3 with 6 being of interest.
Of the 15 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 1 with 1 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest CACR19 relating to redistricting. Providing that an independent redistricting commission shall be established to draw boundaries for state and federal offices. Election Law Tue 2/20 9:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes an independent redistricting commission to draw the boundaries for state and federal elections.
Of Interest HB1098 relative to ballots delivered to elder care facilities. Election Law Tue 2/20 9:25 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill enables ballot clerks, assistant clerks, or clerks pro tem to deliver ballots to elder care facilities. This bill is a request of the secretary of state.
Oppose SB538 relative to zoning procedures concerning residential housing. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 2/20 9:15 AM LOB Room 103 This bill establishes a tax relief program for office conversion to residences; enables municipalities to allow its governing body to adopt certain zoning ordinance changes; and adds additional authority in zoning powers for parking requirements and lot size requirements related to sewer infrastructure.
Of Interest SB594 defining state approved processing facility and regulating on farm slaughter of amenable animals. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 2/20 9:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill defines state approved processing facility for slaughtering and processing amenable animals and makes regulations regarding the on-farm slaughter of amenable animals.
Oppose HB1351 prohibiting the sale and use of adhesive-based rodent traps. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/20 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the sale and use of adhesive-based rodent traps.
Support HB1325 relative to allowing private ownership of small tailed monkeys, raccoons, foxes, otters, skunks, and kangaroos. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/20 2:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows the private ownership of small tailed monkeys, raccoons, foxes, otters, skunks, and kangaroos.
Oppose HB1505 establishing an animal abuse offender registry. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/20 2:45 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes an animal abuse offender registry.
Of Interest HB1190 relative to adopting the interstate social work licensure compact. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/20 11:30 AM LOB Room 307 This bill adopts the social work licensure compact.
Support HB1391 allowing new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase. Ways and Means Tue 2/20 10:15 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase.
Support HB1278 relative to qualifying medical conditions for purposes of therapeutic cannabis. Ways and Means Tue 2/20 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill adds debilitating or terminal medical conditions to the qualifying medical conditions for therapeutic cannabis if a health care provider certifies the potential benefit to the patient. The bill also removes certain limitations on a qualifying visiting patient’s access to cannabis.
Of Interest HB1204 relative to government agent entries into secured premises. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/21 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes requirements for when a government agent may enter a secured premises without a warrant.
Support HB1276 relative to repealing the prohibition on the possession or sale of blackjacks, slung shots, and metallic knuckles except by or to minors. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/21 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill amends the prohibition against carrying or selling a blackjack, slung shot, or metallic knuckles to prohibit sale to or possession of the said items by those under 18 years of age.
Support HB1539 relative to annulling, resentencing, or discontinuing prosecution of certain cannabis offenses. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/21 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows for additional annulments, resentencings, or discontinuations of prosecutions for certain cannabis offenses.
Oppose HB1173 relative to the disposition of vicious dogs. Environment and Agriculture Wed 2/21 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides for the euthanizing of dogs that attack humans or domestic animals 2 or more times in a 12 month period.
Support HB1501 repealing the requirement to register dogs annually. Environment and Agriculture Wed 2/21 2:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill repeals the requirement that cats and dogs be registered annually.
Support HB1556 relative to exemptions from the rabies vaccine. Environment and Agriculture Wed 2/21 2:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill removes the requirement that dogs exempt from the rabies vaccine be muzzled.
Of Interest HB1328 relative to public safety providers defined as essential services. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/21 10:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill deems all first responders as providing essential services.
Support HB1174 relative to plumbing apprentices. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/21 11:15 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill permits a licensed plumber to employ 3 apprentices.
Of Interest HB1335 removing Columbus Day as a holiday. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/21 2:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill removes Columbus Day as a holiday.
Support HB1506 relative to required votes to approve issuance of bonds. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/21 1:20 PM LOB Room 307 This bill requires that the approval of bonds issuance, if petitioned by at least 50 registered voters, shall be authorized only by a vote by ballot of 2/3 of all the voters present and voting at an annual or special meeting of the town, district, or city called for the purpose.
Support HB1053 relative to permissible residential units in a commercial zone. Municipal and County Government Wed 2/21 2:30 PM LOB Room 307 This bill requires that for new or rehabilitated buildings in commercial zoned districts in a municipality residential uses shall be allowed as a matter of right.

Bill Hearings for Week of February 12, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
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Of the 76 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 8 and opposition of 9 with 17 being of interest.
Of the 20 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 2 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Oppose HB1594 establishing an annual review and qualification to determine eligibility to participate in the education freedom accounts program. Education Mon 2/12 9:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires annual determination of eligibility for awarding of education freedom account funds.
Oppose HB1453 relative to degree granting authority of certain institutions of higher education. Education Mon 2/12 10:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires institutions of higher education approved by the higher education commission for degree granting authority to be organized as nonprofit organizations and to comply with the Higher Education Act and state and federal anti-discrimination laws.
Oppose HB1512 limiting education freedom account funding to budgeted amounts. Education Mon 2/12 10:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill limits the amounts of funds appropriated from the education trust fund to the education freedom account program to budgeted sums.
Of Interest HB1269 relative to the use of child restraints in schools. Children and Family Law Tue 2/13 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires video and audio monitoring and recording of restraint and seclusion incidents if recording is included within a student’s individualized education program, and requires parental notification prior to the use of seclusion or restraints if practicable.
Of Interest HB1659 relative to interference with child custody and shared parenting. Children and Family Law Tue 2/13 1:15 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that unless the parenting plan specifically provides otherwise, both parents shall have access to all records and information pertaining to the child. The bill further directs the court to award a parent additional parenting time in response to the other parent’s noncompliance with the parenting schedule. The bill also permits the court to fine the parent for noncompliance with either the obligation to share records or to comply with the parenting schedule.
Oppose HB1092 creating a period for the placing of and removal of political advertising on public property. Election Law Tue 2/13 9:50 AM LOB Room 307 This bill creates a period for the placing of and removal of political advertising on public property.
Of Interest HB1099 relative to partisan school district elections. Election Law Tue 2/13 10:15 AM LOB Room 307 This bill enables school districts to adopt partisan elections.
Of Interest HB1348 relative to polling places at which total ballot counts exceed the total number of registered voters. Election Law Tue 2/13 1:50 PM LOB Room 307 This bill negates election results at polling places at which total ballot counts exceed the total number of registered voters.
Of Interest HB1381 relative to required training on election procedures. Election Law Tue 2/13 2:15 PM LOB Room 307 This bill requires the secretary of state to provide training on election procedures.
Of Interest HB1091 relative to the financing of political campaigns. Election Law Tue 2/13 2:40 PM LOB Room 307 This bill makes various changes to the laws that regulate the financing of political campaigns.
Of Interest SB383 relative to local tax caps. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 2/13 9:15 AM LOB Room 103 This bill creates an additional adjustment to local tax caps based on inflation and population changes. The bill also establishes procedures for adoption of a budget cap by school districts.
Oppose SB538 relative to zoning procedures concerning residential housing. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 2/13 10:00 AM LOB Room 103 This bill establishes a tax relief program for office conversion to residences; enables municipalities to allow its governing body to adopt certain zoning ordinance changes; and adds additional authority in zoning powers for parking requirements and lot size requirements related to sewer infrastructure.
Of Interest HB1132 relative to permits for the siting of new landfills. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/13 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires persons siting new solid waste landfills to identify brownfields within the state that may serve as the site of a new solid waste landfill as part of the public benefit requirement analysis.
Oppose HB1170 requiring public benefit and community impact assessments from the department of environmental services. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/13 2:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires the department of environmental services to conduct public benefit and community impact assessments when the department considers any permit or project to ensure that human values, safety, and concerns receive proper consideration during planning and project development.
Of Interest HB1620 relative to suspending the issuance of new landfill permits until 2031. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/13 2:45 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill requires the suspension of approval of new landfill permits by the department of environmental services until 2031.
Of Interest HB1387 relative to revisions to the state building code. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/13 10:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill updates the state building code and state building code review board.
Of Interest HB1059 relative to the state building code. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/13 10:30 AM LOB Room 305 This bill updates the definition of the state building code to include more recent versions of certain international codes and amendments approved by the building code review board.
Of Interest HB1106 relative to net asset limits under the elderly property tax exemption. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/13 9:35 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill redefines the definition of net asset and residence for purposes of the elderly property tax exemption and expands the income eligibility threshold and the exemption amount.
Of Interest HB1284 relative to the quasi-judicial authority of planning boards. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/13 10:15 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill clarifies the quasi-judicial nature of local planning boards and adds requirements for duties, procedures, and disqualification of board members.
Support HB1187 relative to local legislative bodies’ voting threshold for approval of lease agreements over $100,000. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/13 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill changes the voting threshold for local legislative bodies’ approval of equipment leases over $100,000 from a simple majority to a 2/3 or 3/5 supermajority and requires a ballot vote.
Oppose CACR16 relating to local governance. Providing that local construction projects seeking amendments, waivers, or variances be subject to certain local approval, disclosure, and vote requirements. Municipal and County Government Tue 2/13 2:15 PM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution would require that projects governed by zoning and land use regulations seeking changes, variances, or waivers shall require prior approval of all civic, veterans, fraternal, and not-for-profit association property owners affected, a financial impact statement, and approval by three-fifths vote.
Oppose HB1145 prohibiting the private ownership of landfills. Environment and Agriculture Wed 2/14 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits new solid waste landfill permits in the state for facilities owned by any person other than the state of New Hampshire or a political subdivision thereof.
Of Interest SB599 relative to the state fire code. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/14 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill: I. Revises the definition of the state fire code. II. Ratifies amendments to the state fire code.
Of Interest HB1688 relative to the use of artificial intelligence by state agencies. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/14 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill prohibits state agencies from using artificial intelligence to manipulate, discriminate, or surveil members of the public.
Oppose HB1545 relative to the disposal of state surplus property for affordable housing. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/14 2:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill permits the disposal of state surplus property at less than fair market value if the property is transfered to a nonprofit for the purpose of constructing affordable housing.
Support SB402 relative to allowing pharmacists to administer FDA approved vaccines without explicit approval from the general court. Health and Human Services Wed 2/14 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill allows pharmacists to administer FDA approved vaccines without explicit approval from the general court.
Support HB1115 relative to the termination of tenancy at the expiration of the tenancy or lease term. Judiciary Wed 2/14 9:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill adds the expiration of the term of the lease or tenancy if over 6 months as grounds for an eviction.
Oppose HB1368 prohibiting termination of a tenancy based on a tenant’s failure to pay rent that was increased by certain price fixing programs. Judiciary Wed 2/14 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits evictions based upon certain vertical price fixing programs used by landlords.
Of Interest HB1640 relative to qualified immunity standards. Judiciary Wed 2/14 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes standards and procedures for claims against the state for alleged violations of constitutional rights by government employees.
Of Interest HB1268 relative to prohibiting the issuance of large groundwater withdrawal permits for the commercial sale of bottled or bulk water. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 2/14 10:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill prohibits the issuance of large groundwater withdrawal permits for the commercial sale of bottled or bulk water.
Of Interest HB1314 relative to the comprehensive state development plan. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 2/14 1:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill adds provisions to the comprehensive state development plan concerning protection of natural resources and identifying environmental threats.
Of Interest HB1646 relative to chartered public schools. Education Thu 2/15 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill changes the eligibility requirements for chartered public schools.
Support HB1065 relative to fire sprinkler requirements in residential buildings. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 9:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill adds an exception to the state fire code for fire suppression or sprinkler systems requirements for certain existing residential buildings with no more than 4 dwelling units.
Support HB1215 relative to subdivision regulations on the completion of improvements and the regulation of building permits. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill provides that approved subdivision plats, site plans, and building permits shall be exempt from subsequent changes in the state building code, fire code, and municipal zoning regulations.
Support HB1361 relative to municipal land use regulation for manufactured housing and subdivisions. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 10:45 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires municipalities to provide reasonable and realistic opportunities for the siting of manufactured housing parks and subdivisions.
Support HB1399 allowing municipalities to permit 2 residential units in certain single-family residential zones. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 1:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill allows the expansion of a single family residence within a residential zone in an urban area to no more than 2 residential units without discretionary review or a hearing, if the proposed development meets certain requirements.
Support HB1400 relative to the required maximum number of residential parking spaces. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 1:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill provides that zoning and planning regulations shall not set the maximum residential parking spaces, per unit, to greater than one parking space per residential unit.
Support HB1291 relative to accessory dwelling unit uses allowed by right. Special Committee on Housing Fri 2/16 2:30 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill increases the number of accessory dwelling units allowed by right from one to 2, adds definitions, and increases the maximum square footage. It also gives municipalities the right to require accessory units meet the definition for workforce housing.

Bill Hearings for Week of February 05, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
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  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 106 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 18 and opposition of 12 with 8 being of interest.
Of the 18 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 1 with 2 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1473 relative to social-emotional learning in public schools. Education Mon 2/5 10:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits the teaching of curriculum for social emotional learning in public schools.
Support HB1298 relative to the definition of part-time teachers. Education Mon 2/5 12:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill defines “part-time teachers” and subjects them to the board of education’s professional code of ethics and professional code of conduct.
Support HB1458 relative to authorizing parents to remove children from the English Language Learner Program. Education Mon 2/5 1:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allows parents to remove their children from the English language learner (ELL) program, automatically removes them if they have not received ELL services in the last 2 years, and puts the burden on the local school district to appeal removals.
Of Interest HB1496 relative to the state’s duty to protect children in public schools. Education Mon 2/5 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill adds a provision stating that the state, acting as the temporary guardian for children in public schools, has a duty to protect those children.
Of Interest HB1692 relative to public high school graduation requirements. Education Mon 2/5 2:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill revises the requirements for public high school graduation by adding a requirement to earn a minimum competency score on the statewide assessment administered in high school.
Of Interest HB1682 relative to the civics test graduation requirement. Education Mon 2/5 3:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill provides authority for schools to use the department of education provided civics test to satisfy graduation requirements.
Of Interest HB1573 relative to oversight of and criteria for residential placement of children. Children and Family Law Tue 2/6 9:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill revises criteria for the out-of-home placement of children and increases oversight and certification criteria for out-of-state residential treatment programs. The bill also expands the definition of abuse or neglect under RSA 169-C to include a child in certain residential placements.
Support HB1582 relative to allowing for the consumption of alcohol in artist performance areas. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 2/6 10:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill includes the stage and performance areas in the definition of entertainers under an exception to liquor license requirements.
Support HB1151 relative to the carrying of alcoholic beverages on hotel premises. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 2/6 10:30 AM LOB Room 305 This bill allows a guest of a hotel to purchase a drink at a hotel bar or restaurant and carry it back to the guest’s room.
Oppose HB1591 relative to fines for prohibited sales of tobacco. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 2/6 11:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill moves fines for tobacco-related violations from statute to administrative rules, adopted by the liquor commission.
Oppose HB1162 relative to teaching discrimination in public schools and discrimination in public workplaces. Education Tue 2/6 11:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill provides that no education law of this state shall be construed to bar any school employee from teaching the historical or current experiences of any group that is protected from discrimination. The bill also repeals provisions of the law relating to the right to freedom from discrimination in public workplaces and education.
Oppose HB1671 relative to the complaint process for teaching discrimination and allowing educators and school officials a right of action for damages and costs for false accusations. Education Tue 2/6 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill provides that complaints for teaching discrimination first be made to the local school board and are appealed to the state board of education. The bill also allows educators or other school employees falsely accused of teaching discrimination to initiate a civil action for legal or equitable relief.
Support HB1616 relative to parental consent for student participation in Medicaid to schools program. Education Tue 2/6 2:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires schools to obtain parental consent for each service is provided to a student under the Medicaid to schools program. Violation of the requirement would subject the educator to disciplinary action by the state board of education. The bill also requires certain legislative policy committees to receive reports regarding the Medicaid to schools program.
Of Interest SB531 relative to background checks of municipal health officers. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 2/6 9:00 AM LOB Room 103 This bill provides that municipalities shall be responsible for reviewing criminal background checks of nominated health officers, with oversight of appointments by the department of health and human services. The bill is a request of the department of health and human services.
Oppose HB1504 relative to architectural paint recycling. Environment and Agriculture Tue 2/6 3:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill establishes an architectural paint recycling program administered by the department of environmental services.
Support HB1331 relative to dentists licensed in another country. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/6 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows the board of dental examiners to grant a limited dental license to applicants licensed in another country.
Support HB1526 relative to a conditional veterinary license for veterinarians educated in other countries. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 2/6 1:45 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill enables the board of veterinary medicine to issue a conditional veterinary license for veterinarians who are educated in other countries.
Support HB1029 relative to exempting certain persons from requiring a New Hampshire landing license if such persons are not landing for the purpose of the sale of the lobster or crab they have caught. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Tue 2/6 10:00 AM LOB Room 307 This bill exempts certain persons from requiring a New Hampshire landing license if such persons are not landing for the purpose of the sale of the lobster or crab they have caught.
Oppose HB1148 relative to the fish and game commission. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Tue 2/6 10:30 AM LOB Room 307 This bill makes changes to the fish and game commission including notice of appointment, qualifications, and misconduct and removal from office.
Support HB1532 relative to land owner rights and responsibility pertaining to game cameras and tree stands. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Tue 2/6 11:30 AM LOB Room 307 This bill allows a tree stand to be erected from August 1 to June 1. This bill also allows for the placement of game cameras on a property with the owners’ permission.
Oppose HB1100 relative to coyote hunting. Fish and Game and Marine Resources Tue 2/6 1:30 PM LOB Room 307 This bill prohibits hunting coyote during certain months to coincide with coyote pup rearing.
Support HB1063 relative to motor vehicle speed within 10 miles per hour of the speed limit. Transportation Tue 2/6 9:30 AM LOB Room 203 This bill allows motor vehicles to lawfully travel 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in certain circumstances.
Support HB1403 relative to temporary vehicle emission control equipment. Transportation Tue 2/6 10:30 AM LOB Room 203 This bill extends the repair period for vehicles that fail the OBD II test to 90 days.
Of Interest HB1637 relative to reducing requirements for vehicle inspections. Transportation Tue 2/6 11:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill reduces requirements for vehicle inspection.
Support HB1247 relative to requiring the display of certain information concerning Selective Service registration at driver licensing and school military recruiting locations. Transportation Tue 2/6 1:00 PM LOB Room 203 This bill requires a form to be available at locations of state driver’s licensing and at schools hosting military recruiters concerning registration with the Selective Service System.
Oppose HB1244 prohibiting smoking and e-cigarettes in motor vehicles when a passenger is under 16 years of age. Transportation Tue 2/6 1:30 PM LOB Room 203 This bill prohibits smoking and e-cigarettes in motor vehicles when a passenger under the age of 16 is in the vehicle.
Oppose HB1467 relative to child passenger protection. Transportation Tue 2/6 2:00 PM LOB Room 203 This bill requires a motor vehicle restraint system for motor vehicle operators and passengers under 18 years of age.
Of Interest HB1339 relative to department of safety firearm background checks. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/7 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill requires the department of safety to be responsible for conducting the required firearm background checks for federal firearm licensees through NICS for all firearm transfers.
Oppose HB1462 relative to requirements for reporting hate crimes. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 2/7 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes reporting requirements for hate-based crimes.
Of Interest SB373 relative to the state building code. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 2/7 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill updates the state building code definition.
Oppose SB401 relative to removing the prospective repeal of the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program and trust fund. Health and Human Services Wed 2/7 10:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill removes the prospective repeal of the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program and trust fund.
Support HB1300 relative to terminal patients’ right to try act. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 2/7 10:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill revises the definition of eligible patient and terminal illness for purposes of the patient’s right to try act, expands the criteria for informed consent, and removes references to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for purposes of defining an investigational drug or device.
Of Interest HB1283 relative to end of life options. Judiciary Wed 2/7 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a procedure for an individual with terminal illness to receive medical assistance in dying through the self administration of medication. The bill establishes criteria for the prescription of such medication and establishes reporting requirements and penalties for misuse or noncompliance.
Support HB1377 relative to granting workers free choice to join or refrain from joining labor unions. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 2/7 9:30 AM LOB Room 307 This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.
Oppose HB1388 relative to recusal by members of the general court for conflicts of interest. Legislative Administration Wed 2/7 10:30 AM LOB Room 203 This bill defines “conflict of interest” and makes provisions for the recusal of members of the general court for conflicts of interest.
Support HB1479 relative to prohibiting the use of federal, state, or local funds for lobbying activities. Legislative Administration Wed 2/7 11:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill regulates the use of public funds for lobbying activities and establishes certain additional enforcement mechanisms.
Support HB1202 relative to the issuance of permits for the alteration of driveways exiting onto public ways. Public Works and Highways Wed 2/7 10:45 AM LOB Room 201 This bill establishes certain deadlines for issuance of permits for the alteration of driveways exiting onto public ways.
Oppose HB1360 relative to emergency authority on the public or coastal waters of the state. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 2/7 2:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill allows the department of safety to establish an emergency maximum speed limit on public and coastal waters for up to 10 days due to weather or environmental conditions.
Oppose HB1611 relative to establishing a child care workforce fund. Special Committee on Childcare Wed 2/7 10:00 AM LOB Room 209 This bill establishes a child care workforce fund.
Support HB1567 relative to zoning provisions concerning family and group family child care uses. Special Committee on Childcare Wed 2/7 1:30 PM LOB Room 209 This bill generally requires family and group family child care programs to be allowed as an accessory use to any primary residential use under local zoning and planning regulations.
Support HB1584 relative to home day care licensing requirements. Special Committee on Childcare Wed 2/7 2:00 PM LOB Room 209 This bill exempts from child day care licensing requirements private homes in which care is provided for up to 4 children in addition to the provider’s own children. Current law permits care for 3 additional children.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 29, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
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Of the 118 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 24 and opposition of 17 with 5 being of interest.
Of the 55 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 3 and opposition of 8 with 4 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1437 relative to the membership of the state board of education. Education Mon 1/29 1:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill changes the composition of the state board of education.
Oppose HB1205 relative to women’s school sports. Education Mon 1/29 2:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires schools to designate athletics by sex and prohibits biological males from participating in female athletics. This bill further creates various causes of action based on violations of the provisions in the bill.
Oppose HB1279 relative to payment by the state of a portion of retirement system contributions of political subdivision employers. Finance Mon 1/29 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that the state shall pay 7.5 percent of contributions of retirement system employers other than the state for group I teachers and group II members.
Oppose HB1508 requiring fiber optic communications service providers to prioritize service restoration for public safety and public health organizations. Science, Technology and Energy Mon 1/29 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires fiber optic communications providers to prioritize the restoration of communication and Internet access for critical infrastructure of public safety and public health organizations over commercial and residential customers.
Support HB1576 relative to allowing property owners to opt out of public utilities. Science, Technology and Energy Mon 1/29 1:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires public utilities, cooperatives, and municipal corporations providing electric, gas, water, and sewer connection services to allow property owners or existing customers to decline service.
Support HB1308 relative to parent access to children’s library records. Children and Family Law Tue 1/30 11:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides a parent or legal guardian with access to their minor child’s library records.
Of Interest CACR25 relating to the rights of children and parents. Providing that parents and children have the right to control their health, education, and welfare. Children and Family Law Tue 1/30 1:15 PM LOB Room 206-208 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution amends the constitution to recognize the rights of children and parents to provide for the protection of their minor children.
Of Interest CACR17 relating to the rights of parents. Providing that parents shall have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their minor children. Children and Family Law Tue 1/30 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution adds an amendment to the constitution stating that parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their minor children.
Oppose SB308 relative to the state minimum hourly rate. Commerce Tue 1/30 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill provides for increases in the minimum hourly rate.
Support HB1159 relative to toilet facilities provided by restaurants and other food establishments. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/30 10:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill would require that restaurants designed to seat 50 or more patrons have at least 2 separate toilet rooms, and eliminates the requirement for separate bathrooms to be gender-specific.
Support HB1090 repealing the requirement to register “farmers’ market” as a trade name. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/30 11:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill repeals the prohibition against using the term “farmers’ market” in a trade name unless the use met specific requirements.
Of Interest SB523 relative to the regulation of public school library materials. Education Tue 1/30 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill prohibits material that is obscene or harmful to minors in schools, requires vendors of school library materials to develop appropriate ratings, and creates a procedure for removal and cause of action.
Support SB339 relative to repealing the graduation requirement regarding Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications. Education Tue 1/30 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill removes requirements that students file a free application for federal student aid form (FAFSA) or a waiver for such form prior to graduation, and removes all references to the FAFSA.
Support HB1446 relative to eliminating the cost for electronic copies of the checklist. Election Law Tue 1/30 10:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill eliminates the cost for an electronic copy of the checklist that is emailed to the requestor but enables the town or city clerk and the secretary of state to charge a fee for electronic copies given on an external storage device.
Support HB1313 relative to access to the voter checklist by candidates. Election Law Tue 1/30 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill enables municipalities to send a copy of the voter checklist electronically to candidates.
Oppose HB1292 relative to coverage of children under the state retiree insurance plan. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/30 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill removes the requirement that young adult children covered under a retired state employee’s insurance plan be full-time students.
Support HB1070 relative to procedures during a state of emergency. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/30 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill prohibits state employees from cooperating with the executive branch in suspending civil liberties during a declared state of emergency.
Oppose SB460 establishing the crime of and penalties for unlawful use of unmanned aircraft systems. Judiciary Tue 1/30 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes the crime of and penalties for unlawful use of small unmanned aircraft systems (drones).
Support SB578 relative to criminal pre-trial services and monitoring. Judiciary Tue 1/30 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits criminal defendants on pre-trial release from being required to pay for pre-trial services or monitoring, including electronic monitoring, with the cost instead the be paid by the court where the defendant is charged or through appropriations to the agency performing the pretrial services and monitoring. This bill further requires the agency performing the pretrial services and monitoring to use the least restrictive interventions that are necessary unless otherwise ordered by the court.
Oppose HB1218 relative to voting for municipal bonds. Municipal and County Government Tue 1/30 9:50 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows for the adoption of municipal bonds by a simple majority vote.
Oppose HB1362 relative to authorizing municipalities to stabilize rent increases in rental housing. Municipal and County Government Tue 1/30 2:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill authorizes municipalities to enact and enforce rent stabilizing ordinances.
Support HB1439 relative to vehicle registrations and reciprocal toll collection enforcement agreements. Public Works and Highways Tue 1/30 10:00 AM LOB Room 201 This bill removes the authority of the commissioner of the department of transportation to suspend the motor vehicle registration of owners in violation of reciprocal toll collection enforcement agreements.
Oppose HB1487 relative to the health effects of 5G technology. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/30 11:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires certain provisions around measurements of RF-radiation and notification of the effects of such radiation from 5G technology.
Oppose HB1332 relative to prohibiting electric vehicles from parking in parking garages. Transportation Tue 1/30 11:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill prohibits the parking of electric vehicles in parking garages.
Oppose HB1445 relative to electric bicycles, electric scooters, and electric unicycles. Transportation Tue 1/30 11:20 AM LOB Room 203 This bill modifies the requirements for the operation of and equipment required for all classes of electric bicycles, requires the division of motor vehicles to develop procedures for the registration of electric bicycles, and requires that electric scooters and electric unicycles be regulated as motor vehicles.
Oppose SB428 relative to the use of automated license plate readers by law enforcement officers. Transportation Tue 1/30 1:30 PM LOB Room 101 This bill defines the appropriate use of automated license plate readers by law enforcement officers. The bill also makes an appropriation to the department of safety for digital automatic programming interface to connect data from the division of motor vehicles to the state police.
Oppose HB1203 relative to prohibiting the charging of rent to charities by charitable gaming facilities. Ways and Means Tue 1/30 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill prohibits the charging of rent for facilities or equipment to charities by primary game operators.
Support HB1346 relative to food service at a bed and breakfast. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/31 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill permits bed and breakfasts to serve snacks and meals in addition to breakfast.
Support HB1540 relative to the definitions of full course meals and full service restaurant for purposes of alcohol licensing. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/31 11:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill revises the definition of full course meal and full service restaurant for purposes of alcohol licensing.
Support HB1374 relative to liquor licenses for restaurants. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/31 11:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill changes the sales requirements for food for on-premises beverage and liquor licenses.
Support HB1271 relative to the conversion, combination, and reorganization of boards and advisory boards. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/31 10:45 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill, at the request of the office of professional licensure and certification: 1. Converts the board of acupuncture licensing into an advisory board and makes other amendments implementing this change. 2. Converts the board of family mediator certification into an advisory board and makes other amendments implementing this change. 3. Converts the guardian at litem board into an advisory board and makes other amendments implementing this change. 4. Converts the manufactured housing installations standards board into an advisory board and makes other amendments implementing this change. 5. Combines the advisory board of massage therapists with the advisory board of reflexology, structural integration, and Asian bodywork therapy and makes other amendments implementing this change. 6. Converts the midwifery council into an advisory council and makes other amendments implementing this change. 7. Converts the board of septic system evaluators into an advisory board and makes other amendments implementi
Oppose SB406 relative to emergency housing assistance and making an appropriation therefor. Health and Human Services Wed 1/31 9:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill directs the department of health and human services to establish a homelessness prevention pilot program, to be administered through municipalities and community action programs. The bill also makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services to assist municipalities in providing emergency housing assistance and preventing homelessness.
Of Interest SB498 relative to the department of health and human services, division for children, youth and families. Health and Human Services Wed 1/31 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill provides that under RSA 169-B, relative to delinquent children, and RSA 169-D, relative to children in need of services, a child may be placed with fictive kin or a child care institution, psychiatric residential treatment program, or other program certified by the department of health and human services.
Oppose SB559 relative to the definition of vaccine for purposes of the New Hampshire vaccine association. Health and Human Services Wed 1/31 10:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill revises the definition of vaccine for purposes of the New Hampshire vaccine association.
Support HB1693 relative to the use of psychedelics for therapeutic purposes. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/31 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill allows and regulates the use of psychedelics for certain qualifying medical conditions.
Support HB1585 relative to medication administration by direct care staff in residential care facilities. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/31 1:30 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill directs the department of health and human services, in consultation with the board of nursing, to adopt rules governing the administration of medication by direct care staff in residential care facilities.
Support HB1010 relative to expanding maternity options and midwifery access. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/31 2:30 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that the midwifery council shall not adopt rules limiting care by a midwife based on the patient being pregnant with multiple fetuses, malpresentation of the fetus, the number of prior cesarean sections, or distance from a hospital.
Support CACR12 relating to the definition of the word “cherish.” Providing that the 1784 word “cherish” shall be replaced by the 2024 word “cherish.” Judiciary Wed 1/31 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution reinserts the word “cherish”.
Oppose HB1169 creating a private cause of action for discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity. Judiciary Wed 1/31 9:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill creates a private cause of action for discrimination based on hairstyles relative to a person’s ethnicity. This bill also exempts such causes of action from the jurisdiction of the human rights commission.
Support HB1220 relative to abolishing the collection of racial and ancestral data for use in a marital application worksheet. Judiciary Wed 1/31 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill abolishes the collection of racial and ancestral data for use in a marital application worksheet.
Support HB1245 relative to release of confidential records of a person appointed a guardian. Judiciary Wed 1/31 11:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that a person appointed a guardian shall retain the right to access and consent to the release of his or her confidential records unless the terms of the appointment provide otherwise.
Oppose HB1432 relative to prohibiting certain uses of artificial intelligence and creating a private claim of action. Judiciary Wed 1/31 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill: 1. Establishes the crime of fraudulent use of artificial intelligence and sets penalties therefor; 2. Establishes a cause of action for fraudulent use of artificial intelligence; 3. Establishes registration of lobbyists who have been found to have fraudulently used artificial intelligence in certain cases; 4. Establishes a mechanism for the enforcement of a ban on the fraudulent use of artificial intelligence in elections.
Oppose SB315 relative to law enforcement agency reporting on information concerning bias crimes. Judiciary Wed 1/31 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires a law enforcement agency operating within New Hampshire to collect and report information concerning bias crimes as prescribed by the division of state police.
Support SB507 extending the time to petition for a new trial in certain cases. Judiciary Wed 1/31 1:15 PM SH Room 100 This bill extends the time to petition a court for a new trial in certain cases.
Support HB1475 relative to preventing strategic lawsuits against public participation. Judiciary Wed 1/31 1:45 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes legal process for preventing strategic lawsuits against public participation (anti-SLAPP) as qualified immunity from suit, prosecution, and from liability for any defendant or counter-defendant in any action, case, claim, administrative proceeding, arbitration, or any other legal process that impacts their First Amendment rights.
Oppose HB1037 relative to repealing limited liability for manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition. Judiciary Wed 1/31 3:15 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill repeals the statute that provides limited liability to manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition.
Support HB1343 prohibiting the use by the governor of emergency orders concerning elections procedures without the written consent of the majority and minority leaders of the house of representatives and senate. Legislative Administration Wed 1/31 10:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill requires the governor to get prior written or electronic approval from legislative majority and minority leaders to issue an emergency order concerning elections procedures.
Oppose HB1208 relative to permitting requirements before timber harvesting operations in a wetland. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/31 11:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill requires that persons or entities conducting timber harvesting operations in wetlands verify compliance with and maintain in their records all permitting documents required for the work being done.
Support HB1209 relative to observers in motorboats. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/31 1:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill provides that an observer is not required in a motorboat towing water skiers, aquaplanes, or similar devices, or while engaged in wake surfing, when the motorboat is equipped with a mirror allowing the operator to view the water skiers.
Oppose HB1229 relative to the purchase and sale of any interest in real property abutting public waters. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/31 2:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill requires buyers, lessees and transferees of shoreland property to acknowledge minimum requirements for compliance with the shoreland water quality protection act.
Support CACR15 relating to taxation. Providing that a 2/3 vote is required to pass legislation imposing new or increased taxes or license fees, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds and providing that the general court shall appropriate funds for payment of interest and installments of principle of all state bonds. Ways and Means Wed 1/31 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that a 2/3 vote of the house of representatives and the senate shall be required to pass a new tax or license fee or to increase any tax or license fee that has been levied, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds.
Of Interest SB475 relative to design of a climate-controlled storage facility for the New Hampshire state library. Capital Budget Thu 2/1 10:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill makes a capital appropriation to the department of natural and cultural resources toward the design of a climate-controlled storage facility to properly preserve precious state materials stored within the New Hampshire state library.
Of Interest SB476 making a capital appropriation to the department of corrections toward the replacement of the New Hampshire state prison for men. Capital Budget Thu 2/1 10:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill makes a bonded appropriation of funds for architectural, engineering, programming, and design and construction documents for the New Hampshire state prison for men.
Oppose SB533 relative to physical quorums at public meetings. Judiciary Thu 2/1 10:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill enables public bodies to allow one or more members of the body to participate in a meeting by electronic means.
Oppose SB563 relative to federal immigration enforcement. Judiciary Thu 2/1 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits state and local government entities from adopting sanctuary policies to prohibit or impede the enforcement of federal immigration law.
Of Interest HB1050 relative to establishing a voluntary waiver of the right to purchase a firearm. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/2 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes the New Hampshire voluntary do not sell firearms list and prohibits the commercial sale or transfer of firearms to any person who voluntarily waives that person’s right to purchase a firearm and registers to be enrolled onto the list and sets out penalties for violations thereof. This bill further protects from public disclosure any governmental documents relating to the list.
Oppose HB1336 relative to employees’ firearms in locked vehicles. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/2 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill prohibits employers from inquiring into, searching for, or banning employee’s storage of firearms or ammunition in their locked vehicles and provides civil immunity to employers for any economic loss, injury, or death that results from an employer’s adherence to this law.
Support HB1337 relative to the return of weapons and ammunition upon expiration of protective orders. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/2 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill changes the burden to the plaintiff to file a request for a hearing prior to the expiration of a protective order or else any and all firearms, ammunition, or specified deadly weapons will be returned to the defendant. This bill further removes the prohibition that law enforcement agencies shall not release firearms, ammunition, or specified deadly weapons without a court order, and removes the authorization for law enforcement agencies to charge the defendant a fee for the storage of the firearms, ammunition, and specified deadly weapons. This bill further removes the subsection providing law enforcement agencies release from liability for damage or deterioration to the firearms, ammunition, or specified deadly weapons stored.
Oppose HB1711 authorizing the state to report mental health data for firearms background check purposes and providing for processes for confiscation of firearms following certain mental health-related court proceedings and for relief from mental health-related firearms disabilities. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/2 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill authorizes the state to report mental health data for firearms background check purposes and provides for processes for the confiscation of firearms following certain mental health-related court proceedings and for relief from mental health-related firearms disabilities.
Support HB1701 relative to annulments of records related to involuntary commitments. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 2/2 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill creates a process to annul records related to involuntary commitments to the state hospital or secure psychiatric unit.
Of Interest HB1156 relative to public health, safety, and state sovereignty. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 2/2 9:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill provides that the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization shall have no jurisdiction in New Hampshire.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 22, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
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Of the 97 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 18 and opposition of 9 with 4 being of interest.
Of the 44 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 8 with 5 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB1652 relative to establishing a local education freedom account program. Education Mon 1/22 10:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allows school districts to adopt a program for local education freedom accounts for a parent of an eligible student to receive a grant from a scholarship organization for qualifying educational expenses at a public school, chartered public school, nonpublic school, or program approved by the department of education.
Oppose HB1572 prohibiting using mRNA technology in food and requiring the labeling of lab grown meat and food containing insects. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/22 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the use of mRNA technology in food sold in New Hampshire and requires the labeling of lab grown meat and food products containing insects.
Support HB1565 relative to the sale of homestead food to consumers and local food production. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/22 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill makes changes to the regulations regarding the sale of homestead foods to consumers.
Support HB1685 redefining “homestead foods” as “artisan foods,” creating an artisan food operations exemption, establishing artisan food products sales venues, and allowing the production and sale of artisan food products requiring refrigeration. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/22 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill redefines “homestead foods” as “artisan foods,” creates an artisan food operations exemption, establishes artisan food products sales venues, and allows the production and sale of artisan food products requiring refrigeration.
Of Interest HB1697 suspending New Hampshire’s participation in emissions reduction credit programs for a period of 2 years. Science, Technology and Energy Mon 1/22 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill suspends New Hampshire’s participation in emissions reduction credit programs administered by the department of environmental services for a period of 2 years.
Oppose HB1472 relative to rebates of energy efficiency funds for electric vehicles. Science, Technology and Energy Mon 1/22 2:30 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill dedicates $3,000,000 from proceeds from the energy efficiency fund to be used by the department of energy to develop a pilot program for a “cash on the hood” program for point-of-sale electric vehicle rebates to buyers.
Oppose SB443 relative to school building aid for eligible projects and the definition of school transportation vehicle. Education Tue 1/23 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill increases the annual amount to be expended for school building aid construction and renovation projects of school districts. The bill also allocates a portion of funds to be paid for school building projects approved in prior years but which were not funded. This bill also defines school transportation vehicle and implements licensing and inspection requirements for drivers of such vehicles.
Oppose SB525 relative to administration of the education freedom accounts program. Education Tue 1/23 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill changes income eligibility and reporting requirements for the education freedom account program and modifies the program’s administration and oversight.
Support SB521 relative to the educational credentials for master teacher. Education Tue 1/23 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill changes the requirements for the granting of the educational credential of master teacher.
Oppose SB384 relative to a municipal loan and grant program for rental housing and making an appropriation therefor. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 1/23 9:00 AM LOB Room 103 This bill directs the department of business and economic affairs to establish a median income rental housing program and makes an appropriation to the InvestNH fund for this purpose.
Of Interest SB391 relative to electric grid interconnection for certain customer generators. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/23 9:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill requires the public utilities commission to begin rulemaking for the purposes of setting uniform procedures for distributed energy resources that are proposed for interconnection to the electrical infrastructure.
Of Interest SB451 relative to an expedited track for certain applications to the site evaluation committee. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/23 9:30 AM SH Room 103 This bill establishes an alternative procedure and timelines for an expedited track for changes to existing energy facilities meeting certain criteria.
Oppose SB452 relative to making an appropriation for the hiring and training of small business development counselors in rural areas of New Hampshire. Finance Tue 1/23 1:20 PM SH Room 103 This bill appropriates $250,000 to the department of business and economic affairs to be applied to the hiring and training of small business development counselors for the small business development center in rural areas of New Hampshire.
Oppose HB279 increasing the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/24 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill increases the penalty for on-premises licensees overserving alcohol.
Support HB1161 relative to use of the public school infrastructure fund for energy efficient school buses. Education Wed 1/24 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits the use of the public school infrastructure fund from funding energy efficient school buses or other student transportation vehicles.
Oppose HB1452 relative to credentials for the position of superintendent of schools and school business officer. Education Wed 1/24 2:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes required credentials for school superintendents and school business officers.
Of Interest SB336 relative to misrepresentation by public employees. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/24 9:45 AM SH Room 103 This bill establishes that a public officer or employee who knowingly makes a fraudulent statement or material misrepresentation to a member of the public in the course of his or her employment shall be subject to disciplinary action through the disciplinary procedures of his or her employer or licensing board, subject to certain exceptions.
Oppose SB355 relative to newborn screening for cytomegalovirus. Health and Human Services Wed 1/24 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires newborn screening for cytomegalovirus (CMV). The bill also directs the pregnant woman’s health care provider to perform an amniocentesis to confirm a congenital CMV infection under certain circumstances.
Oppose SB496 directing the department of health and human services to establish a climate and health protection program. Health and Human Services Wed 1/24 10:20 AM LOB Room 101 This bill directs the department of health and human services to establish a climate and health protection program in response to health threats associated with a changing environment.
Oppose SB503 relative to requiring a criminal background check when applying for a fish and game guide license. Judiciary Wed 1/24 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires a criminal background check when applying for a fish and game guide license.
Support HB1412 relative to court reporters. Judiciary Wed 1/24 2:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill repeals the requirements for licensure and regulation of court reporters.
Support HB1281 relative to zoning restrictions on residential rental property. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/24 1:20 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits a zoning ordinance or regulation from restricting the number of occupants in a residential rental property to less than 2 occupants per bedroom.
Of Interest HB1297 relative to the authority of municipalities to enforce ordinances related to health and safety. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/24 2:10 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires zoning ordinances to be directly related to the promotion of the residents health and safety.
Support HB1140 relative to requirements for homeowner installations of septic systems. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/24 1:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill enables a homeowner to install a replacement waste disposal system in their own domicile without a permit.
Oppose HB1033 relative to the advertising of nominal dimensions of lumber. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/25 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibits the advertising of nominal dimensions of lumber.
Oppose HB1498 establishing a state short term rental registry. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/25 2:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill includes short-term rentals in the licensing and registration requirements for taxes on meals and rooms.
Oppose HB1382 relative to special education support for military-connected students. Education Thu 1/25 2:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill creates special education support for military-connected transfer students and provides for reimbursement of witness fees in certain situations.
Support HB1469 relative to the retention of individualized education program records. Education Thu 1/25 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires the department of education to remove student individualized education plan records from the state special education information system on the same schedule as school districts.
Support HB1695 relative to the release of student personally identifiable information. Education Thu 1/25 3:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits the transfer of student’s personally identifiable information to third parties without written consent of the parents and student.
Support HB1233 relative to animal chiropractors. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/25 10:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill exempts individuals who have completed a nationally recognized animal chiropractic program, as determined by the executive director of the office of professional licensure and certification, from veterinary licensure requirements.
Support HB1272 relative to occupational license reciprocity. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/25 11:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill removes the statutory requirement that the licensing requirements for the out of state license be substantially similar for purposes of license reciprocity.
Support HB1676 establishing a sunset commission to evaluate various occupational boards and commissions, and sunsetting various boards and commissions. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/25 1:30 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill establishes a sunset commission to evaluate the need for or any improvements to various occupational boards and commissions within the office of professional licensure and certification, as well as the least restrictive regulation they can adopt. The bill further repeals various occupational boards and commissions each year through 2031.
Support HB1683 relative to coverage of circumcision under the state Medicaid plan. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/25 10:15 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that the state Medicaid plan shall not include circumcision unless the child has a specific diagnosis for which the procedure is determined to be medically necessary.
Of Interest HB1669 relative to restricting data sharing through the state immunization registry. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/25 11:15 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill prohibits the department of health and human services from sharing data from the state immunization registry with other organizations unless the department can assure withdrawals from the registry will be honored by the organization.
Support HB1194 relative to the definition of noncommunicable disease. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/25 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill removes the word infectious from the definition of noncommunicable disease.
Support HB1213 relative to immunization requirements for private schools and child care agencies. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/25 2:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill provides that certain immunizations are required for public school children. This bill also removes the requirement for private schools and child care agencies.
Of Interest SB417 relative to out-of-home placements for children. Judiciary Thu 1/25 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill revises criteria for out-of-home placement of children under the child protection act and other juvenile statutes and establishes an order of preference based on placement with the child’s siblings, when possible, and proximity to the child’s community of origin.
Oppose SB360 relative to extreme risk protection orders. Judiciary Thu 1/25 1:30 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes a procedure for issuing extreme risk protection orders to protect against persons who pose an immediate risk of harm to themselves or others.
Of Interest SB573 relative to parental consent for medical care. Judiciary Thu 1/25 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires any person, private entity, government entity, or any employee or agent of any private or government entity obtain the consent of a parent of a child before performing or asking to perform various medical care interventions on the child.
Support HB1519 relative to a minor’s available work hours. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/25 2:00 PM LOB Room 307 This bill permits youths to work during the school year when their attendance at school is not required.
Oppose HB1000 relative to classifying New Hampshire legislators’ service as public service for certain federal purposes. Legislative Administration Thu 1/25 1:15 PM LOB Room 203 This bill allows for the service of a current or former member of the general court to be deemed by the state to qualify as full-time public service for the purposes of federal public service student loan forgiveness programs.
Oppose HB1290 relative to protection of employment for members of the general court. Legislative Administration Thu 1/25 1:30 PM LOB Room 203 This bill provides members of the general court with employment protections during voting sessions.
Of Interest HB1204 relative to government agent entries into secured premises. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/26 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes requirements for when a government agent may enter a secured premises without a warrant.
Support HB1276 relative to repealing the prohibition on the possession or sale of blackjacks, slung shots, and metallic knuckles except by or to minors. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/26 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill amends the prohibition against carrying or selling a blackjack, slung shot, or metallic knuckles to prohibit sale to or possession of the said items by those under 18 years of age.
Support HB1539 relative to annulling, resentencing, or discontinuing prosecution of certain cannabis offenses. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/26 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows for additional annulments, resentencings, or discontinuations of prosecutions for certain cannabis offenses.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 15, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
  • Click on the bill number to read the bill.
  • Click on the committee name to email the committee your thoughts.

Of the 139 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 24 and opposition of 25 with 8 being of interest.
Of the 50 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 5 and opposition of 13 with 1 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1667 relative to establishing a department for children, youth, and families. Children and Family Law Tue 1/16 9:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes the department for children, youth and families as a separate state agency responsible for the general supervision and enforcement of all programs and services for children and youths. The bill also transfers all former powers, duties and responsibilities of the department of health and human services, division for children, youth and families and the division of juvenile justice services to the newly established department.
Oppose SB328 relative to deceptive ticket sale practices. Commerce Tue 1/16 9:00 AM SH Room 100 This bill makes the resale of event tickets by a person who is not the venue or an authorized agent of the venue unlawful if it does not meet certain criteria.
Oppose SB519 relative to evictions based on the owner’s intent to renovate the property. Commerce Tue 1/16 9:15 AM SH Room 100 This bill adds evidentiary requirements to evictions based upon renovation and permits a discretionary stay of eviction for up to 6 months.
Oppose SB518 relative to incentivizing landlords to accept housing choice vouchers. Commerce Tue 1/16 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill establishes a landlord housing incentive program and fund. This bill makes an appropriation to implement the fund.
Oppose SB366 relative to restricting the purchase of real property on or around military installations. Commerce Tue 1/16 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits the purchase of real property by the People’s Republic of China on or within 10 miles of any military installations or critical infrastructure facilities.
Oppose SB343 relative to school based health services. Education Tue 1/16 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill allows school districts to contract with a health care provider, health system, or community partner to establish a school based health center for the purpose of providing services to students beyond the scope of school nursing services.
Support SB374 relative to the licensing of part-time teachers. Education Tue 1/16 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill defines “part-time teacher.”
Support HB1402 establishing a procedure for a high school proficiency exam waiver of mandatory school attendance. Education Tue 1/16 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill allows for a student to take and pass a high school proficiency exam so that the student shall no longer be bound by the mandatory school attendance requirements.
Oppose HB1212 relative to eligibility for free school meals. Education Tue 1/16 10:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill increases the eligibility for free school meals to household incomes up to 350 percent of federal poverty guidelines, and provides funding from the education trust fund for the additional costs.
Oppose HB1153 relative to mandatory and elective public school curricula. Education Tue 1/16 1:45 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires mandatory “anti-communist” curricula and establishes elective curricula for public schools.
Oppose SB380 relative to moving the state primary date. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 1/16 9:15 AM LOB Room 103 This bill moves the state primary date to June.
Oppose SB445 establishing a voter-owned elections fund for eligible candidates to executive councilor and making an appropriation to the fund. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 1/16 9:45 AM LOB Room 103 This bill establishes a voter owned election fund for eligible candidates to executive councilor and makes an appropriation to the fund.
Support SB446 allowing voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office. Election Law and Municipal Affairs Tue 1/16 10:00 AM LOB Room 103 This bill allows voters to vote for multiple candidates for an office.
Of Interest SB387 relative to a state parks pass pilot program for recovery centers and community health centers. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/16 9:30 AM SH Room 103 This bill requires the establishment of a 3-year pilot program for state parks passes for recovery centers and community health centers registered with the department of health and human services.
Oppose HB1184 relative to making an appropriation to the organic certification program. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/16 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill makes an appropriation to the department of agriculture, markets and food for the staffing and funding of the organic certification program.
Oppose HB1618 mandating a cooperative agreement with USDA for “organic” certification. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/16 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires the commissioner to hire inspectors and enter into a USDA cooperative agreement.
Support HB1578 relative to organic food certification and labeling. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/16 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill repeals the certification program and the organic processors-handlers certification fund.
Oppose HB1680 relative to prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops. Environment and Agriculture Tue 1/16 2:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops except in certain cases.
Oppose SB348 relative to emergency crop relief. Finance Tue 1/16 1:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill makes an appropriation to the department of agriculture, markets, and food to distribute emergency relief to farmers who suffered crop damage in the unseasonable cold and floods.
Oppose SB494 relative to establishing a farmer assistance fund. Finance Tue 1/16 1:10 PM SH Room 103 This bill establishes the farmer assistance for natural disasters fund and makes an appropriation therefor.
Support HB1127 relative to the revocation and suspension of drivers’ licenses. Transportation Tue 1/16 11:20 AM LOB Room 203 This bill allows individuals with suspended licenses to mow their lawns without penalty and eliminates the requirement that drivers with suspended licenses surrender their licenses to the department of motor vehicles.
Of Interest HB1118 relative to the issuance of drivers’ licenses for aliens temporarily residing in New Hampshire. Transportation Tue 1/16 1:20 PM LOB Room 203 This bill allows the director of motor vehicles to require nonresident aliens to submit various certifications for drivers license issuance.
Support SB510 relative to sale of a vehicle to a Massachusetts resident. Transportation Tue 1/16 2:15 PM LOB Room 101 This bill eliminates the requirement that a retail motor vehicle dealer submit a form notifying the New Hampshire department of motor vehicles of a sale of a vehicle to a Massachusetts resident.
Support HB1422 relative to the rates of the business profits tax, business enterprise tax, communications service tax, and meals and rooms tax. Ways and Means Tue 1/16 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the rates of the business profits tax, business enterprise tax, and meals and rooms tax. It also reduces and subsequently repeals the communications services tax.
Oppose HB1492 relative to the rate and exemptions of the interest and dividends tax. Ways and Means Tue 1/16 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reimplements the interest and dividends tax.
Support HB1533 relative to the safe harbor compensation amount under the business profits tax. Ways and Means Tue 1/16 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill increases the amount of the safe harbor provision for compensation under the business profits tax and provides for a biennial increase in future years based on the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index.
Support HB1536 relative to increasing the amount of the expense deduction allowed against the business profits tax. Ways and Means Tue 1/16 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill increases the amount of the section 179 expense deduction permitted against the business profits tax.
Of Interest HB1241 relative to regulation of money transmitters. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill revises the regulation and licensure of money transmitters by the banking department. This bill is a request of the banking department.
Of Interest HB1559 repealing the chapter relative to cash dispensing machines. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/17 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill repeals RSA 399-F relative to cash dispensing machines. This is a request by the banking department.
Oppose HB1538 relative to credit card late fees and interest. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/17 1:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires that the total of interest and other charges in a consumer credit transaction shall not exceed the consumer’s total original balance from the credit card sale or loan.
Support HB1633 relative to the legalization and regulation of cannabis and making appropriations therefor. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/17 2:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill establishes procedures for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of cannabis; the licensing and regulation of cannabis establishments; and makes appropriations therefor.
Oppose HB1678 establishing a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program. Education Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes a New Hampshire farm to school local food incentive pilot program.
Support HB1634 relative to universal eligibility for the education freedom account program. Education Wed 1/17 10:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill removes the household income criteria from eligibility requirements for the education freedom account program.
Support HB1677 relative to participation in education freedom accounts based on school or school district proficiency scores. Education Wed 1/17 1:00 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill extends eligibility for the education freedom account program to students who participated in the program in the preceeding year, students whose enrollment transfer requests were denied, and to students in school districts which performed at 49 percent or below in statewide assessments.
Support HB1665 relative to student eligibility for the education freedom accounts program. Education Wed 1/17 2:30 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill changes the annual household income limit to qualify for the education freedom account program.
Oppose HB1112 relative to establishing a continuing education requirement regarding human trafficking for individuals licensed by the office of professional licensure and certification. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/17 10:45 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires the office of professional licensure and certification to audit compliance by licensees of continuing education requirements and further provides that all boards regulating health professionals shall require each licensee to complete continuing education in human trafficking each renewal cycle.
Support HB1410 relative to certain professional licenses. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/17 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill repeals the chapter on the board of registration of medical technicians as well as the chapter on medical imaging and radiation therapy. This bill further makes changes to the nurse practice act, including amending the licensure of licensed nursing assistants to a registration process and making changes to the board of nursing.
Oppose HB1394 relative to licensure and regulation of music therapists and making an appropriation therefor. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 1/17 2:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill establishes the licensure and regulation of music therapists under the office of professional licensure and certification. This bill further establishes a new program assistant II position at the office of professional licensure and certification and makes an appropriation to the office of professional licensure and certification.
Oppose SB352 establishing an early detection cancer screening pilot program for active and retired firefighters. Health and Human Services Wed 1/17 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes an early detection cancer screening pilot program in the department of safety, division of fire standards and training and emergency medical services, for retired and full-time active firefighters New Hampshire.
Oppose SB495 relative to certification of alcohol and other drug use treatment facilities. Health and Human Services Wed 1/17 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill provides for certification of substance use treatment programs by the department of health and human services and establishes an office of the behavioral health ombudsman in the department.
Oppose SB500 establishing a primary care provider loan repayment program, and making an appropriation therefor. Health and Human Services Wed 1/17 9:45 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a primary care provider loan repayment program and fund in the department of health and human services and makes an appropriation to the department for this purpose.
Oppose SB558 relative to insurance coverage for infertility treatments, protection from discrimination during IVF treatments, parental leave, and adoption. Health and Human Services Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill provides insurance coverage for infertility treatments, protection from discrimination during IVF treatments, parental leave, and adoption.
Oppose HB1002 relative to fees for records under the right-to-know law. Judiciary Wed 1/17 9:00 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill establishes parameters for when a public body may charge a fee for records provided under RSA 91-A.
Support HB1105 relative to application of a local tax cap. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill provides clarification that all recommended appropriations in the warrant are included when determining the estimated amount of local taxes to be raised for the fiscal year under the local tax cap.
Oppose HB1544 relative to indemnification for municipalities adopting policies to address homelessness. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/17 11:10 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill allows public property to be used to aid and shelter the homeless and indemnifies the government units in charge.
Oppose HB1641 relating to requiring large parking lots to have a solar power canopy. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/17 11:50 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill requires that large parking facilities, whether existing or new, utilize photovoltaic solar canopies over at least 50 percent of the open asphalt surface.
Of Interest HB1124 relative to limiting conflicts of interest and excessive concentration of power for municipal board and committee members. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/17 1:30 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill limits conflicts of interest and excessive concentration of power for municipal board and committee members.
Support HB1396 relative to prohibiting municipal inspections of owner-occupied units of multi-unit housing. Municipal and County Government Wed 1/17 3:15 PM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits municipal inspections of owner-occupied units within residential structures of 4 units or less.
Of Interest HB1049 relative to the prohibition on overnight mooring of houseboats. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 305 This bill repeals a general prohibition for the overnight mooring of houseboats otherwise permitted under RSA 270-A.
Oppose HB1103 relative to revising the penalties of the shoreland protection act. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/17 1:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill revises the penalties of the shoreland protection act.
Oppose HB1113 relative to shoreland septic systems. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/17 2:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill modifies requirements for site assessment studies of shoreland septic systems.
Support HB1121 relative to creating certain wetlands permit exemptions after a natural disaster or flooding event. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/17 3:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill exempts certain land owners from requiring wetlands permits after a natural disaster or flooding event.
Support SB514 relative to the timber tax. Ways and Means Wed 1/17 9:45 AM SH Room 100 This bill increases the amount of wood or wood chips a landowner can use for personal use or for land conservation purposes without being subject to the timber tax.
Of Interest HB1563 relative to the education property tax and the authority of political subdivisions. Ways and Means Wed 1/17 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill replaces the statewide education property tax with a property tax contribution from political subdivisions based on the state education property tax warrant issued for the tax year beginning April 1, 2024. The bill also restores statutory authority for the determination of education grants for municipalities that tuition students to other institutions.
Of Interest HB1551 relative to distinguishing between C corporations and S corporations for purposes of calculating business profits taxes. Ways and Means Wed 1/17 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill directs the state to distinguish between C corporations and S corporations for purposes of calculating the business profits tax and to exclude flow through items on the Schedule K for S corporations from corporate income for purposes of calculating the tax.
Oppose HB1571 relative to requiring insurance coverage for glucose monitoring devices for people with diabetes. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/18 11:15 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires insurance coverage and Medicaid coverage for glucose monitoring devices for people with diabetes.
Oppose HB1094 relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/18 1:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill removes the prospective repeal of a reference to treatments for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders in the requirement for insurance coverage of certain biologically-based mental illnesses.
Oppose HB1296 relative to insurance coverage for diagnostic and supplemental breast examinations. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/18 1:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill provides that certain insurers that provide diagnostic and supplemental breast examinations shall not impose co-payments, deductibles, or other cost-sharing requirements.
Support HB1017 relative to duties of county sheriffs and the appointment of special deputy sheriffs. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/18 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill requires county sheriff’s or deputies to have a presence at all federal law enforcement actions in the county. The bill also clarifies the appointment of special deputy sheriffs.
Support HB1026 relative to resisting arrest. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/18 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes an affirmative defense to the crime of resisting arrest that the arrest was unlawful or constitutional.
Support HB1372 relative to prohibiting torture. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/18 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes a criminal prohibition against torture, which is defined as an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering upon another person within the person’s custody or control, other than the pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions. This bill is intended to supplement the federal law located at 18 U.S.C. sections 2340, 2340A, and 2340B, which apply to torture committed outside of the United States.
Oppose HB1570 relative to administration of school building aid funds by the department of education and making an appropriation therefor. Education Thu 1/18 10:45 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill transfers moneys from the education trust fund to a new building aid fund. It also directs the department of education to contract with a vendor to conduct a facility assessment of public schools and public chartered schools.
Support HB1546 relative to government purchasing. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/18 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill prohibits any state, county, or local government entity from contracting with or purchasing goods or services from companies that discriminate in hiring, promotion, or job assignment on the basis of sex, race, sexuality, national origin, ethnicity, or ideology, including but not limited to permitting diversity, equity, and inclusion statements. This bill further provides an enforcement mechanism.
Oppose HB1486 relative to proxy carbon pricing in state procurement. Executive Departments and Administration Thu 1/18 2:00 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill requires the department of administrative services to consider proxy carbon pricing in transportation costs and building project costs.
Support HB1278 relative to qualifying medical conditions for purposes of therapeutic cannabis. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/18 9:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill adds debilitating or terminal medical conditions to the qualifying medical conditions for therapeutic cannabis if a health care provider certifies the potential benefit to the patient. The bill also removes certain limitations on a qualifying visiting patient’s access to cannabis.
Support HB1240 relative to eating disorders as a qualifying condition for the therapeutic cannabis program. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/18 10:00 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill adds eating disorders as a qualifying medical condition for the use of therapeutic cannabis.
Support HB1349 relative to generalized anxiety disorder as a qualifying condition for the therapeutic cannabis program. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/18 10:30 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill adds generalized anxiety disorder as a qualifying medical condition for the use of therapeutic cannabis.
Support HB1350 relative to therapeutic cannabis possession limits. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/18 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill increases qualifying patients’ limit on possession of therapeutic cannabis from 2 to 4 ounces, and increases the amount they may obtain in a 10-day period from 2 to 4 ounces.
Support HB1231 permitting qualifying patients and designated caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Thu 1/18 2:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill permits qualifying patients and designated caregivers to cultivate cannabis for therapeutic use.
Support SB356 relative to the return of property collected in the course of a police investigation. Judiciary Thu 1/18 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill provides for the automatic return of seized property following certain dispositions of criminal cases, subject to certain exceptions.
Oppose HB1072 relative to prohibiting employers from using polygraph testing. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/18 10:15 AM LOB Room 307 This bill prohibits employers from using polygraphs unless the employer is in law enforcement or meets other exceptions.
Oppose HB1110 relative to requiring certain employers to use the federal E-Verify system of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/18 11:00 AM LOB Room 307 This bill requires employers with 25 or more employees to use the federal E-Verify system of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Oppose HB1226 relative to employment protections for freelance employees. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/18 1:30 PM LOB Room 307 This bill provides comprehensive rights and responsibilities relative to freelance employees and hiring parties.
Support HB1246 relative to allowing for payment of wages in gold or silver. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Thu 1/18 2:30 PM LOB Room 307 This bill allows employers to pay the weekly or biweekly wages due to employees in gold or silver.
Oppose HB1217 relative to an exception to allow the state or a municipality to use video monitoring to identify the cause of damage to historic covered bridges. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/19 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill allows the state or a municipality to use video monitoring to identify the cause of damage to historic covered bridges.
Oppose HB1587 relative to the installation of video surveillance equipment in special education school buses. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/19 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill requires video surveillance equipment to be installed and operated on all vehicles provided through services related to a student’s IEP. The bill also requires school districts to develop a privacy policy for resulting recordings.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 08, 2024

  • These are the most liberty-critical hearings for the week
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Of the 152 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 21 and opposition of 22 with 18 being of interest.
Of the 57 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 3 and opposition of 9 with 2 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Oppose HB1014 relative to the registration of high school students to vote. Education Mon 1/8 10:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill requires school districts and private high schools to develop programs to inform high school students about registering to vote.
Oppose HB1293 relative to prohibiting the use of certain fertilizers using phosphorus. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/8 10:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill prohibits the use of certain fertilizers using phosphorus.
Of Interest HB1294 relative to prohibiting the state of New Hampshire from enforcing the regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/8 11:00 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill states that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has no constitutional validity in this state, and requires that the New Hampshire department of environmental services provide for all environmental protection in this state.
Oppose CACR14 relating to the environment and natural resources. Providing that the state shall maintain and improve a clean and healthful environment for present and future generations. Environment and Agriculture Mon 1/8 1:00 PM LOB Room 301-303 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution would require the state to maintain a clean and healthful environment and protect New Hampshire’s natural resources.
Of Interest HB1398 relative to utility recovery of costs associated with net energy metering. Science, Technology and Energy Mon 1/8 2:00 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires that costs of net energy metering be assessed under a stranded cost recovery mechanism by electric distribution utilities.
Support HB1425 relative to prohibiting the suspension of drivers’ licenses in child support enforcement matters. Children and Family Law Tue 1/9 10:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits the suspension, revocation, or denial of a driver’s license for failure to comply with a child support order, and allows for reinstatement for those whose driver’s license was suspended, revoked, or denied for such reason.
Of Interest HB1598 relative to the department of health and human services management of social security payments and veterans benefits for children in foster care. Children and Family Law Tue 1/9 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill clarifies the obligation of the department of health and human services to ensure that social security payments and veterans benefits for children in the care of the department be held securely until the child has reach the age of majority or is no longer in the care of the department. The bill makes an appropriation to the department for this purpose.
Of Interest HB1590 relative to training regarding child abuse and neglect for licensed physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants. Children and Family Law Tue 1/9 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill sets training requirements for entities employing certain medical professionals caring for children under 18 years of age.
Of Interest HB1183 relative to prohibiting the sale of agricultural land and land essential to critical industries to China. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 10:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill provides that certain companies owned, in whole or in part, by the people’s republic of China or the Chinese communist party shall not own, lease, possess, or exercise any control over agricultural or farm lands and land essential to critical industries in this state.
Support HB1232 prohibiting state or local governments from using central bank digital currency. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 10:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill prohibits the state treasurer, state agencies, and political subdivisions from accepting a payment using central bank digital currency or participating in a test of central bank digital currency by any Federal Reserve branch.
Of Interest HB1674 relative to establishing the New Hampshire legal tender act and establishing a state bullion depository. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 11:00 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill creates the New Hampshire legal tender act; establishes gold and silver as legal tender; establishes a state depository; and enables digital use of gold and silver.
Support HB1444 relative to local regulation of digital mining. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 11:30 AM LOB Room 306-308 This bill adds limits to the regulatory powers of political subdivisions over digital asset mining businesses.
Oppose HB1207 relative to single-use disposable plastic foodware accessories. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 1:15 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill prohibits certain food service facilities from having self serve/self-service disposable plastic foodware accessory dispensers, and from providing or offering disposable plastic foodware accessories to any customer, except upon request of that customer.
Oppose HB1636 relative to creating the New Hampshire container deposit, refund, recycle, and reuse system. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Tue 1/9 1:45 PM LOB Room 306-308 This bill creates a New Hampshire container deposit, refund, recycle and reuse system. It establishes a producer responsibility organization (PRO) to implement a beverage container recycling redemption refund program to issue redemption refunds to consumers for beverage containers. It contains labeling requirements, establishes performance targets for the PRO, contains reporting requirements, requires the PRO to establish an Operations Advisory Committee and an Equity and Access Advisory Committee and contains provisions concerning reimbursement, enforcement, administration and other provisions.
Oppose SB379 relative to emergency action plans for sports related injuries. Education Tue 1/9 9:15 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes requirements for the placement and maintenance of automated external defibrillators (AED) and requires an individual trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to supervise school sponsored sports activities.
Support SB444 relative to the public posting of board of education agenda items and meeting materials. Education Tue 1/9 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires the board of education to post agenda items and meeting materials on its website at least 48 hours before each noticed meeting.
Support HB1305 relative to freedom of speech and association at public institutions of higher education. Education Tue 1/9 10:15 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill establishes procedures governing freedom of speech and association at public institutions of higher education.
Support HB1690 relative to hiring, promotion, graduation, or admission in higher education. Education Tue 1/9 2:15 PM LOB Room 205-207 This bill prohibits any institution of higher education that discriminates in admission, hiring, promotion, graduation, or admission to any program on the basis of sex, race, sexuality, national origin, ethnicity, or ideology, including but not limited to permitting diversity, equity, and inclusion statements, from accepting funds from the state or any local government or any subdivision thereof. This bill further establishes procedures for enforcement of this prohibition.
Oppose SB346 prohibiting the use of dogs while hunting coyotes. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 1/9 9:15 AM SH Room 103 This bill prohibits the use of dogs while hunting coyotes.
Oppose SB454 increasing the annual real estate transfer tax revenue contribution to the affordable housing fund. Finance Tue 1/9 1:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill increases the amount of annual real estate transfer tax revenues which are transfered to the affordable housing fund.
Of Interest SB322 relative to licenses to carry. Judiciary Tue 1/9 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires a license authorizing an individual to carry a loaded pistol or revolver in this state to include the name, title, and signature of the person issuing the license.
Oppose SB577 relative to imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm. Judiciary Tue 1/9 1:35 PM SH Room 100 This bill establishes a waiting period for the delivery of a firearm, subject to certain exceptions.
Oppose SB571 relative to requiring a background check prior to any commercial firearm sale. Judiciary Tue 1/9 2:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill requires commercial firearms sales or transfers in this state to be subject to a criminal background check and provides a criminal penalty for a violation. This bill further provides a process for a commercial sale of a firearm where neither party to the prospective transaction is a licensed firearms dealer.
Oppose HB1258 relative to a waiver from property taxes for disabled veterans. Municipal and County Government Tue 1/9 11:30 AM LOB Room 301-303 This bill increases the range of the optional tax credit for service-connected total disability.
Of Interest HB1697 suspending New Hampshire’s participation in emissions reduction credit programs for a period of 2 years. Science, Technology and Energy Tue 1/9 9:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill suspends New Hampshire’s participation in emissions reduction credit programs administered by the department of environmental services for a period of 2 years.
Support HB1031 relative to motor vehicle certificate of title exemptions. Transportation Tue 1/9 10:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill exempts motor vehicles older than 10 years from the title requirement.
Support HB1032 relative to certificate of title exemptions for vehicles 20 or more years old. Transportation Tue 1/9 10:20 AM LOB Room 203 This bill exempts vehicles 20 or more years old from having a certificate of title.
Of Interest SB512 relative to the 10-year highway plan. Transportation Tue 1/9 1:45 PM LOB Room 101 This bill adds a traffic-calming scheme on a portion of Route 101 to the New Hampshire 10-Year Transportation Improvement Plan.
Oppose SB466 relative to allowing the department of transportation to erect sound barriers upon request of municipalities. Transportation Tue 1/9 2:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes 2 noise barrier programs and the noise barrier construction fund, and makes an appropriation to the fund.
Support HB1391 allowing new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase. Transportation Tue 1/9 2:00 PM LOB Room 203 This bill allows new vehicles purchased in the model year or before to be inspected in the second year after purchase.
Support CACR15 relating to taxation. Providing that a 2/3 vote is required to pass legislation imposing new or increased taxes or license fees, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds and providing that the general court shall appropriate funds for payment of interest and installments of principle of all state bonds. Ways and Means Tue 1/9 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that a 2/3 vote of the house of representatives and the senate shall be required to pass a new tax or license fee or to increase any tax or license fee that has been levied, or to authorize the issuance of state bonds.
Of Interest CACR18 relating to the tax exempt status of churches. Providing that churches shall not be exempt from state taxes. Ways and Means Tue 1/9 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution adds an amendment specifying that churches, religious organizations, and houses of worship are subject to state and local taxes.
Oppose HB1254 relative to an optional local public safety assessment on certain room occupancies. Ways and Means Tue 1/9 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill enables a municipality to collect a public safety assessment on hotel occupancies for the purpose of public safety associated with the increase in tourism and transient traffic.
Support HB1515 relative to the meals and rooms tax rate. Ways and Means Tue 1/9 12:00 PM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the meals and rooms tax rate for taxable meals from 8.5 percent to 7.5 percent and sets a minimum amount of revenue apportioned to towns.
Oppose HB1406 relative to gender-based pricing of goods and services. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/10 10:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill prohibits price discrimination based upon to whom goods or services are marketed and establishes a mechanism for enforcement.
Oppose HB1071 relative to the right to repair certain educational technology. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/10 10:30 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires the manufacturer of certain educational technology to provide authorized independent repair providers with the necessary parts and equipment for repair. The failure to do so would be a violation of the consumer protection act.
Support HB1624 relative to allowing the distillation of hobby liquors. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/10 11:00 AM LOB Room 302-304 This bill allows the hobby distillation of liquors produced from beer or wine.
Oppose HB1621 requiring the liquor commission to distribute certain information in liquor stores. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/10 1:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill requires the liquor commission to produce and distribute information about alcohol use disorder at liquor stores.
Support HB1227 relative to extending the hours of alcoholic beverage sales for on-premises licensees. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Wed 1/10 2:45 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill extends the hours of alcoholic beverage sales for on-premises licensees.
Of Interest HB1021 relative to body-worn cameras and exculpatory evidence. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/10 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill makes changes to which individuals are allowed access to police body-worn camera (BWC) footage by allowing criminal defendants greater access. This bill further repeals the requirements that officers only use BWCs while in uniform and that they not use the BWC to record communications with other police personnel.
Support HB1022 relative to decriminalizing certain acts between consenting adults. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/10 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill reduces the penalties under the prohibition against prostitution and related offenses, including decriminalizing certain conduct.
Support HB1025 relative to disorderly conduct. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Wed 1/10 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill repeals the prohibition against directing at another person in a public place obscene, derisive, or offensive words which are likely to provoke a violent reaction on the part of an ordinary person.
Oppose HB1583 relative to the per pupil cost of an opportunity for an adequate education. Education Wed 1/10 9:00 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill increases the base annual cost of providing an opportunity for an adequate education.
Oppose HB1656 relative to increasing the adequacy grant for pupils receiving special education services. Education Wed 1/10 9:30 AM LOB Room 205-207 This bill increases the annual cost of an adequate eduction for each pupil in ADMR receiving special education services.
Oppose SB403 relative to health care workforce investments. Health and Human Services Wed 1/10 9:30 AM LOB Room 101 This bill: I. Extends the deadlines of the legislative commission on the interdisciplinary primary care workforce issues. II. Makes clarifying amendments to the home health care provider and nurse practice act statutes. III. Establishes the position of and regulation of community health workers. IV. Establishes various programs and provides appropriations therefor focused on community health and health care employment.
Support SB351 relative to statewide work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents on food stamps. Health and Human Services Wed 1/10 1:15 PM LOB Room 101 This bill provides that the department of health and human services shall not seek any waiver or exemption of the work requirements for able bodied adults under the food stamp or SNAP program.
Oppose SB456 relative to establishing a nurse retention school loan debt relief program. Health and Human Services Wed 1/10 1:30 PM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a nurse retention school loan debt relief program in the department of health and human services. The bill also establishes a dedicated fund and makes an appropriation to the fund for this purpose.
Oppose HB1068 relative to establishing a blood lead level testing requirement for children entering day care and public schools. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/10 9:45 AM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a blood lead level testing requirement for children entering day care and public schools.
Oppose HB1593 relative to funding for developmental services community integration. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/10 1:00 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a developmental services community integration fund in the department of health and human services to support individuals with developmental disabilities and makes an appropriation therefor.
Oppose HB1520 establishing a family assistance car ownership pilot program in the department of health and human services. Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Wed 1/10 1:45 PM LOB Room 210-211 This bill establishes a car ownership pilot program for participants in the New Hampshire employment program and family assistance program. The bill makes an appropriation to the department of health and human services for this purpose.
Of Interest CACR23 relating to the right to abortion. Providing that all persons shall have the right to abortion prior to 24 weeks. Judiciary Wed 1/10 10:00 AM SH Room Reps Hall This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution establishes the right to abortion prior to 24 weeks.
Oppose HB1007 relative to notice of terms and conditions of remote work arrangements. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 9:45 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires an employer to provide the employee with notice of the terms and conditions of any remote work arrangement.
Oppose HB1023 relative to requiring employers to provide notice of resources available to support veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 10:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires employers to provide their employees with notice of resources available to support veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Oppose HB1178 relative to an employee’s unused earned time. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 11:15 AM LOB Room 206-208 This bill requires an employer to pay an employee for unused earned time.
Oppose HB1322 relative to the state minimum hourly rate. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 1:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill increases the minimum hourly rate, increases the base rate for tipped employees, and adjusts both rates annually based on the most recent 12-month average of the Consumer Price Index.
Oppose HB1668 relative to establishing a 4-day work week. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 2:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill mandates a regular work week of 32 hours in 4 8-hour days.
Support HB1377 relative to granting workers free choice to join or refrain from joining labor unions. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services Wed 1/10 3:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union.
Of Interest HB1495 making provisions for the prospective of all legislative acts on a sliding scale based on the vote count when passed by the house of representatives. Legislative Administration Wed 1/10 9:00 AM LOB Room 203 This bill makes provisions for the prospective of all legislative acts on a sliding scale based on the vote count when passed by the house of representatives.
Of Interest HB1367 relative to establishing immunity for certain testimony in public legislative hearings. Legislative Administration Wed 1/10 10:30 AM LOB Room 203 This bill authorizes the granting of immunity to witnesses that appear before the legislature for testimony concerning potential criminal conduct related to the statute that is the subject of the hearing.
Oppose HB1423 requiring the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources to identify all old growth and mature forests on public land in the state of New Hampshire. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/10 11:20 AM LOB Room 305 This bill requires the commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources to identify all old growth and mature forests on public land in the state of New Hampshire.
Oppose HB1477 relative to environmental surety bonds for businesses that pose a significant risk to the state’s natural resources. Resources, Recreation and Development Wed 1/10 2:00 PM LOB Room 305 This bill directs the commissioner to develop a program requiring environmental surety bonds for businesses that pose a significant risk to the state’s natural resources.
Support HB1334 relative to the sale of beer in refillable containers. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Thu 1/11 2:15 PM LOB Room 302-304 This bill allows for the sale of beer in a refillable container.
Support HB1035 relative to limitations on extradition. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/11 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill prohibits the extradition of an individual charged solely with violating a firearm licensing regulation of another state.
Of Interest HB1404 relative to criminal procedure and the right to a jury trial. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/11 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill provides a right for a jury trial in any criminal offense or for a violation where there is a fine of $20 or more. This bill further provides new processes for appeals of circuit court verdicts to the superior court for jury trials. This bill also requires courts to allow criminal defendants to present any evidence to their proffered defense.
Support HB1438 criminalizing interference with a whistleblower. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Thu 1/11 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill criminalizes interference with whistleblowers in certain circumstances.
Oppose SB418 relative to THC concentrations for driving offenses. Judiciary Thu 1/11 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This bill sets maximum THC concentration levels for various driving offenses.
Support SB570 establishing a misdemeanor for first-offense controlled drug possession. Judiciary Thu 1/11 1:45 PM SH Room 100 This bill amends the penalty for obtaining, purchasing, transporting, possessing, or having under a person’s control a controlled drug to a class A misdemeanor, and amends the penalty for a subsequent offense to a class B felony.
Support HB1064 relative to penalties for violation of protective orders. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/12 9:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill repeals the provision directing peace officers to seize any firearms, ammunition, and certain deadly weapons subsequent to an arrest for a violation of a protective order issued under the chapter.
Of Interest HB1073 relative to repealing the prohibition on placement of simulated explosives. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/12 10:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill repeals the prohibition on the placement of simulated explosives.
Of Interest HB1599 relative to the use of artificial intelligence for personal defense. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/12 10:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill affirms that, under the second amendment to the United States Constitution, a person may use autonomous artificial intelligence for defense purposes, subject to specified limitations.
Support HB1237 relative to the use of unmarked or stealth police vehicles for traffic enforcement. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/12 11:00 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill establishes a requirement that any police vehicle purchased after January 1, 2025 must be clearly marked and labeled as a police vehicle in order for it to be used in traffic law enforcement.
Support HB1238 requiring all municipal police department vehicles to bear municipal police license plates. Criminal Justice and Public Safety Fri 1/12 11:30 AM LOB Room 202-204 This bill requires all municipal police departments to affix municipal police license plates to all department-owned vehicles.
Of Interest CACR20 relating to declaring independence from the United States of America. Providing that if the national debt reaches $40 trillion, New Hampshire shall declare independence and proceed as a sovereign nation. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 1/12 9:30 AM LOB Room 206-208 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution amends the constitution to provide that if the US national debt reaches $40 trillion, New Hampshire shall secede from the union.
Of Interest HB1338 relative to New Hampshire’s enforcement of the Military Selective Service Act. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 1/12 1:30 PM LOB Room 206-208 This bill prohibits state or local enforcement of the Military Selective Service Act except in times of foreign military invasion or declared war. This bill further repeals the state penalty provisions for lack of compliance with the Military Selective Service Act, and allows for the marking of “conscientious objector” when registering with the division of motor vehicles.
Of Interest CACR13 relating to slavery and involuntary servitude. Providing that slavery and involuntary servitude shall be prohibited in the state of New Hampshire. State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs Fri 1/12 3:00 PM LOB Room 206-208 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution adds an article that prohibits slavery and involuntary servitude.

Bill Hearings for Week of January 01, 2024

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Of the 0 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 0 being of interest.
Of the 41 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 10 with 7 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest SB369 directing the office of professional licensure and certification to provide notice of public meetings and an opportunity for comment, creating a new position, and making an appropriation therefor. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/3 1:00 PM SH Room 103 This bill directs the office of professional licensure and certification to provide to the public notice of its meetings and an opportunity to comment in such meetings. This bill also establishes an attorney II position for the office of professional licensure and certification.
Of Interest SB487 relative to the division of personnel in the department of administrative services. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/3 1:30 PM SH Room 103 This bill creates a new chapter for the personnel appeals board. This bill repeals 6 statutes related to the department of administrative services division. This bill is a request from the department of administrative services.
Of Interest SB480 relative to the administration of professional licensure and certification and the regulation of real estate practice. Executive Departments and Administration Tue 1/3 1:45 PM SH Room 103 This bill requires: I. Any board or commission whose total number of active licensees exceeds 7,000 to have a dedicated, trained, and knowledgeable customer service administrator that works for the administrative section of the office of professional licensure and certification to respond to inquiries from the public and licensees. II. Makes various amendments to allow for inactive real estate licenses. III. Amends the education approval process for the real estate commission.
Oppose SB404 relative to expanding child care professionals’ eligibility for the child care scholarship program. Health and Human Services Tue 1/3 1:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes eligibility criteria for child care professionals to receive child care scholarships.
Oppose SB499 relative to reduction of hunger for children, older adults, and people with disabilities. Health and Human Services Tue 1/3 1:30 PM LOB Room 101 This bill directs the department of education to expand options for free and reduced priced meals to students and directs the department of health and human services to implement a summer EBT program to provide assistance to families with children eligible for free and reduced price meals over the summer. The bill also directs the department of health and human services to participate in the elderly simplified application project within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to provide food assistance to eligible older adults and people with disabilities.
Oppose SB335 relative to alcohol packaging. Commerce Wed 1/4 9:10 AM SH Room 100 This bill restricts the use of certain images and phrasing in alcohol packaging that are attractive to minors.
Oppose SB365 relative to the sale or use of lithium-ion batteries for electric bicycles, scooters, or personal electric mobility devices. Commerce Wed 1/4 9:20 AM SH Room 100 This bill prohibits sales of lithium-ion batteries and electric bicycles or electric scooters that have not been certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.
Oppose SB330 relative to allowing the ability to work from home to count toward unemployment benefits eligibility. Commerce Wed 1/4 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill repeals disqualification for unemployment benefits for those not available for work outside a home.
Of Interest SB341 relative to mandatory disclosure by school district employees to parents. Education Wed 1/4 9:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires all school employees to respond honestly and completely to written requests by parents regarding information relating to their children.
Of Interest SB342 relative to school building aid funding. Education Wed 1/4 9:20 AM LOB Room 101 This bill establishes a new school district building aid funding program using state funds allocated to each district and makes an appropriation therefor.
Support SB442 relative to student eligibility for education freedom accounts. Education Wed 1/4 9:40 AM LOB Room 101 This bill expands the definition of “eligible student” for the education freedom account program to include students whose enrollment transfer request was denied.
Oppose SB522 relative to establishing an early childhood education scholarship account and making an appropriation therefor. Education Wed 1/4 10:00 AM LOB Room 101 This bill requires rulemaking by the department of health and human services on child care early education and establishes an early childhood education account program to provide funds for an education freedom accounts scholarship organization to administer grants to eligible New Hampshire pre-kindergarten children for qualifying expenses.
Of Interest SB303 relative to the use of renewable energy funds by the department of energy. Energy and Natural Resources Wed 1/4 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill adds battery storage projects to uses of the renewable energy fund, deletes a required renewable generation incentive program, and authorizes a political subdivision incentive, rebate, or grant program using the fund. The bill also modifies the reporting date by the department of energy concerning the renewable energy fund. This bill is a request of the department of energy.
Oppose SB541 relative to retail pet stores. Energy and Natural Resources Wed 1/4 9:45 AM SH Room 103 This bill prohibits the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops except in certain cases.
Of Interest CACR24 relating to reproductive freedom. Providing that all persons have the right to make their own reproductive decisions. Judiciary Wed 1/4 1:00 PM SH Room 100 This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution would amend the constitution to provide that individuals shall have a right to personal reproductive autonomy.
Oppose SB428 relative to the use of automated license plate readers by law enforcement officers. Transportation Wed 1/4 1:15 PM LOB Room 101 This bill defines the appropriate use of automated license plate readers by law enforcement officers. The bill also makes an appropriation to the department of safety for digital automatic programming interface to connect data from the division of motor vehicles to the state police.
Oppose SB580 relative to establishing a noise barrier on Teaberry Lane, Bedford, NH. Transportation Wed 1/4 1:30 PM LOB Room 101 This bill mandates the construction of a noise barrier on Teaberry Lane, Bedford, NH.
Oppose SB471 relative to adding a speed limit of 45 miles per hour on rural highways. Transportation Wed 1/4 2:00 PM LOB Room 101 This bill adds a speed limit of 45 miles per hour on rural highways.

Bill Hearings for Week of May 08, 2023

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Of the 4 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 0 being of interest.
Of the 3 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 1 and opposition of 1 with 0 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Support HB281 relative to least cost integrated resource plan of utilities. Energy and Natural Resources Tue 5/9 9:00 AM SH Room 103 This bill: I. Repeals the requirement for electric and natural gas utilities to submit least cost integrated resource plans with the public utilities commission and have the commission evaluate the plans and maintain them on file. II. Removes the requirement that a municipal host under the limited electrical energy producers act be located in the same municipality as all group members. III. Requires the public utilities commission to provide an estimated annual cost of compliance with electric renewable portfolio standards in customer’s electric bills. IV. Repeals the establishment of the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board and transfer some of the board’s responsibilities to the department of energy. V. Makes various changes to the energy facility site evaluation committee and permitting process.
Oppose HB532 relative to the licensure and regulation of music therapists. Executive Departments and Administration Wed 5/10 9:00 AM SH Room 103 See State website. Two proposed amendments will be heard.

Bill Hearings for Week of May 01, 2023

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Of the 1 hearings in the House, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 0 being of interest.
Of the 10 hearings in the Senate, we are recommending support of 0 and opposition of 0 with 3 being of interest.

Position Bill Title Committee Day Time Room State Analysis
Of Interest HB1 making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2024 and June 30, 2025. Finance Tue 5/2 6:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall No analysis needed.
Of Interest HB2 relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures. Finance Tue 5/2 6:00 PM SH Room Reps Hall See bill at state website.
Of Interest HB269 relative to limiting the authority of New Hampshire delegates to policymaking conventions. Rules and Enrolled Bills Tue 5/2 9:30 AM SH Room 100 This bill: I. Establishes a procedure for the selection of delegates to an inter/intrastate policy-making convention. II. Limits the authority of delegates to policymaking conventions to only those granted by the New Hampshire legislature. III. Creates a procedure for recalling and replacing delegates to policymaking conventions who act outside of the scope of the authority granted to them by the New Hampshire legislature.