Scroll down for a list of our legislators and LSR's they have sponsored - this is updated regularly. **updated 3/10
Feb 13th House Calendar Highlights: Refer to (link) for times & locations of hearings & meetings. Tues, Feb 17 - Ways & Means - Accepting bitcoin for taxes & fees; reducing the Business Profits tax (more committee meeting notes below) Consent Calendar (House votes on bills exiting Committee hearings with unanimous votes) Wednesday, Feb 18 - Election Law - CACR11 would eliminate all restrictions on Absentee Ballots and allow all voters to vote by Absentee Ballot. Voted ITL b/c committee felt it better to address with law vs. Constitutional amendment. Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs - HB271 OTP to increase the availability of Narcan for opiod effect reversal. HB671 - OTP w/amendment - would establish a mental health first aid program, but the amendment reduces the appropriation to $1. Regular Calendar (Bills with divided votes in committee, usually with Majority & Minority reports) Education HB215 - OTP as amended: lifts the school building moratorium and funds building aid at $50 million (amended from 'at least $50 million') HB537 ITL - would change budget calculations from average daily membership in attendance to ... membership in residence. ITL due to unclear effect on budgets and multi-SAU towns. HB562 - OTP would repeal the cap on total education grant distribution and would decrease stabilization grants to certain municipalities. HB575 - ITL to add a school nurse coordinator to the DOE especially for issues of health and nutrition, mental health and substance abuse. Majority felt there are more pressing priorities, Minority related instances of problems because of not having this position that would be met by having a school nurse on board - recommend to at least retain bill for study. Municipal & County Gov't HB189 - ITL relative to authorization of payments by the Treasurer from the Rockingham County delegation budget. Majority felt that setting up special rules to address the internal disputes in one county is disfavored. Minority said that RSA's already address other specific county references and that this bill is needed. HB205 - ITL would alter the lending practices in energy efficiency and clean energy districts. Public Works & HighwaysHB591 - ITL would eliminate the recent increase in the gas tax and eliminate a capital appropriation for road projects. Science, Technology & Energy HB208 OTP w/amendment repealing NH's participation in RGGI. Amended to not repeal NH's participation, but to change the amount rebated to ratepayers from 80 to 100% minus administration. Minority concern is that in a time of increasing energy costs it is the wrong time to move a bill forward that will lead to increased demand. H615 - ITL relative to funding for state energy efficiency programs. Majority felt practices were already in place and concern over potential cost increases in 5 years. Minority pointed out that there was no opposing testimony and that the small increase in costs (one 1/2 time employee) would be made up by energy savings. State, Federal Relations and Veterans AffairsHB433 - ITL relative to the state guard: reorganizes the state guard such that it would operate normally on a volunteer basis (it has not existed since 1953) and would update language as to how towns could request assistance from the guard. TransportationHB241 - OTP Prohibiting driving with an animal in the drivers lap, adding $100 fine. Committee Meetings - Tuesday, February 17 Children & Family Law - several bills related to child support Commerce & Consumer Affairs - bills related to cash-for-gold businesses(HB683), pay day loans (HB644), establishing a condominium disput resolution board (HB570), health insurance plans for public employees (HB596) Education - HB 124, relative to
the implementation of new college and career readiness standards, HB 126, establishing
a commission to study issues related to students receiving special education services while
attending a chartered public school, HB 206, relative to non-academic surveys or questionnaires given to students, HB
237, requiring vocational education centers to prioritize science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics curricula as a condition for funding, HB 243, changing the definitions of “focus
school” and “priority school” in the school performance and accountability law, HB 253, relative
to the requirements for filing a charter school application, HB 283, requiring school districts
to establish a policy permitting a pupil’s parent or legal guardian to observe his or her classes,
and HB 302, requiring a public hearing prior to the submission of a grant application by the
department of education. Election Law - HB 112, relative
to domicile for voting purposes, HB 140, relative to appointment of inspectors of election,
HB 228, relative to showing or specially marking a ballot, HB 304, establishing a committee
to study public access to political campaign information, HB 312, relative to registration of voters, HB 404-FN, relative to showing a ballot, HB 620-FN, relative to the Interstate Voter
Registration Crosscheck Program, HB 627-FN, relative to registering to vote, HB 649-FN,
relative to campaign contributions, Environment & Agriculture - HB 609 relative to hydraulic fracking Judiciary - HB 151, establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions, HB 446, relative to access to investigational
drugs, biological products, and devices, HB 540-FN, relative to access to court records in parenting
cases, HB 461, prohibiting the use or application of foreign laws in the
state court. Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services - HB 402-FN, establishing the Franklin Partin right-to-work act. Municipal & County Gov't - requiring
that planning board and zoning board of adjustment members be elected, HB 497, relative to
interference with a cemetery burial plot, HB 524-FN-L, relative to the calculation of default
budgets, HB 525, relative to appropriations in the county budget, HB 526, Ways & Means (see above as well) - HB 594-FN-A, establishing keno HB 558-FN, establishing a clean water tax credit. Thursday, February 19 Commerce & Consumer Affairs HB 672-FN, establishing a state bank Criminal Justice & Public SafetyHB 650-FN, requiring background checks for commercial firearms sales. HB 582-FN, repealing the license requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. HB 512, prohibiting confiscation of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories during a
state of emergency. HB 685-FN, prohibiting a state agency, state employee, or political subdivision from enforcing
any federal law regarding a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition. Education - HB 471, relative to the powers of the state board of education and the duties of school boards. HB 555, relative to participation of chartered public school students in school district cocurricular
activities. HB 578-FN, relative to state board of education compliance with unfunded federal education
mandates. Executive Departments & Administration - CACR 10, Relating to term of office. Providing that beginning with the 2018 general election,
there shall be a 4-year term of office for governor. Judiciary - three Right-to-Know bills (HB447, 613, 633) Labor, Industrial & Rehabilitative Services - HB600 relative to paid sick leave for employees. HB 658-FN, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join a labor
union. Science, Technology & Energy - HB 431, relative to the placement of all new elective electric transmission lines in New
Hampshire. HB 544, allowing the general court to deny a utility the use of the power of eminent domain. HB 626-FN-A, authorizing energy infrastructure development and designating energy
infrastructure corridors. Ways & Means - HB 673-FN-A, establishing a sales and use tax. HB 679-FN, establishing tax deferrals for expansion of natural gas distribution systems. HB 622-FN-A, relative to taxation of the taxable estates of decedents. Friday, February 20 Education - HB 603, relative to student exemptions from assessments, questionnaires, or surveys. HB 611-FN, requiring legislative approval of all agreements, contracts, grants, or waivers
involving the department of education or the state board of education. HB 474, relative to grounds for denial of a chartered public school application. Executive session on HB 322, relative to protection of personally identifiable data by the
department of education, HB 323, relative to the administration of the statewide assessment
program, HB 332, relative to school district policy regarding objectionable course material, HB
346, relative to criminal history records checks for school employees and volunteers, HB 375, relative to providing information about effective forms of child discipline to parents, HB 424,
relative to the accessibility of assessment materials, HB 520, establishing privacy protections for student online personal
information, and HB 527, establishing guidelines for school districts relative to the use of
school resource officers. Ways & Means - HB 551-FN, relative to preventing diversion of business income to tax havens.
HB 630-FN-A, establishing the New Hampshire video lottery. HB 680-FN-L, relative to establishing the rate for and the collection of the education property
tax and establishing a homestead exemption from the education property tax.
Jan 30th House Calendar highlights: Consent Calendar (unanimous recommendation from committee) Election Law - HB135 - OTP clarifies minimum age to be an election official is at least 17 HB173 - ITL would change the ballot language from "vote for not more than" to "you may vote for for" - felt to be confusing. Judiciary - HB106 - ITL would prohibit gifts and inheritance from being counted as joint property - now can be considered on case by case basis HB120 - ITL would prohibit parties in discrimination complaints from coming together to resolve complaint until after probably cause is found - would cause parties to spend more money and time HB172 - ITL to establish commission to study small claims court HB181 - ITL would add non-meeting to the definition of meeting for right-to-know law - language unclear, not needed Municipal and County Government HB102 - OTP clarifies that Town Meetings must address all articles on the warrant. Resources, Recreation and DevelopmentHB167 - ITL requires a business plan to attract certain businesses to NH. HB174 - ITL rename DRED - bill not worth the cost Science, Technology and EnergyHB103 - ITL limiting the capabilities of wireless communication devices in cars HB132-L - ITL require utilities to adjust off-peak outdoor lighting rates for evening community sports - an alternative was found Transportation - HB121 - OTP technical correction HB134 - OTP establishing a committee to study the use of motorized scooters on roadways and sidewalks
Jan 23rd House Calendar highlights: (written after the fact - hearing dates not listed) Children and Family Law HB380 for investigations of daycare agencies would require an employee or representative of the agency to be present when a child is interviewed, and parental consent. HB168 permits no-fault divorce only if the parties have no minor children. Commerce & Consumer AffairsHB308 changes supervision requirement in a real estate office and defines a facilitator. HB367 redefines simple assault HB240 prohibits law enforcement agencies from collecting evidence using drones HB287 allows citizens to make audio or video recording of traffic stops. EducationHB301 allows parents not to include their children in info data bases collected by Dept. of Education. HB253 Defines and clarifies what is required of an Educational Mission Statement on a Charter School application HB242 requires 3rd graders to be proficient in both reading and math, and for an alternative assessment for 11th graders in career and technical education HB323 changes student assessment to an assessment supported by the local school district, or a performance-based assessment HB283 requires schools to establish a policy to allow parents to observe their children's classes HB303 regarding statewide assessments and that psychological services are not provided without parental consent Election LawCACR4 17 year-olds who will be 18 for General election can vote in Primary election HB304 to establish a committee to study online campaign finance reporting and citizen access to such info
Jan 16th House Calendar highlights: (written after the fact - hearing dates not listed) Education CommitteeHB116 that would decrease from 5 to 3 the number of years of service after which a teacher is entitled to notification and a hearing if not reappointed. HB126 to establish a commission to study issues related to special education in charter schools, including when and where services are provided, the funding for services, formation of the IEP and the legal relationship between the charter school and the local education agency. HB218 to provide extra funding for third graders who do not test 'proficient' and do not otherwise qualify for additional funds. HB215 to increase school building aid grants from not to exceed $50,000,000 to not less than $50,000,000. HB221 would allow community colleges to confer 2 and 4 year degrees. Election Law CommitteeHB185 would allow straight ticket voting at state general elections. Science Technology and EnergyHB209 would repeal RSA162-B relative to peaceful uses of atomic energy in NH; HB208 would repeal NH's participation in RGGI. Commerce and Consumer AffairsHB177 and HB197 would allow tasting and charging for samples, as well as retail sales, offsite from the manufacturing location.. HHS & Elderly AffairsHB136 would make it illegal for a person under the age of 18 to use a tanning bed. JudiciaryHB194 Establishing that life begins at conception. State Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs HB148limits the scope of amendments that may be considered by state delegates to a constitutional convention called pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution.
Jan 9th House Calendar highlights: Finance and Ways & Means Committees and Senate Finance committee Joint meeting for the NH Budget on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan 14 and 15 LOB rooms 210-211 -- see Jan 2 highlights for details
Wednesday Commerce and Consumer Affairs 2:00 p.m. HB 128, authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. Room 302 LOB
Thursday COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS, Room 302, LOB 10:00 a.m. HB 122, relative to advertising of liquor or beverages. 11:00 a.m. HB 114, relative to grocery sales by stores licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. 1:15 p.m. HB 131, relative to renewal of health club memberships. 2:00 p.m. HB 137, relative to homeowner’s insurance. JUDICIARY, Room 208, LOB 10:00 a.m. HB 138-FN, relative to inspection of governmental records under the right-to-know law. 11:00 a.m. HB 108-FN, relative to the content and sealing of minutes in nonpublic sessions under the right-to-know law. 1:30 p.m. HB 120, relative to complaint procedures before the state commission for human rights.
Jan 8 Senate Calendar Senate Finance Committee Joint meetings with House - Tues and Weds - see below.
Tuesday TRANSPORTATION, Room 103, LOB Sen. Stiles (C), Sen. Birdsell (VC), Sen. Daniels, Sen. Watters, Sen. Feltes 1:00 p.m. Presentations by the Department of Transportation, Concord Coach Lines, and C & J Bus lines
Jan 2nd House Calendar highlight: Finance and Ways & Means Committees and Senate Finance Committee Joint meeting for the NH Budget on Wednesday and Thursday, January 14 and 15, 10am-4pm. LOB rooms 210-211 Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. Jeff Pattison, Legislative Budget Assistant (Status of the State Budget) 11:00 a.m. John Beardmore, Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (State Revenue Update) 1:00 p.m. Bill Dwyer, Commissioner of the Treasury (State Financial Condition, Ratings and Bonding) 2:00 p.m. Brian Gottlob, Principal at PolEcon Research (New England Economic Forecast) 3:00 p.m. Jeff McLynch, Executive Director, New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute (State Budget and Forecast) Thursday: 10:00 a.m. Ross Gittell, Chancellor, Community College System of New Hampshire (New England Economic Forecast) 11:00 a.m. George Hoguet, Managing Director and Global Investment Strategist, State Street Global Advisors (International and Emerging Markets) 1:00 p.m. Yolanda Kodrzycki, Vice President and Director, New England Economic Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Regional and National Economic Situation) 2:00 p.m. Charles Arlinghaus, President, Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy (New England Economic Forecast) 3:00 p.m. Dennis Delay, Economist New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies (New England Economic Forecast)
Looking over the 50+ bills that have been published, it is interesting to note that one bill would rescind all calls by NH for an Article V convention and another bill for NH to add its call for an Article V Convention. None of the Windham legislators' LSR's have become bills yet, but some Salem Reps have two bills, one for health clubs to no longer be allowed to have automatically renewing memberships and for tanning facilities to be forbidden to tan anyone under the age of 18. I just have to ask, "Are these really the biggest priorities for the state?"
Our local legislators are:
House District Rockingham 7/Windham: David Bates, Mary Griffin, Walter Kolodziej Charles McMahon. Senate District 19 representing Derry, Hampstead and Windham: Regina Birdsell The Legislative Session starts in January, the calendars are available here and are published each Friday. The last day to submit LSR's (Legislative Service Requests) is Friday, January 9th. The text of LSR's is not available online. From LSR's, House Bills are introduced. The last day to submit House Bills is Friday, February 6th (although the House Rules Committee has proposed moving this up a week). The Rules Committee has also proposed raising the requirement for a Roll Call vote from 10 to 20 members.
Our Windham legislators who are prime sponsors of bills are: (Scroll down to see their initial thoughts for the bill season, LSR's or 'pre-bills'. These draft bills are floated to see if there is interest in others to support with them, not all LSR's end up becoming bills)
David Bates HB562 Title: repealing the limitation on the total education grant distributed to a municipality in a fiscal year and reducing the stabilization grants to certain municipalities. HR7 Title: directing the house of representatives to investigate whether grounds exist to impeach Judge Jacalyn Colburn for her decision in City of Nashua v. William M. Gardner, Secretary of State. SB81 Title: relative to the powers of the state board of education. (would restrict Board of Ed authority to its own department and commissioner; not schools, districts, and school boards) SB228 Title: relative to the maximum total education grant, adjustment of stabilization grants, and adequate education funding for full-day kindergarten pupils. Mary Griffin HB189 Title: relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county delegation budget. HB219 Title: relative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. SB17 Title: relative to training of certain board officers of nonprofit corporations. SB59 Title: relative to the removal of county officers and temporary filling of the office. SB192 Title: permitting the department of revenue administration to conduct employee candidate background checks and establishing the position of tax policy analyst within the department.
Walter Kolodziej None
Charles McMahon HB219Title: relative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. HB330 Title: establishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency. HB373 Title: establishing the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor. HB422 Title: relative to the signing authority of physician assistants. HB465 Title: relative to workers' compensation for domestic employees. HB476 Title: amending the definition of "qualifying medical condition" in the therapeutic cannabis law. HB483 Title: relative to the commission on primary care workforce issues. SB56 Title: establishing a commission to study oversight, regulation, and reporting of patient safety and health care quality issues. SB108 Title: relative to health care associated infections. SB133 Title: relative to certain health care data. SB163 Title: relative to wholesale hospital-to-hospital laboratory and testing services. SB187 Title: allowing a patient to designate a caregiver upon entry to a medical facility.
Regina Birdsell HB189 Title: relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county delegation budget. HB236 Title: relative to child support and allowable child care expenses. HB 250 Title: relative to requirements for perambulation of town lines. HB403-FN Title: repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities. HB406 Title: relative to the date of the state primary election. HB419 Title: relative to use of insurance scores for rating policies. HB420 - FN Title: relative to limited driving privileges after revocation for certain financial obligations. HB547 Title: reestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits. HB620-FN Title: relative to the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. HB637-FN Title: relative to acts of falsification in family law cases. SB1 Title: reducing the rate of the business profits tax. SB2 Title: reducing the rate of the business enterprise tax. SB3 Title: relative to payment for reasonable value of services. SB4 Title: relative to domicile for voting purposes. SB5 Title: relative to transfers into the revenue stabilization reserve account. SB8 Title: relative to appropriations for nursing homes. SB13 Title: relative to the disposition of dedicated funds. SB34 Title: establishing a voluntary tax disclosure program and a tax amnesty program in the department of revenue administration. SB40 Title: including a viable fetus in the definition of "another" for the purposes of certain criminal offenses. SB55 Title: allowing private employers to establish a policy granting a veterans' preference in employment decisions. SB80 Title: relative to the state trails plan and establishing a committee on rail trails. SB97 Title: authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate stormwater to comply with federal permit requirements. SB103 Title: relative to guardian ad litem reports and relative to the definition of incapacity for purposes of filing a guardianship petition. SB131 Title: authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. SB137 Title: relative to cost-sharing parity for oral anti-cancer therapies. SB152 Title: requiring the state police to disclose the results of a criminal records check to school officials. SB157 Title: establishing a civics education requirement as a condition for high school graduation. SB169 Title: relative to permissible uses of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. SB170 Title: requiring the public utilities commission to ensure ratepayer protections with electric power suppliers. SB179 Title: relative to eligibility to vote. SB193 Title: relative to the duties of the attorney general and county attorneys. SB216 Title: relative to sales on the premises of beverage manufacturers and nano breweries. SB248 Title: establishing a committee to study health care provider payment rates. SB252 Title: establishing a committee to study a number plate commemorating Laconia Motorcycle Week. SB265 Title: establishing the achieving a better life experience (ABLE) savings account program.
Our Windham legislators who are prime sponsors of LSR's are: David Bates 2015-H-0161-Lrepealing the limitation on the total education grant distributed to a municipality in a fiscal year. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0194-R eliminating the voter identification advisory committee. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0432-Rrelative to residency for voting persons. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0433-Lrelative to persons executing election affidavits. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0434-Rrelative to exceptions to course material in chartered public schools. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0435-Rrelative to access to the centralized voter registration database. (sole prime sponsor)
Charles McMahon 2015-H-0073-Ramending the definition of "qualifying medical condition" in the therapeutic cannabis law 2015-H-0173-Rrelative to the use of electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-H-0193-Restablishing an oversight commission for medical cost transparency. Regina Birdsell Black Letter indicate LSR's that have become bills to be considered by the Legislature. 2015-H-0011-Rrelative to the date of the state primary election. 2015-H-0075-Rrepealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities. 2015-H-0106-Rrelative to child support and allowable child care expenses. 2015-H-0107-Rrelative to use of insurance scores for rating policies. 2015-H-0122-Rrelative to limited driving privileges after revocation for certain financial obligations. 2015-S-0189-R reducing the rate of the business profits tax. 2015-H-0236-Rrelative to requirements for perambulation of town lines. 2015-H-0283-Rrelative to the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. 2015-S-0307-R relative to the definition of wine-fortified. 2015-S-0309-R allowing private employers to establish a policy granting a veterans' preference in employment decisions. 2015-H-0340-R relative to authorization of payments by the treasurer from the Rockingham county delegation budget. 2015-H-0394-Rrelative to acts of falsification in family law cases. 2015-S-0637-Rincluding a viable fetus in the definition of "another" for the purposes of certain criminal offenses. (sole prime sponsor)
2015-H-0768-Rreestablishing the exemption from property taxation for telecommunications poles and conduits. 2015-S-0796-Restablishing a civics education requirement as a condition for high school graduation. (sole prime sponsor) 2015-S-0835-Rrequiring the state police to disclose results of a criminal records check to school officials. 2015-S-0885-Rrelative to the state trails plan and establishing a commission on rail trails. 2015-S-0889-Rrelative to sales on the premises of beverage manufacturers and nano breweries. 2015-S-0908-R relative to domicile for voting purposes. 2015-S-0948-Rauthorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. 2015-S-0954-R relative to the disposition of dedicated funds. 2015-S-0955-R authorizing municipalities to adopt ordinances to regulate stormwater to comply with federal permit requirements. 2015-S-0979-Rrelative to guardian ad litem reports. 2015-S-0982-Rrelative to cost-sharing parity for oral anti-cancer therapies.
Windham Democratic Town Committee Windham, NH Valerie Roman, Chair.