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HB559 text
RETAINED BILL This bill modifies the allocation of rebates to retail electric customers. It also requires the public utilities commission to allocate certain funds to school districts for energy efficiency projects. (see notes in column N)Herbert Richardson, Marjorie Shepardson, Martha Fuller Clark, Robert Backus, Dan Feltes roll call Energy & EnvironmentSThe bill was Retained in a House committee during the 2017 Legislative session. On 1/9, the House voted against the Science, Technology and Energy Committee’s recommendation that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate, on a roll call vote; and then voted against a motion to Table the bill, on a roll call vote. The House then passed the bill with Amendment 2479h on a 197-147 Division vote. See House Journal 2 P. 24. The bill then went to the Finance Committee. The Committee Report on 2/23 was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment. The vote was 24-0. The House PASSED the bill with amendment 0378h on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 4/26 Senate Session; the vote was 3-3; see SC 18 . The Senate Voted that the Bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Roll Call vote on 4/26.NH Sustainable Energy Association supports the bill. The Sierra Club supports the bill.audioFrom the NHSEA: HB 559 as passed by the House maintained the commercial/industrial rebate, but eliminated the rebate for residential customers as a means of funding the increased allocations to the energy efficiency programs. Thr House Finance committee voted to amend 559 so that ALL RGGI proceeds would go to energy efficiency (not just the residential customers proceeds)...NHSEA noted on 5/3 that the fact that the bill was killed "means that the RGGI status quo is maintained. No Energy Efficiency Resource Standard funds have been lost."
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HB114 text
RETAINED BILL This bill freezes the Renewable Portfolio standard. It reduces the percentage of total megawatt-hours of electricity from class I sources to be supplied by each producer to its customers in 2025 and thereafter under the minimum electric renewable portfolio standards. Richard Barry, Herbert Vadney, Michael Vose roll callEnergy & EnvironmentOThe bill was Retained in a House committee during the 2017 Legislative session. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for the 01/03 House session. The vote was 11-10. The House PASSED the bill on a 167-164 roll call vote on 02/15. The bill crossed over to the Senate in February. There was a Public Hearing on 4/17, see SC 17. The Committee Report is to Refer the bill for Interim Study, for the 5/2 Senate Session; see SC 19. The Senate Voted to Refer the bill to Interim Study on A Voice Vote on 5/3; see SJ 16 NHSEA strongly opposed the bill. They noted in their recent update that at the Senate public hearing on 4/17, supporters of the bill tried to point to Gov. Sununu's new energy strategy as a reason to pass it. From House Calendar 6 -minority report: This bill would eliminate the presently mandated increase in Class 1 (the class for new sources) renewable energy goals to be achieved by 2025. NH has long had a policy goal of achieving 25% of our electric energy needs from energy efficiency and renewable sources by the year 2025. The law today would ramp up the share to be obtained from new renewable sources from the 6% established for 2015 to 15% by 2025. This bill, on the other hand, would leave the goal at only 6%. The minority believes that the present goal should be retained. There was far more testimony in favor of maintaining the present goal than support for leveling it. A program that changes with each new legislature makes it problematic for businesses and others to effectively participate.
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HB141 text
RETAINED BILL This bill allows other hydroelectric sources to satisfy up to 5% of class I renewable energy goals under certain circumstances.David Murotake, Michael Vose, Francis Gauthier, Glen Aldrich, Jess EdwardsEnergy & EnvironmentOThe bill was Retained in a House committee during the 2017 Legislative session. The Majority Committee Report for the 1/3 House session was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2017-2472h. The vote was 17-4. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 2472h on 2/15, on a Voice vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/20. The Committee Report is that the bill should be Referred to Interim Study at the 4/26 Senate session; see SC 18. The Senate Voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 4/26.
From HC 6, minority report: This bill, as amended, would allow the PUC to modify the incremental renewable energy goals for two of the four classes of renewable energy by which NH intends to achieve its overall goal of 25% renewable energy supply by 2025, including Class I (which sets the goal for new renewable energy projects). Although the minority believes the amendment eliminates the most troublesome aspects of the bill, we still believe that no reason to change the current law has been identified, and that any mechanism to lower our commitment to renewable energy is unneeded and unwise
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SB128 text
RETAINED BILL This bill modifies electric utility restructuring policy principles by permitting the Public Utlities Commission and electric utilities to pursue measures to mitigate the cost of electric service, reduce the price volatility of that service, and reduce the potential for disruptions in electricity supplyJeb Bradley, Richard Barry, Kevin Avard, Donna Soucy, Richard Hinch, Daniel Innis, Jacqueline Cali-Pitts Michael Vose, Lou D'Allesandro, Herbert Richardson Energy & EnvironmentISThe bill was Passed by the Senate during the 2017 Legislative session. The bill was then Retained in a House committee in 5/17. The 10/31/17 Committee Report in the House was to Refer the bill for Interim Study for the 01/03 House session. The vote was 17-4. The House Referred the bill for Interim study on 2/15 on a Voice vote.
From HC 6: The committee determined that further study is necessary on this bill to ensure that well-intentioned measures to mitigate electricity costs are implemented in ways as to not inadvertently increase central planning by regulators, thereby undermining free market solutions
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0HB317RETAINED BILL prohibiting the public utilities commission from increasing the system benefits charge without legislative approval. Michael Vose, Glenn Cordelli, Douglas Thomas, Neal Kurk roll callEnergy & EnvironmentThe bill was Retained in the House during the 2017 Legislative session. The House took the bill up again in Nov. of 2017. The Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2017-2483h. The vote was 11-10; The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 2483h on a 173-171 Roll Call vote on 1/9; see HJ 2 P. 13. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/17. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1594s; see SC 19 . The House PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/3. The House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 1594s and to Request a Committee of Conference, on a Voice Vote on 5/10. A Conference Committee Meeting was held on 5/15. A motion to TABLE the bill at the House session on 5/27 FAILED on a 158-180 Roll Call Vote. The House then Voted to Approve the Committee of Conference Report on a Voice Vote.NHSEA was against the billaudioFrom NHSEA: While this bill does not interfer with the EERS's (Energy Efficiency Resource Standard's) first 3 years, after this period all future increases to the system benefits charge (SBC) would have to be approved by the Legislature (specifically, the General Court). The bill...did pass as amended today in the full Senate, but remember, it can be overturned next year or thereafter before it has any effect [in 2020]. (An Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) establishes specific, long-term targets for energy savings that utilities or non-utility program administrators must meet through customer energy efficiency programs. )
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SB446 text
This bill increases the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering.Sponsors: (Prime) Kevin Avard , Martha Fuller Clark, Andy Sanborn, David Watters, John Reagan, Richard Barry, Robert Backus, Michael Vose, Regina Birdsell, Carl Seidel, Bob Giuda, James Gray, Jay Kahn, William Gannon, Daniel Inniroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0972s at the 3/14 Senate Session. See Senate Calendar 11. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendments 2018-0972s and 2018-1021s on a Voice vote on 3/14. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public Hearing on 03/28. There was a full Committee Work Session on 4/4. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1357h at the 4/19 House session. The vote was 19-0; see HC 15 P. 9 The bill was Recommitteed to the Science and Technology Committee at the House session on 4/19. (See Column N to the right for details on this). There was a Public Hearing on Amendment #2018-1645h on 4/24 as well as a Work Session. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with the Vose amendment (#2018-1742h). The vote was 19-1. The proposed Harrington amendment did not pass. At the House Session on 5/3, the Harrington floor amendment #2018-1826s FAILED on a 116-213 Roll Call vote. The House then PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote. The Senate Voted to Concur with House Amendment 1742h on a Voice Vote on 5/10. SB446 was Vetoed by Governor Sununu on June 19th.
After the bill passed on 5/3, NHSEA said "Overall, this bill greatly opens up the market for new, larger projects that can help NH towns and businesses and communities generate local renewable energy while lowering their energy costs."audioFrom NHSEA: This bill would increase the net metering project cap size from 1 to 5 MW. The utilities strongly oppose the bill. The public hearing went well, but the prime sponsor, Sen. Avard, insisted on using a wholesale market rate for projects that are 1-5 MW. If this rate is used, no, or very few new projects would be built because the basic economics won't work. NHSEA says: "The amendment proposed by Sen. Bradley is to raise the project cap and have the PUC do an expedited 6 month proceeding to set an interim rate that would be grandfathered for 12 years. From the NHSEA the week of 4/24: "SB 446 was on the House Consent Calendar, with a 19-0 Committee recommendation as Ought to Pass) for the full House vote today, but at the last minute got pulled off by Rep. Barry and Harrington because Rep. Harrington is trying to propose an amendment that would set the rate for 1 - 5 MW systems at wholesale/LMP rates. Barry then made a motion to re-commit 446 to the Science and Technology Committee for ANOTHER hearing, on Harrington's amendment. The motion passed. This amendment is unacceptable, bad policy, and bad process." At the Executive Session after the public hearing, Rep Harrington's amendment Failed.Harrington Amendment #2018-1645hVose amendment 2018-1742Harrington floor amendment 2018-1826 at 5/3 House SessionLiberty block of legislators supported this floor amendment
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1HB1544 textestablishing a committee to identify the requirements needed to commit New Hampshire to a goal of 100 percent renewable energy for electricity by 2040.
Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Somssich , Howard Moffett, Martha Fuller Clark
roll callEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Majority Committee Report on 2/15 was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate - for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 12-9. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 175-150 roll call vote on 03/21.NHSEA supports bill Hopefully this bill to establish a committee to study achieving 100% renewable electricity by 2040 will pass, but just the campaign to get it passed should galvanize the public and raise expectations.
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2SB321 textrelative to group host net energy metering.Sponsors: (Prime) Bob GiudaEnergy & EnvironmentSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass, for the 01/18 Senate session; see SC 3. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 1/18. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a Public Hearing on 03/20. There was a full Committee Work Session on 03/28 and on 04/04. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/19 House session. The vote was 19-0; see HC 15 P. 9. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19.NHSEA May be an important bill. It removes the requirement that all members of a net metering group be default (utility) energy customers; could be important for low income participants who want to be part of a community solar project. Now the new SB 446 hearing on the amendment is scheduled for Tuesday 4/24 at 11:00 in Science Tech and Energy Committee (LOB Room 304). There will be an executive session that same afternoon or the next morning. PLEASE let me know if could come to either testify or just be in the room to stand against this new amendment and in support of the existing version. We need businesses, municipal leaders, end-users/consumers to speak. It is essential we fill the room to counter-act Harrington and his allies who wish to kill net metering and SB 446.
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2HB1202 textThis bill permits a town to establish a revolving fund for the purpose of facilitating transactions relative to municipal group net metering.Sponsors: (Prime) Clyde CarsonEnergy & EnvironmentSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/07 House session. The vote was 13-0; see HC 5 P. 13 .The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 2/8. A referral of the bill to the Science, Technology and Energy Committee was waived by the Commitee Chair; see House Journal 3 P. 7 . The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 03/20. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass. See SC 15. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/5. see SJ 11 NHSEA supports billVery good bill. This bill adds municipal group net metering to the list of allowable revolving fund purposes. Under the state’s group net metering rules, towns receive a check from their electricity provider for excess electricity produced, but not used by the host site and pumped into the grid. They also receive revenue from the sale of renewable energy credits.
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2YSB447relative to issuance of renewable energy certificates.Sponsors: (Prime) Martha Fuller Clark , Herbert Richardson, Jeff Woodburn, Robert Backus, Howard Moffett, Suzanne Harvey, Peter Somssichroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1085s on 3/21. See Senate Calendar 13. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1085s, on a Voice vote on 3/21. See Senate Journal 9. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 4/11. There was a Full Committee Work Session o 4/18. The Majority Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 12-9. The House Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 173-161 Roll Call vote on 5/3.
NHSEA supports the bill. In its most recent update, the NHSEA noted "that the bill had passed the Senate with an amendment to repeal the entire (and terrible) provision gifting free RECs to utilities altogether, which was excellent". audioThis bill helps cut down on how much the utilities are allowed to "sweep" unregistered Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to satisfy their Renewable Portfolio Standard obligation. Last year the utilities swept so many RECs that their obligation was reduced from .6% of generation to .05%, which had a huge impact on the market, and starved the Renewable Energy Fund of payments that provide important subsidies for renewable energy in NH. This bill, in its current state or amended to go farther, would dramatically help solar REC prices in NH.
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2HB1550 textThis bill requires providers of electricity to include on customer bills the cost to each customer of compliance with the electric renewable portfolio standard under RSA 362-F.Sponsors: (Prime) Michael Harrington, Mark McLeanroll callEnergy & EnvironmentOThe Committee Report on 2/23 was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment. The vote was 11-8. On 3/21,The House voted to PASS the bill on a roll call vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate.There was a Public Hearing on 4/17; see SC 17. The Committee Report was that the bill should be Referred for Interim Study at the 5/3 Senate Session; see SJ 14. The Senate Voted to Refer the bill to Interim Study on a Voice Vote on 5/3; see SJ 16. A motion was then made to Pass the bill. Floor Amendment #2018-1888s Passed on a Voice Vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendment #2018-1888s on a Voice Vote; See SJ 16. (see the floor amendment in column N). The House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 1888s and to Request a Committee of Conference, on a Division Vote of 182-158 on 5/10. A Conference Committee Meeting was held on 5/15.
NHSEA opposesdthis billFrom NHSEA: This bill - to put a new line item on electric bills showing the costs of renewable energy) - is supported by the Governor as a way to increase transparency to control energy costs. It is actually just a bill to put a bullseye on renewable energy. The bill is still being studied - NHSEA says there are some bipartisan concerns that this bill is burdensome and complicated to implement. The bill was amended to require that customers be notified, either online or by mail, once per year about the costs of the RPS (renewable portfolio standard). Floor amendment #2018-1888s
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SB452 text
relative to renewable energy fund incentive payments.Sponsors: (Prime) Bob GiudaEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 3/21 Senate session. See Senate Calendar 13. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/21. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 4/11. There was a Full Committee Work session on 4/18. The Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 21-0. The House Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice Vote on 5/2.
audioThis makes residents who install leased solar PV systems eligible for Renewable Energy Fund incentive payments.
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2HB1472 textThis bill requires the state building code review board to make available a form for showing compliance with energy provisions under the state building code. The bill also repeals RSA 155-D, the state code for energy conservation in new building construction.Sponsors: (Prime) Mariellen MacKay , Sharon Carson, James MacKay, Lynne Ober, Donald LeBrun, Kimberly Rice, Dan Feltes, Tamara LeEnergy & EnvironmentSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0092h for 0the 2/22 House session. The vote was 14-0; see HC 7 P. 8. The House PASSED the bill with amendment 0092h on a Voice vote on 2/22. The bill crossed over to the Senate. On 4/18,there was a Public Hearing on the bill and on proposed amendment #2018-1416s; see SC 17. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass, see; SC 19. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/2; see SJ 15. NHSEAThis bill brings NH’s building codes into compliance with International Standards and simplifies energy efficiency reporting for new residential construction
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HB1555 text
This bill requires the public utilities commission and the office of the consumer advocate to advocate against regional or federal policies which are not the policies in this state and which would result in higher electric rates.Sponsors: (Prime) Michael HarringtonEnergy & EnvironmentOMajority Committee report was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment. The vote was 11-8. The House PASSED the bill with an amendmen 0326h on a Voice vote on 3/15. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/17; see SC 17. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/26 Senate session; see SC 18 The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/26.NHSEAThis bill is a different way of attacking RGGI. The sponsor is a former PUC Commissioner and is affiliated with Americans for Prosperity. He was behind HB592, the 2017 bill to kill/weaken RGGI in NH that was recently finally killed.
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2YSB365directing the public utilities commission to require local electric distribution companies to offer power purchase contracts to instate PURPA projects.Sponsors: (Prime) Daniel Innisroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1084s at the 3/21 Senate session; see Senate Calendar 13. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1084s on a Voice vote on 3/21. See Senate Journal 9. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 4/11. There was a Full Committee Work session on 4/18., and there was another Work session on 4/24. A last minute amendment proposed by Rep Vose (#2018-1710h) was discussed at length but a vote wasn't taken on it. The Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass, with the Richardson amendment (#2018-1701h. The vote was 14-6. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 1701h on a 225-108 Roll Call vote on 5/3. The Senate Voted to Concur with House Amendment 1701h on a Voice Vote on 5/10. SB365 was Vetoed by Governor Sununu on June 19th.NHSEA supports the bill. From the most recent NHSEA update: "This is a bill to allow existing renewable qualifying facilities under PURPA (Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act) to receive a rate pegged to 80% of the default energy supply rate. The bill is designed to keep our local small hydro and 6 wood power plants operational and their power in state to support jobs and energy diversity. ...The bill has been amended to include only the biomass plants and Wheelebrator (trash to energy) now." audio Opens the door for NH utilities to engage in clean power purchases similar to Massachusetts Clean Energy RFPs for Default Service. It’s hard to see how NH will achieve 100% renewable electricity generation by 2040 without such enabling legislation. But the bill could be very controversial, with the chance of getting into very expensive contracts like the Burgess Biomass contract to which Eversource committed ratepayer funds. Could be used to purchase power from projects like Northern Pass. From NHSEA: The hearing on 3/6 was mixed in its support. Unitil was surprisingly neutral, and Americans for Prosperity showed up to oppose it.
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HB1356 text
This bill requires the department of environmental services and the department of health and human services to establish a data sharing protocol regarding certain health and environmental information collected by each agency.Sponsors: (Prime) Mark Pearson , Martha Fuller Clark, James McConnell, Pamela Gordon, William Marsh, Laura Pantelakos, Joseph Guthrie, Mindi Messmer, Daniel InnisEnergy & EnvironmentSCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0374h for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 13-0; see HC 7 P. 8. The House PASSED the bill with the amendment on a Voice vote on 2/22. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Pubic Hearing on the bill, and on proposed amendment #2018-1291s on 4/10; see SC 16. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1465s at the 4/19 Senate session; The Vote was 5-0; see SC 17. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1869s and Amendment #2018-1465s on a Voice Vote on 5/3. See SJ 16. The House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 1465s and 1869s and to Request a Committee of Conference on a Voice Vote on 5/10. A Committee of Conference Committee Meeting was held on 5/14 and 5/16.From HC 7: This bill encourages and allows NHDES and NHHHS to establish a data sharing protocol to meet current and emergent environmental health issues throughout the state. The amendment, which replaces the entire bill, was a result of collaboration between the departments and the bill sponsor to ensure needs were met for all parties in expanding collective work efforts. The Executive Dept and Administration Committee unanimously recommended the bill Ought to Pass.
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2HB1515 textrelative to an exemption from the combustion ban on construction and demolition debris. "This bill exempts bio-oil and bio-synthetic gas from the ban on combustion of the wood component of construction and demolition debris."Sponsors: (Prime) Michael Vose , Sean Morrisonroll callEnergy & EnvironmentOThe Majority Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment - for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 15-6. See HC 9 P. 47. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 0560h on a roll call vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate`. The Public Hearing was held on 4/24; see SC 18. AT the Senate Session on 5/3, Floor Amendment #2018-1883s PASSED on a Voice Vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendments 2018-1799s and 2018-1883s on a Voice Vote; see SJ 16. The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendments 1799s and 1883s on a Division Vote of 173-146 on 5/10. Sierra ClubThe bill would allow Wheelabrator to "chemically burn" contruction and demolition waste with the end product producing a "bio fuel". There is significant reason to be concerned that in one/or both of the the chemical burn and bio fuel processes will put toxic substances such as dioxins, lead, cranium, mercury etc into the the environment
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HB1592 text
requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water. The commissioner shall initiate rulemaking within 120 days of the effective date of this paragraph to revise the ambient groundwater quality standard for arsenic to 0.004 parts per billion.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Robert Renny Cushing, James McConnell, Valerie Fraser, Debra Altschiller, Chuck Grassieroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSThe bill came to the House on 2/8, with two amendments, one from the Majority of the RR-D Committee, the other from the Minority of the Committee. There were roll call votes on both. The Majority amendment #2018-0324h PASSED 187-104, and the Minority amendment #2018-0375h FAILED 137-156. The House then PASSED the bill with amendment 2018-0324h on a Voice vote. The bill was then referred to the Executive Departments and Admininstration Committee. Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1100h for the 03/21 House session. The vote was 13-0; see HC 11 P. 18. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment #2018-1100h on 3/21. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 4/10. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1438s on 4/19; see SC 17. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1438s on a Voice vote on 4/19. The bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. See SJ 13. The Committee Report is that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 5/2 Senate Session; see SC 19. At the Senate Session on 5/3, a motion to Table the bill Failed on an 11-13 Roll Call vote; another motion to Table the bill Passed on a 14-10 Roll Call vote. After further discussion, a motion that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate Failed on a Voice Vote. A motion was then made to Pass the bill. Floor Amendment #2018-1926s was proposed and Passed on a Voice Vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendment #2018-1926s on a Voice Vote; See SJ 16. (see the Floor amendment in column M). The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1438s and 1926s, on a 194-137 Roll Call vote on 5/10. Safe Water AllianceFloor amendment #2018-1926s
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HB1766 text
This bill requires the department of environmental services to order the parties responsible for dumping hazardous waste in the Coakley Landfill to undertake certain remedial actions.
The title was renamed because of Floor amendment #2018-1630s: requiring the department of environmental services to report to the general court regarding bedrock testing and perfluorochemical contamination in the Seacoast area and at other landfills and hazardous waste sites.
Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Robert Renny Cushing, Tamara Le, Philip Bean, Martha Fuller Clark, Pamela Gordon, Michael Edgarroll callsEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Majority Committee report on 2/28 was to refer the bill for Interim Study - for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 9-7. See House Calendar 9, page 53. A motion to Refer the bill for Interim Study FAILED in the House on a roll call vote on 3/7. The House then PASSED the bill on a roll call vote on 3/7. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearimg on 4/3. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1630s on 4/26. See SC 18. On 4/26 Floor amendment #2018-1792s was proposed and Failed on a 5-19 Roll Call vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill with Amendment #2018-1630s on a 24-0 Roll Call vote. (see the amendments to the right). At the House Session on 5/10, the House Voted to Non-Concur with Senate Amendment 1630s and to Request a Committee of Conference, on a Voice Vote. A Conference Committee Meeting was held on 5/14. The House Voted to adopt the Committee Report on a 168-156 Division vote.audiohttp://www.seacoastonline.com/news/20180307/bill-to-force-coakley-landfill-remediation-passes-nh-houseAmendment 2018-1630sAmendment 2018-1792sBefore the day the Senate voted on the bill, Rep Mindi Messmer said " the New Hampshire Senate should have been in a position to vote on a bill requiring an immediate cleanup of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) at the Coakley Landfill. Instead, it will vote on a neutered version of HB 1766 that requires monitoring results to be reported to the legislature--but no longer requires a clean-up. Put simply, this is a betrayal of families living near the site who were depending on the legislature to act in the wake of the discovery of elevated levels of PFCs in Berry’s Brook and a double pediatric cancer cluster in the area surrounding the site. When the bill came to the full Senate on 4/26, Sen Innis's Floor amendment #2018-1792s would have achieved what Rep Messmer was hoping for, but the amendment was defeated, and the Senate Passed the neutered version (including amendment 2018-1630s).
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HB1689 text
repealing the repeal of the pollution prevention program of the department of environmental services. This bill is a request of the Dept of Environmental Services.Sponsors: (Prime) Frank Byron , Martha Fuller Clark, Suzanne Smith, Chris ChristensenEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Committee report on 2/21 was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 3/6 House session. The vote was 12-0. See House calendar 9, page 31. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/10. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/19 Senate Session; the Vote was 5-0; see SC 17. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19; see SJ 13.
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2HB1233 textThis bill preempts the local regulation of seeds and fertilizer. It is a request of the department of agriculture, markets, and food.Sponsors: (Prime) Stephen DarrowEnergy & EnvironmentOThe Majority Committee report on 2/26 was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment. The vote was 7-6. At the 3/6 House session, a motion to TABLE the bill FAILED on a 129-164 roll call vote. The House then PASSED the bill with Amendment 0236h on a Voice vote. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a Public Hearing on 4/24. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass for the 5/2 Senate Session; SC 19. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/2. Sierra Club This bill would takes away a town's ability to regulate such things as spreading sludge as a fertilizer, or addressing issues such as genetically altered seeds. The Environment and Agriculture Committee had a Work session on the bill on 2/13
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HB1618 text
relative to ambient water quality standards and maximum contaminant levels for perfluorinated chemicals.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Robert Renny Cushing, James McConnell, Philip Bean, Shannon Chandley, Valerie Fraser, Michael Edgar, Jerry Knirk, Chuck Grassie, Jay KahnEnergy & EnvironmentSThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate - for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 15-0. See House Calendar 9, page 30. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote at the 3/6 House session.Safe Water Alliance
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HB1611 text
establishing a committee to study off-shore wind energy development.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushingroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Majority Committee report on 2/21 was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 11-8. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 3/6.NHSEA supports billThis bill establishes a task force to study Offshore Wind. There was a task force that produced a report in 2014 in support of Offshore Wind. What is really needed is for the Governor to commit NH to a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management task force in partnership with Maine and Massachusetts.
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2HB1338 textestablishing a committee to study the changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electricity supply.Sponsors: (Prime) Peter Schmidt , David WattersEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Majority Committee Report said the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate . The vote was 12-9. See House Calendar 9, page 46. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 170-144 Division vote on 3/6. NHSEA supports billA priority study committee which will look at what legislation is necessary to support micro grids. Micro grids offer tremendous potential for making our electric grid more secure, reliable and less expensive compared with large scale transmission projects. From NHSEA: Not surprisingly but unfortunately, the Science, Technology and Energy Committee voted that the bill was "inexpedient to legislate"
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This bill permits the owner of property equipped with a solar energy system to either pay the property tax on the assessed value of the property equipped with the solar array system or make a payment in lieu of taxes of a specified amount for that portion equipped with the solar energy system.Sponsors: (Prime) Lee Oxenham , Marjorie ShepardsonEnergy & EnvironmentITLThe Majority Committee Report on 2/27 was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 13-8. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 185-135 Division vote on 3/15. NHSEANHSEA: "This bill supports a concept to help deal with the vagaries of taxation of solar projects at the local level. It aims to help set a methodology for towns to use to do that. It may need some tweaking." In towns where property taxes are not waived for solar PV systems, this bill would allow the homeowners to make a very reasonable Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT of $5/KW of capacity). From NHSEA: "There is some confusion around this bill, and whether it should go to the Municipal and County Government Committee. The bill was voted Inexpedient to Legislate in the Science Technology and Energy Committee TL in over such confusion."
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adding a 50 percent charge to all amounts assessed to persons liable for costs of containment, cleanup, and remediation of water, air and soil pollution.Sponsors: (Prime) James McConnell , Robert Renny Cushing, Michael Edgar, Dan Hynes, Valerie Fraser, Mindi Messmerroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSITLMajority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 15-4; see HC 5 P. 26. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on 2/8, on a roll call voteSafe Water Alliance
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This bill requires the department of health and human services to offer and pay for blood testing for perfluorinated chemicals for certain people.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Valerie Fraser, Mary Freitas, Daniel Innis, Martha Fuller Clark, James McConnell, Jerry KnirkEnergy & EnvironmentSISCommittee Report: Refer for Interim Study for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 21-0; see HC 5 P. 9. The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 2/8
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This bill requires public water suppliers to monitor public water supplies for perfluorinated chemicals.
Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Valerie Fraser, Rebecca McBeath, Tamara Le, Martha Fuller Clark, Donna Soucy, James McConnell, Pamela Gordon, Michael EdgarEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Committee report on 2/21 was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 15-0. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote at the 3/6 House session.Safe Water Alliance
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This bill requires the commissioner of the department of environmental services to make rules relative to the presence of certain chemicals in the surface waters of the state.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Martha Fuller Clark, Suzanne Smith, Michael Edgar, Tamara Le, Robert Renny Cushing, James McConnellEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 15-0. See House Calendar 9, page 30. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.Safe Water Alliance
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This bill requires the site evaluation committee to issue a certificate for an energy facility if the committee fails to act within 365 days of acceptance of an application Sponsors: (Prime) Dave Testermanroll callEnergy & EnvironmentOTThe Majority Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment at the 3/6 House session. The vote was 12-0. See House Calendar 9, page 63. The House TABLED the bill on a 178-148 roll call vote on 3/15. NHSEA A bad bill, which would force the SEC to make a decision on a project within one year or, by default, the project will be approved. It would short circuit SEC decisions based on the calendar instead of serious issues that might arise (as with Northern Pass and the Seacoast Reliability Project.)
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2HB1230 textestablishing a commission to study the economic impact of national carbon pricing on New Hampshire.Sponsors: (Prime) Marjorie Shepardson , Herbert Richardson, Peter Schmidt, David Danielson, Lee Oxenham, Martha Fuller Clarkroll callEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Majority Committee report on 2/14 was that the bill was inexpedient to legislate for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 12-9. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 181-146 roll call vote on 03/06.NHSEA supports billThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has suggested that carbon pricing may be the ultimate answer to how to effectively include subsidized renewable energy sources in forward capacity auctions (these auctions ensure that the NE power system will have sufficient resources to meet the future demand for electricity.)
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relative to inclusion of energy storage in distributed energy resources for electricity transmission and distribution. Intent is to maximize the use of cost effective energy storage.Sponsors: (Prime) Lee Oxenham , Patricia Higgins, Suzanne Harvey, Martha Fuller Clark, Marjorie ShepardsonEnergy & EnvironmentSITLThe Majority Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. The vote was 12-9. See House Calendar 9, page 76. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 174-150 Division vote on 03/21. NHSEA supports bill.This bill makes energy storage a part of the portfolio of clean energy resources in NH. The bill was amended to become a study committee.
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making the Coakley Landfill Group subject to the provisions of RSA 91-A.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushing , Martha Fuller Clark, Laura Pantelakos, James McConnell, Dan Feltes, Rio Tilton, Philip Bean, Daniel Innis, J. Tracy Emerick, Mindi MessmerEnergy & EnvironmentSTOn 2/28, the Majority Committee report was to refer the bill for Interim Study at the 3/6 House session. The vote was 9-6. See House Calendar 9, page 72. On 3/21 The House TABLED the bill on a Voice vote.
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This bill requires sellers of real property to provide notice to buyers of environmentally hazardous sites within one mile of the property, and to disclose water test results if a source of MTBE or perfluorinated chemicals is identified within one mile of the property.Sponsors: (Prime) James McConnell , Robert Renny Cushing, Mindi Messmer, John Reagan, Michael Edgar, John O'Day, Philip BeanEnergy & EnvironmentSITLAfter a public hearing on 2/13, there was a Work session on the bill on 2/20. The Committee Report on 2/23 was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 19-0. See House Calendar 9, page 8. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/21.
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relative to standards for perfluorochemicals in drinking water, ambient groundwater, and surface water.Sponsors: (Prime) Daniel InnisEnergy & EnvironmentThe Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote on 3/8, and referred the bill to the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/15. See Senate Journal 8. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 3/27. There was a full Committee Work Session on 04/03. The Majority Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1310h for the 4/12 House session. The vote was 12-1. See HC 14 P. 9 The House PASSED the bill on a 263-71 Division vote on 4/12. The bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. There was a Division I Work Session on 4/17, and an Executive Session on the bill on 4/18. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1580h for the 4/26 House session. The vote was 26-0; see HC 16 P. 1. The House PASSED the bill with amendment #2018-1580h on a Voice vote on 4/26. The Senate Voted to Concur with House Amendment 1580h on a Voice Vote on 5/2. audio
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This bill allows the department of environmental services to make rules regarding air pollution and the deposit of such pollutants on soils and water. It also regulates devices emitting or having the potential to emit air pollutants that may harm soil and water through the deposit of such pollutants.
Sponsors: (Prime) Richard Hinch , Chuck Morse, John Graham, Richard Barry, Patrick Abrami, Frank Byron, J. Tracy Emerick, Terry Wolf, Gary Daniels, Chris Christensen, Bob Giuda, Jeb Bradley, David Danielson, Robert L'Heureux, Daniel InnisEnergy & EnvironmentThe House PASSED the bill with Amendment 0334h on a Voice vote on 2/8, and referred the bill to the Science, Technology and Energy Committee. The Committee voted 19-0 that the bill Ought to Pass (See House Calendar 9). The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 4/3. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1628s for the 4/26 Senate session; see SC 18 . The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1628s on a Voice vote on 4/26, and referred the bill to the Finance Committee. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/3; see SJ 16. The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1628s on a Voice Vote on 5/10. audio
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This bill requires municipalities to minimize any adverse effects to forestry activities when adopting ordinances. This bill also prohibits municipalities from adopting ordinances that deal solely with forestry which adversely affect forestry activities..Sponsors: (Prime) Gene Chandler , Peter Leishman, Herbert Richardson, Robert Theberge, Jeb Bradley, Kevin Avard, Howard Pearl, Bob Giuda, Ruth Ward, Harold FrenchEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass for the 02/07 Houe session. The vote was 17-0; see HC 5 P. 14. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 2/8. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 4/10. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass at the 4/19 Senate Session; see SC 17 . The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/3. See SJ 16 NHSEA
From HC 5: This bill addresses a problem forestland owners and managers are facing – inconsistent, unreasonable, and adverse local regulations. Among other things, it establishes a standard a town/city must meet when seeking to enact an ordinance that will adversely affect forestry activities, and prohibits a town/city from adopting an ordinance that discriminates against forestry activities. It does not prohibit local ordinances, and instead brings stakeholders together to minimize potential adverse impacts before the ordinance is enacted.
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3SB367 textrelative to public utilities commission review of group host agreements.Sponsors: (Prime) Dan Feltes , Martha Fuller Clark, Donna SoucyEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass, for the 01/18 Senate session; see SC 3. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 1/18. See Senate Journal 2. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 3/20. There was a full Committee Work Session on 3/28, and on 4/4. The Committee Report was that the bill Ought to Pass for the 4/19 House session. The Vote was 19-0; see HC 15 P. 9 The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19.
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This bill makes it easier for small scale group net-metering hosts, and relaxes the need for the PUC to approve the agreements used for all group host systems “except for residential systems with an interconnected capacity under 15 kilowatts.” This is important enabling legislation, but there may be some conflicts with SB 321 in terms of requiring all members to be default energy (utility) customers. SB 367 says, “The group of customers shall be default service customers of the same electric distribution utility as the host.”
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3SB450 -FN-A textestablishing an advisory commission for the department of environmental services relative to the delegation of MS-4 authority.Sponsors: (Prime) Jeb BradleyEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0393s, for the 02/15 Senate session; see SC 7. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 0393s on 2/15 on a Voice vote, and referred it to the Finance Committee. See Senate Journal 4. Finance Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1072s. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment #2018-1072s on a Voice vote on 3/15. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/27. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1205h. . The vote was 18-0. See HC 13 P. 6. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 1205h on a Voice vote on 4/5. The bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. There was a Division I work session on the bill on 4/10. There was a Division I Work Session on the bill on 4/17, and an Executive Session on 4/18. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for the 4/26 House Session. The vote was 26-0. See HC 16 P. 5. At the House Session on 5/2, Floor amendment #2018-1809h PASSED on a Voice Vote. The House then PASSED the bill with Amendment 1809h on a Voice Vote. The Senate Voted to Concur with House Amendment 1205h on a Voice Vote on 5/10. audio
This bill creates an advisory commission to develop legislation to delegate permit authority for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) program from the EPA to NHDES. NH is one of only three states that doesn't have this authority.
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3HB1488 textestablishing a committee to study the public utilities commission's role and scope of duties in a deregulated environment.Sponsors: (Prime) Jacqueline Cali-PittsEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: The bill Ought to Pass for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 21-0; see HC 9 P. 31. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Committee Report is that the bill should be Referred to Interim Study at the 5/2 Senate Session; the Vote was 5-0; see SJ 14. On 5/2, the Senate Referred the bill to Interim Study on a Voice Vote; see SJ 15. NHSEAaudio The committee would study the role of the PUC in a deregulated energy market.
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3SB444 textrelative to cutting timber near certain waters and public highways. Sponsors: Bob Giuda,Gene Chandler, Robert Theberge, Daniel Innis, Herbert Richardson, Howard Pearl, Jeb Bradley Energy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0506s for the 02/15 Senate session; see SC 7. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 2/1. See Senate Journal 3. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 3/20. There was a Full Committee Work Session on 4/17. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass for the 4/26 House session; see HC 16 P. 7 . The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/26.

audioThis bill may encourage clear cutting and/or other activities related to forestry operations. Class VI roads are often gated or abandoned roads, so this change to the RSA may not be a problem for the public, but still environmentally questionable.
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relative to members of the site evaluation committee.Sponsors: (Prime) Jeb BradleyEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0379s, for the 02/15 Senate session. The vote was 500; see SC 7. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote on 2/15; see Senate Journal 4. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/20. There was a Work Session on 03/28, 4/4, 4/10 and 4/18. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1551h for the 4/26 House session. The vote was 21-0. See HC 16 Page 8.
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establishing a commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy.Sponsors: (Prime) Martha Fuller Clark , Richard Barry, Robert Backus, Marjorie Shepardson, Peter Somssich Energy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0158s, for the 02/01 Senate session. The vote was 5-0; see SC 5. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on 2/1, on a Voice vote. See Senate Journal 3. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/20. There was a full Committee Work Session on 03/28, and on 4/4. The Majority Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 4/19 House session. The Vote wsa 12-8; see HC 15 P. 14. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 4/19.audioThis bill would establish a commission to study the establishment of a State Department of Energy. A root problem in NH is that the Legislature has oversight of RGGI, the RPS and other important programs that become political footballs. Unless that changes, it probably doesnt matter what organizations are in place.
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3HB1436 textrelative to lakes with shared borders with 2 or more towns.This bill requires all septic systems within the protected shoreland to meet all rules of the department of environmental services for sewage system design.Sponsors: (Prime) Jerry KnirkEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 11-7; See HC 9 P. 75 . The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/21.
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3HB1569 textrelative to liability of energy facility companies for damage caused by restoration projects.Sponsors: Wayne Burton, Martha Fuller Clark, Suzanne SmithEnergy & EnvironmentMajority Committee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 11-8; see HC 9 P. 64. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 172-145 Division vote on 03/15. The MA Kinder Morgan/Tennessee Gas Pipeline has been found to discharge highly contaminated water into the pristine waters of a conservation area in Sandisfield, MA. Although there was much discussion about indemnifying landowners during the NED pipeline battle, such a requirement for adequate surety was never explicitly part of the approval proceedings.
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3HB1745 textThis bill makes an appropriation to cover costs involved in controlling invasive aquatic species on state waterways.
Sponsors: (Prime) James McConnell , Lou D'Allesandro, Mindi MessmerEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 16-3. The House PASSED the bill on 2/8 on a Voice vote and referred it to the Finance Committee. Finance Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/21 Senate session. The vote was 24-0; see HC 11 P. 4 . The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/21.
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3HB1591 textrelative to a private right of action for toxin exposure.
Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Martha Fuller Clark, Valerie Fraser, Robert Renny Cushing, James McConnell, Kevin Cavanaugh
roll callEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 10-5; see HC 9 P. 43. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 3/6.
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3HB1779 textrequiring monitoring of certain radioactive air pollutants.
Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Robert Renny Cushing, Robert Backus, Valerie Fraser, James McConnell, Tamara Le, Martha Fuller Clark, Pamela Gordon, Henry Marsh
roll callEnergy & EnvironmentITLThe Majority Committee Report was that the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate. for the 3/6 House session. The vote was 13-8. See House Calendar 9, page 48. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 3/6.
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This bill sets the permissible level of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in drinking water at .5 micrograms per liter.
Sponsors: (Prime) James McConnell , Mindi Messmer
Energy & EnvironmentITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 15-0; see HC 9 P. 46. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 264-61 Division vote on 3/6. Safe Water Alliance
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3SB449 textrelative to the site evaluation committee.
Sponsors: (Prime) Ruth Ward , William Gannon
Energy & EnvironmentISCommittee Report: Referred to Interim Study for the 03/21 Senate session; see SC 13. The Senate voted to Refer the bill to Interim Study on a Voice vote on 3/21. See SJ 9. audioThis bill would change the current SEC membership so that it would be comprised of the Chairman of the PUC and 9 members of the public. The bill also includes other changes to the SEC.
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3SB454 textrelative to ambient water quality standards and maximum contaminant levels for certain perflourinated chemicals.Sponsors: (Prime) Martha Fuller ClarkEnergy & EnvironmentTCommittee Report: Referred to Interim Study, for03/21 Senate session; see SC 13 . At the Senate session on 3/21, a motion to TABLE the bill PASSED on a Voice vote. See Senate Journal 9.audio
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3HB1226 textrelative to restricting the watering of lawns through the use of private wells.This bill deletes private wells from restrictions on the watering of lawns.
Sponsors: (Prime) Chris True , Daniel ItseEnergy & EnvironmentITLThe Committee Report was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate forthe 3/6 House session. The vote was 12-1; see HC 9 P. 30. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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3HB1659 textestablishing a committee to study possible health and safety impacts of the alkali-silica reaction on the seacoast.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushingroll callEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/22 Houes session. The vote was 14-5; see HC 7 P. 19. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 2/22. Safe Water AllianceHouse Session video: see debate on bill at 1:31 pm on video.From HC 7: The majority of the committee said the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 14-5 vote; - said it was duplicative of ongoing oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and that the short time frame of the proposed committee was highly unlikely to accomplish anything of significance before the November 2018 expiration. The minority of the committee said the bill "would provide an important function to oversee serious concerns about concrete degradation at Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. We heard in testimony from Nextera that more than half of the concrete structures have degraded to stage 3, the most serious. ..we are concerned that the situation represents a serious public health risk to the entire Northeast and specifically to the seacoast where there is a CDC-defined double pediatric cancer cluster and more than two times the expected rate of pediatric brain cancer. http://www.c-10.org/blog/2018/02/28/two-n-h-bills-on-seabrook-safety-voted-down-on-party-line/
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4SB577requiring the public utilities commission to consider its order affecting the Burgess BioPower plant in Berlin.Sponsors: (Prime) Jeb Bradleyroll callEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: the bill Ought to Pass with an amendment 2018-0721s for the 3/8 Senate session. See Senate Calendar 9. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendments 2018-0721s, and 2018-0884s on a 20-4 roll call vote on 3/8. The bill was then referred to the Finance Committee. The Finance Committee Report was that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate; see Senate Calendar 13A . At the Senate session on 3/22, a motion that the the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate FAILED on a 4-19 roll call vote. The Senate then PASSED the bill on a 19-4 roll call vote. See Senate Journal 10. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a Public Hearing on 4/11, and a Full Committee Work session on on 4/18 and also on 4/24. The Committee Report on 4/24 was that bill Ought to Pass with amendment #2018-1677h. The vote was 19-1. The House PASSED the bill on 5/3 on a 254-64 Roll Call vote. The Senate Voted to Concur with House Amendment 1677h on a Voice Vote on 5/10.
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4HB1777 textrelative to energy infrastructure corridor revenue.Sponsors: (Prime) Suzanne Smith , Howard Moffett, Martha Fuller Clark, Gene Chandler, Michael VoseEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: the bill Ought to Pass for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 21-0; see HC 9 P. 30. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/19 Vote 5-0; SC 17 The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/19; see SJ 13

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4SB368establishing an exemption from shoreland protection permitting requirements for maintenance and repairs of existing roads and for borings and test wells.Sponsors: (Prime) Jeb Bradley
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Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-0656s, for the 02/22 Senate session. The vote was 5-0; see SC 8. The Senate PASSED the bill with an amendment on a Voice vote, on 2/22. See Senate Journal 5. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 03/20. There was a Subcommittee Work Session on 03/27. Full Committee Work Session: 04/17. Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/26 House session. The vote was 18-0; see HC 16 P. 7 . The House PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 4/26.audio
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4HB1796 textrelative to the legislative oversight committee on electric utility restructuring.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Backus , Herbert Richardson
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Committee Report: the bill Ought to Pass for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 21-0; see HC 9 P. 31. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 3/6. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/27. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1798s, for the 5/2 Senate Session. The Vote was 5-0; see SJ 14. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1798s on a Voice Vote on 5/2; see SJ 15. The House Voted to Concur with Senate Amendment 1798s on a Voice Vote on 5/10.
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4SB445 textdesignating the Warner River as a protected river.Sponsors: (Prime) Dan Feltes
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Committee Report: Ought to Pass, for the 02/01 Senate session. See SC 5. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 2/1. See Senate Journal 3. The bill crossed over to the House. There was a public hearing on 4/3. There was a Full Committee Work Session on 4/17. The Majority Committee Report: is that the bill Ought to Pass for the 4/26 House session. The vote was 14-4; see HC 16 P. 15. The House PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 4/26.
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4HB1227 textrelative to an unattended idling vehicle on private property.Sponsors: (Prime) Chris True , Daniel Itseroll callEnergy & Environment Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for the 02/22 Houes session. The vote was 13-6; see HC 7 P. 20. The House PASSED the bill on a roll call vote on 2/22. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a public hearing on 3/20. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass, for the 04/05 Senate session; see SC 15. The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice vote on 4/5. See SJ 11.
audioFrom the bill: "No person driving or in charge of a vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key, and effectively setting the brake thereon and, when standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the way, unless such vehicle has been started by remote control car starter. Proposed NEW wording - This paragraph does not prohibit a person in charge of a vehicle from idling the vehicle unattended on his or her own property.
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4HB1104This bill reduces certain timelines related to dredge and fill permit applications; reduces certain time limits for agency actions on applications under the administrative procedure act; and requires the secretary of state to allow online filing of documents under the New Hampshire business corporation act. Richard Hinch, Bob Giuda, Peter Leishman, Lino Avellani, Jeb Bradley, Mark McConkey, Gary Daniels roll callEnergy & EnvironmentThe House PASSED the bill on a 157-140 Division vote on 2/8, and then referred it to the Executive Depts and Administration Committee. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1062h for the 03/21 House session. The vote was 7-6; seeHC 11 P. 18. The House PASSED the bill with Amendment 1062h on a 178-148 roll call vote on 03/22. The bill crossed over to the Senate. There was a pubilc hearing on 4/4. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass with Amendment #2018-1467s at the 4/19 Senate session. See SC 17. The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1467s on a Voice vote on 4/19. The bill was Referred to the Finance Committee. The Committee Report is that the bill Ought to Pass, at the 5/2 Senate Session; see SC 19 . The Senate PASSED the bill on a Voice Vote on 5/3; see SJ 16. audioIn House Calendar (5), Rep. Judith Spang, for the Minority, said the bill set significantly shorter time limits on DES for its review and action on permitting for developments affecting wetlands and water quality. She said while it was the bipartisan opinion of the Resources, Recreation and Development committee that any effort such as this to streamline and increase the efficiency of state agencies was beneficial, a simple cut of permit time frames would have far-reaching negative consequences on applicants and on the environment. She recommended Interim Study for the bill.
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4HB1776 textrequiring installation of electric vehicle charging stations for use by members of the general court and making an appropriation therefor.Sponsors: (Prime) David Lisle , Martha Fuller Clark, Janice SchmidtEnergy & EnvironmentISCommittee Report: Refer for Interim Study for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 10-0; see HC 5 P. 12. The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on 2/8 on a Voice vote.NHSEAA “lead by example” piece of legislation.
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4HB1561 textrelative to the use of recycled tire rubber at village, town, municipal, and school playgrounds.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , Suzanne Smith, Valerie Fraser, David Watters, James McConnell, Chuck GrassieEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 15-4; see HC 9 P. 45. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1226 textrelative to restricting the watering of lawns through the use of private wells.Sponsors: (Prime) Chris True , Daniel ItseEnergy & EnvironmentITLCommittee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 12-1; see HC 9 P. 30. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1569 textrelative to liability of energy facility companies for damage caused by restoration projects.Sponsors: (Prime) Wayne Burton , Martha Fuller Clark, Suzanne SmithEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 11-8; see HC 9 P. 64. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a 172-145 Division vote on 03/15. NHSEA
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4HB1244 textrelative to applicability of local zoning ordinances.Sponsors: (Prime) Michael BrewsterEnergy & EnvironmentITLCommittee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 17-0; see HC 5 P. 13. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate, on a Voice vote on 2/8. NHSEA
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4HB1342 textrelative to live trapping of wild rabbits and hares by sporting clubs.Sponsors: (Prime) James Spillane , Daniel Itse, Michael Costable, Harold French, Alfred BaldasaroEnergy & EnvironmentISCommittee Report: the bill should be referred for Interim Study - for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 19-0; see HC 9 P. 25. The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1343 textrelative to the protection of beavers.Sponsors: (Prime) Carolyn Matthews , Paula FranceseEnergy & EnvironmentISCommittee Report: Refer for Interim Study for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 14-0; see HC 7 P. 9. The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 2/22.
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4HB1585 textrequiring conservation commissions to keep a natural resources inventory.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Graham , Martha Fuller Clark
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ITLCommittee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 12-0; see HC 9 P. 30. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1714 textrelative to chemical analysis of fish in stocked waterways.Sponsors: (Prime) Mindi Messmer , David Watters, Robert Renny Cushing, Pamela Gordon, Michael Edgar, Tamara Le, Martha Fuller Clark, James McConnell, Henry Marsh, Chuck Grassie, Daniel Innis
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ITLCommittee Report: Refer for Interim Study for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 14-0; see HC 7 P. 9. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 2/8.
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4HB1371 textrepealing certain exemptions from permitting requirements for temporary seasonal docks.Sponsors: (Prime) Chris Christensen , Mark McConkeyEnergy & EnvironmentISCommittee Report: the bill should be Referred for Interim Study - for the 03/06 House session. The vote was 15-0; see HC 9 P. 30 . The House voted to Refer the bill for Interim Study on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1376 textrepealing the prohibition on collecting seaweed at night.Sponsors: (Prime) Brandon PhinneyEnergy & EnvironmentITLCommittee Report: the bill is Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/06 House session. The vote was 12-0; see HC 9 P. 30 . The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4HB1659 textestablishing a committee to study possible health and safety impacts of the alkali-silica reaction on the seacoast.Sponsors: (Prime) Robert Renny Cushingroll callEnergy & EnvironmentITLMajority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for the 02/22 House session. The vote was 14-5; see HC 7 P. 19. The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a roll call vote on 2/22. Safe Water Alliance
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4HB1662 textrequiring radon air testing on all new residential construction.Sponsors: (Prime) Rebecca McBeathEnergy & EnvironmentITLCommittee Report: the bill is nexpedient to Legislate - for 03/06 House session. The vote was 18-0; see HC 9 P. 9 . The House voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice vote on 3/6.
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4SB427limiting the liability of successor corporations for asbestos-related claims. William Gannon, Sharon Carson, Jordan Ulery, Daniel Innis, Jeb Bradley, Gary Daniels, Lou D'Allesandro, Sherman Packardroll callEnergy & EnvironmentCommittee Report: Ought to Pass, at the 3/8 Senate Session; SC 10A . The Senate PASSED the bill with Amendment 2018-1015s on a 14-9 Roll Call vote on 3/8; see SJ 6. The bill crossed over to the House. Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 5/2 House session. The vote was 11-6; see HC 17 P. 11. At the House Session on 5/2, a motion to Pass the bill Failed on a 161-175 Roll Call vote. The House then Voted that the bill was Inexpedient to Legislate on a Voice Vote.
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4HB1412This bill applies certain provisions of the crime of animal cruelty to wild animals not in captivity.Timothy HorriganEnergy & EnvironmentTCommittee Report: Refer for Interim Study for the 02/07 House session. The vote was 12-7; see HC 5 P. 23. The House TABLED the bill at the 2/8 House session, on a 202-136 Division vote. An effort to remove the bill from the Table Failed on a 107-178 Division vote.
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