|Position||Bill||Title||Day||Time||Room||NHLA Notes||State Analysis|
|Support||HB455||relative to the penalty for capital murder.||Criminal Justice and Public Safety||Tue 2/19||10:00 AM||LOB Room 204 (may be moved to larger room)||This bill changes the penalty for capital murder to life imprisonment without the possibility for parole.|
|Oppose||SB122||relative to expenditures from the energy efficiency fund.||Energy and Natural Resources||Tue 2/19||10:00 AM||SH Room 103||Takes RGGI funds away from ratepayers and spends them on favored groups.||This bill: I. Requires the public utilities commission to allocate certain funds to school districts for energy efficiency projects. II. Repeals a rebate to retail electric ratepayers. III. Requires the public utilities commission and the department of environmental services to submit a report with recommendations for allocations of auction proceeds.|
|Oppose||SB253||relative to statewide deployment of a real-time threat notification system for schools.||Education and Workforce Development||Tue 2/19||10:30 AM||LOB Room 103||$2M in reactionary spending.||This bill directs the department of safety to establish a statewide, real-time threat notification system for schools.|
|Oppose||SB309||relative to stabilization grants for education.||Education and Workforce Development||Tue 2/19||11:00 AM||LOB Room 103||Makes sure educational grants to individual districts can't go down even if they would by formula.||This bill modifies the education stabilization grants to municipalities.|
|Of Interest||HB471||relative to indicating citizenship on drivers' licenses and nondrivers identification cards.||Transportation||Tue 2/19||11:30 AM||LOB Room 203||If a driver's license lets one vote, then citizenship is of interest.||This bill requires that drivers' licenses and nondrivers' identification cards indicate whether or not the holder is a citizens of the United States of America.|
|Oppose||SB310||relative to casino gambling.||Finance||Tue 2/19||1:00 PM||SH Room 103||Crony capitalism. Limited to two casinos.||This bill: I. Allows the licensing and operation of 2 video lottery and table gaming facilities. II. Requires the gaming regulatory oversight authority to select licensees for video lottery and table gaming facilities and oversee the operation of such facilities. III. Allows sports wagery and licenses sports wagering operators. IV. Establishes the gaming regulatory fund. V. Establishes the gaming enforcement division of the state police. VI. Establishes the gambling addiction prevention fund.|
|Oppose||SB290||relative to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program.||Health and Human Services||Tue 2/19||1:30 PM||LOB Room 101||"Free" medical insurance for ordinary working age adults, now with some state funds, not just federal funds.||This bill makes various changes to the New Hampshire granite advantage health care program, some of which include: I. Allowing general funds to be used for the program. II. Clarifies which beneficiaries may be subject to the work and community engagement requirement. III. Reducing the number of hours for the work and community engagement requirement. IV. Adding exemptions for certain persons from the community engagement requirement. V. Adding circumstances for the elimination of the community engagement requirement.|
|Support||SB150||authorizing individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies.||Commerce||Tue 2/19||2:00 PM||SH Room 100||Some deregulation of the health insurance market.||This bill authorizes individuals and certain businesses to purchase health insurance from out-of-state companies. The bill grants rulemaking authority to the insurance commissioner for the purposes of the bill.|
|Oppose||SB170||making an appropriation to fund the cross border drug interdiction program.||Finance||Tue 2/19||2:00 PM||SH Room 103||Another $2M a year down the drug interdiction rat hole.||This bill makes appropriations to the department of safety to fund the activities of the cross border drug interdiction program for the 2020-2021 biennium.|
|Oppose||SB275||requiring that all of the state's motor vehicles will be zero emissions vehicles by the year 2039.||Transportation||Tue 2/19||2:05 PM||LOB Room 103||Foolish environmental virtue signalling.||This bill requires that all of the state's motor vehicles be zero emission vehicles by the year 2039.|
|Oppose||SB96||establishing a film production incentive fund in the state film office.||Ways and Means||Wed 2/20||9:00 AM||SH Room 100||Crony capitalism.||This bill establishes the film production incentive fund in the state film office of the department of resources and economic development.|
|Of Interest||SB7||establishing the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART ACT).||Election Law and Municipal Affairs||Wed 2/20||10:00 AM||LOB Room 102||Motor voter. SoS sends a new voter a prepaid postcard to mail to town hall with party affiliation. If they don't do that they're registered Undeclared. Can't register within 15 days of election.||This bill establishes the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART ACT).|
|Oppose||SB8||establishing an independent redistricting commission.||Election Law and Municipal Affairs||Wed 2/20||11:00 AM||LOB Room 102||A seven member commission to serve 10 years and paid $200/day while on duty. The first four members are appointed by politicians. The three remaining members are selected by the SoS and voted upon by the four who have already been appointed.|
An "independent" redistricting commission is not possible in reality. Since the commission would yield sigificant influence over the legislative outcomes during the commencing ten years, it will naturally attract people with strong bias to want to serve.
The NH Constition says in Part 2, Art 11 "The *legislature* shall form the representative districts at the regular session following every decennial federal census."
|This bill establishes an independent redistricting commission.|
|Oppose||HB178||establishing a minimum wage.||Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services||Wed 2/20||1:00 PM||LOB Room 305-307||Increases the state minimum wage to $10.|
Comment: Minimum wage laws knock out the lowest rungs of the economic ladder and put a strain on businesses. Wages should be set by the market and not by politicians waiving a magic wand.
|This bill establishes a state minimum hourly rate.|
|Oppose||HB186||establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage.||Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services||Wed 2/20||1:05 PM||LOB Room 305-307||Establishes a $12 state minimum wage by 2022. Increases the minimum wage for tipped employees.||This bill establishes a state minimum hourly wage and provides for annual readjustment of the minimum wage. This bill also establishes a training wage for employees under the age of 18 years.|
|Oppose||HB731||relative to the minimum hourly rate.||Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services||Wed 2/20||1:10 PM||LOB Room 305-307||Increases the state hourly wage in steps to $15 by 2024. Allows municipalities to set their own minimum wage above the state wage.||This bill increases the state minimum hourly rate for employees, increases the base rate for tipped employees, and inserts a cost of living adjustment for both. The bill establishes a training wage for employees who are 16 or 17 years of age and allows a municipality to establish a minimum hourly rate that is greater than the state minimum hourly rate.|
|Support||HB722||relative to the retail sale and taxation of marijuana.||Criminal Justice and Public Safety||Wed 2/20||2:00 PM||LOB Room 204||Allows for personal transport of marijuana legally purchased for recreational use. Imposes an 8% sales tax on purchase recreational marijuana. Reduces possession of 3/4 ounce of marijuana and 5 grams or less of hashish to a violation. Adds retail sales of marijuana to agritourism definition. Prevents any district from prohibiting the growing of marijuana for retail sales to adults 21 and over.||This bill permits the purchase or sale of marijuana from locally-permitted marijuana retail establishments to persons 21 years of age or older without criminal penalty.|
|Oppose||HB724||relative to certain rights of employees.||Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services||Thu 2/21||11:00 AM||LOB Room 307||More interference by the state in the employee/employer relationship.||This bill bans credit checks for any employment-related decision, requires employers to allow a certain amount of rest between work shifts, gives employees advance notice of work schedules, and increases the minimum hourly rate of tipped employees to the minimum hourly rate for all employees.|