2019-2020 BILL SUMMARIES

New Hampshire legislators will likely consider around 1,800 bills in 2019 and 2020. Our analysts read every single one of them and summarize them in plain language so you can easily discover what's really up for debate.

Browse the list of all available bills below, organized by category. We're adding new bill summaries as soon as the text of the bills is available for us to read.

Our issue pages also show summaries of all bills related to each issue, along with their current status in the Legislature.  Browse our issue list.

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

HB 262 (2019)
Provides that the quoted price for a home heating oil delivery shall be valid until the delivery occurs.
HB 265 (2019)
States, "no New Hampshire business retailer shall be required to collect sales or use taxes for a foreign government or provide any information for the facilitation of collecting these taxes unless such collection is mandated by the Congress of the United States."
HB 266 (2019)
Changes the residency requirement for the elderly property tax exemption from 3 to 10 consecutive years.
HB 268 (2019)
Allows a real estate broker to share a commission with an unlicensed entity, such as a limited liability company.
HB 270 (2019)
Requires that mortgage foreclosures be commenced by civil actions brought in superior court. This bill also modifies the period of redemption for a mortgage.
HB 271 (2019)
Removes persons carrying out surveying activities of engineering projects from the exemptions from licensure as a land surveyor.
HB 272 (2019)
Requires employers to provide various notifications and disclosures to temporary workers, such as a detailed description of the work to be performed.
HB 274 (2019)
Clarifies that the meals and rooms tax applies to motor vehicle rentals facilitated by an app, website, or other online system.
HB 285 (2019)
Declares that when approved by the insurance commissioner, workers' compensation rates are open to public inspection.
HB 293 (2019)
Prohibits employers from using credit history in employment decisions.
HB 294 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study the state law governing equal pay.
HB 303 (2019)
Requires local building code compliance inspectors to have certification or show sufficient knowledge of code compliance requirements.
HB 308 (2019)
Establishes a condominium dispute resolution board to resolve matters involving condominium associations and unit owners.
HB 309 (2019)
Modifies foreclosure procedures. In particular, this bill requires the sheriff to serve notice to the mortgagor. The bill also modifies the language in that notice to make clear the right of the mortgagor to file a complaint in superior court.
HB 312 (2019)
Defines tiny houses and lays out how municipalities may regulate tiny houses.
HB 328 (2019)
Repeals the New Hampshire Film and Television Commission in the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
HB 336 (2019)
Requires a tenant to keep an address on file with the court following a judgment for the landlord for possession or damages. The bill also requires a defendant in a small claims case keep a current address on file with the court.
HB 337 (2019)
Makes some small changes to the laws regulating property and casualty insurance, as requested by the Insurance Department. For example, if the insurance commissioner rules that a reasonable degree of competition does not exist in the market, this bill extends that ruling from one year to two years.
HB 338 (2019)
Repeals the limits on rebating in Chapter 402 of state law (the current health insurance laws), and adds similar limits to Chapter 417 (the laws against unfair insurance trade practices).
HB 339 (2019)
Revises the insurance forms that must be approved by the state, excluding financial guaranty and boiler and machinery insurance. This bill also excludes mortgage guaranty and fiduciary liability insurance from some filing requirements, such as the requirement to file preditive models with the state. This bill was requested by the Insurance Department.
HB 340 (2019)
Adds recordkeeping requirements for managed asset trusts under the New Hampshire trust code.
HB 341 (2019)
Clarifies that the insurance commissioner does not need to disclose the attachments to a letter an insurer writes in response to a customer complaint.
HB 342 (2019)
Clarifies the confidentiality of reports and other information related to workers' compensation audits to the Department of Labor.
HB 346 (2019)
Defines and regulates noncompete agreements. In particular, this bill prohibits noncompete agreements for low wage employees.
More Info | Sponsor: David Meuse
HB 347 (2019)
Adds insurer's policy administration expenses to commercial rate standards.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 348 (2019)
Establishes meetings and insurance requirements for small condominiums with 25 or fewer residential units. This bill also determines how unit owners must share repair costs if a condominium association does not have a master casuality policy.
HB 351 (2019)
Increases the value of an automobile that is exempt from attachment, from $4,000 to $10,000.
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper
HB 355 (2019)
Makes some changes to the regulation of real estate brokers and salespersons relating to criminal records checks, inactive status, reciprocity, prohibited conduct, and required information.
HB 367 (2019)
Establishes a state bank.
HB 376 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study best practices for companion animal groomers.
More Info | Sponsor: Tamara Le
HB 379 (2019)
Requires state employees to only use state-owned or state-provided information technology resources for the performance of state duties.
HB 387 (2019)
States, "Compliance with additional state or local building code requirements shall not be required for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy unless the occupancy classification has changed or unless the property is undergoing a substantial renovation."
HB 388 (2019)
If a municipality does not perform a code compliance inspection, this bill limits the administrative fee for a building permit to $25.
HB 389 (2019)
Requires the Department of Business and Economic Affairs to prepare materials for businesses relative to service dogs, including a window decal and an informational brochure about what questions a business owner may ask regarding a service animal.
HB 390 (2019)
Lowers the commission paid to keno operators, from 8% to 5% of proceeds.
HB 392 (2019)
Requires the northern New Hampshire correctional facility to make a payment in lieu of taxes to the city of Berlin. The payment would go entirely to the Berlin school system.
More Info | Sponsor: Edith Tucker
HB 394 (2019)
Expands the definition of crop theft to include Christmas trees and consumption of a crop, and adds a $1,000 minimum penalty that must be paid to the victim.
HB 402 (2019)
Repeals a requirement that a mortgagor post a notice of the anticipated funding date for the construction mortgage requisition at a construction jobsite.
HB 405 (2019)
Authorizes the sale of beer in refillable containers.
HB 406 (2019)
Requires an employer to report any serious injury or death to the Department of Labor within no more than 24 hours, and requires the Department of Labor to then inspect the place of employment.
HB 407 (2019)
Exempts antennas from real estate taxes.
HB 416 (2019)
Prohibits New Hampshire retailers from providing any private customer information to calculate sales tax in another state, county, or municipality.
HB 417 (2019)
Prohibits community associations from banning amateur radio antennas on property under the exclusive use or control of an individual.
HB 418 (2019)
Excludes emergency response and training by retired members working for municipal fire departments from the annual limitations on part-time employment.
HB 419 (2019)
Clarifies that the House Clerk is a full-time legislative employee eligible for fringe benefits.
HB 424 (2019)
Prohibits the operation of games of chance within 40 miles of Belmont, Berlin, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, Nashua, Rochester, Salem, or Seabrook. There is an exception for licenses issued prior to December 31, 2018.
HB 432 (2019)
Requires insurers to pay auto repair businesses for repairs the same rate as would be reasonably charged to retail consumers who are not using insurance coverage for the repair.
HB 433 (2019)
Requires foreign insurance companies to file a report with the insurance commissioner about surplus lines insurance in New Hampshire.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 436 (2019)
Establishes a judicial method for foreclosure of a lien on a condominium unit by the unit owners' association. The bill also states that a unit owner cannot exempt himself or herself from common expenses by abandoning a unit or by waiving use of common areas and facilities.
HB 438 (2019)
Ends the exemption for premium cigars from the tobacco tax.

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

HB 403 (2019)
Includes credit unions in the definition of "bank" for the purposes of town trust funds.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 408 (2019)
Allows the town moderator or city clerk to postpone local elections by one week in the case of a weather or other emergency.
HB 415 (2019)
Modifies the method for towns to adopt SB2, so that the voting is by ballot, but on a separate ballot from the one used to elect officers.
More Info | Sponsor: Clyde Carson
HB 421 (2019)
Changes the procedures for summary judgment in a lawsuit, generally to penalize a party that does not provide affidavits.
HB 423 (2019)
Allows a member of the governing body of a municipality to be a nonvoting member of a town or district budget committee.
HB 429 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study ways to improve civic engagement in New Hampshire.
HB 431 (2019)
Eliminates the requirement that assistant moderators and clerks for additional polling places in towns be domiciled in the voting district.
HB 434 (2019)
Allows removal of a town clerk if there is evidence that the clerk knowingly violated a municipal personnel policy which, if committed by a municipal employee, would result in termination.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 440 (2019)
Requires candidates to publicly disclose three years of tax returns to be eligible for federal office.
More Info | Sponsor: Ellen Read
HB 441 (2019)
Requires a legislator to identify a private organization responsible for distributing a model act, if that act was then used by the legislator to draft proposed legislation. The bill also requires lobbyists to disclose their affiliation upon contacting a member of the Legislature.
More Info | Sponsor: Ellen Read
HB 452 (2019)
Establishes a commission on the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The secretary of state would retain the power of setting the date of the primary.
HB 453 (2019)
Adds the director of the Statehouse Visitors Center to the Statehouse Bicentennial Commission. The bill also makes all living former governors, speakers of the House of Representatives, Senate presidents, chief justices of the Supreme Court, and secretaries of state honorary chairs of the commission.
HB 456 (2019)
Repeals the exception to lobbyist registration for an employee communicating with government officials about his or her employer's personal views.
HB 457 (2019)
Requires the state House of Representatives to live-stream and record every committee meeting for the public.
HB 469 (2019)
Prohibits amendments to petitioned warrant articles that "change the intended effect of the article as presented in the original petition."
HCR 1 (2019)
Rescinds all requests by the New Hampshire Legislature for a federal constitutional convention.
HCR 5 (2019)
Requests that Congress propose a constitutional amendment reversing the effects of the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Buckley v. Valeo and Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission.
More Info | Sponsor: Kat McGhee
HR 6 (2019)
Urges the United States to lead a global effort to prevent nuclear war.

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