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.

CRIME & PUBLIC SAFETY
Gun laws, marijuana decriminalization, and the death penalty are some of the many issues included in this category.

HB 1495 (2020)
Prohibits the sale of over-the-counter rape test kits in New Hampshire.
HB 1524 (2020)
Limits the ability of law enforcement to release personal information about someone accused of or arrested for a non-violent crime. This bill also makes it a felony with a $1,000 fine to obtain or disseminate private information about a person accused of or arrested for a nonviolent crime. There are some exceptions in the bill, for example when there is an imminent threat of violence.
HB 1529 (2020)
Prohibits any law enforcement agency from releasing the name, image, or other information about a mass murder suspect for at least 45 days unless the Attorney General determines it is necessary for public safety.
HB 153 (2019)
Makes law enforcement officer disciplinary records public under the right-to-know law, if there has been a final adjudication involving a death or serious injury due to the officer using a firearm, where the officer was found guilty of sexual assault, or where there was a sustained finding of dishonesty by the officer (e.g. perjury, false statements, concealing evidence).
HB 1542 (2020)
Allows a person to rescue a child, vulnerable adult, or confined animal endangered by extreme temperatures if law enforcement has been contacted, a witness is present, and the individual reasonably believes that assistance will not arrive in time to prevent serious injury or death.
More Info | Sponsor: Cam Kenney
HB 155 (2019)
Requires a determination of whether there is exculpatory evidence in a police officer's file. The police officer would have an opportunity to challenge such a determination. This relates to the "Laurie List" of officers whose behavior might cast doubt on a defendant's guilt, now known as the Exculpatory Evidence Schedule. The House amended the bill to also state that the Schedule is a public record subject to the Right-to-Know law.
HB 1555 (2020)
Requires that a prisoner incarcerated in a state correctional facility who works in a culinary job, buildings/grounds/maintenance job, or another job as identified by the Department of Corrections be paid one-half of the state or federal minimum wage, whichever is higher, provided that the prisoner's earnings above basic prison pay for his or her job shall be used only for vocational or postsecondary education. At the time of this bill's submission inmates are paid by day, not by hour, so this bill would require various system changes. The House amended the bill to instead establish a committee to study increasing wages, educational opportunities, and the corresponding impact on recidivism among prisoners working in state prisons.
HB 1560 (2020)
Makes it a felony if an animal that is a victim of animal cruelty dies as a result of that cruelty. At the time of this bill's submission, animal cruelty is only a felony in some circumstances, for example after torture or mutilation.
HB 1563 (2020)
Transfers control over the Drug Forfeiture Fund from the Attorney General to the Governor and Executive Council. This bill also limits the use of the fund to either reimburse the costs arising from drug-related arrests and prosecutions or to fund programs designed to prevent drug use or prevent substance abuse disorders. At the time of this bill's submission the Drug Forfeiture Fund is also used to fund drug control law enforcement programs within New Hampshire.
HB 1580 (2020)
Regulates the use of drones by the government and individuals, including fines and other penalties.
HB 1583 (2020)
Requires that emergency vehicles used by law enforcement have distinctive, contrasting markings and identification on both sides.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Warden
HB 1586 (2020)
Removes the statute of limitations for aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault. At the time of this bill's submission, if a victim was a child at the time of the assault, prosecution must begin before the victim turns 40 years old.
HB 1594 (2020)
Creates an affirmative to defense to violating a restraining order if a defendant makes contact with a plaintiff at the plaintiff's request.
HB 1598 (2020)
Changes the statute of limitations for the prosecution of first and second degree assault offenses where the victim was under 18 years old from six years to until the victim's 24th birthday.
HB 1601 (2020)
Removes the exception for legally married spouses from certain sexual assault offenses. For example, this bill removes the exception for spouses when the victim is under 18 years of age "and the actor is in a position of authority over the victim and uses this authority to coerce the victim to submit."
HB 1602 (2020)
Establishes a registry for persons convicted of animal cruelty, similar to the sex offender registry.
HB 1608 (2020)
Makes it a misdemeanor to manufacture, possess, transfer, offer for sale, purchase, receive, or import a large capacity ammunition feeding device. There are some exceptions, for example to allow owners to keep items they already own.
HB 1611 (2020)
Reduces the amount of time that must be served by a person incarcerated under a suspended sentence before the person may petition for suspension of the remainder of their sentence.
HB 1613 (2020)
Allowing prisoners serving life sentences for 2nd degree murder to be eligible for parole after 18 years. All other prisoners serving life sentences would be eligible for parole after 25 years. Prisoners sentenced to death would not be eligible. Prisoners who commit murder while in prison also would not be eligible.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 1614 (2020)
Reduces the penalties for various controlled drug laws.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 1615 (2020)
Requires public libraries to complete a criminal background check on every person who is not an employee of the library who is being considered to present at a library sponsored event or program and who will have contact with minors.
HB 1625 (2020)
Reduces the penalty for various drug offenses. For example, if someone is charged with possessing a controlled drug for the first time, this bill reduces the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor.
HB 1626 (2020)
When a guardian ad litem is appointed to a parenting case in which domestic violence is suspected or alleged, this bill requires the guardian ad litem to promptly refer the relevant party to a local crisis center and, in appropriate cases, comply with mandatory reporting requirements for child abuse. The bill also requires the guardian ad litem to also determine whether law enforcement completed a lethality assessment protocol regarding any party to the proceeding.
HB 1641 (2020)
Reduces the prison time and fines for various drug offenses.
HB 1642 (2020)
Prohibits state and municipal officials from using automated facial recognition surveillance systems.
HB 1645 (2020)
Extends the waiting period to annul a misdemeanor domestic violence offense, from 3 to 10 years.
HB 1647 (2020)
Amends the law governing a convicted person's request to test DNA evidence after conviction. At the time of this bill's submission, post-conviction DNA testing is available to individuals who are in jail or prison; this bill expands post-conviction DNA testing to individuals on probation, parole, or anyone whose liberty is otherwise restrained.
HB 1648 (2020)
Permits adults to possess up to 3/4 of an ounce of cannabis, 5 grams of hashish, and other cannabis-infused products, and permits adults to grow up to 6 cannabis plants at home in a secure location that is not visible from other properties. This bill also allows adults to give marijuana products away and sell marijuana accessories.
HB 1656 (2020)
Provides immunity from prosecution for prostitution for a sex worker who reports a sexual assault to law enforcement.
HB 1663 (2020)
Legalizes and taxes marijuana for adults over age twenty-one. A Cannabis Control Commission, similar to the Liquor Commission, would be responsible for licensing and enforcement. The bill also allows limited home-growing of marijuana for personal use.
HB 1670 (2020)
Requires grand jury proceedings to be audio recorded and authorizes a defendant to obtain a copy of the recording.
HB 1671 (2020)
Requires that a law enforcement officer seeking a search warrant give preference to obtaining the warrant from the court that would hear the alleged violation of the law. The bill also requires that arrest warrants for felony offenses be issued by a justice of the superior court, rather than the circuit court.
HB 1685 (2020)
Establishes a procedure to appoint "special conservators of the peace," essentially private security.
HB 189 (2019)
Exempts juvenile victims of human trafficking from prosecution for criminal offenses which were committed as a result of being trafficked.
HB 198 (2019)
Repeals the prohibition on texting while driving. The House amended the bill to instead revise the fines for using a mobile electronic device while driving. The Senate removed those fine increases, instead allowing a fifteen-day license suspension after a second offense and requiring a thirty-day license suspension after subsequent offenses.
HB 201 (2019)
Changes the penalty for a person who pays to engage in sexual contact with another person under the age of 18 who is a victim of human trafficking, from a Class B to a Class A Felony.
HB 205 (2019)
Defines the term "multiple line telephone system" and sets forth requirements for such a system's use, as requested by the Department of Safety.
HB 208 (2019)
Expands the allowable use of physical force for self-defense within a person's home to cover actions taken against someone who is likely to use unlawful force while committing a felony against any person on the property.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 218 (2019)
Removes the legal authority for a law enforcement officer to use deadly force in making an arrest. Deadly force would still be allowed for defense or to prevent escape.
More Info | Sponsor: Chris True
HB 224 (2019)
Makes emergency medical technicians and rescue squad members eligible for a $100,000 death benefit if killed in the line of duty.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Proulx
HB 229 (2019)
Requires various policies and procedures at the Department of Corrections to go through the regular rulemaking process, which includes legislative oversight.
HB 282 (2019)
Limits the ability of conservation officers to search without a warrant when they suspect violations of hunting and/or fishing laws.
HB 306 (2019)
Removes the ability of the state to destroy sexual assault evidence collection kits after a certain amount of time.
HB 334 (2019)
Changes the time municipalities must keep non-criminal internal affairs investigations of police, from "as required by attorney general and union contract and town personnel rules" to "as required by attorney general plus 20 years." The House amended the bill to simply require that municipalities keep those records for a minimum of 20 years after an officer leaves, unless a preexisting collective bargaining agreement says otherwise.
More Info | Sponsor: Sandra Keans
HB 343 (2019)
States, "A foster family home shall be exempt from local fire regulations and ordinances, provided that the home complies with the requirements of the state fire code."
HB 349 (2019)
Permits state and county prisoners to have a second medical opinion from a licensed health care provider, with the prisoner responsible for costs. The Senate amended the bill to allow county correctional facilities to charge a $35 fee for a second opinion.
HB 372 (2019)
Requires that motorists give a wide berth to all vehicles that are displaying blue, red, or amber emergency or warning lights, rather than just stationary vehicles.
HB 399 (2019)
Establishes a procedure for annulment of arrests or convictions for possession of 3/4 of an ounce or less of marijuana where the offense occurred before September 16, 2017 (when possession of 3/4 of an ounce was decriminalized).
HB 410 (2019)
Allows state agencies, counties, and municipalities to have access to address information through enhanced 911. The House and Senate failed to agree on a final version of the bill.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Pearson
HB 425 (2019)
Increases the penalty for vehicular assault when the victim is a "vulnerable user," defined as a pedestrian, a person riding an animal, or a person riding a bike, scooter, wheelchair, etc.

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

HB 1291 (2020)
Allows homestead food operations with less than $35,000 in annual gross sales to be exempt from food service license requirements. At the time of this bill's submission, the maximum amount of annual gross sales for an exemption is $20,000.
More Info | Sponsor: John Potucek
HB 1292 (2020)
Establishes new benefit provisions for the employees' contributory retirement system of the City of Manchester, for participants who start work in 2021. In particular, this bill raises the retirement age from 60 to 62, slightly increases the reduction in benefits for an early retirement, increases the final average earnings from a period of 3 years to 5 years, and increases the member contribution rate from 5% to 7%.
HB 1293 (2020)
Makes various administrative changes and clarifications to the employees' contributory retirement system of the city of Manchester.
HB 130 (2019)
Clarifies the property tax exemption for certain permanently and totally disabled veterans by referencing the definition of permanent total disability in the federal regulations.
HB 1300 (2020)
Modifies the definition of cider and specialty cider so that ciders having an alcohol content greater 6-12% shall be considered specialty beers.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 1302 (2020)
Clarifies the authority of members and managers of limited liability companies to execute real property transactions.
HB 1305 (2020)
Excludes income from a home-share arrangement?in which the applicant receives assistance with house work or other activities of daily living in exchange for reduced rent?from income for purposes of determining eligibility for public assistance and some property tax exemptions.
HB 1308 (2020)
Makes a small change to the Life Settlements Act to conform to the requirements of the insurance producer law, as requested by the Insurance Department.
HB 1311 (2020)
Permits towns and cities with semi-annual or quarterly billing to submit an adjusted rate application to the Department of Revenue Administration in the event of an increase of 15% or more in the amount of property taxes to be raised for the current year as compared to the previous year. The bill is a request of the Department of Revenue Administration.
HB 132 (2019)
Requires internet service providers (ISPs) to operate under net neutrality principles in order to do business in the state and also to be eligible to be awarded contracts by the state.
HB 1320 (2020)
Requires landlords to include in the rental agreement a sentence that informs the tenant that the landlord's insurance does not cover the tenant's belongings from loss or damage and that the landlord recommends that the tenant purchase renter's insurance.
HB 1324 (2020)
Exempts the rental of shared facilities to an occupant by an owner from licensure and regulation by the New Hampshire real estate commission.
HB 1326 (2020)
Requires the quarterly report of the retirement system's independent investment committee to include a description of investment fees. The bill also requires the retirement system to post quarterly and annual financial reports on their website.
HB 133 (2019)
Repeals the laws requiring local licensing of showmen and similar performers, billiard tables, pool tables and bowling alleys.
HB 1340 (2020)
Declares that a producer may rebate all or a portion of the producer's commission to employees of the producer for policies of the employee.
HB 1341 (2020)
Increases the number of police and fire members of the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) who are eligible for increased benefits by changing the current statutory hire and vesting dates for such eligibility.
HB 136 (2019)
Increases the time frame within which the Zoning Board of Adjustment must hold a public hearing.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 1367 (2020)
Modifies the procedures for out-of-state applicants for professional licensure or certification to be issued a license or certificate in New Hampshire. For example, if an applicant has any complaints, allegations, or investigations pending in another state, this bill suspends the application process until the complaint is resolved. This bill also requires New Hampshire to recognize work experience and private certifications if a person worked in a state that does not require an occupational license.
HB 1375 (2020)
Clarifies grounds for cancellation of commercial insurance, as requested by the Insurance Department.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 1391 (2020)
Prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or lease of housing against any person because he or she has an animal companion. There are some exceptions in the bill, for example to allow pet deposits.
More Info | Sponsor: Ellen Read
HB 1392 (2020)
Prohibits a municipal tax collector or register of deeds from accepting or recording a federal tax lien or other encumbrance unless accompanied by an order for distraint.
HB 1396 (2020)
Modifies the notice requirements for the termination of a customer's service provided by a public electric, gas, water, telephone, or other utility. For example, this bill requires delivery of the notice by verified mail, not just regular mail.
HB 1397 (2020)
Requires creditors to give affirmative notice to a consumer before bills for goods or services may be referred for collection. According to the bill, "'affirmative notification' means in-person contact by certified mail, telephone communication, or home visit, or posting of a notice of debt on a consumer's door in a solid envelope marked confidential and endorsed with the consumer's name."
HB 1398 (2020)
Allows a restaurant holding a beverage and wine license to sell liquor for an additional fee of $50, provided that the restaurant is open at least 8 hours a day, the restaurant serves liquor only between the hours of 10am and 2pm, and the restaurant is licensed as a food service establishment.
HB 1399 (2020)
Allows a bargaining unit to request certification of its representative through a petition accompanied by the signatures of a majority of the bargaining unit members. According to the bill, "This rule shall apply only when no other employee organization has been and currently is lawfully recognized as the exclusive representative of the employees in the appropriate bargaining unit."
HB 1400 (2020)
Defines and establishes a body of law relative to statutory trusts.
HB 1416 (2020)
Allows licensed cosmetologists and estheticians to perform microblading of eyebrows if they have a state certificate for microblading eyebrows.
HB 1419 (2020)
Requires that New Hampshire banks offer small dollar loans and credit building products to consumers.
HB 142 (2019)
If the owner of property subject to a tax deferral dies, this bill requires the mortgage holder to pay all deferred taxes before selling the property in a foreclosure proceeding.
HB 1421 (2020)
Requires that the weighted mean equalization rate for the preceding tax year be used for property tax abatements.
HB 1437 (2020)
Makes some changes to the qualifications of the banking department commissioner and deputy commissioner, permits some consumer complaints to be submitted via email, and defines "nationwide multistate licensing system and registry."
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 1439 (2020)
Clarifies the notice requirements for zoning determination announcements and modifies the time within which a zoning determination may be appealed to the zoning board of adjustment, within 30 days of the announcement of the initial zoning determination.
HB 144 (2019)
Requires municipalities to notify the property owner of changes in the assessed value.
HB 1445 (2020)
Adds a building scientist to the state building code review board.
HB 1447 (2020)
Reduces the penalty for retired members of the New Hampshire Retirement System working part-time for other retirement system employers who exceed the maximum permitted hours allowed. At the time of this bill's submission, the penalty is forfeiture of the state annuity portion of the individual's retirement allowance and any allocable cost of living adjustments. The bill proposes to change this to a deduction of 23% of compensation paid by the employer(s).
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 1450 (2020)
Changes the language giving authority to zoning boards of adjustment to grant variances, based on state Supreme Court rulings. For example, this bill changes the phrase "Substantial justice is done" to "Harm to the general public does not outweigh the benefit to the applicant."
HB 1467 (2020)
Enables cities and towns to charge a higher tax rate for industrial and commercial property than for residential property.
HB 1471 (2020)
Prohibits banks and credit unions from re-ordering transactions to increase overdraft fees.
HB 1474 (2020)
Establishes a deduction from gross business profits under the business profits tax for income invested in an Opportunity Zone located in New Hampshire as established under federal the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
HB 1477 (2020)
Increases the tobacco tax for each package of 20 cigarettes or little cigars from $1.78 to $1.90.
HB 1488 (2020)
Prohibits the conditioning of employment or student enrollment on approved housing.
More Info | Sponsor: Gates Lucas
HB 1494 (2020)
Establishes a $100,000 death benefit for a municipal or state public works heavy equipment operator killed in the line of duty.
HB 1498 (2020)
Requires each executive branch agency to establish a policy implementing employment preferences for current members and alumni of AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or other civilian national service organizations.
HB 151 (2019)
Modifies the definition of "agriculture" to include farms that raise livestock with no intent to sell the livestock.
HB 1510 (2020)
Allows towns and cities to adopt a property tax exemption for accessory dwelling units leased to non-family members.
HB 1511 (2020)
Modifies the law governing evictions and actions against tenants, generally to give more rights to the landlord. For example, this bill increases how much a landlord can charge when a tenant is late on payment, from $15 to an amount equal to one week's portion of rent.
HB 1528 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study the salaries of classified and unclassified state employees. This bill includes hiring a professional consultant to conduct the review.
HB 1533 (2020)
Limits property tax increases to 1% per year for individuals 67 years of age and over, individuals eligible for social security benefits due to disability, and permanently and totally disabled veterans.
More Info | Sponsor: Terry Roy
HB 1544 (2020)
Adds adult education programs approved by the Department of Education to the job training program administered by the Department of Employment Security.
HB 1554 (2020)
When the majority of members of collective bargaining unit have never voted on giving the unit exclusive bargaining power, this bill requires a new vote to recertify the unit.

EDUCATION
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HB 171 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to participate in cocurricular activities.
HB 1715 (2020)
Changes the notification and hearing requirements when a teacher is not reappointed. This bill also requires the Board of Education to issue an experienced educator certificate "to an individual who has at least 3 years of full-time experience as an educator at the elementary through secondary levels of education, has been deemed effective or above according to a local evaluation system for 2 consecutive years, and has completed successfully a 3 year renewal cycle pursuant to rules of the department."
HB 172 (2019)
Authorizes a waiver of the driver education requirement if a father, mother, guardian, or other responsible adult provides equivalent classroom instruction and behind the wheel training.
HB 175 (2019)
Establishes a revised timeline for school districts to apply for building aid grants, and clarifies the information required in building aid applications.
HB 176 (2019)
Changes the current $50 million maximum for annual school building aid to a minimum. This would effectively increase state aid for school building projects.
HB 177 (2019)
Freezes stabilization grants for school districts that would otherwise receive less per-pupil school funding from the state. Starting in fiscal year 2020, municipalities would receive the 2018 stabilization grant every year. The House amended the bill to restore stabilization funds back to 2016 levels.
HB 181 (2019)
Keeps members of the state House of Representatives and Senate on the University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees.
HB 184 (2019)
Ends the system of funding full-day kindergarten programs through Keno, and instead includes full-day kindergarten students in the calculation of per-pupil state education funding for all students in grades K-12.
HB 222 (2019)
Increases the requirements for charter school teachers, so that at least 75% of teachers must be licensed to teach in New Hampshire.
HB 225 (2019)
Clarifies revenues available to the National Guard scholarship fund.
HB 226 (2019)
Reduces from 5 to 3 the consecutive years of teaching required for a teacher to be entitled to a hearing if the teacher is not reappointed. The legislature amended the bill to establish an Experienced Educator Certificate, issued to a teacher with 3 years of full-time teaching experience who has successful local evaluations and completes professional development. Teachers with an Experienced Educator Certificate who have taught in the same district for 2 years may request a hearing if they are not reappointed.
HB 231 (2019)
Requires school districts to adopt policies regarding school suspensions and expulsions.
HB 251 (2019)
Requires nonpublic schools and any school receiving public funds for tuition, directly or indirectly, to perform criminal history background checks on school employees and designated school volunteers. The House amended the bill to instead establish a committee to study issues relating to background check policies for nonpublic schools and private entities that receive public funds.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 258 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study teacher preparation and education programs.
More Info | Sponsor: Mary Heath
HB 269 (2019)
Allows the state to deny a charter school application due to lack of state funding.
HB 275 (2019)
Repeals many of the requirements for school nurses, instead only requiring that a school nurse is a registered professional nurse licensed in New Hampshire.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 289 (2019)
Repeals a law that allows public school teachers to instruct children in prayer.
HB 302 (2019)
States, "All communications and filings between the Department of Education, the state Board of Education, the Department of Revenue Administration, and a school administrative unit shall be made available to every school board member of that school administrative unit."
More Info | Sponsor: Kurt Wuelper
HB 327 (2019)
Sets aside $400,000 over two years for the community college system to continue the math learning communities program in partnership with New Hampshire high schools. The House amended the bill by eliminating the funding portion of the bill.
More Info | Sponsor: Dan Wolf
HB 329 (2019)
Permits a school board to review and adopt a data security plan at a non-public meeting, protected from disclosure under the right-to-know law.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 356 (2019)
If an institution of higher learning ceases instruction, this bill requires the Higher Education Commission to retain a copy of student transcripts for 40 years. At the time of this bill's submission, the law did not specify how long the commission must keep the transcripts. The Senate amended the bill to keep the transcripts for 50 years.
HB 357 (2019)
Stops unused money from the Public School Infrastructure Fund from returning to the general fund of all tax revenue. The House amended the bill to instead extend the Public School Infrastructure Fund to just June 30, 2021, after which any unused money will return to the general fund.
HB 375 (2019)
Generally increases the state Board of Education's oversight of charter schools, for example to require that charter schools develop a policy for parents to object to course material. This bill also requires charter schools to authorize a time for the pledge of allegiance.
HB 380 (2019)
Permits a designee of the superintendent to perform the the superintendent's duties regarding criminal background checks.
HB 383 (2019)
Extends state laws against discrimination to all public schools, private schools, and approved school tuition programs that receive public funds. This bill specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, religious creed, color, marital status, mental or physical disability, national origin, or economic status.
More Info | Sponsor: Linda Tanner
HB 400 (2019)
Authorizes the use of private vehicles to transport students to and from school activities, under certain circumstances.˙For example, parents must sign a permission slip and the driver must have gone through a background check.
HB 411 (2019)
Modifies the apportionment of public taxes in cooperative school districts, so that it can only be based on equalized property valuation. At the time of this bill's submission, cooperative school districts may choose some other formula for calculating taxes, such as a formula that takes into account the school attendance from each town in the district.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 414 (2019)
Requires a superintendent to give a monthly report of substantiated incidents of bullying to the school board.
HB 430 (2019)
Requires the state Board of Education to adopt rules requiring each school district to implement a conflict of interest policy.
HB 435 (2019)
Adds reference to a "code of conduct" in the laws giving rulemaking authority of the state Department of Education.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 447 (2019)
Authorizes local school boards to determine opening and closing school calendar dates.
HB 448 (2019)
Makes technical corrections to the laws governing the Department of Education, for example changing "office of teacher education and professional standards" to "bureau of credentialing."
HB 449 (2019)
Adds charter schools to safe school zones. The safe school zones law includes a requirement to report any crimes as well as entailing extra penalties for perpetrators.
HB 468 (2019)
Includes attendance stipends and bonuses in the compensation that must be reported to the New Hampshire Retirement System. The Senate amended the bill to also include additional pay for instructional activities of full-time faculty of the community college system. The House must agree to that change.
HB 489 (2019)
Modifies the process for a parent/guardian to petition a superintendent to have a child transferred to another school due to "manifest educational hardship." In particular, this bill adds a definition for "manifest educational hardship" rather than leaving that definition to state Board of Education rules.
HB 493 (2019)
Provides a method for a cooperative school district to place an article on the warrant for an elected budget committee. This bill also permits a cooperative school district to adopt a local tax cap.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 502 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study the will of Benjamin Thompson and determine whether the reorganization of the Thompson School of Applied Science by the University of New Hampshire is in compliance with the terms of the will.
HB 523 (2019)
Prohibits pesticide use on school grounds unless a school has an integrated pest management plan. ˙If a school applies pesticides, they must report it to the Division of Pesticide Control, which will maintain a public database of pesticide use by schools.
HB 529 (2019)
Prohibits a superintendent and any other school employees from supporting an employee removed due to a conviction for sexual misconduct. Prohibited behavior includes, for example, providing a character reference.
HB 544 (2019)
Establishes a charter commission to recommend a procedure to revise, amend, or replace the Manchester school district charter without legislative approval.
HB 545 (2019)
Prohibits law enforcement officers from questioning a minor on school property without a parent or guardian present.
HB 551 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study school funding.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 564 (2019)
Makes it a misdemeanor to carry a firearm in a safe school zone. ˙There are some exceptions, for example if a person gets permission from the school board. The House amended the bill so that parents do not need to remove or unload firearms in their cars when picking up students. The amendment also specifically bans firearms on "school property" rather than in "school zones." School property includes buildings, grounds, school buses, and vans. A conference committee of representatives and senators amended the bill so that the school board may only give permission for a person to carry a firearm after holding a public hearing.
More Info | Sponsor: Mary Heath
HB 569 (2019)
Permits schools and school districts to develop plans for becoming an "innovation school", and establishes processes for state Board of Education approval and Department of Education review.
HB 570 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study career pathways from full-time service year programs to postsecondary education and employment opportunities.
HB 575 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study establishing a code of ethics for school board members.
HB 626 (2019)
Increases the penalty for illegally overtaking or passing a school bus, from a fine of $250 to a fine of $1,000. This bill also allows a license suspension of 30 days on the first offense.
HB 632 (2019)
Ends the Interest and Dividends Tax credit for scholarship donations, and then repeals the entire education tax credit scholarship program in 2020.
HB 652 (2019)
Requires the state Board of Education to adopt rules requiring teachers and administrators in the public schools to receive annual training in suicide awareness and prevention.
More Info | Sponsor: Gates Lucas
HB 673 (2019)
Creates a scholarship program for students to pay for exams that translate into college credit, and sets aside $200,000 over two years for the scholarships.

ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
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HB 1535 (2020)
Prohibits condominiums and homeowners' associations from prohibiting or restricting the installation or operation of a solar photovoltaic energy system.
HB 1541 (2020)
Adds battery storage facilities to the definition of energy facility.
HB 156 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy.
HB 1562 (2020)
Revises current state laws on soil conservation to include soil health and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
HB 1564 (2020)
Prohibits food service businesses from selling or distributing disposable food service ware made from polystyrene foam.
More Info | Sponsor: Chris Balch
HB 157 (2019)
Deletes certain limits on the inclusion of methane gas as a class III renewable energy source in the renewable portfolio standard. This bill also increases the class rate for biomass in the renewable portfolio standard.
HB 1603 (2020)
Establishes the per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination remediation and mitigation revolving loan program and fund, made up of any money the state receives from lawsuits or settlements with manufacturers of products containing PFAS. The Department of Environmental Services would oversee the fund "for assisting municipalities and members of the public who have been harmed by the presence of PFAS in the air, soil, or water through the issuing of loans."
HB 162 (2019)
Repeals the requirement for the inspection of timber.
HB 166 (2019)
Requires the system benefits charge to be used to fund energy efficiency programs, and allows an increase in the system benefits charge for this purpose without legislative approval of the increase.
HB 1664 (2020)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services to establish a climate action plan, an office of the environmental advocate, and an oversight commission on environmental services.
HB 1676 (2020)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a network of stations to monitor radioactive airborne material.
HB 1684 (2020)
Establishes a state energy conservation loan program and an energy conservation project fund.
HB 1702 (2020)
Establishes a solid waste working group on solid waste management planning.
HB 1703 (2020)
Establishes a working group on food waste.
HB 1704 (2020)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services to start the rulemaking process relative to requirements and best practices for facilities that compost organics, including vegetable matter, meat, meat byproducts, dairy products, and dairy product derivatives.
HB 1706 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study the solid waste practices of state agencies.
HB 183 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study the changes in law necessary to allow for microgrids in electricity supply. The Senate amended the bill to also require electric distribution companies to purchase electricity from eligible biomass facilities.
HB 192 (2019)
Prohibits the introduction of fluoride into the drinking water of the state.
HB 199 (2019)
Exempts nonprofits from the groundwater permit application fee.
HB 204 (2019)
Establishes a committee to review the penalties for contaminating drinking water and groundwater and propose legislation to update such penalties if necessary.
HB 206 (2019)
Exempts a person from the requirement of filing an intent to cut and payment of the timber tax, if the person cuts wood or timber from land the person both owns and occupies for residential uses and such land is not classified for current use taxation.
HB 209 (2019)
Requires the Public Utilities Commission to adjust the rates of payment into the renewable energy fund for Class III-biomass/methane according to the Consumer Price Index instead of a fixed rate.
HB 219 (2019)
Removes a member of the Structures on Non-tidal Public Waterways Commission.
HB 228 (2019)
Extends the commission charged with studying the current laws related to management of non-tidal public waterways and the construction or placement of structures within them. The Senate amended the bill to also change who appoints Local River Management Advisory Committee members, from the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Services to the Rivers Management Advisory Committee.
HB 238 (2019)
Establishes a legislative task force to study applications of microgrids in electricity supply.
HB 261 (2019)
Requires the Department of Environmental Services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water, not to exceed a contaminant limit of 5 micrograms per liter.
HB 290 (2019)
Requires the removal of some wood stoves in densely populated areas upon the sale of a home.
HB 318 (2019)
Requires electric utilities to inform their customers about inexpensive devices - such as LED bulbs and programmable thermostats - that are available to lower energy costs.
HB 326 (2019)
Adds some detail to the definition of prime wetland as it relates to fill and dredge permitting.
HB 352 (2019)
Appropriates roughly $7.5 million over two years for eligible wastewater projects under the state aid grant program.
HB 358 (2019)
Expands a ban on combustion to include the combustion of bio-oil or biosynthetic gas and municipal waste combustors.
HB 365 (2019)
Increases the electric generating capacity of customer generators who may participate in net energy metering, generally from 1 megawatt to 5 megawatts.
HB 404 (2019)
Requires a town to vote on whether or not to site a liquified natural gas storage facility in the town.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Vallone
HB 412 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study the long-term consequences of decommissioning nuclear power plants.
More Info | Sponsor: Kat McGhee
HB 413 (2019)
Increases the number of members of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board to include two more representatives from not-for-profit groups knowledgeable in energy conservation .
HB 443 (2019)
Allows a local government to restrict the use of water for commercial outdoor watering during periods of drought. At the time of this bill's submission, local governments may only restrict residential water use. The Senate amended the bill to give municipalities the choice to either include or exclude recreational fields, agricultural fields, and golf courses from any restriction.
HB 454 (2019)
Modifies the criteria the Site Evaluation Committee must consider when approving a project, to include the effect on property values.
HB 464 (2019)
Updates the definitions of solar energy systems and wind-powered energy systems for the purpose of assessing property value. The definitions would specifically include systems both connected to the grid and off-grid. The bill includes a local property tax exemption for electric energy storage systems.
More Info | Sponsor: Clyde Carson
HB 466 (2019)
At the time of this bill's submission, 80% of net metering tariffs must go to facilities under 100 kilowatts; this bill raises that threshold to 500 kilowatts, and revises other regulations accordingly. The Senate amended the bill to only increase the threshold to 125 kilowatts. The House must approve this amendment.
HB 475 (2019)
Establishes a shoreland septic system study commission.
More Info | Sponsor: Judith Spang
HB 477 (2019)
Sends all of the auction proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, minus administrative costs, to ratepayer rebates. This would end funding for energy efficiency programs.
HB 494 (2019)
Directs the Department of Environmental Services to propose a remedy regarding the removal or containment of contaminants entering Berry's Brook from the Coakley Landfill by January 1, 2020.
HB 495 (2019)
Reestablishes the Seacoast Commission on Long Term Goals and Requirements for Drinking Water.
HB 496 (2019)
Establishes a committee to analyze the requirements for committing New Hampshire to the goal of providing 50 percent of electricity for residents and businesses from renewable sources by the year 2040. The Senate amended the bill to make several small technical changes to unrelated laws. The House must approve these changes.
HB 522 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study the environmental and health effects of evolving 5G technology.
HB 523 (2019)
Prohibits pesticide use on school grounds unless a school has an integrated pest management plan. ˙If a school applies pesticides, they must report it to the Division of Pesticide Control, which will maintain a public database of pesticide use by schools.
HB 542 (2019)
Creates a Wetlands Regulations Fund to assist municipalities in updating or adopting wetlands regulations. This bill sets aside $350,000 for the fund.
HB 543 (2019)
Adds to the Wetlands Protection Act to require a buffer for high value wetlands.
HB 557 (2019)
Establishes a fund for dredging the Seacoast and sends $1,000 to the fund. The House amended the bill to specifically set aside $243,750 to dredge Seabrook/Hampton harbor and $637,500 to dredge Rye harbor.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 558 (2019)
Prohibits food service businesses from providing a single-use plastic straw to a customer unless specifically requested.
More Info | Sponsor: Judith Spang

HEALTH CARE
Do you support the Affordable Care Act in NH? What about the medical marijuana or physician-assisted suicide? This category covers all of those issues and more.

HB 1513 (2020)
Requires the commissioner of the department of health and human services to conduct a study of converting the current Medicaid program into a block grant.
HB 1520 (2020)
Establishes the New Hampshire Health Policy Commission to monitor health care delivery and spending.
HB 1521 (2020)
Adds a peer support specialist to the board of licensing for alcohol and other drug use professionals.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 1530 (2020)
Extends the deadline for the Department of Health and Human Services to report on all changes to state law that may be necessary to add an adult dental benefit to Medicaid.
HB 1536 (2020)
Modifies the duties and responsibilities of a pharmacist-in-charge. For example, this bill allows the pharmacist-in-charge to delegate duties to a licensed pharmacy technician. This bill also repeals a law requiring written orders for schedule II controlled drugs. Lastly, this bill gives the Pharmacy Board disciplinary authority under the Controlled Drug Act.
HB 1545 (2020)
Makes various changes to the licensure and regulation of interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing, for example adding references to "deafblind" persons.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark Pearson
HB 1548 (2020)
Establishes the Secure Psychiatric Unit Facility Advisory Council to assist the Department of Health and Human Services in constructing a new secure psychiatric unit facility.
HB 1550 (2020)
Expands the eligibility for accidental (work-related) death benefits for Group II members of the New Hampshire Retirement System by adding a reference to deaths caused by hypertension or heart disease.
HB 1570 (2020)
Establishes a paint take back program funded by a recycling/disposal fee, assessed per container and incorporated into the retail price of paint. Unwanted paint would be collected at retail stores such as hardware stores and paint stores. Paint producers or an organization working on their behalf would be responsible for recycling or disposing of unwanted paint.
HB 1574 (2020)
Requires the Department of Administrative Services to establish a federal qualified health savings account program for high deductible health plans as an option for retired state employees between the ages of 45 and 65. All public and private employees may choose to participate in this program.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 158 (2019)
Requires any health care provider that provides an abortion to submit information about the patient to the state through an electronic form. Patients and providers would be assigned confidential identification numbers. Under this bill, the public would be able to view aggregate data on abortions, including the woman's age, the woman's county of residence, the gestational age of the fetus, the method of abortion, and the woman's use of contraception.
HB 1581 (2020)
Regulates the sale of CBD products. For example, this requires products to be tested by a third party laboratory and labeled with the amount of CBD. The bill also requires manufacturers to register CBD products with the state.
HB 1591 (2020)
Requires medical marijuana treatment centers to prepare information regarding the risk of marijuana use during pregnancy. The bill also requires the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare a brochure relative to the risk of marijuana use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
HB 1600 (2020)
Allows pharmacists to dispense smoking cessation therapy through a standing order from a qualified physician or APRN.
HB 1610 (2020)
Requires prescription drug manufacturers to participate in an approved drug take-back program or establish and implement a drug take-back program.
More Info | Sponsor: Tom Loughman
HB 1616 (2020)
Allows minors 12 years of age or older to have mental health treatment without the consent of a parent or legal guardian. The Department of Health and Human Services notes that the bill is similar to existing laws that allow minors to access drug abuse treatment and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases without the consent of a parent or legal guardian.
HB 1619 (2020)
Prohibits Medicaid funds from being used for organ transplants if the organs are received or sourced from outside of the United States.
HB 1623 (2020)
Allows healthcare providers to prescribe medication to treat substance use disorder by telemedicine, so long as the provider has a special registration under federal law. The bill specifically allows telemedicine to prescribe medication for substance use disorder in county jails and state prisons, as well.
HB 1624 (2020)
Establishes a moratorium on the sale of e-cigarettes until the commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services determines that they are not a cause of illness or death.
HB 1628 (2020)
Increases the age to buy and possess vaping and e-cigarette products, from 19 to 21 years old.
HB 1633 (2020)
Requires insurance coverage for further blood testing for persons who are still symptomatic after a first blood test for tick-borne illness.
HB 1639 (2020)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to amend the income eligibility requirement for the Medically Needy optional eligibility group (also knows as the "Medicaid In & Out" population) to less than or equal to 133.33% of a federal income limit the Social Security Act. According to DHHS, this bill would increase the maximum protected income level under the In & Out program, resulting in more individuals enrolling in a managed care organization rather than continuing to participate in the fee-for-service In & Out program.
More Info | Sponsor: Kendall Snow
HB 1640 (2020)
Requires minors to notify a parent or guardian before getting an abortion, unless there is a medical emergency. At the time of this bill's submission, a minor can ask a court to approve an abortion without notifying parents.
HB 1655 (2020)
Expands the NH Vaccine Association, which currently purchases vaccines for children under the age of 19, to all adults within the state.
HB 1659 (2020)
Establishes protocols for a mentally competent adult who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease to request a prescription for medication to control the time, place, and manner of their death.
More Info | Sponsor: Catt Sandler
HB 1662 (2020)
Raises the age to buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21.
HB 1666 (2020)
Requires the state medical examiner to investigate all sudden undetermined infant deaths for potential vaccine-related correlations.
HB 1675 (2020)
Requires medical providers to take action to save the life of any infant who "breathes, has a beating heart, or has definite movement of voluntary muscles" after an abortion, with a felony penalty.
HB 1678 (2020)
Prohibits abortion based on sex, Down syndrome, or genetic abnormality. The bill does not carry criminal penalties but a doctor who performs an abortion in violation of this law could have his or her license suspended or revoked.
HB 1697 (2020)
Prohibits, with limited exceptions, prescription drug manufacturers from offering coupons or discounts to cover insurance copayments or deductibles.
HB 174 (2019)
Authorizes a new alternative treatment center for medical marijuana in the Hillsborough and Merrimack area.
HB 179 (2019)
Establishes a New Hampshire Health Access Corporation, which would contract with health insurers to provide coverage for residents without access to affordable insurance.
HB 180 (2019)
Establishes a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer health care program.
HB 200 (2019)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules that require serologic test results to reflect that many tests only look for the presence of antibodies to antigens, and not for specific diseases. This is particularly relevant to tests for Lyme disease.
HB 233 (2019)
Adds provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act to state law, such as mandatory coverage for preexisting conditions and the 10 "essential health benefits" insurers must cover.
HB 237 (2019)
Establishes the New Hampshire Rare Disease Advisory Council to advise the Legislature and the Department of Health and Human Services on rare diseases in New Hampshire.
HB 239 (2019)
Reduces the number of hours or work experience required for licensure as a master licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, a licensed clinical supervisor, a clinical social worker, and a clinical mental health counselor. The House amended the bill to instead provide that supervision of candidates for licensure as mental health counselors or alcohol and drug counselors shall be at locations convenient to both the supervisor and the candidate.
HB 240 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study the causes of high suicide rates for emergency and first responders.
More Info | Sponsor: Max Abramson
HB 250 (2019)
Allows a dental patient to demand an oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) be performed even if the supervising dentist determines that a dental procedure or surgery is required.
HB 257 (2019)
Declares that health coverage purchased through a qualified purchasing alliance shall be considered by the Department of Insurance to be large group coverage, and makes related changes to some other health insurance laws. Large group coverage generally has fewer regulations, for example allowing insurance to consider health status and/or experience in setting pricing. Members of a purchasing alliance may be small employers that belong to the same trade group or association. This bill would therefore give small employers more access to less regulated health insurance.
More Info | Sponsor: John Hunt
HB 275 (2019)
Repeals many of the requirements for school nurses, instead only requiring that a school nurse is a registered professional nurse licensed in New Hampshire.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 277 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study a public option program for health insurance in New Hampshire. The Senate amended the bill to instead authorize the Insurance Commissioner to enforce the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The House and Senate did not agree on a final version of the bill.
HB 278 (2019)
Updates the insurance commissioner's annual public hearing requirement relative to premium rates, as requested by the Insurance Department. For example, this bill repeals some of the specific information required by law and moves deadlines to later in the year.
HB 284 (2019)
Requires persons required by federal law to conduct biennial controlled substance inventories to conduct them every odd-numbered year, rather than specifically on May 1. This would allow flexibility if May 1 falls on a Sunday.
HB 291 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study initiatives and recommendations related to palliative care and the end of life. The House and Senate failed to agree on a final version of the bill.
HB 292 (2019)
Includes brokers fees in the calculation of the insurance premium tax.
HB 304 (2019)
Repeals the requirement that certain health care facilities, such as facilities maintained by an educational institution and outpatient rehabilitation clinics, enforce a written policy that requires the facility to provide its services to those in need regardless of the source of payment.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark McLean
HB 310 (2019)
Modifies the membership of the wellness and primary prevention council.
HB 311 (2019)
Allows a municipality to adopt an ordinance regulating the occupancy and safety of sober living facilities. The House amended the bill to instead allow sober living facilities to apply to the state fire marshal for an exemption to local and state fire codes.
HB 331 (2019)
Allows a veterinarian to vary a rabies vaccine dosage based on the results of a rabies antibody titer test.
More Info | Sponsor: Harry Viens

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 1393 (2020)
Changes the terms of the Grafton county commissioners beginning in 2020 so that one member is elected to a 4-year term at each general election.
HB 1395 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study ballot access and ways to improve civic engagement in New Hampshire.
HB 1403 (2020)
Removes party columns from state general election ballots, instead organizing ballots by office.
HB 1407 (2020)
Revises the rulemaking requirements for forms under the Administrative Procedure Act, as requested by the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules.
HB 1413 (2020)
Requires lobbyists to write legibly on statements submitted to the Secretary of State.
HB 1415 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study the Montana disclosure act and anonymous out-of-state contributions preceding an election.
HB 143 (2019)
Prohibits any person from serving on 2 boards or committees at the same time if decisions of one board or committee are appealable to the other.
HB 1441 (2020)
Deletes the requirement that selectmen "perambulate" (walk along) town lines every seven years, instead allowing selectmen to do it as often as they determine necessary. The bill also allows the use of satellite imagery instead.
HB 1443 (2020)
Gives the city council of Claremont the power to appoint the police commission, rather than the city manager.
HB 145 (2019)
Requires town officials to count a ballot at a town meeting so long as the intent of the voter is clear, regardless of failure to follow instructions.
HB 1452 (2020)
Modifies the requirement for library trustees to hold a public hearing before discharing a library employee so that the requirement only applies to employees of more than six months.
HB 1457 (2020)
Requires town officials to visit each residential facility or institution offering services for elderly and disabled persons to assist residents in registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. This bill also requires officials to visit the same facilities to assist residents with completing absentee ballots.
HB 146 (2019)
In any town meeting vote, this bill requires "every ballot shall be counted if the intent of the voter can be determined, regardless of whether the voter followed any instructions relative to marking the ballot provided before the vote."
HB 147 (2019)
Increases the time frame to appeal for an election recount.
HB 1486 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study information technology in the legislative process.
HB 150 (2019)
Establishes a civil penalty, up to $5,000, for candidates and officials who fail to file the financial disclosure form required by state law. The financial disclosure form is a statement of financial interests intended to ensure officials do not have a conflict of interest while working for the state. The House amended the bill to instead require the Attorney General to notify anyone who fails to file a financial disclosure form, and fine the person $50 if they fail to file within 30 days of that notice.
HB 152 (2019)
Increases the dollar threshold for political committees to itemize receipts and expenditures, from $25 to $100.
HB 1525 (2020)
Revises the definition of "political advocacy organization" to include organizations that spend $2,500 or more on communications within 60 days of an election that mention any candidate, regardless of whether those communications expressly advocate for or against a candidate. This would include more organizations and expenditures in reporting requirements.
More Info | Sponsor: Connie Lane
HB 1531 (2020)
If states representing a majority of the electoral college votes pass the National Popular Vote bill, this bill prohibits state officials from publicly releasing the number of votes cast in the general election for president of the United States until after the Electoral College vote. This would hinder the Naitonal Popular Vote bill.
More Info | Sponsor: Andrew Prout
HB 1534 (2020)
Establishes a commission to study the creation of online voter registration for the 2022 state elections.
HB 154 (2019)
Makes a nondisclosure agreement unenforceable in any settlement with a state officer, employee, agency, or other official. The House amended the bill to prohibit any "non-disparagement clause or other language which either prevents the parties from discussing the facts of the underlying claim or speaking negatively about each other."
HB 1546 (2020)
Declares that when a county delegation meets solely to approve minutes of a prior meeting, no minutes of that meeting are necessary.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 1559 (2020)
Declares that sealed minutes in nonpublic sessions under the right-to-know law are only sealed for one year and would require annual revoting to keep them sealed.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 1572 (2020)
Allows municipalities to to conduct any local election that does not coincide with a state primary, general, or special election entirely by mail.
HB 1584 (2020)
Allows the Secretary of State to suspend the registration of a lobbyist who fails to follow legal requirements.
HB 1643 (2020)
Requires business organizations and labor unions to only make political contributions through separate, segregated funds made up of voluntary contributions from individuals in that organization.
More Info | Sponsor: Ellen Read
HB 165 (2019)
Makes it a misdemeanor for a public official to enter into a contract with a third party to perform his or her official duties.
HB 1653 (2020)
Generally repeals the voter registration changes passed in SB 3. For example, this bill removes the stricter requirements for voters who register within 30 days of an election. This bill also removes much of the new language on voter registration forms about domicile. This bill also removes the authority of the Secretary of State to participate in the Kansas-based Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. The Secretary of State is authorized to become a member of an alternate program or organization whose purpose is to share and exchange information to improve the accuracy and efficiency of voter registration systems.
HB 1665 (2020)
Establishes a fifteen member independent redistricting commission, appointed by House and Senate party leaders after an application process.
HB 1668 (2020)
Allows persons with disabilities to vote within 30 days before an election.
HB 1669 (2020)
Requires lobbyists to file forms electronically with the Secretary of State, rather than handwritten paper copies.
HB 1672 (2020)
Allows any voter to vote by absentee ballot, whether or not he or she will actually be absent on election day.
HB 1673 (2020)
Adds private for profit and not-for-profit organizations to the state Right-to-Know law, if the organization receives a significant portion of its budget from state funds.
HB 1677 (2020)
Requires the Executive Council to approve the Attorney General's decision to assume control over the prosecution of criminal cases by a county attorney.
HB 1689 (2020)
Requires that minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be verbatim.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 1694 (2020)
Requires a legislator to recuse himself or herself from participation in a legislative activity when the legislator or the legislator's household member has a conflict of interest.
HB 187 (2019)
Establishes new state representative districts for Hudson and Pelham.
HB 191 (2019)
Expands the definition of "official oppression" so that it is a misdemeanor for a public servant to fail to respond to an affidavit within 30 days. "Official oppression" already includes committing an unauthorized act and refraining from performing a duty. This bill also bars an official found guilty of "official oppression" from public office for ten years.
HB 193 (2019)
Requires a county attorney to prosecute any public servant who violates "the unalienable rights and privileges of an inhabitant of this state."
HB 194 (2019)
Allows inhabitants of this state to seek damages against the state and have access to the bond covering state officials and employees who fail to perform duties or commit fraudulent acts.
HB 195 (2019)
Allows an inhabitant of the state to guarantee the proection of Article 14 of the state Bill of Rights by filing an affidavit with a government entity that violates his or her rights.
HB 202 (2019)
Requires any presidential primary candidate to disclose 5 years' worth of his or her federal income tax returns.
HB 210 (2019)
Permits legal action against a public official of a city or town by a person who is aggrieved by the enactment of an ordinance, bylaw, or regulation.
More Info | Sponsor: Mark McLean
HB 214 (2019)
Repeals an obsolete mileage provision for Concord legislators.
HB 215 (2019)
Requires the appointment of town managers and administrators to be approved by the legislative body. This bill also prohibits all elected and appointed officials from hiring independent contractors to perform their duties.
HB 216 (2019)
Decreases the mileage reimbursement rate for legislators, and prohibits deductions from mileage reimbursements.
HB 217 (2019)
Allows inhabitants of this state to seek damages against the state, counties, and municipalities and have access to the bond covering public servants who fail to perform duties or commit fraudulent acts.
HB 242 (2019)
Changes some of the process to call a special election to fill a vacancy in the House of Representatives.
HB 246 (2019)
States, "Any public servant who remains silent and fails to be accountable as expressed in article 8 of the New Hampshire Bill of Rights, shall ipso facto be deemed guilty of fraud"
HB 256 (2019)
Allows persons who serve as notaries in abutting states to serve as notaries public in New Hampshire.

SOCIAL ISSUES
Abortion restrictions, immigration enforcement, and welfare restrictions fall in this category, which covers issues related to social services and morality.

HB 1700 (2020)
Permits nonresident aliens living in New Hampshire on a temporary basis to obtain a driver's license upon completion of an application for asylum status to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
More Info | Sponsor: George Sykes
HB 1705 (2020)
Expands the type of information and referral sources available through the family support clearinghouse maintained by the Department of Health and Human Services, for example to include referral information for trauma mitigation and intervention services.
HB 1707 (2020)
Expands the family centered early supports and services program to children under the age of 3 who are born substance exposed. The House amended the bill to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to administer a family-centered early supports and services program for children with developmental delays, including children under 3 with prenatal substance exposure.
HB 1709 (2020)
Provides that family day care homes and family group day care homes shall not be required to install sprinkler systems or to obtain food service licenses and may operate in residential zones.
HB 1710 (2020)
Revises the procedure for posting results of child day care monitoring visits on the Department of Health and Human Services website, expanding the licensees' opportunity to respond to the department's findings.
HB 1711 (2020)
Establishes a committee to study the creation of a neutral appeals process to review violations committed by a child day care agency.
HB 1712 (2020)
Permits a child day care to request an administrative hearing regarding any decision by the Department of Health and Human Services. At the time of this bill's submission, appeals are limited to decisions to revoke, deny, or refuse to renew a license or permit. This bill also limits the department's authority to revoke or suspend a child care agency's license to those cases in which continued operation would pose a threat to the health or safety of the children served.
HB 1713 (2020)
Requires a child day care agency employee to obtain at least 6 hours of annual continuing education or professional development.
HB 221 (2019)
Renames Columbus Day as Indigenous People's Day.
HB 232 (2019)
Requires state and local governments to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. This bill also prohibits state and local governments from adopting policies that prohibit, restrict, or discourage the enforcement of federal immigration law.
HB 249 (2019)
Permits restaurant owners to allow dogs in restaurants.
HB 263 (2019)
In an abuse and neglect proceeding, prohibits the court from ordering family reunification or placement with a parent or guardian who is a tier III sex offender, convicted of an offense against a child.
HB 280 (2019)
Designates the red-tailed hawk as the state raptor.
HB 283 (2019)
Prohibits the transfer of rabbits younger than 8 weeks old. At the time of this bill's submission, rabbits can be transferred at 4 weeks.
HB 289 (2019)
Repeals a law that allows public school teachers to instruct children in prayer.
HB 295 (2019)
Establishes a temporary license to officiate a marriage, with an $85 fee. $80 of the fee would go to the fund for domestic violence programs. The Senate amended the bill to also permit a retired Supreme Court Justice under the age of 75 to serve as a temporary justice on the court. The House and Senate failed to agree on a final version of the bill.
HB 301 (2019)
Gives municipalities greater access to a decedent's estate to pay for burial or cremation when the person was receiving local welfare assistance. At the time of this bill's submission, municipalities are required to provide burial or cremation services for any person receiving local welfare assistance.
HB 313 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study the authority and duties of the board of veterinary medicine.
HB 314 (2019)
Permits a spouse to request a continuance if evidence in a divorce proceeding is not submitted at least five days prior to a hearing.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 323 (2019)
Repeals the ban on internally illuminated signs advertising liquor or beverage brands outside establishments.
HB 330 (2019)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to schedule monitoring visits with a child day care provider at least 5 days prior to the visit, rather than making an unannounced visit.
More Info | Sponsor: Dennis Acton
HB 332 (2019)
Prohibits the court in a parenting case from ordering reunification therapy unless the parties agree to such therapy.
HB 333 (2019)
If a court-ordered parenting plan directs the parents to engage in counseling, this bill allows the parents to choose the counselor "whenever possible." The bill also blocks the court from ordering the psychological evaluation of a parent unless there is evidence of domestic violence or abuse and neglect.
HB 343 (2019)
States, "A foster family home shall be exempt from local fire regulations and ordinances, provided that the home complies with the requirements of the state fire code."
HB 353 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study whether non-attorney legal professionals could be licensed to engage in the limited practice of law in the family division of the circuit court while under the supervision of a licensed attorney.
HB 354 (2019)
Establishes a committee to investigate whether modification should be made to the time frame for determining permanency (a permanent living arrangement) under the Child Protection Act.
HB 360 (2019)
Adds a definition of stepparent to the law governing parental rights and responsibilities.
HB 361 (2019)
Adds the care and ownership of animals to the "tangible property" that must be addressed in a divorce settlement.
HB 362 (2019)
Creates a formula to calculate child support in cases with equal parenting time.
HB 371 (2019)
Adds cats to the definition of a commercial kennel, which currently only covers dogs. The House amended the bill to instead increase the number of dogs from 25 to 35 and cats from 25 to 50 that a person may transfer per year without being licensed by the state.
HB 377 (2019)
Amends the purpose statement for the Child Protection Act, emphasizing the best interests of the child over preserving the family unit.
HB 378 (2019)
Raises the minimum age for marriage from 16 to 18 years of age. ˙This bill also repeals the mechanism for underage parties to petition for a marriage.
HB 385 (2019)
Requires the Legislature to make a maternity room, where a member can nurse or change a baby, available to legislators on session days.
HB 386 (2019)
Provides that, unless otherwise agreed, the parents shall equally share weekends and holidays in a parenting agreement.
HB 393 (2019)
Establishes a committee to study child care costs, affordability, and accessibility in the state of New Hampshire. The Senate amended the bill to also increase the number of tuition waivers for persons in foster care, clarify some penalties related to public assistance, make some technical changes to the law governing emergency room boarding, revise the membership of a commission to study 5G technology, and clarify that the moratorium on health facilities licensure does not apply to certain continuing care facilities.
HB 420 (2019)
Declares that state highways, bridges, and buildings shall only be named after a person after he or she is deceased at least two years. The House amended the bill to exempt colleges and universities.
HB 427 (2019)
Permits a parent or guardian to file a petition for a protective order on behalf of a minor, against a member of the minor's family or household.
HB 437 (2019)
Establishes a commission to study parental alienation.
HB 446 (2019)
Allows an individual to obtain a new birth certificate based on a change of gender identity, as certified by a licensed health care provider. At the time of this bill's submission, a court order is required to change a birth certificate. This bill also allows a gender identity of nonbinary on a birth certificate. The Senate amended the bill, for example to require the permission of a parent or guardian if a minor seeks a birth certificate change.
More Info | Sponsor: Gerri Cannon
HB 451 (2019)
Ends the ability of courts to use a different beginning date in measuring the length of marriage for purposes of determining alimony. The court may still use a different ending date.
HB 471 (2019)
Requires driver's licenses and non-driver identification cards to indicate whether or not the holder is a U.S. citizen.
HB 488 (2019)
Requires the Statehouse to provide interpreters for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing who wish to consult with their senator or representative.
HB 501 (2019)
Establishes a Cost of Care Fund to assist municipalities caring for animals during animal cruelty cases. ˙The fund would receive revenue from the fees collected from the registration for distribution of commercial animal feed and any court-ordered restitution for care in animal cruelty cases.
HB 521 (2019)
Establishes a Child Abuse Specialized Medical Evaluation Program within the Department of Health and Human Services.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 536 (2019)
Prohibits businesses from using, disclosing, or retaining biometric information about an individual, "for any purpose other than that which the individual reasonably expects."
HB 550 (2019)
Allows federal payment for foster care to extend to age twenty-one, provided the person was already in foster care at age eighteen and is pursuing education or working.
HB 565 (2019)
Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to contract with an organization to establish a supervised visitation center in each county.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Berrien
HB 567 (2019)
Moves New Hampshire to Atlantic Standard Time year-round if Massachusetts and Maine also move to Atlantic Standard Time.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 572 (2019)
Proclaims the second Saturday in June as Pollyanna of Littleton New Hampshire Recognition Day.
HB 574 (2019)
Establishes a judicial procedure for the emancipation of minors.

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HB 1566 (2020)
Establishes a lifetime fishing license available to any resident or non-resident, who is at least 65 years of age, and who has been honorably discharged from any armed service of the United States, for a one-time administration fee of $10.
HB 1571 (2020)
Modifies the qualifications for members of the Fish and Game Commission. For example, this bill broadens the previous experience that can qualify a commissioner.
More Info | Sponsor: Ellen Read
HB 1573 (2020)
Requires a safari hunting license to take exotic game, including wild boar or elk, from a hunting preserve.
HB 1575 (2020)
Authorizes the special number license plates for Circuit Court judges.
HB 1604 (2020)
Expands the definition of "agricultural/industrial vehicle" to include vehicles used to maintain public recreational areas.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 1605 (2020)
Requires children under the age of 2 years old to be restrained in a rear facing child restraint in a motor vehicle.
HB 1609 (2020)
Adds regulations around floating docks, seasonal platforms, inflatable platforms or floats anchored on public waters of the state. For example, the bill prohibits any anchored seasonal platform that obstructs another property owner's view of the body of water.
HB 1612 (2020)
Allows operators to register utility terrain vehicles to drive them on roadways with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less.
HB 1620 (2020)
Establishes a minimum $250 fine for parking a motor vehicle other than a plug-in-hybrid vehicle or battery electric vehicle in a parking space that has a public electric vehicle charging station.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Cleaver
HB 1621 (2020)
Requires every person operating a motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or bicycle on a public way or off-road trail to wear a helmet, subject to a $50 fine.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Cleaver
HB 1622 (2020)
Requires that any person operating or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle wear a seat belt. There are some exceptions, for example when riding in a taxi. The bill also requires all school buses manufactured on or after June 30, 2020 and used in New Hampshire to have seat belts.
More Info | Sponsor: Skip Cleaver
HB 1649 (2020)
Establishes a road usage fee ranging from $10 to $125, based on a vehicle's miles per gallon, as part of annual car registration.
HB 1650 (2020)
Modifies the annual car registration fees, generally increasing them and adding annual adjustments, but also modifying each person's fee depending on how many miles they traveled in the year.
HB 1654 (2020)
Modifies the penalties for a third and fourth DUI, specifying that the DUI must have occurred within twenty years of a previous DUI conviction to count. The bill also adds a misdemeanor penalty for a DUI conviction if there are similar convictions more than ten years earlier.
HB 1667 (2020)
Modifies the circumstances under which a driver's license may be suspended or revoked, or restored. For example, this bill removes the authority to suspend a license solely for failure to pay a fine. The House amended the bill to study the creation of restricted driving licenses for participants in drug court.
More Info | Sponsor: David Welch
HB 167 (2019)
Allows the town of Kingston to hold a bonfire event in 2019 in honor of the town's 325th anniversary.
HB 1688 (2020)
Requires OHRV drivers to abide by the same speed limits as motor vehicle drivers when operating on state roads. This bill also modifies the procedure to change a speed limit, allowing 2/3 of the abutters in a half mile stretch of a state highway to petition for a speed limit change.
More Info | Sponsor: Judith Spang
HB 1700 (2020)
Permits nonresident aliens living in New Hampshire on a temporary basis to obtain a driver's license upon completion of an application for asylum status to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
More Info | Sponsor: George Sykes
HB 172 (2019)
Authorizes a waiver of the driver education requirement if a father, mother, guardian, or other responsible adult provides equivalent classroom instruction and behind the wheel training.
HB 188 (2019)
Removes the 6 mile per hour portion of the definition of headway speed.
HB 196 (2019)
Allows for the use of a DD Form 214 from any branch of the armed forces to prove residency for fish and game purposes. The House and Senate amended the bill to instead allow the use of any form of identification that would be accepted by the Division of Motor Vehicles for a New Hampshire driver's license.
HB 198 (2019)
Repeals the prohibition on texting while driving. The House amended the bill to instead revise the fines for using a mobile electronic device while driving. The Senate removed those fine increases, instead allowing a fifteen-day license suspension after a second offense and requiring a thirty-day license suspension after subsequent offenses.
HB 2020 (2020)
Adopts the ten-year transportation improvement plan for 2021-2030. Every two years the Department of Transportation works with Regional Planning Commissions and the Executive Council to draft a ten-year plan for transportation infrastructure improvement, maintenance, and repair. That plan must be approved by the governor and the legislature.
HB 230 (2019)
Prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle if a passenger is under age sixteen.
HB 236 (2019)
Increases the fine for persons who illegally pass school buses to $500 and imposes mandatory license suspensions.
HB 244 (2019)
Repeals the moorings appeals board and provides for appeals to be made directly to the Department of Safety.
HB 248 (2019)
Gives the Legislature the power to change turnpike toll rates, instead of the governor and Executive Council.
More Info | Sponsor: Chris True
HB 260 (2019)
Adds violations to the type of records that shall be purged from a motor vehicle record after seven years. This bill also specifies that certain offenses - such as a DUI - cannot be purged from a motor vehicle record until 10 years after a defendant's driver's license is reinstated.
More Info | Sponsor: George Sykes
HB 264 (2019)
Appropriates a total of $4 million to freight rail improvements projects in Carroll, Strafford, and Coos counties. The appropriation is contingent upon the receipt of matching private funds.
HB 267 (2019)
Repeals the international registration plan and incorporates it by reference, as requested by the Department of Safety.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 276 (2019)
Allows swimming at public boat access areas which are restricted to launching non-motorized or cartop watercraft such as a canoes.
More Info | Sponsor: Ed Comeau
HB 279 (2019)
Names a bridge in the town of Bristol in honor of Mathew Seaver.
HB 281 (2019)
Permits the installation of "beaver deceiver" water flow control devices for the purpose of discouraging beaver damming and reducing the risk of flooding.
More Info | Sponsor: Mel Myler
HB 296 (2019)
Requires anyone bringing an animal into a state park or state forest to clean up or remove all solid waste produced by such animal, subject to a $50 fine.
HB 298 (2019)
Makes it a misdemeanor to misrepresent or falsify information on documents submitted by congregate mooring field operators to the Marine Patrol Bureau in the State Police.
HB 299 (2019)
Classifies the sharing of a mooring permit in a congregate mooring field as a transfer unless the field's bylaws or usage regulations provide otherwise.
HB 300 (2019)
Restricts the number of entries a congregate mooring field operator may accept in a mooring lottery to one entry per vessel.
HB 307 (2019)
Removes the requirement that drivers' license photographs be in color.
More Info | Sponsor: Steven Smith
HB 316 (2019)
Repeals the permit and fee required to train bird dogs and trail or tree hounds.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 317 (2019)
Allows for aftermarket tinting of side windows in vehicles.
More Info | Sponsor: Josh Yokela
HB 319 (2019)
Adds the Friends of Seabrook Rail Trail to the list of organizations approved to issue decals for multi-use plates.
HB 320 (2019)
Adds Future in Sight and the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Hampshire to the list of organizations approved to issue decals for multi-use plates.
HB 321 (2019)
Alllows organizations authorized to issue decals in the multi-use decal number plate program to issue more than one decal design for their organization.
HB 322 (2019)
Requires the Fish and Game Department to develop telephonic and online registration of wild turkeys taken.
HB 324 (2019)
Prohibits the operation of personal water craft within 300 feet of any marsh or flat in the Hampton/Seabrook Estuary without regard to tide height.
HB 325 (2019)
Enables public boat access facility owners to provide tools for cleaning boats at their access sites and requires boaters at such facilities to use those available tools to clean their boats in order to prevent the spread of aquatic exotic invasive species.
HB 368 (2019)
Authorizes autism spectrum disorder to be printed on a drivers' license or a non-driver identification card in addition to any other medically recognized disorder authorized under Department of Safety rules.
HB 384 (2019)
Permits a municipality to create and maintain a path to a historic burial site on state land within the municipality.
HB 391 (2019)
Requires that a current photo identification be presented to the town or city clerk for vehicle registration.
More Info | Sponsor: George Sykes
HB 395 (2019)
Allows passenger vehicles to only display one license plate, on the rear of the vehicle.
More Info | Sponsor: Andrew Prout

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