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How to read a bill status

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When you search for a bill on the New Hampshire Legislature website, gencourt.state.nh.us, you will find a detailed bill status page. 

Click the image below to see a key to the information on an official bill status page.

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The following is a glossary of the most common terms that appear on a bill status page. If you ever see a term not included on this list, feel free to e-mail us at info@citizenscount.org and ask for a definition.

Concurred

If the Senate makes some changes to a bill that already passed the House, the House must vote to “concur” with those changes. The opposite is also true – if the House makes some changes to a bill that already passed the Senate, the Senate must vote to “concur” with those changes. This status means the body agreed with any changes.

Conference Committee

If the House and Senate both want to pass a bill but can’t agree on the final version, a conference committee is formed to draft a compromise bill. Conference committees include both House and Senate members. This status means a bill is being worked on in a conference committee.

Conference Report Adopted

This status means the compromise bill drafted by a conference committee passed.

In Committee

This status means a bill is being considered by a committee. That committee provides the full House or Senate with a recommendation on the bill, but the full House and Senate don’t have to follow committee recommendations when it comes time to vote.

Indefinitely Postponed

This status means the House or Senate voted to kill the bill. This is basically a more polite motion than "Inexpedient to Legislate," a much more common way to kill a bill.

Inexpedient to Legislate

This status means the House or Senate voted to kill the bill.

Interim Study

This status means the bill will be studied between legislative sessions. This can be a polite way to kill a bill, especially in an election year.

Laid on Table

This status means the House or Senate voted to set aside the bill. They can vote at a later date to take the bill off the table and continue the legislative process. If they do not vote to take the bill of the table by the end of the legislative session, the bill dies.

Miscellaneous

This is a catch-all for unusual bill statuses. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this status was applied to many bills that the House ran out of time to vote on. Those bills are dead due to inactivity.

Nonconcurred Request Conference

If the Senate makes some changes to a bill that already passed the House, the House must vote to “concur” with those changes. The opposite is also true – if the House makes some changes to a bill that already passed the Senate, the Senate must vote to “concur” with those changes. “Nonconcurred Request Conference” means that the House or Senate didn’t agree with the changes to a bill, and requested a conference committee to reach a compromise.

Passed/Adopted

This status means the bill passed without any new changes.

Passed/Adopted with Amendment

This status means the bill passed, but with an amendment or change to the original bill.

Report Filed

This status means the committee working on a bill reported a recommendation to the full House or Senate. A vote by the full House or Senate comes next.

Rereferred

This status means the full Senate sent the bill back to committee for further consideration.

Retained in Committee

This status means the House committee working on the bill decided to hold onto the bill for now. This gives the committee more time to work on the bill. However, sometimes committees retain legislation as a polite way to kill a bill or make way for an alternate proposal.

Signed by Governor

This status means the governor signed the bill into law.

Vetoed by Governor

This status means the governor rejected or "vetoed" the bill.

Veto Overridden

This status means two-thirds of the Legislature voted to override or overturn the governor's veto. The bill becomes law.

Veto Sustained

This status means less than two-thirds of the Legislature voted to override or overturn the governor's veto. The governor's veto stands.

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