What Happened Today, March 8, NH House Session

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House Session Recap-March 8, 2017

The House called to order at 10:00 a.m.

Rep. Hinch moved that the House adjourn from the Session of February 16, 2017

Prayer by House Chaplain, Reverend Kate Atkinson, Rector of St. Paul’s Church in Concord.

Pledge led by the member from Middleton, Rep. John Mullen

Anthem sung by Jody Gourlay of Milton, NH.

Leaves of Absence

Introduction of guests

The House accepts the resignation letter from Rep. Jeffrey Shackett ®(Grafton, Dist. 9)

Rep McNally moves for reconsideration of HB 365, relative to awarding attorney’s fees under the right-to-know-law

The motion to reconsider fails on a roll call vote, 168-172

Rep. Sytek moves for reconsideration on HCR4, urging Congress to propose the Regulation Freedom amendment to the United States Constitution.

The motion to reconsider fails on a roll call vote, 163-185

 Reps. Major and Almy spoke to HR9, the revenue estimates.

The motion to accept the revenue estimates is adopted, voice vote

Rep.Major moves that HR9 is laid upon the table.

The motion to table is adopted, voice vote

 The following bills were removed from the Consent Calendar

CACR 2, HB 499, HB 106, HB 626, HB 396, HB 341, HB 204, HB 618,HB 362, HB 394, HB 541, HB 121, HB 303, HB 419, HB 316, HB 585, HB 485, HB 199, HB 225, HB 462, HB 335, HB 398, HB 615

The consent calendar approved, voice vote.

 Without objection, HB 572 is referred to the committee on House Finance

 REGULAR CALENDAR

 

CHILDREN AND FAMILY LAW

HB 349-FN, relative to out-of-home placements under the child protection act. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT

The committee amendment (0658h) is adopted, voice vote

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, division vote, 186-158.

 

COMMERCE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS

HB 79-FN, relative to New Hampshire products purchased and sold by the liquor commission. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT  

Committee amendment (0273h) is adopted, voice vote. 

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, voice vote.

 HB 279, relative to smoking on private property. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0530h) is ruled non-germane by the speaker.

Rep. Hunt moves that HB 279 be laid upon the table.

The motion to lay upon the table is adopted, voice vote.

 

 

HB 353-FN, relative to sales of beer in refillable containers. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT

The committee amendment (0533h) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, voice vote. (Rep. Murphy declared a conflict of interest)

HB 385, relative to notice for foreclosures. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 178-176.

Rep. Hopper moves reconsideration on HB 385.

The motion to reconsider 175-181 fails.

HB 436, exempting persons using virtual currency from registering as money transmitters. MAJORITY: OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0441h) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, roll call 185-170

HB 633-FN, allowing health insurance policies to be sold without mandates. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 240-110. (Rep. Hill declared a conflict of interest)

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

HB 94-FN, prohibiting certain defenses in prostitution and human trafficking cases. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of OTP is adopted, roll call, 265-86

HB 205-FN, relative to flying a drone above a correctional facility. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

Rep. Welch moves that HB 205 be laid upon the table.

The motion to lay upon the table is adopted, voice vote.

HB 284, relative to jury instructions in sexual assault cases. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote.

HB 351-FN, making a person who knowingly causes the death of a child guilty of capital murder.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL  is adopted, division vote, 305-46

HB 640-FN, relative to the penalties for possession of marijuana. OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of OTP is adopted, roll call, 318-36

 

EDUCATION

HB 293, relative to the requirements for filing a chartered public school application. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote.

HB 395, relative to state board of education rulemaking authority over home education programs.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, division vote, 256-89.

HB 494, relative to eligibility for a chartered public school charter. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote

HB 557-FN, relative to school attendance in towns with no public schools. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0548h) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report OTP/A is adopted, roll call, 188-163.

HB 605-FN-A, establishing a scholarship for students pursuing careers in the service of children and the elderly. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote

HB 620, relative to compliance with state and federal education mandates. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0423h) is adopted, voice vote.

Rep. Ladd offers floor amendment (0768)

The amendment (0768) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP, as amended, is adopted, roll call, 335-18

 

ELECTION LAW

HB 116, relative to assessing the consequences of the Citizens United decision. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

Rep. White moves to special order HB 116 until the first order of business on Thursday.

The motion to special order HB 116 is adopted, voice vote

HB 320, relative to procedures for apportioning electoral districts. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 184-161

HB 348-FN, relative to registering to vote. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 191-159

HB 372, relative to construction of the terms “resident,” “inhabitant,” “residence,” and “residency.”MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of OTP is adopted, roll call, 188-163.

HB 384, establishing a committee to study ballot access in New Hampshire. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

Rep. White moves to special order HB 384 to the second order of business on Thursday.

The motion to special  order HB 384 is adopted, voice vote.

HB 402, relative to presumptive evidence of domicile for voters. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote

 

Rep. White moves that the debate on HB 372 be printed in the permanent journal.

The motion to print the debate on HB 372 is adopted, roll call, 274-79

 

HB 430, relative to recording voters’ out-of-state drivers’ licenses. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0524h) is adopted, a voice vote.,

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, roll call, 187-160

 

Rep. White moves to special HB 447 to the third spot in Thursday’s calendar.

The motion to special; order HB 447 is adopted, division vote, 175-160

 

HB 447, relative to allocating electoral college electors based on the national popular vote. MAJORITY: 

INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 298-51

HB 464, relative to voter identification requirements when obtaining a ballot. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL , roll call, 192-158.

HB 519, establishing a commission to study the feasibility of implementing a clearinghouse model for tracking political expenditures and contributions. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 192-158.

HB 552-FN, relative to investigation of undeliverable voter verification letters. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0634) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP/a is adopted, roll call, 181-163.

HB 622-FN-LOCAL, allowing all voters to vote by absentee ballot. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 200-145

 

Rep. Packard is now presiding

 

Rep. Hinch  moves that the debate on HB632 be printed in the permanent journal

The motion to print the debate on HB 632 is adopted, a voice vote.

 

ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE

HB 612, relative to livestock and meat inspection. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee amendment (0652h) is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, voice vote.

 

EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION

CACR 4, relating to the attorney general. Providing that the attorney general shall be elected every 2 years.INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote.

HB 85, relative to installation requirements for arc-fault circuit interrupters and relative to the state building code review board. OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT

The committee amendment (0016h) is adopted, voice vote

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, voice vote.

HB 184-FN, repealing licensure requirements for medical imaging and radiation MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee amendment (0690h) is adopted, roll call, 239-106

The committee report of OTP/A is adopted, voice vote.

HB 254, relative to membership on the assessing standards board. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 266-78      

 

Speaker Jasper is now presiding

 

HB 294-FN-A, relative to the cost of fiscal analysis of legislation relating to the retirement system.MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of OTP is adopted, roll call, 213-130

The speaker requests a suspension of the rules to allow HB 294-FN-A to be referred to Finance.

The motion to suspend the rules is fails, division vote, 191-154, having failed to receive two-thirds vote.

The bill now moves directly to the Senate.

HB 322, adding rulemaking authority to require completion of a certain survey as part of the license renewal process for health care providers. OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of OTP is adopted, voice vote

HB 408, relative to the state guard. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote

HB 469, establishing a continuous quality improvement program for pharmacies. OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of OTP is adopted, voice vote.

HB 522, establishing a committee to review occupational licensing to determine which licenses could be made optional for practitioners. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL: is adopted, roll call, 259-82

HB 548-FN, increasing the age at which a pension begins for non-vested and newly-hired group I members of the retirement system. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS WITH AMENDMENT

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 204-121 (Reps. Lisle and Harrington declared a conflict of interest.

 

HB 599-FN, establishing the office of ombudsman in the department of state. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

Rep. Packard moved to lay HB 599 on the table.

The motion to lay HB 599 on the table is adopted, voice vote.

HB 625-FN-LOCAL, establishing state holidays for elections MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, voice vote.

 FINANCE

HB 370-FN-A, making an appropriation for the purpose of meeting new federal regulations relative to child care. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 168-166

Rep. Kurk moves reconsideration of HB 370

The motion to reconsider HB 370 fails, roll call, 168-171

HB 387-FN-A, making an appropriation to the department of health and human services for the developmental services system. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

Rep. Kurk moves to special order HB 387 to the fourth position at the beginning of Thursday’s calendar.

The motion to special order HB 387 is adopted, voice vote.

HB 571-FN-A, making an appropriation to the New Hampshire Internet crimes against children task force.MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 183-158

HB 606-FN-A, establishing a scholarship fund for health care providers who stay in New Hampshire for 5 years and making an appropriation therefor. INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

The committee report of ITL is adopted, division vote, 249-94

 

HEALTH, HUMAN SERVICES AND ELDERLY AFFAIRS

 

HB 157, adding chronic pain to qualifying conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

Rep. MacKay offers floor amendment (0682h). The amendment is adopted, voice vote.

The committee report of OTP, as amended, is adopted, roll call, 301-47

HB 160, adding post-traumatic stress disorder to qualifying medical conditions under therapeutic use of cannabis. MAJORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS.  MINORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE

Floor amendment (0681) is adopted, voice vote

The committee report of OTP, as amended, is adopted, roll call, 302-46.

HB 361, relative to the authority of the commissioner of the department of health and human services relative to certain vaccine requirements. MAJORITY:  INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL is adopted, roll call, 244-96

HB 472, permitting qualifying patients to cultivate cannabis for their own therapeutic use. MAJORITY: INEXPEDIENT TO LEGISLATE.  MINORITY:  OUGHT TO PASS

The committee report of ITL  is defeated, roll call, 118-213.

Rep. Cushing moves OTP on HB 472.

The motion of OTP is adopted, voice vote

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