The Government & Legislative Affairs Committee plans, implements, and evaluates a government relations program to respond to and address local, state, and federal legislative and regulatory issues that impact the members and industry. This committee is in charge of helping to direct our lobbyist, find members to testify on select bills, tracking legislation that is essential to the industry, and advising on other select issues.
The Government Affairs committee invites all other members to join and help develop the association’s government affairs program. The committee’s regular meeting is the second Monday of each month from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Meetings are held in person in Concord (119 Airport Rd) and over zoom.
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The Governor signed HB1245 adopting omnibus legislation concerning state agencies on 7/29/2020. So, the DES dock registration program is “authorized” by law. It will take DES some period of time to organize the program and draft administrative rules, but, ultimately, this should provide some necessary documentation for our shoreland developers/builders facing permit/legitimacy questions. [There were some other semi-relevant provisions in omnibus HB1245, i.e., DES help-desk, but nothing we tracked too closely.]
In terms of next steps, we can expect veto override votes on HB1234 (codes – not a necessity for us) and HB1247 (eviction/foreclosure – we are opposed) sometime in September.
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All bills on the calendar had already timed-out because of the State House COVID 3-month shutdown. The timeline set at the beginning of the year had expired, and any progress on an expired bill first needed a vote to suspend the rule that had caused the bill to expire. This type of rule manipulation does not require a majority vote, which the Democrats would have the majority to control, but instead requires a two-thirds vote. Republicans made known their intentions not to cooperate unless scheduled tax increases were suspended and frozen in time. Unless, and until, the Republicans were convinced that the business tax increases, BET and BPT, corporate income taxes in NH were rolled back, the rest of the agenda was going to be held in the balance. And so, one vote after another occurred with a lack of two-thirds vote and all matters relevant to the Association died. (HB1714 – Ratifying local building & fire codes; HB16929 – Training & streamlined procedures for local land use boards.; HB1632 – Economic incentives for municipalities to encourage housing.)
The Senate’s answer to what occurred in the House was amend pending bills with voluminous and omnibus amendments that would include subjects not acted upon by the House.
The NH Senate met for the last time before summer break on June 29th, and the House met for the last time before break today, June 30th. The House is essentially being asked to concur with the Senate version of numerous omnibus amendments. These amendments attempt to shoehorn many sub-jects into about 18 one-and-done bills, mostly as a workaround for the Covid suspension of the session. Concurrence requires a simple party line majority, so most will pass and go to the Governor for his action/inaction.
HB1234, which includes certain building code ratifications of local amend-ments to the 2015 codes, received party line concurrence. We supported the code ratifications, but took no position on the remainder of the bill.
HB1245, which included a new dock registration procedure, also received party line concurrence. Again, we supported the dock registration as a land-owner benefit, but took no position on the remainder of the packaging.
HB1247, which relates to rent notification periods and default forgiveness due to Covid, received party line concurrence. We opposed rent notifications and were generally sour on the forgiveness provisions. I suspect this bill is head-ed for veto, but we shall see.