Bill Text - CACR11 (2006)

Relating to the compensation of the legislature. Providing that legislative members receive a payment for each day of legislative attendance and reimbursement for certain necessary expenses.


Revision: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

CACR 11 – AS INTRODUCED

2005 SESSION

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CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11

RELATING TO: the compensation of the legislature.

PROVIDING THAT: legislative members receive a payment for each day of legislative attendance and reimbursement for certain necessary expenses.

SPONSORS: Rep. Bicknell, Rock 1; Sen. Boyce, Dist 4

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

ANALYSIS

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides for a $100 per diem payment to each member of the legislature for each day he or she is attending a legislative session. It also allows legislators to receive reimbursement for the cost of overnight lodging but not food expenses.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Five

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

RELATING TO: the compensation of the legislature.

PROVIDING THAT: legislative members receive a payment for each day of legislative attendance and reimbursement for certain necessary expenses.

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring, that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

I. That article 15 of the second part of the constitution be repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

[Art.] 15th. [Compensation of the Legislature.] Each member of the house of representatives and the senate shall receive out of the state treasury the sum of $100 for each day of attendance at a legislative session as compensation in full for their services and each member shall receive mileage for actual daily attendance on legislative days, but not after the legislature shall have been in session for 45 legislative days or after the first day of July following the annual assembly of the legislature, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that when a special session shall be called by the governor or by a 2/3 vote of the then qualified members of each branch of the general court, such officers and member shall receive for attendance an additional compensation of $100 per day for a period not exceeding 15 days and the usual mileage. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment of additional mileage to members attending committee meetings or on other legislative business on nonlegislative days. Each member who is required to be away from his or her home for the night because of a legislative session, or a legislative committee or subcommittee meeting, shall receive reimbursement for the cost he or she incurs for lodging overnight. Cost for lodging shall not include costs the member incurs for meals.

II. That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2006.

III. That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2006 election an article to the following effect: To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2005 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV. That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the Constitution to provide that legislators receive a payment of $100 for each legislative session day and the costs of required lodging overnight by repealing and reenacting article 15 of the second part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 15th. [Compensation of the Legislature.] Each member of the house of representatives and the senate shall receive out of the state treasury the sum of $100 for each day of attendance at a legislative session as compensation in full for their services and each member shall receive mileage for actual daily attendance on legislative days, but not after the legislature shall have been in session for 45 legislative days or after the first day of July following the annual assembly of the legislature, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that when a special session shall be called by the governor or by a 2/3 vote of the then qualified members of each branch of the general court, such officers and member shall receive for attendance an additional compensation of $100 per day for a period not exceeding 15 days and the usual mileage. Nothing herein shall prevent the payment of additional mileage to members attending committee meetings or on other legislative business on nonlegislative days. Each member who is required to be away from his or her home for the night because of a legislative session, or a legislative committee or subcommittee meeting, shall receive reimbursement for the cost he or she incurs for lodging overnight. Cost for lodging shall not include costs the member incurs for meals.”

V. That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions. The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.” If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question. The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2005 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI. That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

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