Bill Text - HB110 (2012)

Requiring professional safety and security services personnel to report certain criminal offenses.


Revision: Jan. 20, 2012, midnight

HB 110 – AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

15 Feb 2011… 0133h

01/18/2012 0134s

2011 SESSION

11-0063

04/05

HOUSE BILL 110

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the reporting of crimes by professional safety and security services personnel.

SPONSORS: Rep. Ladd, Graf 5; Rep. Emerson, Ches 7; Rep. Shurtleff, Merr 10

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill establishes a committee to study the reporting of crimes by professional safety and security services personnel.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15 Feb 2011… 0133h

01/18/2012 0134s

11-0063

04/05

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eleven

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the reporting of crimes by professional safety and security services personnel.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study the reporting of crimes by professional safety and security services personnel.

2 Membership and Compensation.

I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a) One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

3 Duties. The committee shall study:

I. Issues regarding security guards and security guard services furnished by a college or university operating in the state of New Hampshire to report felonies to law enforcement officials.

II. Whether the security officials operating in a college or university setting should be treated differently from security officials operating within other settings, such as on the campus of a hospital or shopping center.

III. Whether a distinction should be made between reporting of felonies and misdemeanors and the penalty that would be invoked for not reporting.

IV. Whether there should be a mens rea requirement for the offense of failure to report.

V. Whether the recent events unfolding currently at Pennsylvania State University and Syracuse University affect current reporting standards in place in New Hampshire.

4 Chairperson; Quorum. The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members. The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named senate member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.

5 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2012.

6 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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11-0063 Amended 09/15/11

HB 110 FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the reporting of crimes by professional safety and security services personnel.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Justice and the University System of New Hampshire state this bill, as amended by the House (Amendment #2011-0133h), may increase state expenditures by an indeterminable amount in FY 2012 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state, county, and local revenue, and county and local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Department of Justice and the University System of New Hampshire state this bill would require members of detective agencies or security services, including those security services at colleges and universities, to report all felonies observed or revealed to them to one of the following: the New Hampshire State Police, the closest law enforcement agency, or the Attorney General’s office. Both the Department and the System assume compliance with this requirement will increase costs, however neither can estimate the number of incidents that would result in action on their respective parts.

    The Department of Safety, the Community College System of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Municipal Association state any actions taken as a result of this bill can be absorbed within existing resources, so this bill should have no fiscal impact.

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