HB138 (2017) Detail

Relative to persons held in civil contempt.


HB 138 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0093

09/06

 

HOUSE BILL 138

 

AN ACT relative to persons held in civil contempt.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Sen. Daniels, Dist 11; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill declares that no person shall be incarcerated for civil contempt without there being a finding that the person has the liquid assets to satisfy the contempt penalty.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0093

09/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to persons held in civil contempt.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Penalties for Civil Contempt Restricted.  Amend RSA 491 by inserting after section 22-c the following new section:

491:22-d  Penalties; Civil Contempt.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no court may incarcerate any citizen of this state and the United States for civil contempt without there first being a finding of fact that the person has the liquid assets to satisfy the contempt without borrowing money or incurring financial penalties to access financial instruments.  In addition, no person shall be required to sell a principal residence or sole motor vehicle to satisfy a finding of civil contempt.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2018.

Links

HB138 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 18, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 7, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB138 Revision: 390 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 3:26 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Judiciary HJ 2 P. 18
Jan. 18, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/18/2017 02:00 PM LOB 208
Feb. 7, 2017 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/07/2017 10:00 AM LOB 208
Feb. 14, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/14/2017 11:00 AM LOB 208
Feb. 14, 2017 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/14/2017 01:00 PM LOB 208
Feb. 21, 2017 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/21/2017 09:00 AM LOB 208
Feb. 21, 2017 Executive Session: 02/21/2017 LOB 208
March 8, 2017 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 14-3; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0141h
March 9, 2017 Lay on Table (Rep. Hagan): MA VV 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 16
Died on Table