Bill Details - HB206 (2017)

HB 206-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0074

05/10

 

HOUSE BILL 206-FN-A

 

AN ACT establishing a special marriage officiant license.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Eaton, Ches. 3; Rep. Lovejoy, Rock. 36; Rep. S. Harvey, Hills. 29; Rep. Mangipudi, Hills. 35; Rep. Rogers, Merr. 28; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 14; Rep. McBeath, Rock. 26; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a special marriage officiant license, which temporarily authorizes an individual to solemnize a marriage.  A portion of the license fee shall be deposited in the fund for domestic violence programs.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0074

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a special marriage officiant license.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Solemnization of Marriage; Special Marriage Officiant License.  Amend RSA 457 by inserting after section 32-a the following new section:

457:32-b  Special Marriage Officiant License.

I.  The secretary of state may issue a special marriage officiant license to an individual who shall be temporarily authorized to solemnize a marriage in this state.  The individual shall register with the secretary of state and provide:

(a)  A completed registration form, as prescribed by the secretary of state.

(b)  An $85 fee.  The secretary of state shall forward $80 of the fee to the department of health and human services for deposit in the fund for domestic violence programs, established in RSA 173-B:15, and shall retain the remainder of the fee for administrative costs associated with issuance of the license.

II.  Upon registration as a special marriage officiant, an individual shall be authorized to solemnize only the civil marriage designated on the registration form and shall receive proof of that authority from the secretary of state. The individual's authority to solemnize the marriage shall expire at the same time as the corresponding license.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0074

12/22/16

 

HB 206-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT establishing a special marriage officiant license.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$25,500

$25,000

$25,500

$25,500

   Expenditures

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

$1,500

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Special fund for domestic violence programs (RSA 173-B:15)

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill would authorize the Secretary of State to issue special marriage officiant licenses to individuals temporarily authorized to solemnize a marriage in this State.  The legislation requires completion of a registration form and submission of an $85 fee, $80 which is to be forwarded to the Department of Health and Human Services for deposit in the fund for domestic violence programs established in RSA 173-B:15, and $5 to be retained by the Secretary of State for administrative costs associated with the issuance of the license.

 

The Secretary of State estimates that  300 special licenses would be issued per year, resulting in $24,000 in revenue to the fund for domestic violence programs and $1,500 in revenue to the Department of State.  The estimated cost of processing and postage for each special marriage officiant license is $10 each or $3,000 per year.  The $1,500 reimbursement from the license fee partially offsets this expense, yielding a net expenditure for the Department of $1,500 per year.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services states there would be no fiscal impact on the Department as the funds are transferred to the Domestic Violence Fund, offsetting  revenue and expenditures.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Judiciary HJ 2 P. 20
Jan. 10, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/10/2017 02:00 PM LOB 208
Jan. 17, 2017 Executive Session: 01/17/2017 01:00 PM LOB 208
Jan. 26, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/26/2017 (Vote 13-5; RC) HC 8 P. 6
Jan. 26, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 204-158 01/26/2017 HJ 4 P. 8

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 10, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 17, 2017 House Exec Session
Jan. 26, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB206 Revision: 394 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 12:12 p.m.