HB238 (2017) Detail

Establishing a committee to study broadband access to the Internet.


CHAPTER 163

HB 238 - FINAL VERSION

 

04/27/2017   1540s

04/27/2017   1571s

2017 SESSION

17-0432

06/10

 

HOUSE BILL 238

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study broadband access to the Internet.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Roberts, Hills. 4; Rep. Butler, Carr. 7; Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Rep. Umberger, Carr. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a broadband study committee.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

04/27/2017   1540s

04/27/2017   1571s 17-0432

06/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study broadband access to the Internet.

 

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

 

163:1  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study broadband.

163:2  Membership and Compensation.

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

(a)  Three members of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be appointed by the minority leader, and one of whom shall be appointed by the chairperson of the science, technology and energy committee.

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

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

163:3  Duties.  Recognizing the importance of Internet access to all citizens and the need to promote access in unserved and underserved areas, the committee shall:

I.  Explore opportunities to increase broadband availability in unserved and underserved areas.

II.  Explore means to expand the adoption of wireless and wired broadband technologies into rural areas with low adoption rates.

III.  Solicit information from sources including but not limited to:

(a)  Broadband companies that service New Hampshire.

(b)  The director of broadband technology, department of resources and economic development.

(c)  The director of strategic technology at the university of New Hampshire.

(d)  The director of broadband services at the university of New Hampshire.

(e)  A representative of FirstNet.

(f)  A municipal bonding representative.

(g)  An entity from another state that is working on a similar project.

(h)  Representatives of a nonprofit company.

(i)  A representative of the telecommunications division of the public utilities commission.

(j)  The project director of NH GRANIT.

(k)  The commissioner of the department of revenue administration, or designee.

(l)  Others with relevant subject matter expertise.

163:4  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 house member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Three members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

163:5  Report.  The committee shall make an interim report on or before November 1, 2017, with a final report of 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, 2018.

163:6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

Approved: June 28, 2017

Effective Date: June 28, 2017

Links

HB238 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 12, 2017 House Hearing
Jan. 31, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote
Feb. 16, 2017 House Floor Vote
April 5, 2017 Senate Hearing
April 20, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 20, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 27, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 27, 2017 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB238 Revision: 642 Date: June 29, 2017, 2:29 p.m.
HB238 Revision: 643 Date: June 1, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
HB238 Revision: 644 Date: April 28, 2017, 10:02 a.m.
HB238 Revision: 645 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 21
Jan. 12, 2017 Public Hearing: 01/12/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
Jan. 24, 2017 Full Committee Work Session: 01/24/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Jan. 24, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 01/24/2017 01:00 PM LOB 304
Jan. 31, 2017 ==RESCHEDULED== Executive Session: 01/31/2017 02:45 PM LOB 304
Feb. 15, 2017 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/15/2017 (Vote 12-8; RC) HC 11 P. 29
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0013h [^]
Special Order to 2/16/2017 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 57
Feb. 16, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MF RC 166-167 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 29
Feb. 16, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA RC 174-162 02/16/2017 HJ 8 P. 31
Feb. 16, 2017 Introduced 02/16/2017 and Referred to Public and Municipal Affairs; SJ 7
April 5, 2017 Hearing: 04/05/2017, Room 102, LOB, 09:30 am; SC 17
April 20, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/20/2017; SC 19
April 20, 2017 Special Order HB 238 to the next session, Without Objection, MA; 04/20/2017; SJ 14
April 27, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/27/2017; SJ 14
April 27, 2017 Sen. Kahn Floor Amendment # 2017-1540s, AA, VV; 04/27/2017; SJ 15
April 27, 2017 Sen. Bradley Moved to Special Order HB 238 to the end of the Calendar, Without Objection, MA; 04/27/2017; SJ 15
April 27, 2017 Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment # 2017-1571s, AA, VV; 04/27/2017; SJ 15
April 27, 2017 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2017-1540s and 2017-1571s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/27/2017; SJ 15
June 1, 2017 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1540s and 1571s (Rep. Barry): MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 3
June 8, 2017 Enrolled (In recess 06/08/2017); SJ 20
June 8, 2017 Enrolled 06/08/2017 HJ 18 P. 9
June 28, 2017 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/28/2017; Chapter 163; eff 06/28/17