HB466 (2017) Detail

Relative to the selection of delegates to an article V convention.


HB 466 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0595

05/01

 

HOUSE BILL 466

 

AN ACT relative to the selection of delegates to an article V convention.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6

 

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a procedure for the selection of delegates to an Article V convention.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0595

05/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to the selection of delegates to an article V convention.

 

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

 

1  New Chapter; Article V Convention.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 667 the following new chapter:

CHAPTER 667-A

ARTICLE V CONVENTION

667-A:1  Definitions.  In this chapter:  

I.  "Article V convention" means a convention for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution, called by the states pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution.

II.  "Delegate" means a person from the state of New Hampshire selected in accordance with this chapter to represent the people and state of New Hampshire at an Article V convention.  The office of Article V convention delegate is a federal office with the same rights as privileges as a member of Congress, unless otherwise specified in the enabling act.

III.  "Enabling act" means federal legislation governing the powers and privileges of delegates to an Article V convention.

667-A:2  Selection and Number of Delegates. Whenever an Article V convention is convened, the state of New Hampshire shall select its delegates in the following manner.  

I.  If the enabling act permits the election of delegates, the delegates shall be directly elected in an at-large election for a term of 2 years, coinciding with the term of United States representative.  

II.  If the enabling act requires the appointment of delegates, the delegates shall be appointed by the governor with advice and consent of the executive council.

III.  If the enabling act requires the state legislature to select the delegates, they shall be elected at a joint session of the house and senate, on organization day or the date specified in the enabling act.

IV.  The number of delegates shall be as specified in the enabling act.

V.  Vacancies shall be filled by the governor and council in the same manner as a vacancy in the United States senate, unless otherwise specified in the enabling act.

667-A:3  Nominations.  To hold the office of Article V convention delegate, a person shall be an inhabitant of the state who is qualified as required by Article V of the federal constitution and the applicable Congressional enabling act for the convention.

667-A:4  Incompatible Offices.  No person shall file a declaration of candidacy for the office of Article V convention delegate if such person holds an incompatible office.  For the purposes of this section, incompatible offices shall include the offices of governor, United States senator, United States representative, representative to the general court, state senator, councilor, county commissioner, county sheriff, county attorney, county treasurer, register of deeds, and register of probate.  If any person shall file for incompatible offices, the secretary of state shall advise the person of the provisions hereof and said person shall then advise the secretary of state which of said offices he or she wishes to retain in order to seek said nomination.

667-A:5  Declaration of Intent; Nomination and Petition requirements.  

I  Every candidate for the office of Article V convention delegate who intends to have his or her name placed on the ballot shall file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state as provided in RSA 655:17-a during the same time period in which party candidates file a declaration under RSA 655:14.  The fee for filing a declaration of intent shall be $100.

II.  The nomination and petition requirements of RSA 655:19-c through RSA 655:28, and the filing deadline specified in RSA 655:43, shall apply to the office of Article V delegate in the same manner as they apply to the office of United States senator.

667-A:6  Recounts.  The recount procedure and fees under RSA 660 for the office of president, United States senator, and governor shall apply to any recount conducted under this chapter.

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

Links

HB466 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 8, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 22, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB466 Revision: 695 Date: Jan. 27, 2017, 9:09 a.m.

Docket


: Died on Table


March 9, 2017: Lay on Table (Rep. Baldasaro): MA VV 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 49


March 8, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 17-0; RC)


Feb. 22, 2017: Executive Session: 02/22/2017 10:00 AM LOB 206


Feb. 8, 2017: Public Hearing: 02/08/2017 01:30 PM LOB 206


Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs HJ 3 P. 14