HB532 (2017) Detail

Prohibiting persons who desecrate the American or New Hampshire state flag from receiving financial assistance.


HB 532-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0532

05/01

 

HOUSE BILL 532-FN

 

AN ACT prohibiting persons who desecrate the American or New Hampshire state flag from receiving financial assistance.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. L'Heureux, Hills. 21; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Rep. Panasiti, Hills. 22; Rep. Morrison, Rock. 9; Rep. M. McCarthy, Hills. 29

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits a person who desecrates a United States flag or state flag from receiving financial assistance from the state of New Hampshire.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0532

05/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT prohibiting persons who desecrate the American or New Hampshire state flag from receiving financial assistance.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Desecration of Flag; Financial Assistance Eligibility.  Amend RSA 3-E by inserting after section 3 the following new section:

3-E:4  Desecration of Flag; Financial Assistance Prohibited.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person who desecrates a United States flag or New Hampshire flag by any means whatsoever, or disposes of the flag in a manner contrary to the United States flag code, shall be eligible for any type of financial assistance from the state of New Hampshire, including, but not limited to, financial assistance to needy families, food stamps, and tuition assistance.

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

 

LBAO

17-0532

1/11/17

 

HB 532-FN- FISCAL NOTE

as Introduced

 

AN ACT prohibiting persons who desecrate the American or New Hampshire state flag from receiving financial assistance.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Federal Funds

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill prohibits a person who desecrates or disposes of the United States flag or New Hampshire flag contrary to the United States flag code from receiving any type of financial assistance from the State.  The Department of Health and Human Services assumes disqualification of eligibility would only apply to the individual who undertook the prohibited action and not to the other members of the assistance group household.  The Department states costs would be associated with developing procedures to determine if an individual undertook such prohibited action and carrying out investigations, but it is currently unaware of any past instances in which the proposed legislation would be applicable.  Based on the information provided, the Department cannot estimate the fiscal impact on expenditures.  However, it is assumed there will be a one-time cost of $360,000 associated with software upgrades and staffing in order to automate this type of ineligibility.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

Links

HB532 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 1, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 1, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB532 Revision: 324 Date: Jan. 26, 2017, 8:23 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 5, 2017 Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 3 P. 17
Feb. 1, 2017 Public Hearing: 02/01/2017 02:15 PM LOB 205
Feb. 1, 2017 Executive Session: 02/01/2017 LOB 205
Feb. 15, 2017 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/15/2017 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 11 P. 12
Feb. 15, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/15/2017 HJ 7 P. 16