HB589 (2017) Detail

Repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.


HB 589-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0316

01/09

 

HOUSE BILL 589-FN

 

AN ACT repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Scully, Hills. 33; Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. Gould, Hills. 7; Rep. Burt, Hills. 39; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill repeals the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0316

01/09

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.

 

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

 

1  Statement of Findings and Purpose.

I.  The general court hereby finds that:

(a)  The exercise of a person’s right to free speech is a First Amendment activity, the protection of which is paramount.

(b)  RSA 132:37 through RSA 132:40 (2014, 81) was based on a similar Massachusetts statute, Mass. Gen. Laws, ch. 266 section 120E ½.

(c)  On June 26, 2014 the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down as unconstitutional the Massachusetts statute in the case of McCullen v. Coakley, 134 S. Ct. 2518.

(d)  On July 9, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire held in the case of Sister Mary Rose Reddy v. Foster, Docket 14-cv-00299-JL that RSA 132:37 through RSA132:40 “is materially indistinguishable from the Massachusetts statute that the Supreme Court invalidated in McCullen v. Coakley.”

II.  Therefore, the general court hereby repeals RSA 132:37 through RSA 132:40 because if left as law, this statute will cause the state of New Hampshire to expend considerable sums defending a law which the United States Supreme Court unanimously found unconstitutional.

2  Repeal.  RSA 132:37-132:40, relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities, are repealed.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0316

1/19/17

 

HB 589-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT repealing the law relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.

 

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

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill repeals RSA 132:37 through 132:40, relative to providing certain parameters for access to reproductive health care facilities.  These sections currently make violation of the statute a violation-level offense and authorize the attorney general or county attorney to bring injunctive relief to prevent further violations.  There is a potential fiscal impact to the Judicial Branch in the form of decreased expenditures due to fewer violation-level offenses in the circuit court and fewer injunction actions in the superior court.  The Branch is unable to estimate the aggregate amount of any expenditure decrease, but does provide the following information on per-case costs:

 

Judicial Branch

FY 2018

FY 2019

Violation Level Offense

$48

$48

Complex Equity Case

$734

$740

It should be noted average case cost estimates for FY 2018 and FY 2019 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types.  

 

The Department of Justice indicates that the existing statute has been challenged in federal court, and passage of the bill would eliminate the basis for that legal challenge and the potential cost of litigation.  The extent of any cost savings is indeterminable.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Justice, Judicial Branch, New Hampshire Association of Counties, and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

 

Links

HB589 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 1, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 14, 2017 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2017 House Exec Session
March 8, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB589 Revision: 399 Date: Jan. 25, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Docket


March 9, 2017: Reconsider HB 589 (Rep. White): MF VV 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 28


March 9, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 191-165 03/09/2017 HJ 10 P. 26


: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass


March 8, 2017: Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/08/2017 (Vote 9-8; RC)


Feb. 21, 2017: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/21/2017 10:00 AM LOB 208


Feb. 14, 2017: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/14/2017 01:00 PM LOB 208


Feb. 1, 2017: Public Hearing: 02/01/2017 11:00 AM LOB 208


Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Judiciary HJ 3 P. 20