SB 229-FN-LOCAL - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 229-FN-LOCAL
SPONSORS: Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Rep. O'Day, Ches. 11; Rep. Lewicke, Hills. 26; Rep. Seidel, Hills. 28; Rep. Carr, Hills. 26
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
I. Allows an owner of residential property to have an updated appraisal completed at the expense of a pipeline company seeking to acquire the property by eminent domain.
II. Allows certain owners of property subject to a permanent partial taking under eminent domain to require a pipeline company to take the entire tract of land.
III. Provides for the awarding of relocation, temporary housing, and legal expenses in gas pipeline eminent domain proceedings.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
02/16/2017 0389s 17-0170
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
IV. In trying any question of damages before said commissioners or by jury, the appraisal for taxation of such real estate, and, in cases where less than the whole interest in real estate is sought to be acquired, the appraisal for taxation of such whole interest, by the selectmen or tax assessors for the tax year in which such application shall have been filed, and for as many preceding years as the commissioners or the court may consider relevant, shall be competent as evidence of value. The owner of private real property used for residential purposes may select a licensed appraiser to expeditiously conduct an updated appraisal of the private real estate sought to be acquired, with the reasonable costs of such appraisal, as determined by the agreement of the parties, or by the commissioners or the court, to be borne by or reimbursed by the pipeline company. The pipeline company shall provide the owner or owners notice of this right to an appraisal with costs borne by the pipeline company. Any such appraisal submitted to the commissioners or the court shall be considered by the commissioners or the court. The damages as determined shall be awarded to the owner or apportioned among the several owners in accordance with their several interests as determined and judgment shall be entered accordingly.
VII. When private real property which is used for residential purposes is proposed to be permanently acquired in part, for the construction of a high pressure gas pipeline or appurtenance thereto, the owners of the residential property shall have the option to require the pipeline company to condemn and take in fee the entire tract of land impacted by the proposed partial taking including all buildings and improvements thereon if all owners, excluding lienholders and mortgagees, of the private real property make such an election and provide the commission and the pipeline company with written notice of their election within 30 days after receipt of the notice under paragraph II. The option under this paragraph shall only apply if the residence is within 250 feet of the boundary of the proposed permanent partial taking. The owner or owners may seek a declaratory ruling concerning the applicability of this paragraph at any time prior to a fact finding hearing on damages.
VIII. In all cases where residential property is taken pursuant to the provisions of this section, a resident owner may also be awarded reasonable relocation, temporary housing, and legal expenses not to exceed 10 percent of the compensation ordered for the taking.
IV. The committee shall consider [intervention] filing as an intervenor in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proceedings involving the siting of high pressure gas pipelines in order to protect the interest of the state of New Hampshire.
SB 229-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Site Evaluation Committee Fund and Renewable Energy Fund
This bill requires pipeline developers to pay for an appraisal by a licensed appraiser selected by the residential property owner, before taking residential property. This bill also requires the pipeline developer to take the whole residential property if the residence is within 250 feet of the area to be taken. Further, this bill allows for the recovery by residential property owners of legal and relocation expenses in connection with a taking for a high pressure gas pipeline, up to the amount of 10 percent of the compensation for the taking. Finally, this bill requires the Site Evaluation Committee to intervene in any federal energy regulatory commission proceedings involving the siting of high pressure gas pipelines.
The Public Utilities Commission states this bill may increase state expenditures, made by the Site Evaluation Committee, by an indeterminable amount. Pursuant to RSA 162-H:21, the Site Evaluation Committee Fund is funded through application fees and other filing fees under RSA 162-H:8-a and pays only for compensation and reimbursements made under RSA 162-H:22. All other operating costs are general fund appropriations. However, during the fiscal biennium ending June 30, 2019, if the appropriated amount of general funds is inadequate to pay for operating costs, then funds from the Renewable Energy Fund shall be used. The amount transferred from the Renewable Energy Fund shall not exceed $480,000 and unexpended funds shall lapse back to the Renewable Energy Fund at the end of the biennium.
The Department of Revenue Administration and Board of Tax and Land Appeals state this bill will have no impact on state revenue or expenditures.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill will have no impact on local revenue or expenditures.
Public Utilities Commission, New Hampshire Municipal Association, Department of Revenue Administration, and Board of Tax and Land Appeals
|Feb. 7, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 15, 2017||House||Hearing|
|March 28, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
April 20, 2017: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 9
April 20, 2017: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 04/20/2017 (Vote 17-2; CC) HC 20 P. 7
March 28, 2017: Executive Session: 03/28/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304
March 22, 2017: Full Committee Work Session: 03/22/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304
March 15, 2017: Public Hearing: 03/15/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304
Feb. 16, 2017: Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 8 P. 46
Feb. 16, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0389s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/16/2017; SJ 6
Feb. 16, 2017: Committee Amendment # 2017-0389s, AA, VV; 02/16/2017; SJ 6
Feb. 16, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0389s, 02/16/2017; SJ 5
Feb. 7, 2017: Hearing: 02/07/2017, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am; SC 9
Jan. 19, 2017: Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 5