SB 67 - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 67
SPONSORS: Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Shurtleff, Merr. 11
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1Jun2017... 1737h 17-0656
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:
199:1 Statement of Purpose. The purpose of this act is to enhance the ability of the New Hampshire state police to patrol our state highways and protect the public, support other law enforcement agencies and to reduce civil liability, by ensuring that the laws defining state police jurisdiction are unambiguous and comprehensive. As the population increases and tourism grows, local and state law enforcement agencies are increasingly called upon to work in a coordinated and cooperative manner to address the public safety needs of this state, particularly in the areas of impaired driving enforcement and stemming the flow of illegal drugs traveling into New Hampshire on our roadways. This act shall ensure there are no jurisdictional limitations on that cooperative law enforcement effort. This act is not intended to limit the critical role that local law enforcement agencies play in protecting public safety in their respective communities.
106-B:12 Authority and Duties of Police Employees. Police employees shall be ex-officiis constables throughout the state[, shall patrol the highways, enforce the highway traffic laws and regulations, enforce the motor vehicle laws relative thereto]. They shall have statewide authority to enforce all provisions of RSA title XXI relative to motor vehicle laws and [enforce] the regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials, pursuant to RSA 106-A:18 and RSA 106-B:15[, and]. The director, division of state police, shall report to the director, division of motor vehicles, all violations of and prosecutions under the motor vehicle laws. Police employees shall have general power to enforce all criminal laws of the state and to serve criminal processes and make arrests, under proper warrants, in all counties. They shall not serve civil processes. No police employee shall act, be used or called upon for service within any town in any industrial dispute unless actual violence has occurred therein, and then only upon order of the governor. When any police employee shall apprehend any person who has committed or attempted to commit a felony the director shall immediately make a report to the attorney and the sheriff of the county and the chief of police of the municipality in which the offense was, or was suspected of being, committed and such cases shall be investigated and prosecuted by said county officials with the cooperation of said police employees.
106-B:15 Jurisdiction of Police Employees.
I. Police employees have primary jurisdiction on all turnpikes, toll roads, limited access highways, and interstate highways and nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of local police officers.
II. A police employee shall not act within the limits of a town having a population of more than 3,000 or of any city, except when he or she is enforcing the motor vehicle laws or the regulations relative to the transportation of hazardous materials, witnesses a crime, [or] is in pursuit of a law violator or suspected violator, [or when] is in search of a person wanted for a crime committed outside its limits, [or when] is in search of a witness of such crime, [or when traveling through such town or city,] is faced with public safety exigent circumstances, or when acting as an agent of the director of motor vehicles enforcing rules pertaining to driver licenses, registrations and the inspection of motor vehicles, or when requested to act by an official of another law enforcement agency, or when ordered by the governor. [No criminal case shall be abated, quashed, or dismissed and no evidence in a criminal case shall be suppressed or excluded because a police employee has failed to comply with the jurisdictional limits of this section, provided, that the police employee had a good faith belief that he had authority to act when he acted.] Notwithstanding paragraph I, nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the primary jurisdiction of the local police agency in a town having a population of more than 3,000 or any city.
Approved: July 05, 2017
Effective Date: September 03, 2017
|Jan. 24, 2017||Senate||Hearing|
|March 16, 2017||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 29, 2017||House||Hearing|
|March 29, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|April 20, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
|May 2, 2017||House||Hearing|
|May 16, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|June 1, 2017||House||Floor Vote|
Sept. 3, 2017: Signed by the Governor on 07/05/2017; Chapter 0199; Effective 09/03/2017
June 22, 2017: Enrolled (In recess 06/22/2017); SJ 20
June 22, 2017: Enrolled 06/22/2017 HJ 19 P. 23
June 8, 2017: Sen. Carson Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 06/08/2017; SJ 19
June 1, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 1737h: MA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 136
June 1, 2017: Amendment # 2017-1737h: AA VV 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 136
: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
June 1, 2017: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-1737h for 06/01/2017 (Vote 14-3; RC) HC 26 P. 16
May 16, 2017: Executive Session: 05/16/2017 LOB 208
May 2, 2017: Public Hearing: 05/02/2017 10:00 AM LOB 208
April 20, 2017: Referred to Judiciary 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 3
April 20, 2017: Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/20/2017 HJ 14 P. 3
April 20, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/20/2017 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 20 P. 4
March 29, 2017: Executive Session: 03/29/2017 LOB 204
March 29, 2017: Public Hearing: 03/29/2017 10:30 AM LOB 204
March 9, 2017: Introduced 03/09/2017 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 10 P. 76
March 16, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-0765s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Amendment # 2017-0765s, AA, VV; 03/16/2017; SJ 9
March 16, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0765s, 03/16/2017; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 14
Jan. 24, 2017: Hearing: 01/24/2017, Room 100, SH, 09:40 am; SC 7
Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 4