CACR15 (2018) Detail

Relating to legal actions. Providing that taxpayers have standing to bring actions against the government.


CACR 15 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2374

06/08

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 15

 

RELATING TO: legal actions.

 

PROVIDING THAT: taxpayers have standing to bring actions against the government.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hagan, Rock. 4; Rep. Rouillard, Hills. 6; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. Berch, Ches. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that a taxpayer who is eligible to vote in the state has standing to petition the court to declare whether the state or the political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type

 

18-2374

06/08

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

RELATING TO: legal actions.

 

PROVIDING THAT: taxpayers have standing to bring actions against the government.

 

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring,  that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

 

I.  That article 8 of the first part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 8.  [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.  To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.  The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government  Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.  In such a case, the taxpayer shall not have to demonstrate that his or her personal rights were impaired or prejudiced beyond his or her status as a taxpayer.  However, this right shall not apply when the challenged governmental action is the subject of a judicial or administrative decision from which there is a right of appeal by statute or otherwise by the parties to that proceeding.

II.  That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2018.

III.  That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2018 election an article to the following effect:  To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2018 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV.  That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

"Are you in favor of amending article 8 of the first part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 8.  [Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know.] All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them.  Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive.  To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.  The public also has a right to an orderly, lawful, and accountable government.  Therefore, any individual taxpayer eligible to vote in the State, shall have standing to petition the Superior Court to declare whether the State or political subdivision in which the taxpayer resides has spent, or has approved spending, public funds in violation of a law, ordinance, or constitutional provision.  In such a case, the taxpayer shall not have to demonstrate that his or her personal rights were impaired or prejudiced beyond his or her status as a taxpayer.  However, this right shall not apply when the challenged governmental action is the subject of a judicial or administrative decision from which there is a right of appeal by statute or otherwise by the parties to that proceeding."

V.  That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions.  The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.”  If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question.  The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2018 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI.  That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

Links

CACR15 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 30, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 14, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 29, 2018 Senate Hearing
May 2, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

CACR15 Revision: 3769 Date: May 7, 2018, 9:57 a.m.
CACR15 Revision: 1884 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 8:06 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 25
Jan. 30, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/30/2018 10:30 AM LOB 208
Feb. 14, 2018 Executive Session: 02/14/2018 LOB 208
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 18-0; RC)
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/06/2018 (Vote 18-0; RC) HC 9 P. 43
March 6, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA RC 309-9 By Necessary Three-Fifths Vote 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 94
March 8, 2018 Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Rules and Enrolled Bills; SJ 7
March 29, 2018 Hearing: 03/29/2018, Room 103, SH, 10:15 am; SC 14
May 2, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/02/2018; SC 19
May 2, 2018 Ought to Pass, RC 20Y-4N, MA, by Necessary 3/5; OT3rdg; 05/02/2018 SJ 15
May 2, 2018 The Chair rescinded OT3rdg, 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 2, 2018 Sen. Bradley Moved to Reconsider the vote on Ought to Pass, MA, VV; 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 2, 2018 Ought to Pass, RC 22Y-2N, MA, by Necessary 3/5; OT3rdg; 05/02/2018 SJ 15
May 2, 2018 Ought to Pass, RC 22Y-2N, MA, by Necessary 3/5; OT3rdg; 05/02/2018 SJ 15