HB1223 (2018) Detail

Establishing a commission to study legislator compensation.


HB 1223 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2106

10/05

 

HOUSE BILL HB 1223

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study legislator compensation.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Stone, Rock. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a statutory commission to study mileage reimbursements and compensation of legislators.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2106

10/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study legislator compensation.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Legislator Compensation; Commission Established.  Amend RSA 14 by inserting after section 23 the following new section:

14:23-a  Commission on Legislator Compensation.  There is hereby established a commission to study legislator compensation.

I.  The commission shall consist of the following members:

(a)  Four members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  The commissioner of the department revenue administration, or designee.

(d)  The commissioner of the department of administrative services, or designee.

(e)  One representative from the University of New Hampshire political science department, appointed by the governor.

(f)  The representative from the National Conference of State Legislatures serving New Hampshire, or designee.

(g)  Three members of the general public, appointed by the governor.

II.  The commission shall study the following:

(a)  Mileage reimbursement as it relates to overall compensation in comparison to legislators in other states, gas price averages in relation to per diem mileage compensation, and potential avenues in achieving equity amongst legislative compensation.

(b)  Variance in state legislator salaries and performance across the United States, and potential avenues to estimate an appropriate salary for New Hampshire legislators.

(c)  Socioeconomic background of New Hampshire legislators as it relates to attendance and legislative performance, and potential ways to increase participation via per diem and/or salary changes.

(d)  Demographic composition of legislators in relation to the low pay, and avenues to diversify the composition of the legislature.

(e)  Legislative salary in relation to the average salary in the state, and the potential for basing legislative salary on per capita days worked in relation to the average salary in the state.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  Seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  The commission shall hold public meetings at least once per month and shall solicit and consider from interested parties testimony, documents, and other information pertaining to the commission 's work.

V.  The commission shall make interim reports to the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate every 6 months and a final report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2020.

2  Prospective Repeal.  RSA 14:23-a, relative to the commission to study legislator compensation, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.?

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2020.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1223 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 11, 2018 House Hearing
Jan. 11, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 7, 2018 House Floor Vote
Feb. 15, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1223 Revision: 1921 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 1 P. 3
Jan. 11, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/11/2018 01:45 PM LOB 104
Jan. 11, 2018 Executive Session: 01/11/2018 LOB 104
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 8-3; RC)
Feb. 7, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 8-3; RC)
Special Order to 2/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 3 P. 81
Feb. 15, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 244-56 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 38