HB 1294 - FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 1294
SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Sen. French, Dist 7
COMMITTEE: Ways and Means
This bill repeals certain obsolete statutes relative to the powers and authority of religious societies. The bill also repeals the majority of RSA 307, relative to pew ownership and the sale and repair of meetinghouses.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
05/02/2018 1775s 18-2122
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
306:1 Membership. No person shall be liable as a member of an incorporated religious society without his or her express consent first having been obtained; and any person may separate from any such society [by leaving with the clerk thereof a written notice signed by him of his intention so to separate, and by paying all legal assessments and arrearages then due from him to the society].
306:7 Conveyances. No conveyance of the lands of a church shall be effectual to pass the same [if made by the trustees or deacons] without the consent of the church, or a committee of the church appointed for that purpose[, or if made by the church wardens without the consent of the vestry].
306:8 By Minister. No conveyance made by a minister of lands held by him or her in succession shall be valid any longer than he or she shall continue to be such minister unless the conveyance shall be made with the consent of the parish or religious society of which he or she is minister[, or unless he is a minister of an Episcopal church and shall make the conveyance with the consent of the vestry].
306:9 Accounts. The several churches[, other than those of the Episcopal denomination,] are authorized to choose committees for the purpose of settling the accounts of the trustees, deacons, and other church officers and, if necessary, to commence and prosecute a suit in the name of the church against the trustees, deacons, or other officers relating to the accounts.
307:7 [Other Cases] Sale of Meetinghouse. If [any such meetinghouse is so owned that the provisions of RSA 307:1-6 will not apply, or it is doubtful whether they will apply] ownership of a meetinghouse is uncertain, the superior court, upon petition of any party interested therein, after due notice and a hearing of all parties in interest who desire to be heard, may order it to be sold and appoint a receiver for the purpose, and may make such further orders as may be necessary to complete the sale and divide the proceeds among the parties according to their respective interests in the property sold.
I. RSA 306:2, relative to taxes raised by religious societies.
II. RSA 306:3, relative to donations to religious societies.
III. RSA 306:5, relative to joint donees.
IV. RSA 306:6, relative to parsonage land.
V. RSA 306:10, relative to limitations on donations as church income.
VI. RSA 307:1-6 and RSA 307:8-9, relative to the sale of meetinghouses.
VII. RSA 307:10-20, relative to the repair, alteration, and removal of meetinghouses.
Approved: June 12, 2018
Effective Date: August 11, 2018
|Jan. 18, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 21, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|March 6, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|April 11, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|May 2, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
June 12, 2018: Signed by Governor Sununu 06/12/2018; Chapter 240; Eff. 8/11/2018
May 23, 2018: Enrolled 05/23/2018
May 23, 2018: Enrolled (In recess 05/23/2018); SJ 18
May 10, 2018: House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1775s (Rep. Major): MA VV 05/10/2018
May 2, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1775s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 2, 2018: Committee Amendment # 2018-1775s, AA, VV; 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 2, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1775s, 05/02/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 19
April 11, 2018: Hearing: 04/11/2018, Room 102, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 14
March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Public and Municipal Affairs; SJ 7
March 6, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 0635h: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 58
March 6, 2018: Amendment # 2018-0635h: AA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 58
: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0635h (Vote 21-0; CC)
March 6, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0635h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 21-0; CC) HC 9 P. 34
Feb. 21, 2018: Executive Session: 02/21/2018 LOB 202
Feb. 15, 2018: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/15/2018 12:00 PM LOB 202
Feb. 13, 2018: ==ROOM CHANGE== Subcommittee Work Session: 02/13/2018 09:30 AM LOB 104
Feb. 5, 2018: Subcommittee Work Session: 02/05/2018 01:00 PM LOB 202
Jan. 18, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/18/2018 11:00 AM LOB 202
Jan. 3, 2018: Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Ways and Means HJ 1 P. 6