Bill Details - HB1301 (2018)

HB 1301-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2182

04/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1301-FN

 

AN ACT including the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. King, Hills. 33; Rep. Morrison, Rock. 9; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act and establishes procedures for collective bargaining by nonpartisan employees.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2182

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT including the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act.

 

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

 

1  Legislative Facilities Committee.  Amend RSA 17-E:5 to read as follows:

17-E:5  House and Senate Subcommittees.  The house members, with the speaker as chairperson, shall be a subcommittee for legislative management for the house; and the senate members, with the president as chairperson, shall be a subcommittee for legislative management of the senate.  All individual transfers within the house or senate appropriations in excess of $75,000 and all salaries of legislative attaches and other employees, covered by a collective bargaining agreement under RSA 273-A, or otherwise specifically provided by statute shall require the approval of the respective subcommittee.  The salaries as determined hereunder shall be a charge upon the appropriation made for the legislature.

2  New Subparagraph; Public Employee Labor Relations Board; Board of the Public Employer.  Amend RSA 273-A:1, I(a) by inserting after subparagraph (2) the following new subparagraph:

(3)  The board of the public employer for the legislature means the joint committee on legislative facilities established in RSA 17-E.  Joint employees of the house of representatives and senate shall negotiate with the joint committee on legislative facilities.  Employees of the house of representatives or the senate shall negotiate with their respective committees or subcommittees.   

3  Public Employees Labor Relations Board; Definitions.  Amend RSA 273-A:1, X to read as follows:

X.  "Public employer'' means the state and any political subdivision thereof, the legislative and judicial [branch] branches of the state, any quasi-public corporation, council, commission, agency or authority, the state community college system, and the state university system.

4  New Section; Public Employee Labor Relations Board; Bargaining by Legislative Employees.  Amend RSA 273-A by inserting after section 9-b the following new section:

273-A:9-c  Bargaining by Legislative Employees.  

I.  In this section, "nonpartisan employee" means an employee whose purpose is to serve the institution of the general court rather than to shape and implement policies that reflect the positions of elected officials.  Nonpartisan employees shall include employees in the following offices: legislative accounting, legislative budget assistant, legislative services, legislative operations and maintenance, nurse, general court information systems, visitors center, security, house and senate research and secretarial staff, clerks, and the house and senate sergeant-at-arms and staff.

II.  All cost items and terms and conditions of employment affecting legislative employees generally shall be negotiated by the legislature, represented by the joint committee on legislative facilities, with a single employee bargaining committee comprised of exclusive representatives of all interested bargaining units.  Negotiations regarding terms and conditions of employment unique to individual bargaining units shall be negotiated individually with the representatives of those units by the committee.

III.  The joint committee on legislative facilities may designate an official legislative negotiator who shall serve at the pleasure of the committee.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.

 

LBAO

18-2182

10/23/17

 

HB 1301-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT including the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill establishes the legislature as a public employer under the public employee labor relations act and establishes procedures for collective bargaining by nonpartisan legislative employees.  The Legislative Branch indicates there is no way to estimate what employee compensation, benefits or other terms of employment might be negotiated into a collective bargaining agreement or what costs, if any, would be associated with the joint legislative facilities committee designating an official legislative negotiator.

 

The Public Employees Labor Relations Board (PELRB) indicates in the event eligible legislative branch employees form bargaining units the legislature would be required to negotiate "terms and conditions" of their employment as defined in RSA 273-A:1, XI.  The Legislative Branch would also become a party to any resulting collective bargaining agreement, which by law is required to include a workable grievance procedure.  The PELRB states the fiscal impact of the bill is indeterminable due to a number of unknown factors.  These include whether eligible legislative employees sucessfully petition the PELRB to form a bargaining unit and the scope and outcome of collective bargaining.  Petitions for bargaining units will likely result in the expenditure of state funds in response.  The additional costs would depend on whether the petition(s) are contested at the PELRB.  In addition, costs would be incurred in connection with the filing of any unfair labor practice complaints at the PELRB and processing of any employee grievanaces under the collective bargaining grievance procedure.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Legislative Branch and Public Employees Labor Relations Board

 

 

 

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 1 P. 6
Jan. 10, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/10/2018 09:00 AM LOB 104
Jan. 10, 2018 Executive Session: 01/10/2018 LOB 104
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 6-2; RC)
Feb. 22, 2018 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/22/2018 (Vote 6-2; RC) HC 7 P. 20
Feb. 22, 2018 Lay HB 1301 on Table (Rep. Hinch): MA RC 197-127 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 43

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 10, 2018 House Hearing
Jan. 10, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 22, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1301 Revision: 1918 Date: Nov. 7, 2017, 8:11 a.m.