HB 1437 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1437
SPONSORS: Rep. Stone, Rock. 1; Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Morrison, Rock. 9
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
This bill regulates tattoos on state law enforcement officers.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
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:
106-L:16 State Law Enforcement Officers; Tattoos.
I. In this section:
(a) "Extremist tattoos" means tattoos affiliated with, depicting, or symbolizing extremist philosophies, organizations, or activities. This includes tattoos that: feature philosophies, groups, or activities that promote racial or gender intolerance; encourage discrimination based on numerous factors, including race, gender, and religion; advocate violence or other unlawful means of depriving individual rights under the United States Constitution, and federal or state law.
(b) "Tattoos" means permanent markings that are difficult to reverse in terms of financial cost, discomfort, and effectiveness of removal techniques.
(c) "Sleeve tattoo" means a large tattoo, or a collection of smaller tattoos, that has a unified theme and that covers most or all a person's arm, usually from shoulder to wrist.
(d) "Indecent tattoo" means a tattoo that is grossly offensive to modesty, decency, propriety, or professionalism.
(e) "Sexist tattoo" means a tattoo that advocates a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on gender.
(f) "Racist tattoo" means a tattoo that advocates a philosophy that degrades or demeans a person based on race, ethnicity, or national origin.
(g) "State law enforcement entities" means any law enforcement entity of the state of New Hampshire. This includes, but is not limited to, the New Hampshire state police, New Hampshire fish and game department conservation officers, New Hampshire liquor enforcement, New Hampshire department of corrections, and the New Hampshire marine patrol. State law enforcement entities shall not include municipal law enforcement entities for the purposes of this section.
II. Applicants to and members of state law enforcement entities may have sleeve tattoos and one ring tattoo on each hand below the joint of the bottom segment (portion closest to the palm) of the finger.
III. State law enforcement entities may also permit neck and face tattoos at the sole discretion of the hiring authority. The hiring authority or supervising authority has the sole discretion in limiting further tattoos.
IV. The following tattoo brands are prohibited in all circumstances:
(a) Indecent tattoos.
(b) Sexist tattoos.
(c) Gang affiliated tattoos.
(d) Extremist tattoos.
V. Exceptions to permit tattoos otherwise prohibited under this section shall only be approved by the attorney general of New Hampshire.
|Jan. 10, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 16, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 7, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Feb. 15, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 1 P. 10|
|Jan. 10, 2018||Public Hearing: 01/10/2018 01:00 PM LOB 204|
|Jan. 16, 2018||Executive Session: 01/16/2018 LOB 204|
|Feb. 7, 2018||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 5 P. 6|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Removed from Consent (Rep. Stone) 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 2|
|Special Order to 2/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 3 P. 81|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 288-36 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 27|