HB 1441-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1441-FN
AN ACT establishing the office of the ombudsman in the department of state.
SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill establishes an office of the ombudsman in the department of state.
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22Feb2018... 0069h 18-2124
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:
Office of the Ombudsman
5:52 Office of the Ombudsman Established.
I. There is hereby established in the department of state an independent office of the ombudsman. The secretary of state shall nominate an ombudsman for approval by the house of representatives and the senate convened in joint session. Before a vote of the general court, the nominee shall receive unanimous support from the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of each chamber. The ombudsman shall serve a term of 2 years. Any vacancy in the position shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment for the unexpired term.
II. The ombudsman shall:
(a) Receive and investigate criminal complaints from the public or the New Hampshire general court against officers, employees, and contractors of the government of the state of New Hampshire and its political subdivisions and refer the results of investigations to the attorney general or, at the direction of the attorney general, to the appropriate county attorney.
(b) Execute investigations requested by the house of representatives in support of bills of address and impeachment.
(c) Request the house of representatives to subpoena such documents as may be necessary to conduct investigations.
III. The ombudsman shall be available at the state house, at least 2 days a week to receive complaints.
IV. The ombudsman shall receive an honorarium at the same rate as the members of the legislature and shall receive mileage compensation at the federal rate for travel to the state house and for investigations.
HB 1441-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2018-0069h)
The Legislative Budget Assistant has determined that this legislation, as introduced, has a total fiscal impact of less than $10,000 in each of the fiscal years 2019 through 2022.
Department of State
|Jan. 10, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 30, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 22, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|March 28, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|April 5, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
April 5, 2018: Inexpedient to Legislate, MA, VV === BILL KILLED ===; 04/05/2018; SJ 11
April 5, 2018: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate; Vote 5-0; CC; 04/05/2018; SC 15
March 28, 2018: Hearing: 03/28/2018, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 14
March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 7
Feb. 22, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 0069h: MA DV 190-148 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 31
Feb. 22, 2018: Amendment # 2018-0069h: AA VV 02/22/2018 HJ 5 P. 31
: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Feb. 22, 2018: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0069h for 02/22/2018 (Vote 15-4; RC) HC 7 P. 17
: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0069h (Vote 15-4; RC)
Jan. 30, 2018: Executive Session: 01/30/2018 LOB 306
Jan. 10, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/10/2018 11:00 AM LOB 306
Jan. 3, 2018: Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 11