HB 1567-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1567-FN
AN ACT relative to the penalties for prostitution and related offenses.
SPONSORS: Rep. Burridge, Ches. 16
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
This bill changes the penalty for certain prostitution-related offenses to a violation, and establishes a criminal penalty for any person who pays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay another to engage in sexual contact.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
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:
I. A person is guilty of a [misdemeanor] violation and shall be fined $100 if the person:
(a) Solicits, agrees to perform, or engages in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, in return for consideration; or
(b) Induces or otherwise purposely causes another to violate subparagraph (a); or
(c) Transports another into or within this state with the purpose of promoting or facilitating such other in engaging in conduct in violation of subparagraph (a); or
(d) Not being a legal dependent incapable of self support, knowingly is supported in whole or in part by the proceeds of violation of subparagraph (a); or
(e) Knowingly permits a place under such person's control to be used for violation of subparagraph (a)[; or
(f) Pays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay another person to engage in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, with the payor or with another person].
I-a. A person is guilty of a class B misdemeanor if such person pays, agrees to pay, or offers to pay another person to engage in sexual contact as defined in RSA 632-A:1, IV or sexual penetration as defined in RSA 632-A:1, V, with the payor or with another person. For a second or subsequent offense under this paragraph, the person shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor and the court may order public reprimand or shaming of the payor.
HB 1567-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill contains penalties that may have an impact on the New Hampshire judicial and correctional systems. There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures. However, the entities impacted have provided the potential costs associated with these penalties below.
Violation Level Offense
Class B Misdemeanor
Class A Misdemeanor
It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2019 and FY 2020 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types. An unspecified misdemeanor can be either class A or class B, with the presumption being a class B misdemeanor.
NH Association of Counties
County Prosecution Costs
Estimated Average Daily Cost of Incarcerating an Individual
$85 to $110
$85 to $110
The Judicial Council assumes this bill could reduce the number of misdemeanor criminal offenses, but not significantly. On average, the Public Defender Program handles 36 prostitution cases each year. The Council assumes this bill could decrease expenditures for the defense of the indigent accused by an indeterminable amount.
The Department of Justice is generally not involved with the prosecution of prostitution cases, which are typically handled by local or county prosecutors. Appeals from any convictions from such offenses would be handled by the Criminal Justice Bureau and could be handled within the Department’s current budget.
The Department of Corrections states there would be no fiscal impact to the Department since individuals charged with prostitution would be subject to incarceration in county correctional facilities and not the State prisons.
Judicial Branch, Departments of Corrections and Justice, Judicial Council and New Hampshire Association of Counties
|Jan. 11, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 17, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 16, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 7, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 1 P. 15|
|Jan. 11, 2018||Public Hearing: 01/11/2018 01:30 PM LOB 204|
|Jan. 17, 2018||Executive Session: 01/17/2018 LOB 204|
|Jan. 16, 2018||Executive Session: 01/16/2018 LOB 204|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)|
|Feb. 7, 2018||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 5 P. 6|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 3|