Bill Details - HB1771 (2018)

HB 1771-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2152

01/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1771-FN-A

 

AN ACT relative to hiring a state toxicologist and making an appropriation therefor.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Rep. McBeath, Rock. 26; Rep. P. Gordon, Rock. 29; Rep. Edgar, Rock. 21; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock. 25; Rep. Bean, Rock. 21; Rep. H. Marsh, Rock. 22; Rep. T. Le, Rock. 31; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the department of health and human services to hire a state toxicologist.  The bill makes an appropriation for the purposes of the bill.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2152

01/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to hiring a state toxicologist and making an appropriation therefor.

 

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

 

1  Findings.

I.  The general court hereby finds that:

(a)  The state of New Hampshire had previously employed a state toxicologist.

(b)  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the incidence of breast cancer is the highest in the country.

(c)  There is a CDC-defined double pediatric cancer cluster acknowledged by the department of health and human services  in a 5-town area of the seacoast.

(d)  The department has acknowledged that rates of brain and CNS cancer are more than 2 times expected in the children of the same 5-town area.

(e)  According to the state of New Hampshire rates of prostate cancer are elevated.  Prostate cancer is known to be potentially related to environmental triggers.

(f)  Bladder cancer, known or suspected to be related to exposure to arsenic in drinking water, incidences are elevated in some counties in New Hampshire.

(g)  Approximately 2000 citizens including 350 children were exposed to elevated levels of perfluorinated chemicals in their drinking water and now have serum levels of perfluorinated chemicals in excess of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey's averages.

(h)  There are significant environmental issues within our state that have caused exposure in our citizens.

II.  Therefore, the general court hereby requires the department of health and human services to hire a toxicologist.

2  Toxicologist.  The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall hire a board-certified toxicologist.  

3  Appropriation.  The sum of $1 is hereby appropriated for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 to the department of health and human services for the purposes of section 2 of this act.  This appropriation shall be in addition to any other sums appropriated to the department.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

18-2152

11/28/17

 

HB 1771-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to hiring a state toxicologist and making an appropriation therefor.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Appropriation

$1

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$129,000

$127,000

$133,000

$135,000

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Federal

 

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to hire a board-certified state toxicologist, and appropriates $1 in FY 2018 from the general fund for this purpose.  For the purpose of calculating costs, the Department assumes a hire date of July 1, 2018, and projects that total salary, benefit, and related other expenses (equipment, office space, etc.) will total $129,000 in FY 2019, $127,000 in FY 2020, $133,000 in FY 2021, and $135,000 in FY 2022.  These costs are based on a labor grade 32 position beginning at step 5 of the pay scale.  The Department notes that it has submitted a request to reclassify a vacant position to create a clinical toxicologist position, and anticipates that this position will be funded with 100% federal Centers for Disease Control Public Health Block Grant Funds.  However, there is uncertainty as to the reliability of this funding source, as it is at the discretion of the federal budget process.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Health and Human Services

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 23
Jan. 11, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/11/2018 02:15 PM LOB 306
Jan. 30, 2018 Executive Session: 01/30/2018 10:00 AM LOB 306
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC)
Feb. 7, 2018 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 11-8; RC) HC 5 P. 22
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Feb. 8, 2018 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 42

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 11, 2018 House Hearing
Jan. 30, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 7, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1771 Revision: 2199 Date: Nov. 30, 2017, 3:23 p.m.