HB 1785 - FINAL VERSION
HOUSE BILL 1785
SPONSORS: Rep. Bove, Rock. 5; Sen. Carson, Dist 14
COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
This bill changes "hearing impaired" to "deaf" or "hard of hearing" in the New Hampshire laws.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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. "Confidential communication'' means information transmitted between a victim, as defined in paragraph VI, of an alleged sexual assault, alleged domestic abuse, alleged sexual harassment, or alleged stalking, and a sexual assault or domestic violence counselor in the course of that relationship and in confidence by means which, so far as the victim is aware, does not disclose the information to a third person. The presence of an interpreter for the [hearing impaired] deaf or hard of hearing, a foreign language interpreter, or any other interpreter necessary for that communication to take place shall not affect the confidentiality of the communication nor shall it be deemed a waiver of the privilege. The term includes all information received by the sexual assault or domestic violence counselor in the course of that relationship.
I. The administrator, bureau of vocational rehabilitation, shall develop a program to make special telecommunications equipment available to deaf, [hearing impaired] hard of hearing, and speech impaired persons. The program shall provide for the purchase, maintenance and repair of special telecommunications equipment for deaf, [hearing impaired] hard of hearing, and speech impaired persons. Any equipment purchased under the program shall be property of the state of New Hampshire
V. Collect data on the needs of the [hearing impaired] deaf or hard of hearing community and investigate resources to meet those needs.
VI. Provide technical assistance to state and private agencies requesting such assistance in order to ensure accessibility for the [hearing impaired] deaf or hard of hearing.
VII. Assist in development of legislation affecting [hearing impaired] deaf or hard of hearing people in the state as approved by the state board of education.
VIII. Work with the New Hampshire registry of interpreters for the deaf, the New Hampshire Association of the Deaf, Self-Help for the Hard of Hearing, and any other consumer group interested in hearing loss, as needed, to ensure quality of services for the [hearing impaired] deaf or hard of hearing.
(e) Providing aural rehabilitation and related counseling services to [hearing-impaired] deaf or hard of hearing individuals and their families.
Approved: June 18, 2018
Effective Date: August 17, 2018
|Jan. 18, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 18, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 7, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|March 13, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|March 20, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|April 5, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
|April 5, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 1 P. 23|
|Jan. 18, 2018||Public Hearing: 01/18/2018 11:00 AM LOB 205|
|Jan. 18, 2018||Executive Session: 01/18/2018 LOB 205|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 18-0; CC)|
|Feb. 7, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/07/2018 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 5 P. 9|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 7|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Introduced 02/15/2018 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 5|
|March 13, 2018||==CANCELLED== Hearing: 03/13/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:15 pm; SC 11|
|March 20, 2018||Hearing: 03/20/2018, Room 101, LOB, 01:00 pm; SC 13|
|April 5, 2018||Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 04/05/2018; SC 15|
|April 5, 2018||Special Order to the beginning of the regular calendar, Without Objection, MA; 04/05/2018; SJ 11|
|April 5, 2018||Ought to Pass: RC 23Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 04/05/2018; SJ 11|
|April 12, 2018||Enrolled (In recess 04/12/2018); SJ 13|
|April 19, 2018||Enrolled 04/19/2018 HJ 13 P. 2|
|June 18, 2018||Signed by Governor Sununu 06/18/2018; Chapter 275; Eff. 8/17/2018|