SB390 (2018) Detail

Establishing the office of solicitor general in the department of justice and establishing an unclassified attorney position in the department of justice.


CHAPTER 127

SB 390-FN - FINAL VERSION

 

02/15/2018   0505s

02/15/2018   0564s

2018 SESSION

18-2892

04/03

 

SENATE BILL 390-FN

 

AN ACT establishing the office of solicitor general in the department of justice and establishing an unclassified attorney position in the department of justice.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Rep. Wall, Straf. 6; Rep. B. Griffin, Hills. 6; Rep. Welch, Rock. 13; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes the office of the solicitor general in the division of legal counsel of the attorney general's office and establishes a full-time attorney position in the attorney general's office for the purpose of implementing and establishing a training program for regional, county, and state prosecutors.

 

This bill is a request of the attorney general.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

02/15/2018   0505s

02/15/2018   0564s 18-2892

04/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT establishing the office of solicitor general in the department of justice and establishing an unclassified attorney position in the department of justice.

 

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

 

127:1  Attorney General; Division of Legal Counsel.  Amend RSA 7:8-b, II to read as follows:

II.  The division of legal counsel shall consist of the following units:

(a)  A bureau of civil law[;].

(b)  A transportation and construction bureau.

(c)  An office of the solicitor general.

127:2  New Subparagraph; Department of Justice; Division of Legal Counsel.  Amend RSA 21-M:7, II by inserting after subparagraph (b) the following new subparagraph:

(c)  An office of the solicitor general.

127:3  New Paragraph; Attorney General; Criminal Justice Bureau.  Amend RSA 21-M:8 by inserting after paragraph II the following new paragraph:

III.(a)  To assist the attorney general in his or her duty to exercise general supervision of criminal cases pending before the supreme and superior courts, the department of justice may hire a full-time attorney assigned to the bureau, who shall develop and implement a training program for regional, county, and state prosecutors.  The topics including in the training shall include, but not be limited to, prosecutorial ethics, charging decisions, plea negotiations, and trial skills.

(b)  There is established within the department of justice an unclassified full-time attorney position for the purpose of implementing and establishing a training program for regional, county, and state prosecutors as required in this paragraph.  The salary for the full-time attorney position shall be determined after assessment and review of the appropriate temporary letter grade allocation in RSA 94:1-a, I(b) for the position which shall be conducted pursuant to RSA 94:1-d and RSA 14:14-c.

127:4  New Section; Department of Justice; Office of the Solicitor General.  Amend RSA 21-M by inserting after section 12 the following new section:

21-M:12-a  Office of the Solicitor General.

I.  There is established in the division of legal counsel an office of the solicitor general.  The office shall be supervised by the solicitor general who shall be a senior assistant attorney general appointed by the attorney general in accordance with the provisions of RSA 21-M:3, and who shall carry out the duties imposed by the section under the supervision of the attorney general and perform such other work as the attorney general may assign.  The attorney general shall appoint such other assistant attorneys general pursuant to the provisions of RSA 21-M:3 and such support staff as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section within the limits of the appropriations made for the office.  

II.  The duties of the office shall include, but not be limited to the following:

(a)  Reviewing cases that have been decided against the state and making recommendations on whether to appeal.

(b)  Representing the state in all criminal appeals to the New Hampshire supreme court or federal court.

(c)  Representing executive branch officials and executive branch agencies, boards, and commissions in all appeals to the New Hampshire supreme court.

(d)  Filing amicus curiae briefs in cases in which the state has a significant interest in the legal issue.

(e)  Providing training to local and county prosecutors on how to develop an appellate record.

127:5  Repeal.  RSA 21-M:8, II(b), relative to the duty of the criminal justice bureau of the attorney general's office to represent the state in all criminal appeals, is repealed.

127:6  Effective Date.

I.  Section 3 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

Approved: May 30, 2018

Effective Date:

I. Section 3 effective July 1, 2019

II. Remainder shall take effect July 29, 2018

 

 

Links

SB390 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2018 Senate Hearing
Feb. 1, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
Feb. 15, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 20, 2018 House Hearing
March 20, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 5, 2018 House Floor Vote
April 18, 2018 House Exec Session
April 26, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB390 Revision: 4042 Date: May 31, 2018, 3:46 p.m.
SB390 Revision: 3608 Date: April 26, 2018, 2:34 p.m.
SB390 Revision: 3060 Date: Feb. 26, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
SB390 Revision: 2591 Date: Dec. 12, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 1
Jan. 25, 2018 Hearing: 01/25/2018, Room 100, SH, 01:00 pm; SC 5
Feb. 1, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/01/2018; SC 5
Feb. 1, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/01/2018; SJ 3
Feb. 15, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0505s, 02/15/2018; SC 7
Feb. 15, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-0505s, AA, VV; 02/15/2018; SJ 4
Feb. 15, 2018 Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment # 2018-0564s, AA, VV; 02/15/2018; SJ 4
Feb. 15, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendments 2018-0505s and 2018-0564s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/15/2018; SJ 4
March 7, 2018 Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 7 P. 51
March 20, 2018 Public Hearing: 03/20/2018 02:15 PM LOB 306
March 20, 2018 Executive Session: 03/20/2018 LOB 306
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 12-1; CC)
April 5, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/05/2018 (Vote 12-1; CC) HC 13 P. 4
April 5, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/05/2018 HJ 11 P. 4
April 5, 2018 Referred to Finance 04/05/2018 HJ 11 P. 5
April 10, 2018 Division I Work Session: 04/10/2018 11:30 AM LOB 212
April 18, 2018 Executive Session: 04/18/2018 01:00 PM LOB 210-211
Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 26-0; RC)
April 26, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 04/26/2018 (Vote 26-0; RC) HC 16 P. 5
April 26, 2018 Ought to Pass: MA VV 04/26/2018
May 3, 2018 Enrolled 05/03/2018
May 3, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/03/2018); SJ 17
May 30, 2018 Signed by the Governor on 05/30/2018; Chapter 0127
July 1, 2019 I. Section 3 Effective 07/01/2019
July 29, 2018 II. Remainder Effective 07/29/2018