SB55 (2018) Detail

(New Title) relative to the servicing of backflow devices and arrest powers of fire marshals.


SB 55 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

01/03/2018   2550s

2017 SESSION

17-0881

08/10

 

SENATE BILL 55

 

AN ACT relative to the servicing of backflow devices and arrest powers of fire marshals.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Rep. Hansen, Hills. 22; Rep. Proulx, Hills. 44; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows individuals certified by the department of environmental services to do so, to perform services on backflow devices that are not directly adjacent to a drinking water distribution system.

 

This bill also removes the power to detain and arrest from fire marshals.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

01/03/2018   2550s 17-0881

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to the servicing of backflow devices and arrest powers of fire marshals.

 

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

 

1  Backflow Device Requirements.  Amend RSA 485:11 to read as follows:

485:11  Backflow Device Requirements and Tests, Installations, Repairs and Replacements.  There shall be a backflow prevention device installed at every connection to a public water system if the facility connected may pose a hazard to the quality of water supplied by the public water system as determined by the department.  Where applicable, the facility receiving water from a public water supply shall be responsible for having such drinking water distribution system protective backflow prevention devices inspected and tested by individuals certified by a third party who has been approved by the department to conduct backflow device inspection and testing certification.  The facility shall also have backflow devices installed, maintained, repaired, and replaced by individuals qualified by either a plumbers license or by certification by the department under RSA 332-E:3, III proving competency in distribution system operation.  The activities to be conducted by individuals qualified [individuals] by certification by the department shall be specifically limited to: (a)the inspection and testing, maintenance, repair, [or] replacement, removal, and installation of the water meters, meter horns, backflow preventers, and assembly devices directly adjacent to and required as part of the protection for the drinking water distribution system; and (b) the testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, or removal of such devices which are not directly adjacent to the drinking water distribution system.  Testing of drinking water distribution system protective backflow prevention devices, where applicable, shall occur after installation or repair to ensure that new and repaired devices are working properly.  There shall be a backflow prevention device installed at every connection to a public water system if the facility connected may pose a hazard to the quality of water supplied by the public water system as determined by the department of environmental services.  The facility receiving water from a public water supply shall be responsible for having such backflow prevention devices installed, serviced, and tested by individuals qualified by license or certification to perform these activities.  Testing of backflow devices shall occur twice annually unless the public water supplier determines the facility poses a low hazard, in which case testing shall be performed on an annual basis.  The facility receiving water from a public water supplier is responsible for ensuring that the backflow prevention [device is] devices are working properly to prevent backflow into the public water system.  Testing shall also occur twice annually for any high hazard devices and facilities.  When the public water supplier determines that the facility poses a low hazard, testing shall occur annually.  A residential property containing a non-testable device shall not be considered a hazard facility and shall not require annual testing.  A residential property may be considered a high hazard facility if it has an irrigation system, private well connection, or other feature that may cause a public health risk.  If an outside irrigation system is the sole reason a residential property is considered a hazard to the public water supply distribution system, such irrigation system shall be tested annually during the period when the irrigation system is operated.  The facility receiving water from a public water supplier is responsible for ensuring that the backflow prevention [device is] devices are working properly to prevent backflow into the public water system.

2  Exceptions; License Requirements.  Amend RSA 153:36, IV to read as follows:

IV.  The license requirements of this subdivision shall not apply to employees of public drinking water systems and public water system operators certified by the department of environmental services for drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems, when performing plumbing tasks within their certifications, as defined in RSA 485:11 and RSA 332-E:3.  This exception is specifically limited to the testing, maintenance, repair, [or] replacement, removal, and installation of the water meter, meter horn, and backflow prevention devices directly adjacent to and required as part of the protection of the drinking water distribution system and the testing, maintenance, repair, or replacement of such devices which are not directly adjacent to the drinking water distribution system.

3  Duties of Commissioner.  Amend RSA 21-P:4, V to read as follows:

V.  Have discretion to grant to the state fire marshal and any deputy fire marshal or fire investigator within the division of public safety the authority [to detain and make arrests as a peace officer pursuant to RSA 594,] to serve criminal processes, to enforce the rules adopted under RSA 153:4-a and RSA 153:5, and to enforce RSA 154:7-a in order to promote the efficient discharge of such persons' lawful duties.  Except for fire investigators under RSA 154:7-a, the commissioner shall assure in granting the authority provided in this paragraph that any person so designated has received appropriate law enforcement training through a program approved by the police standards and training council.  Whenever persons [authorized as peace officers] under this paragraph are involved in the investigation of felonies or cases involving death due to fires, [or whenever an arrest is to be made,] such persons shall as soon as practicable notify a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in the geographical area where the [arrest or] investigation is to take place.

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

Links

SB55 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2017 Senate Hearing
Jan. 3, 2018 Senate Floor Vote
March 28, 2018 House Hearing
March 28, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
April 5, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB55 Revision: 2864 Date: Jan. 5, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
SB55 Revision: 2552 Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 10:26 a.m.

Docket


April 5, 2018: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 319-25 04/05/2018 HJ 11 P. 17


: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 8-3; RC)


April 5, 2018: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 04/05/2018 (Vote 8-3; RC) HC 13 P. 8


March 28, 2018: Executive Session: 03/28/2018 LOB 306


March 28, 2018: Public Hearing: 03/28/2018 01:30 PM LOB 306


March 7, 2018: Introduced 03/07/2018 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 7 P. 50


Jan. 3, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-2550s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 01/03/2018; SJ 1


Jan. 3, 2018: Committee Amendment # 2017-2550s, AA, VV; 01/03/2018; SJ 1


Jan. 3, 2018: Without Objection, Rule 3-17 is Suspended to Allow Non-Germane Amendment # 2017-2550s; 2/3 Necessary, MA; 01/03/2018; SJ 1


Jan. 3, 2018: Chair Ruled Sections of Amendment # 2017-2550s Non-Germane, 01/03/2018; SJ 1


Jan. 3, 2018: Sen. D'Allesandro Moved to Remove SB 55 from the Consent Calendar; 01/03/2018; SJ 1


Jan. 3, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-2550s, 01/03/2018; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 48


March 16, 2017: Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV; 03/16/2017; SJ 9


March 16, 2017: Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 03/16/2017; SC 14


Jan. 25, 2017: Hearing: 01/25/2017, Room 101, LOB, 10:10 am; SC 7


Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 4