Bill Details - CACR4 (2019)

CACR 4 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0305

06/05

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 4

 

RELATING TO: right to govern.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28; Rep. Klee, Hills. 30

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides that the people of the state have the right of local, community self-government.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type

 

19-0305

06/05

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

RELATING TO: right to govern.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the people of the state may enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare.

 

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring,  that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

 

I.  That the first part of the constitution be amended by inserting after article 39 the following new article:

[Art.] 40.  [Right of Local Community Self-Government.]  All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.  Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law.

II.  That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2020.

III.  That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2020 election an article to the following effect:  To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2019 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV.  That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

“Are you in favor of amending the first part of the constitution by inserting after article 39 a new article to read as follows:

[Art.] 40.  [Right of Local Community Self-Government.]  All government of right originates from the people, is founded in their consent, and instituted for the general good; the people have the right and the duty to reform governments when those governments manifestly endanger public liberty; and sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make them; therefore, the people of New Hampshire have an inherent and inalienable right of local, community self-government in each county, municipality, city, and town to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare by recognizing or establishing rights of natural persons, their local communities, and nature; and by securing those rights using prohibitions and other means deemed necessary by the community, including measures to establish, define, alter, or eliminate competing rights, powers, privileges, immunities, or duties of corporations and other business entities operating, or seeking to operate, in the community.  Local laws adopted pursuant to this article shall not weaken existing protections for, or constrict the fundamental rights of, natural persons, or their local communities, or nature, as those protections and rights are secured by local, state, federal, or international law."

V.  That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions.  The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.”  If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question.  The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2019 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI.  That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

VII.  Voters' Guide.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, the constitution does not grant any power directly to municipalities.  Municipalities have authority to act only if the legislature gives it to them by statute.

IF THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, the constitution will grant municipalities the right to enact local laws that protect health, safety, and welfare.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 2 P. 47
March 6, 2019 Public Hearing: 03/06/2019 02:30 pm LOB 301-303
March 13, 2019 Executive Session: 03/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 301
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 17-0; CC)
March 19, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/19/2019 (Vote 17-0; CC) HC 16 P. 10
March 19, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/19/2019

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 6, 2019 House Hearing
March 13, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

CACR4 Revision: 4307 Date: Jan. 2, 2019, 10:36 a.m.