Bill Details - HB150 (2019)

HB 150-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

14Mar2019... 0507h

2019 SESSION

19-0085

05/06

 

HOUSE BILL 150-FN

 

AN ACT relative to statements of financial interests filed by state officials.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill directs the attorney general to contact any person who fails to file a statement of financial interests required under RSA 15-A and establishes a $50 late fee for the failure to file in a timely manner.  The bill also directs the attorney general to review disclosures made under RSA 15-A and compel compliance with the filing requirement.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14Mar2019... 0507h 19-0085

05/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to statements of financial interests filed by state officials.

 

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

 

1  Statements of Financial Interests; Penalty; Examination of Disclosures.  Amend RSA 15-A:7 and 15-A:8 to read as follows:

15-A:7  Penalty.  

I.  Any person who knowingly fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or knowingly files a false statement shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

II.  The attorney general shall notify any person who fails to file the statement of financial interests within the deadline prescribed by RSA 15-A:6.  Any person who fails to file within 30 days of receiving such notice shall be assessed an administrative fine of $50.  

III.  It shall be an absolute defense in any prosecution under this chapter that the person acted in reliance upon an advisory opinion on the subject issued under RSA 14-B:3, I(c) or RSA 21-G:30, I(c).

15-A:8  Examination of Disclosures.  The attorney general [may] shall examine the statements of financial interests which are made under this chapter to the secretary of state and compel such disclosures to be made to comply with the law.

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

 

LBAO

19-0085

Amended 4/1/19

 

HB 150-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0507h)

 

AN ACT relative to statements of financial interests filed by state officials.

 

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

 

 

 

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Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Attorney General to notify any person who fails to file the statement of financial interest for state officials within the deadline prescribed by RSA 15-A:6.  Any person who fails to file within 30 days of receiving such notice shall be assessed an administrative fine of $50.  The Attorney General is also required to examine the statements and compel such disclosures to be made to comply with the law.  There are approximately 2,000 financial disclosure statements. The Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates it would require a part-time attorney at no more than 29.5 hours per week to examine the statements and determine compliance.  At 29.5 hours per week it is estimated this position would cost approximately $63,535 per year (Average salary: $59,020 + Benefits: $4,515).   The DOJ states it can issue the required notices for those failing to file using current resources.  The DOJ would have to provide legal counsel to all state boards, agencies and commissions regarding complaints filed pursuant to the bill.  The DOJ states it can accomplish this within its current budget.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Justice, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch and Department of State

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 39
Feb. 7, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/07/2019 10:00 am LOB 306
Feb. 12, 2019 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 02/12/2019 01:30 pm LOB 306
Feb. 13, 2019 Full Committee Work Session: 02/13/2019 01:00 pm LOB 306
March 5, 2019 Executive Session: 03/05/2019 01:15 pm LOB 306
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0507h (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0507h (NT) for 03/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 15
March 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0507h (NT): AA VV 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 2
March 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0507h (NT): MA VV 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 2
March 21, 2019 Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 10
April 4, 2019 Hearing: 04/04/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 16
April 11, 2019 Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 04/11/2019; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 17
April 11, 2019 Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV; 04/11/2019; SJ 12

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 7, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 12, 2019 House Exec Session
March 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 4, 2019 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB150 Revision: 4349 Date: Dec. 27, 2018, 8:53 a.m.
HB150 Revision: 5517 Date: April 2, 2019, 10:48 a.m.