Bill Details - HB156 (2019)

HB 156 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

14Mar2019... 0388h

2019 SESSION

19-0098

06/05

 

HOUSE BILL 156

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. Mann, Ches. 2; Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1; Rep. McConnell, Rock. 11

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy.

 

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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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... 0388h 19-0098

06/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Commission to Study the Establishment of a State Department of Energy.  Amend RSA 162-H by inserting after section 22 the following new section:

162-H:23  Commission Established.  There is established a commission to study establishing a state department of energy.

I.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Two members of the senate, one of whom shall be a member of the majority party, and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Two members of the house of representatives, one of whom shall be a member of the majority party, and one of whom shall be a member of the minority party, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(c)  The commissioner of the department of natural and cultural resources, or designee.

(d)  The commissioner of the department of business and economic affairs, or designee.

(e)  The commissioner of the department of environmental services, or designee.

(f)  The commissioner of the department of administrative services, or designee.

(g)  One representative of the office of strategic initiatives, energy division, appointed by the governor.

(h)  One representative of the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, appointed by the association.

(i)  One representative of the public utilities commission, appointed by the chairman.

(j)  One representative of the New Hampshire Clean Tech Council, appointed by the council.

(k)  One representative of utilities, appointed by the governor.

(l)  One representative of the New Hampshire High Tech Alliance, appointed by the alliance.

(m)  The consumer advocate, or designee.

(n)  The commissioner of safety, or designee.

II.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

III.  The commission shall:

(a)  Review existing state programs related to energy.

(b)  Review the departments of energy that have been established by other states.

(c)  Consider the feasibility of creating a new department, including the costs and savings, taking into consideration transfers from other state agencies.

IV.  The members of the study commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named senate member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Nine members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

V.  The commission shall make an interim report on or before November 1, 2019, with a final report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation on or before November 1, 2020 to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library.

2  Repeal.  RSA 162-H:23, relative to the commission to study the establishment of a state department of energy, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2020.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 39
Feb. 5, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 11:00 am LOB 304
Feb. 13, 2019 Executive Session: 02/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 304
March 7, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0388h for 03/07/2019 (Vote 12-7; RC) HC 14 P. 17
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0388h (Vote 12-7; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Special Order to 03/14/2019 Without Objection
March 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0388h: AA VV 03/14/2019
March 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0388h: MA VV 03/14/2019

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 5, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 7, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB156 Revision: 4383 Date: Dec. 27, 2018, 9:10 a.m.
HB156 Revision: 5530 Date: March 14, 2019, 3:41 p.m.