Bill Details - HB281 (2019)

HB 281 - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

14Feb2019... 0214h

2019 SESSION

19-0572

04/08

 

HOUSE BILL 281

 

AN ACT relative to flow devices designed to control beaver damming and minimize the risk of flooding behind an existing beaver dam.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10

 

COMMITTEE: Fish and Game and Marine Resources

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows for the installation of flow devices to discourage beaver damming and to minimize the risk of flooding behind an existing beaver dam.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14Feb2019... 0214h 19-0572

04/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to flow devices designed to control beaver damming and minimize the risk of flooding behind an existing beaver dam.

 

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

 

1  Protection of Beaver; Flow Devices.  Amend RSA 210:9, II and II-a to read as follows:

II.  Notwithstanding paragraph I or any other provision of law or rule [of the executive director or the department of environmental services], a landowner, the landowner's agent, or any town or municipal or state official or employee, may destroy beaver, remove beaver dams, or install [beaver pipes or beaver fences] one or more flow devices on property under their control to protect property, public highways, or bridges from damage or submersion.  The landowner or property owner shall be responsible for maintaining the flow device.  Complete or partial dam removal or the installation or removal of a flow device shall be allowed without a permit under RSA 482-A if machinery does not enter the water and filling or dredging in or adjacent to surface water, wetlands, or their banks does not occur[. removal] and shall be done in a gradual manner that does not allow a sudden release of impounded water so as to cause erosion, siltation, or a safety hazard downstream.

II-a.  For purposes of paragraph II, the term ["beaver pipes" means no more than 3 temporary structures with the widest dimension no larger than 15 inches that is placed in a beaver dam to allow water passage to maintain a specific water surface elevation, and the term "beaver fences" means posts and fencing installed at culverts in such a manner as to either encourage or discourage beaver damming against the fence] "flow device" means one or more fence structures or other combination of fencing and piping used to discourage beaver damming, maintain water flow through an existing beaver dam, or minimize the risk of flooding by preventing the further impoundment of water behind a beaver dam.

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

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Fish and Game and Marine Resources HJ 2 P. 44
Jan. 22, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/22/2019 01:00 pm LOB 307
Jan. 29, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/29/2019 11:30 am LOB 307
Jan. 29, 2019 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 01/29/2019 01:00 pm LOB 307
Feb. 5, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/05/2019 01:00 pm LOB 206-208
Feb. 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0214h (NT) for 02/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 11 P. 6
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0214h (Vote 20-0; CC)
Feb. 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0214h (NT): AA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 13
Feb. 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0214h (NT): MA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 13
March 7, 2019 Introduced 03/07/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 8
March 26, 2019 Hearing: 03/26/2019, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 15
May 15, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/15/2019; Vote 5-0; CC SC 22
May 15, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/15/2019; SJ 16

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 22, 2019 House Hearing
Jan. 29, 2019 House Exec Session
Jan. 29, 2019 House Exec Session
Feb. 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 26, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 15, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB281 Revision: 4510 Date: Dec. 28, 2018, 9:49 a.m.
HB281 Revision: 5363 Date: Feb. 15, 2019, 12:04 p.m.
HB281 Revision: 5966 Date: May 15, 2019, 12:50 p.m.