Bill Details - HB301 (2019)

HB 301-FN-LOCAL - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

27Feb2019... 0319h

2019 SESSION

19-0317

01/03

 

HOUSE BILL 301-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to funeral and burial or cremation expenses for assisted persons.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Connors, Hills. 15

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill authorizes towns and cities to access certain funds for burial or cremation of assisted persons.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

27Feb2019... 0319h 19-0317

01/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to funeral and burial or cremation expenses for assisted persons.

 

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

 

1  Aid to Assisted Persons; Funeral and Burial or Cremation Expenses.  Amend RSA 165:27-a, I to read as follows:

I.  Except when a town or city assisted person has made arrangements for a prepaid funeral, [if the total of his liquid assets at death are less than $1,000,] if there are liquid assets at death, there shall be an automatic assignment to the funeral director or the person who paid for the funeral and burial or cremation of the deceased to the extent of funeral and burial or cremation expenses up to [$1,000] $2,000.

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

 

LBAO

19-0317

Amended 2/28/19

 

HB 301-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0319h)

 

AN ACT relative to funeral and burial or cremation expenses for assisted persons.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

LOCAL:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

 

METHODOLOGY:

RSA 165:3 requires towns or cities to provide burial or cremation services at the expense of the town or city for any person receiving local welfare assistance.  RSA 165:27-a, I currently applies to such an assisted person and allows for the automatic assignment of up to $1,000 for funeral and burial or cremation expenses to a funeral director or person who paid for such expenses, if the total liquid assets at death are less than $1,000.  This bill allows for the automatic assignment of expenses of up to $2,000 in all cases if there are any liquid assets at death.

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill may increase the number of cases in which funeral expenses are paid partially from the decedent's estate and could result in a decrease in the amount of expenses that are paid by municipalities.  The Association has no information on the amount of funeral expenses paid by municipalities and the specific circumstances of individuals throughout the state, therefore they cannot estimate the possible decrease in municipal expenditures.  There is likely no effect on municipal revenues.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 2 P. 44
Jan. 16, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/16/2019 01:30 pm LOB 301
Jan. 23, 2019 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 01/23/2019 01:00 pm LOB 301
Feb. 6, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/06/2019 09:00 am LOB 301
Feb. 12, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/12/2019 10:45 am LOB 301
Feb. 27, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0319h for 02/27/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 13 P. 13
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0319h (Vote 20-0; CC)
Feb. 27, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0319h: AA VV 02/27/2019 HJ 6 P. 20
Feb. 27, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0319h: MA VV 02/27/2019 HJ 6 P. 20
March 14, 2019 Introduced 03/14/2019 and Referred to Election Law and Municipal Affairs; SJ 9
April 11, 2019 Hearing: 04/11/2019, Room 102, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 17
April 10, 2019 Hearing: 04/10/2019, Room 102, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 17
May 2, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 05/02/2019; Vote 5-0; CC SC 20
May 2, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/02/2019; SJ 15
May 15, 2019 Enrolled (In recess 05/15/2019); SJ 17
May 8, 2019 Enrolled 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 101

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 16, 2019 House Hearing
Jan. 23, 2019 House Exec Session
Feb. 12, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 11, 2019 Senate Hearing
April 10, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 2, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB301 Revision: 4489 Date: Dec. 31, 2018, 9:02 a.m.
HB301 Revision: 5410 Date: March 4, 2019, 2:19 p.m.
HB301 Revision: 5801 Date: May 2, 2019, 12:47 p.m.