Bill Details - HB441 (2019)

HB 441 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0715

05/10

 

HOUSE BILL 441

 

AN ACT relative to disclosure of the source of legislative bill proposals and the disclosure of certain information by lobbyists.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24; Rep. King, Hills. 33

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the identification of a private organization responsible for distributing a model act used by a legislator to propose legislation.  The bill also requires lobbyists to disclose their affiliation upon contacting a member of the general court by telephone, email, or other electronic communication.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0715

05/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to disclosure of the source of legislative bill proposals and the disclosure of certain information by lobbyists

 

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

 

1  New Section; Legislative Proceedings; Identification of Source of Model Act.  Amend RSA 14 by inserting after section 39-a the following new section:

14:39-b  Identification of Source of Model Act.

I.  When a partnership, firm, nonprofit entity, or corporation formally adopts and distributes model acts to elected officials from more than one state, and that model act is used by a member of the house of representatives or the senate to propose equivalent or substantially similar legislation for introduction in the general court, the office of legislative services shall indicate the responsible partnership, firm, nonprofit entity, or corporation in the bill analysis, provided such information is supplied by the bill’s prime sponsor.  Members of the general court are directed to provide sufficient information to the office of legislative services for the identification required by this section.

II.  Following introduction of the bill, a third party may request that disclosure of the source of a model act be added to the bill analysis as necessary for subsequent passage of the bill by submitting a written request with documentation of the model act to the chairperson of the committee assigned the bill.  The chairperson shall issue a ruling within 10 business days of the written request.  Decisions of the committee chairperson may be appealed to the rules committee of the house or senate.

III.  In this section:

(a)  “Model legislation” means a legislative proposal or a uniform or suggested act written, promoted, or distributed by a partnership, firm, nonprofit entity, or corporation to an elected official and to other public officials of at least one more state.

(b)  “Formally adopted” means that the partnership, firm, nonprofit entity, or corporation votes to endorse, support, or distribute the model act for legislative adoption.

2  Lobbyists; Disclosure of Identity; When Required.  Amend RSA 15:2 to read as follows:

15:2  Name Tag and Disclosure of Identity.

I.  Any person who is required to register as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall wear on his or her outer garment a clearly visible name tag when lobbying in the state house or the legislative office building, or before the governor, governor and council, or a state agency.  Such name tag shall have white lettering on a hunter orange background and shall be at least 11/2 inches high and 21/2 inches long.  This name tag shall consist of lobbyist's first and last name and the word "lobbyist" or the name of the organization represented in letters at least 1/4 inch high.

II.  [Repealed.]

III.  Any person registered as a lobbyist under RSA 15:1 shall disclose his or her name, role as a lobbyist, and the name of the organization represented whenever such person, acting in his or her capacity as a lobbyist, contacts a member of the general court by telephone, email, or other means of electronic communication.

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

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 3 P. 14
Jan. 24, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/24/2019 10:30 am LOB 303
Feb. 6, 2019 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/06/2019 01:30 pm LOB 303
Feb. 20, 2019 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/20/2019 10:00 am LOB 303
Retained in Committee

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 24, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 6, 2019 House Exec Session
Feb. 20, 2019 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB441 Revision: 4664 Date: Jan. 8, 2019, 9:17 a.m.