Bill Details - HB460 (2019)

HB 460-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0300

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 460-FN

 

AN ACT relative to responsibility of the consumer protection and antitrust bureau over condominium disputes.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Webb, Rock. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the attorney general, consumer protection and antitrust bureau, to receive and resolve, if necessary, complaints of unit owners of condominiums.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0300

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to responsibility of the consumer protection and antitrust bureau over condominium disputes.

 

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

 

1  Condominium Act; Enforcement.  Amend RSA 356-B:48 to read as follows:

356-B:48  Administration; Enforcement.

I. The provisions of this chapter shall be administered and enforced by the consumer protection and antitrust bureau, department of justice, established in RSA 21-M:9.  

II. In addition to the oversight and enforcement of condominium requirements in this subdivision, the consumer protection and antitrust bureau shall receive complaints of unit owners and, if necessary, resolve the complaints through investigation, mediation, informal resolution, issuance of a cease and desist order under RSA 356-B:61, or other suitable means.  The attorney general shall, on or before December 1 of each year, file a report with the committee to study laws relating to condominium and homeowners' associations established in RSA 356-B:70 detailing the number of complaints received and the actions taken.

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

 

LBAO

19-0300

1/7/19

 

HB 460-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to responsibility of the consumer protection and antitrust bureau over condominium disputes.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$186,000

$190,000

$195,000

$201,000

Funding Source:

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

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of Justice, consumer protection and antitrust bureau, to receive and resolve, if necessary, complaints of unit owners of condominiums.  The Department of Justice assumes it would need a full-time attorney and a full-time investigative paralegal to satisfy the responsibilities of this bill.  The Department estimates the following costs for the additional positions, benefits, office furnishing and other operating expenses: $186,000 in FY 2020, $190,000 in FY 2021, $195,000 in FY 2022 and $201,000 in FY 2023.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Justice

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 3 P. 15
Feb. 26, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/26/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302
March 8, 2019 Executive Session: 03/08/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302-304
March 19, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/19/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 16 P. 5
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 20-0; CC)
March 19, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/19/2019 HJ 10 P. 7

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 26, 2019 House Hearing
March 8, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB460 Revision: 4672 Date: Jan. 10, 2019, 3:10 p.m.