Bill Details - HB542 (2019)

HB 542-FN-A - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

28Feb2019... 0182h

2019 SESSION

19-0396

08/05

 

HOUSE BILL 542-FN-A

 

AN ACT establishing a grant program to support municipalities in updating their wetlands regulations.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Grassie, Straf. 11; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a grant program to support municipalities in adopting or updating their wetlands regulations.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

28Feb2019... 0182h 19-0396

08/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a grant program to support municipalities in updating their wetlands regulations.

 

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

 

1  New Subparagraph; Application of Receipts; Wetlands Regulations Fund.  Amend RSA 6:12, I(b) by inserting after subparagraph (343) the following new subparagraph:

(344)  Moneys deposited in the wetlands regulations fund established in RSA 482-A:15-b.

2  New Section; Wetlands Regulations Fund.  Amend RSA 482-A by inserting after section 15-a the following new section:

482-A:15-b  Wetlands Regulations Fund.

I.  There is hereby established within the office of the state treasurer the wetlands regulations fund.  This fund shall be administered by the office of strategic initiatives and shall be nonlapsing and continually appropriated to the office of strategic initiatives.  Grants and donations from federal and private sources may be deposited in this fund.  The fund shall be used to assist municipalities in updating or adopting wetlands regulations.

II.  A municipality may apply to the office of strategic initiatives for a grant from the wetlands regulations fund in order to update or adopt municipal wetlands regulations.  Priority shall be given to requests in the following order:

(a)  Municipalities that work with a regional planning commission.

(b)  Municipalities that have no wetlands regulations.

(c)  Municipalities that have identified a critical need for wetlands protection.

(d)  Municipalities with wetlands regulations that need updating.  

III.  Applications shall be accepted on a revolving basis.  The director of the office of strategic initiatives shall respond to the request within 30 days of its receipt.

3  Appropriation.  The sum of $350,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020 is hereby appropriated to the office of strategic initiatives to be deposited in the wetlands regulations fund.  From this amount, $300,000 shall be used for distributing grants to municipalities adopting or updating municipal wetlands regulations, and $50,000 shall be used by the office of strategic initiatives to update the "Guidebook on Buffers and Surface Waters for New Hampshire Municipalities" and to create a model wetlands ordinance.  This appropriation is in addition to any other funds appropriated to the office of strategic initiatives.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

 

LBAO

19-0396

Amended 3/5/19

 

HB 542-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0182h)

 

AN ACT establishing a grant program to support municipalities in updating their wetlands regulations.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$350,000

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Increase

$0

$0

$0

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Wetlands Regulations Fund

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$300,000

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Increase

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill creates a nonlapsing Wetlands Regulations Fund for the Office of Strategic Initiatives to assist municipalities in updating or adopting wetlands regulations.  The bill includes an appropriation of $350,000 in FY 2020 with $300,000 of the appropriations to be distributed in grants to municipalities and $50,000 to be utilized to update the “Guidebook on Buffers and Surface Waters for New Hampshire Municipalities.”  The Office of Strategic Initiatives is unable to anticipate the impact on expenditures to process grants or update the guidebook as required in this bill.  Therefore, this bill will have an indeterminable impact on expenditures.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Office of Strategic Initiatives

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 3 P. 19
Feb. 6, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 305
Feb. 13, 2019 Executive Session: 02/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 305
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0182h (Vote 10-9; RC)
Feb. 27, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0182h for 02/27/2019 (Vote 10-9; RC) HC 13 P. 24
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Feb. 28, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0182h: AA DV 211-117 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 13
Feb. 28, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0182h: MA RC 208-140 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 13
Feb. 28, 2019 Referred to Finance 02/28/2019 HJ 7 P. 16
March 6, 2019 Finance Division I Work Session: 03/06/2019 10:30 am LOB 212
March 13, 2019 Executive Session: 03/13/2019 10:00 am LOB 210-211
Retained in Committee

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 6, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 13, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 27, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 13, 2019 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB542 Revision: 4813 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 12:50 p.m.
HB542 Revision: 5414 Date: March 5, 2019, 3:40 p.m.