Bill Details - HB576 (2019)

HB 576 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0573

06/05

 

HOUSE BILL 576

 

AN ACT relative to municipal and district budget committees.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Aldrich, Belk. 2; Rep. Bean, Belk. 2; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. Torosian, Rock. 14; Rep. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill prohibits governing bodies from transferring certain appropriations in the municipal budget.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0573

06/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to municipal and district budget committees.

 

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

 

1  Municipal Budget Law; Budget Preparation.  Amend RSA 32:5, VI to read as follows:

VI.  Upon completion of the budgets, an original of each budget and of each recommendation upon special warrant articles, signed by a quorum of the governing body, or of the budget committee, if any, shall be placed on file with the town [or], village district, or school district clerk.  A copy of the budget committee exceptions report, signed by the chair of the budget committee, shall also be placed on file with the town, school district, or village district clerk.  A certified copy of each budget and a certified copy of the budget committee exceptions report shall be forwarded by the chair of the budget committee, if any, or otherwise by the chair of the governing body, to the commissioner of revenue administration pursuant to RSA 21-J:34.   

2  Transfer of Appropriations; Exception.  Amend RSA 32:10, I(b) to read as follows:

(b)  Records shall be kept by the governing body, such that the budget committee, if any, or any citizen requesting such records pursuant to RSA 91-A:4, may ascertain the purposes of appropriations to which, and from which, amounts have been transferred; provided, however, that neither the budget committee nor other citizens shall have any authority to dispute or challenge the discretion of the governing body in making such transfers, unless such transfers begin or end in a general ledger line level account enumerated in the budget committee exception report.

3  Emergency Expenditures and Overexpenditures.  Amend RSA 32:11, I to read as follows:

I.  Such application shall be made prior to the making of such expenditure.  No such authority shall be granted [until a majority of the budget committee, if any, has approved the application in writing] if such a purpose or general ledger line level account is explicitly enumerated on the budget committee exception report.  If there is no such report or enumeration, then such authority shall be granted when a majority of the budget committee, if any, has approved the application in writing.  If there is no budget committee, the governing body shall hold a public hearing on the request, with notice as provided in RSA 91-A:2.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 3 P. 20
March 5, 2019 Public Hearing: 03/05/2019 10:00 am LOB 301
March 6, 2019 Executive Session: 03/06/2019 01:00 pm LOB 301-303
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 17-3; RC)
March 19, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/19/2019 (Vote 17-3; RC) HC 16 P. 31
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
March 20, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/20/2019

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 5, 2019 House Hearing
March 6, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 19, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB576 Revision: 4856 Date: Jan. 15, 2019, 2:31 p.m.