Bill Text - SB209 (2019)

Revision: Jan. 22, 2019, 10:20 a.m.

SB 209  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0633

01/08

 

SENATE BILL 209

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to create a New Hampshire recovery memorial.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Rep. Cloutier, Sull. 10; Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Long, Hills. 10; Rep. Martin, Hills. 23

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to create a New Hampshire recovery memorial.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0633

01/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to create a New Hampshire recovery memorial.

 

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

 

1  New Subdivision; New Hampshire Recovery Memorial Commission.  Amend RSA 4 by inserting after section 9-o the following new subdivision:

New Hampshire Recovery Memorial Commission

4:9-p  Commission Established; Special Account.  

I.  A commission is established to oversee the location, design, construction, and maintenance of a New Hampshire recovery memorial and to privately raise and expend all the funds necessary for its construction and maintenance.  The governor is authorized to accept for the commission, in the name of the state, the gifts of money, which are donated to construct and maintain the memorial.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commission may accept donated in-kind services, goods, and materials for the construction and maintenance of the memorial without governor and council approval.

II.  The gifts of money, which are donated to contract, construct, and maintain the memorial, shall be placed in a special nonlapsing account in the state treasury, to be expended for the purposes of the New Hampshire recovery memorial.  Any money remaining in the special account after construction of the memorial is completed shall be used for the care, maintenance, repair, additions to the memorial.  Any funds left in the special account after annual care, maintenance, and repair of the memorial shall be deposited in the alcohol abuse prevention treatment fund under RSA 176-A:1.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the commission may expend the money raised or accepted as a gift without the approval of governor and council, to contract for the construction and perpetual maintenance of the memorial.

III.  The commission shall remain in existence upon the completion of the memorial for the purpose of overseeing maintenance and approving any change to the memorial, as well as approving memorial activities, celebrations, and commemorations associated with recovery and deemed appropriate for occurrence at the memorial site, as permitted by the municipal rules where the memorial is located.

4:9-q  Commission Membership and Duties.  The members of the commission established in RSA 4:9-p shall be as follows:

(a)  One senator, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Two representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(c)  Two directors of recovery organizations, appointed by the governor.

(d)  Two persons in recovery, appointed by the governor.

(e)  Two family members of persons lost to substance use disorder, appointed by the governor.

(f)  The chairperson of the recovery task force of the governor's commission on alcohol and drug abuse, prevention, treatment, and recovery, or designee.

(g)  The president of New Futures, or designee.

(h)  The director of National Alliance for Mental Illness, New Hampshire (NAMI-NH), or designee.

(i)  The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.

II.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate while attending to the duties of the commission.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first named house member shall call the first meeting of the commission.  Seven members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

III.  The commission shall select the location and design for the New Hampshire recovery memorial and oversee the construction and maintenance of the memorial.

IV.  The commission shall privately raise all the money necessary for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the New Hampshire recovery memorial.

2  New Subparagraph; New Hampshire Recovery Memorial Fund.  Amend RSA 6:12, I(b) by inserting after subparagraph 343 the following new subparagraph:

(344)  Moneys deposited into the New Hampshire recovery memorial special account established in RSA 4:9-p.

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