SB 235-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 235-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill authorizes an independent human resources professional in the general court administrative office, who shall be responsible for complaints involving sexual harassment. The bill also allows the legislative facilities committee to propose rules for required training on harassment and discrimination.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
03/14/2019 0857s 19-1083
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
General Court Administrative Office
14:52 Administrative Office.
I. There shall be a general court administrative office in the state house under a director of the administrative office. The director may employ and contract for such additional professional, technical, clerical, or other employees necessary to perform the functions and duties of the office.
II. The director shall designate a person as the independent human resources professional. The director shall ensure the person designated has had or will receive training or certification in sexual harassment investigations. In addition to the procedure in RSA 14-B:3, I(d), the designated person shall carry out obligations as set forth in the general court’s sexual harassment policy, including but not limited to, the receipt, investigation, and processing of verbal or written complaints from legislative staff, members of the public, or other members of the general court concerning current members of the general court, or members of the general court whose service ceased within 2 years prior to the complaint. Neither the office of the senate president nor the office of the speaker of the house of representatives shall have any oversight or responsibility for any complaints involving sexual harassment.
III. A sexual harassment complaint filed with the general court administrative office shall be confidential and not subject to disclosure to any third party, including but not limited to the attorney general’s office; provided that the complainant may waive such confidentiality protections with informed, written consent.
XI. Prior to the beginning of each biennium, to review sexual harassment policies of other jurisdictions and legislatures and adopt a sexual harassment policy consistent with best practices, which shall include procedures for the independent human resources professional in the general court administrative office to address sexual harassment complaints and ensure independence from the office of the senate president and the office of the speaker of the house of representatives. Prior to the beginning of each biennium, the committee shall determine whether to propose to the senate and house of representatives that each body shall propose by rule that all legislators, legislative officers, and legislative staff shall attend in-person education and training regarding sexual and other unlawful discrimination and harassment. The sexual harassment policy shall be posted online and shall be included in the ethics guidelines, statutes, and procedural rules booklet.
SB 235-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill establishes the position of independent human resources professional in the general court administrative office who shall have the responsibility for the receipt, investigation, and processing of complaints involving sexual harassment. This bill also requires members of the general court to receive training on sexual harassment. This bill will increase state expenditures by an indeterminable amount, depending on the compensation of the independent human resources professional.
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 4|
|Feb. 20, 2019||Hearing: 02/20/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 11|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0857s, 03/14/2019; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 13|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Amendment # 2019-0857s, AA, VV; 03/14/2019; SJ 8|
|March 14, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0857s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/14/2019; SJ 8|
|Feb. 20, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|March 14, 2019||Senate||Floor Vote|