HB 1263 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1263
SPONSORS: Rep. Massimilla, Graf. 1; Rep. Katsakiores, Rock. 6; Rep. Klee, Hills. 30; Rep. Lundgren, Rock. 5; Rep. Mangipudi, Hills. 35; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17
COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
This bill amends the provisions of the victims' compensation fund by permitting claims for victims of human trafficking, allowing claims based on sexual abuse or human trafficking to be filed at any time, and eliminating the consideration of contributory negligence in claims based on sexual abuse or human trafficking.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(3) Any person who is a victim of sexual abuse or human trafficking and is under the age of 18 at the time [the claim is filed] of the offense;
II. The claimant, guardian ad litem or child advocate, or parent may file a claim for compensation within 2 years of the crime, unless good cause is shown. A claimant who was the victim of sexual abuse or human trafficking under subparagraph I(a)(3), or a guardian ad litem, child advocate, or parent on behalf of such claimant, may file a claim at any time.
III. A claimant shall not be deemed ineligible for compensation based solely upon failure to apprehend the offender, or based [solely] upon failure of the state to obtain a conviction against the offender, providing there is reasonable evidence to sustain the claim that a crime had been committed which resulted in injury to the victim.
IV. The commission may consider the finding of innocence or guilt of the alleged offender in arriving at their determination of eligibility of the claimant. In determining eligibility and the amount of compensation to be awarded, the commission shall consider the contributory fault of the victim in causing his injury. If compensation is paid to members of the accused's immediate family, or persons who reside with or who have maintained a continuous relationship with the accused, the accused shall receive no benefit or enrichment as a result of payment of such compensation. The commission shall not consider contributory fault in determining the amount of compensation to be awarded if the claimant was a victim of sexual abuse or human trafficking under subparagraph I(a)(3).
|Feb. 12, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 18, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 25, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety|
|Feb. 12, 2020||==CANCELLED== Public Hearing: 02/12/2020 11:00 am LOB 204|
|Feb. 18, 2020||Public Hearing: 02/18/2020 10:30 am LOB 204|
|Feb. 25, 2020||Executive Session: 02/25/2020 01:00 pm LOB 204|