HB1290 (2020) Detail

(New Title) relative to voting by a public employee organization.


HB 1290-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

5Mar2020... 0444h

2020 SESSION

20-2103

04/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1290-FN

 

AN ACT relative to voting by a public employee organization.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. King, Hills. 33; Rep. Guthrie, Rock. 13; Rep. Gay, Rock. 8; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6; Rep. Buchanan, Merr. 15; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Rep. Ellison, Merr. 27

 

COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows an employee organization to conduct an election by mail ballot.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

5Mar2020... 0444h 20-2103

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to voting by a public employee organization.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Public Employee Labor Relations; Elections.  Amend RSA 273-A:10 by inserting after paragraph IX the following new paragraph:

X.  An employee organization may elect to have all votes cast by mail ballot in any election ordered by the board under this chapter.  The employee organization shall provide notice of this election in a filing to the board submitted at least 24 hours prior to the board's pre-election conference.

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

 

LBAO

20-2103

Amended 3/11/20

 

HB 1290-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0444h)

 

AN ACT relative to voting by a public employee organization.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

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FY 2021

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Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill allows an employee organization to conduct an election by mail ballot.  The Public Employee Labor Relations Board conducts bargaining unit representation elections under RSA 273-A:10, and the Board's administrative rules; Pub 301 and Pub 303.  The Board conducts elections on site at the workplace.  Under the current rules, "mail ballot" elections are allowed if eligible voters are dispersed across the state and in situations where there are a multitude of work-sites or no central work-site.  This bill would amend RSA 273-A:10 giving an employee organization the right to obtain a "mail ballot" election in the case of any board ordered election if the employee organization requests a mail ballot election at least 24 hours prior to the board's pre-election conference.

 

The Board indicates the impact on state, county, and local revenues and expenditures is difficult to assess and depends upon a number of unknown factors.  There are common administrative costs for both on-site and "mail ballot" election such as the Board's preparation of election paperwork and ballots.  "Mail ballot" elections include additional costs of $1.80 per eligible employee for postage and additional paper and envelopes.  Mail ballot elections do not include the staff mileage and toll reimbursement expenses incurred for on-site elections.  Depending on the number of eligible voters and the distance between the employer's workplace and the Board's office in Concord, a "mail ballot" election could be less expensive in some cases and more expensive in others.  The difference will be nominal in most cases.  Employer costs in a "mail ballot" election will likely include mileage and toll reimbursements incurred for an employer representative's travel to the Board's office in Concord where ballots are counted.

 

It is assumed the fiscal impact of the bill would not occur until FY 2021.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Employee Labor Relations Board

 

Links

HB1290 at GenCourtMobile
HB1290 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote
Feb. 20, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1290 Revision: 8233 Date: March 27, 2020, 6 p.m.
HB1290 Revision: 6899 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 2 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 1 P. 16
Jan. 23, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/23/2020 10:30 am LOB 307
Feb. 5, 2020 Executive Session: 02/05/2020 01:30 pm LOB 307
Feb. 19, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0444h (NT) for 02/19/2020 (Vote 12-7; RC) HC 7 P. 33
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0444h (Vote 12-7; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Feb. 20, 2020 Special Order to regular place in next calendar (Rep. Ley): MA VV 02/20/2020
March 5, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0444h (NT): AA VV 03/05/2020
March 5, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0444h (NT): MA RC 209-134 03/05/2020
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8