HB 1495-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1495-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Rep. Fox, Merr. 23; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Rep. Wazir, Merr. 17; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5
COMMITTEE: Commerce and Consumer Affairs
This bill prohibits the sale of over-the-counter rape test kits in New Hampshire.
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Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
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11Mar2020... 0909h 20-2672
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:
OVER-THE-COUNTER RAPE TEST KIT
359-R:1 Sale of Over-the-Counter Rape Test Kit Prohibited.
I. No person shall sell or offer for sale in the state of New Hampshire an over-the-counter rape test kit. Any person who sells a kit in violation of this section shall be guilty of a violation and shall be fined not more than $1,000 for each offense.
II. In this section, an "over-the-counter rape test kit" means a sexual assault forensic exam kit for sale to members of the public, that allows an individual to independently collect evidence of a sexual assault outside of a hospital or other designated health care setting.
III. Nothing in this section shall affect any right of action under RSA 358-A.
HB 1495-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0909h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill prohibits the sale of over-the-counter rape test kits. The bill contains a penalty that may have an impact on the New Hampshire judicial and correctional systems. There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures. However, the entities impacted have provided the potential costs associated with these penalties below.
Violation Level Offense
It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2021 and FY 2022 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types.
NH Association of Counties
County Prosecution Costs
The Department of Justice indicates the bill makes the sale of such kits a violation-level offense. The Department of Justice would not be involved in the prosecution of such offenses, which would be handled by county and local prosecutors. Appeals from any convictions would be handled by the Department's Criminal Justice Bureau and could be done within the current budget.
The Department of Safety indicates the potential revenue associated with the $1,000 fine cannot be determined as information on sales of sexual assault kits is not available. Such kits are currently purchased by the Department of Justice and provided free of charge to hospitals and other facilities where evidence may be collected. The Department assumes there would be no impact on the Department's expenditures.
It is assumed this bill will not take effect until FY 2021.
Departments of Justice and Safety, Judicial Branch and New Hampshire Association of Counties
|Feb. 5, 2020||House||Hearing|
|March 3, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|March 11, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs HJ 1 P. 24|
|Feb. 5, 2020||Public Hearing: 02/05/2020 11:00 am LOB 302|
|Feb. 24, 2020||Subcommittee Work Session: 02/24/2020 09:00 am LOB 302|
|March 3, 2020||Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:30 am LOB 302|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0909h (Vote 12-7; RC)|
|March 11, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0909h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 12-7; RC) HC 10 P. 39|
|March 11, 2020||Amendment # 2020-0909h: AA VV 03/11/2020 HJ 7 P. 123|
|March 11, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0909h: MA VV 03/11/2020 HJ 7 P. 123|
|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|