HB1497 (2020) Detail

Relative to the air pollution advisory committee.










AN ACT relative to the air pollution advisory committee.


SPONSORS: Rep. Mann, Ches. 2


COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy






This bill renames the air pollution advisory committee and adds to its duties.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT relative to the air pollution advisory committee.


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


1  Advisory Committee; Air Pollution Advisory Committee Changed to Energy and Climate Advisory Committee.  Amend RSA 125-J:11 to read as follows:

125-J:11  Advisory Committee.

I.  There is established the [air pollution] energy and climate advisory committee composed of the following members:

(a)  Four representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house, of whom at least 3 are from the house science, technology, and energy committee.  At least one of the 4 representatives shall be a member of a minority party.

(b)  Four senators, appointed by the senate president.

(c)  The governor, or designee.

I-a.  The following additional members, whose terms shall be coterminous with their terms of office, shall be nonvoting members of the committee and shall supply the committee with any information that it requests concerning matters subject to its purview:

(a)  The [commissioner of safety, or designee] chairman of the public utilities commission.

(b)  The commissioner of environmental services, or designee.

(c)  A representative of a leading business specializing in retrofitting homes for energy efficiency, appointed by the governor.

II.  The committee shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson, and meetings shall be at the call of the chair or 4 or more committee members.  The terms of the members shall be coterminous with their terms of office.  The member appointed by the governor shall serve a term coterminous with that of the governor.

III.  The committee shall perform an ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of the following subjects and report its findings and recommendations to the governor and council, the speaker of the house, the senate president, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the state library, the house environment and agriculture, the science, technology and energy, and the commerce, small business, consumer affairs and economic development committees and the senate environment and economic development committees by October 1 of each year:

(a)  The effectiveness of vehicle emission related portions of the motor vehicle safety inspection.

(b)  The effectiveness of the emission reductions credits trading program.

(c)  The effectiveness of all energy efficiency programs.

(d)  Further opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(e)  A summary of the state of housing in New Hampshire, identifying opportunities for improvement in delivering energy efficiency and emissions reduction.

IV.  The committee shall also review and make recommendations to the commissioner on any proposed rule to be adopted under this chapter.

2  References Changed.  Amend the following RSA provisions by replacing "air pollution advisory committee" with "energy and climate advisory committee":  RSA 125-O:21, VI; the introductory paragraph of RSA 485:16-b, II; RSA 125-J:12, II; and RSA 266:59-b, I(c) and III.

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


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HB1497 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1497 Revision: 7148 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 10:31 a.m.


Feb. 19, 2020: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 23

Feb. 19, 2020: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/19/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 7 P. 14

: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)

Feb. 5, 2020: Executive Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 304

Jan. 21, 2020: Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 11:00 am LOB 304

Jan. 8, 2020: Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 24