HB 150-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 150-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill directs the attorney general to contact any person who fails to file a statement of financial interests required under RSA 15-A and establishes a $50 late fee for the failure to file in a timely manner. The bill also directs the attorney general to review disclosures made under RSA 15-A and compel compliance with the filing requirement.
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14Mar2019... 0507h 19-0085
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:
I. Any person who knowingly fails to comply with the provisions of this chapter or knowingly files a false statement shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
II. The attorney general shall notify any person who fails to file the statement of financial interests within the deadline prescribed by RSA 15-A:6. Any person who fails to file within 30 days of receiving such notice shall be assessed an administrative fine of $50.
III. It shall be an absolute defense in any prosecution under this chapter that the person acted in reliance upon an advisory opinion on the subject issued under RSA 14-B:3, I(c) or RSA 21-G:30, I(c).
15-A:8 Examination of Disclosures. The attorney general [may] shall examine the statements of financial interests which are made under this chapter to the secretary of state and compel such disclosures to be made to comply with the law.
HB 150-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2019-0507h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill requires the Attorney General to notify any person who fails to file the statement of financial interest for state officials within the deadline prescribed by RSA 15-A:6. Any person who fails to file within 30 days of receiving such notice shall be assessed an administrative fine of $50. The Attorney General is also required to examine the statements and compel such disclosures to be made to comply with the law. There are approximately 2,000 financial disclosure statements. The Department of Justice (DOJ) estimates it would require a part-time attorney at no more than 29.5 hours per week to examine the statements and determine compliance. At 29.5 hours per week it is estimated this position would cost approximately $63,535 per year (Average salary: $59,020 + Benefits: $4,515). The DOJ states it can issue the required notices for those failing to file using current resources. The DOJ would have to provide legal counsel to all state boards, agencies and commissions regarding complaints filed pursuant to the bill. The DOJ states it can accomplish this within its current budget.
Department of Justice, Judicial Branch, Legislative Branch and Department of State
|Feb. 7, 2019||House||Hearing|
|March 5, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 14, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|April 4, 2019||Senate||Hearing|
|Jan. 2, 2019||Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 39|
|Feb. 7, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/07/2019 10:00 am LOB 306|
|Feb. 12, 2019||==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 02/12/2019 01:30 pm LOB 306|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 02/13/2019 01:00 pm LOB 306|
|March 5, 2019||Executive Session: 03/05/2019 01:15 pm LOB 306|
|March 14, 2019||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0507h (NT) for 03/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 15|
|March 14, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0507h (NT): AA VV 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 2|
|March 14, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0507h (NT): MA VV 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 2|
|March 21, 2019||Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 10|
|April 4, 2019||Hearing: 04/04/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:00 am; SC 16|
|April 11, 2019||Committee Report: Rereferred to Committee, 04/11/2019; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 17|
|April 11, 2019||Rereferred to Committee, MA, VV; 04/11/2019; SJ 12|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 01/08/2020; SC 47|
|Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 01/08/2020; SJ 1|