HB 1549-FN-A - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1549-FN-A
SPONSORS: Rep. Doherty, Merr. 20; Rep. Cornell, Hills. 18; Rep. Mullen, Hills. 7; Rep. Andrew Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Le, Rock. 31; Rep. Vallone, Rock. 9; Rep. Woodcock, Carr. 2; Rep. Ellison, Merr. 27
This bill establishes the office of school counseling and psychology in the division of learner support, department of education. This bill also establishes the position of school counselor coordinator in the office of school counseling and psychology and makes an appropriation therefor.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
1 New Section; Department of Education; Office of School Counseling and Psychology Established; New Position; School Counselor Coordinator. Amend RSA 21-N by inserting after section 6-a the following new section:
21-N:6-b Office of School Counseling and Psychology; School Counselor Coordinator.
I. There is established in the division of learner support, department of education, the office of school counseling and psychology.
II. There is established within the office of school counseling and psychology the position of school counselor coordinator who shall be a classified employee. The school counselor coordinator shall be certified as a school guidance counselor or school psychologist by the state board of education and shall be qualified to hold such position by reason of education and experience. The position shall be subject to any other employment requirements as determined by the department. The school counselor coordinator shall coordinate and provide assistance to guidance counselors, career counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers. The school counselor coordinator shall assist schools and districts in developing counseling programs and shall work with school counselors, the bureau of career development, representatives of postsecondary education, and New Hampshire's workforce business leaders to better provide students with an awareness of career pathway opportunities and career readiness training needed in the 21st century workplace.
2 Appropriation. The sum of $109,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021, and the sum of $111,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 are hereby appropriated to the department of education, division of learner support, for the position of school counselor coordinator established in RSA 21-N:6-a. The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.
HB 1549-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0133h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill establishes the office of school counseling and psychology, establishes the position of school counselor coordinator, and makes an appropriation therefore ($109,000 in FY 2021 and $111,000 in FY 2022). The Department of Education anticipates this position would be established as a classified labor grade 27 (step 5). Assuming a start date of July 1, 2020, salary and benefit costs are estimated to be approximately $98,000 in FY 2021, $99,000 in FY 2022, and $104,000 in FY 2023. In addition, the Department estimate approximately $14,000 per year in addition expenses (supplies, equipment, etc…).
It should be noted this bill appropriates general funds beyond the current operating budget (biennium ending June 30, 2021).
Department of Education
|Jan. 14, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 21, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 28, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 6, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|Feb. 13, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|March 18, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|May 21, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Education HJ 1 P. 26|
|Jan. 14, 2020||==RECESSED== Public Hearing: 01/14/2020 11:00 am LOB 207|
|Jan. 21, 2020||==CONTINUED== Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 02:30 pm LOB 207|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Executive Session: 01/28/2020 01:00 pm LOB 207|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0133h for 02/13/2020 (Vote 18-2; CC) HC 5 P. 2|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0133h (Vote 18-2; CC)|
|Feb. 6, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0133h for 02/06/2020 (Vote 18-2; CC) HC 5 P. 2|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Removed from Consent (Rep. Piemonte) 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 2|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Amendment # 2020-0133h: AA VV 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 26|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0133h: MA VV 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 26|
|Feb. 13, 2020||Referred to Finance 02/13/2020 HJ 3 P. 26|
|March 3, 2020||Division I Work Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 209|
|March 18, 2020||==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 03/18/2020 01:00 pm LOB 210-211|
|May 21, 2020||Executive Session: 05/21/2020 02:00 pm Members of the public may attend using this link: https://www.zoom.us/j/91769986281|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1023h (Vote 13-9; RC) HC 23 P. 9|