HB1550 (2020) Detail

extending accidental death benefits for group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.


HB 1550-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2081

08/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1550-FN

 

AN ACT extending accidental death benefits for group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Abbas, Rock. 8; Rep. Lang, Belk. 4; Rep. Doucette, Rock. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill extends accidental death benefits for group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2081

08/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT extending accidental death benefits for group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.

 

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

 

1  Accidental Death Benefits.  Amend RSA 100-A:8, II(a) to read as follows:

(a)  If, upon the receipt by the board of trustees of proper proof of the death of a group II member in service indicating that such death was the natural and proximate result of an accident occurring while in the performance of duty at some definite time and place, [or] as the natural and proximate result of repeated trauma or gradual degeneration occurring while in the actual performance of duty or arising out of and in the course of employment or of any occupational disease arising out of or in the course of employment, as defined by RSA 281-A:2, XI and found to be compensable by the commissioner of labor pursuant to RSA 281-A:43, or as the natural and proximate result of hypertension or heart disease; the board decides that death was the result of an accident in the performance of duty and not caused by willful negligence on the part of the member, a state annuity shall be paid to the member's surviving spouse, or if there is no surviving spouse, or if the surviving spouse dies before the youngest child of the deceased member has attained age 18, then to the deceased members' child or children under such age, divided in such manner as the board in its discretion shall determine, to continue as a joint and survivorship state annuity for the benefit of such child or children under said age until every child dies or attains said age; or if there is no surviving spouse or child under age 18 living at the death of the member, then to the member's dependent father or dependent mother as the board shall determine, to continue for life; provided that if none of the aforementioned beneficiaries is living or eligible for benefits under the provisions of this section, there shall be payable to the person or persons nominated by the member, if living, otherwise to the member's estate, a lump sum amount which is equal to the deceased member's base salary plus accrued benefits not paid at the time of death, in addition to the amount payable under RSA 100-A:11.

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

 

LBAO

20-2081

11/19/19

 

HB 1550-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT extending accidental death benefits for group II members of the retirement system suffering from heart attacks.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

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

 

 

 

 

 

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

*The New Hampshire Retirement System states it is not able to separate the fiscal impact of this legislation between county and local government, therefore the fiscal impact is shown together as political subdivisions.

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill expands the eligibility for accidental (work-related) death benefits for Group II members of the New Hampshire Retirement System by adding a reference to deaths caused by hypertension or heart disease.  The New Hampshire Retirement System cannot predict the number of such future deaths and what impact it may have on the System and employer rates.  NHRS also relies on workers' compensation decisions on causation and work-relatedness and the language being proposed here in RSA 100-A may need to be proposed for the workers' compensation statute (RSA 281-A) to alleviate any risk of inconsistency and conflict with those statutes and presumptions.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

New Hampshire Retirement System

 

Links

HB1550 at GenCourtMobile
HB1550 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 12, 2020 House Exec Session
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1550 Revision: 7192 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 26
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 11:00 am LOB 306
Jan. 30, 2020 Subcommittee Work Session: 01/30/2020 02:00 pm LOB 306
Feb. 12, 2020 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/12/2020 10:00 am LOB 306
March 3, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/03/2020 01:00 pm LOB 306
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-0; CC) HC 10 P. 17
March 11, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020