HB1596 (2020) Detail

Relative to the funding for search and rescue operations of the fish and game department and making an appropriation therefor.


HB 1596-FN-A - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

19Feb2020... 0266h

2020 SESSION

20-2432

04/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1596-FN-A

 

AN ACT relative to the funding for search and rescue operations of the fish and game department and making an appropriation therefor.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Love, Rock. 6; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Forsythe, Merr. 8; Rep. Hopper, Hills. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Fish and Game and Marine Resources

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that general funds shall be used for funding search and rescue operations of the fish and game department and authorizes the executive director of fish and game to invest in technology necessary to enable the solicitation and collection of donations.  Such funds collected shall be credited to the fish and game search and rescue fund.  The bill also requires the executive director to report biennially on the status of the fund.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19Feb2020... 0266h

20-2432

04/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the funding for search and rescue operations of the fish and game department and making an appropriation therefor.

 

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

 

1  Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund.  Amend RSA 206:42 to read as follows:

206:42  Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund.

I. The additional fee of $1 collected under the provisions of RSA 270-E:5, II(b) for each private boat registered, under RSA 215-A:23, X for each OHRV registered, and under RSA 215-C:39, XI for each snowmobile registered, shall be paid over to the state treasurer who shall keep such fees in a special fund to be expended by the fish and game department for use in search and rescue operations.

II.  In addition to the funds in paragraph I, the state treasurer shall credit up to $200,000 annually from the general fund into the fish and game search and rescue fund.  If the executive director determines that funds provided in paragraphs I and II are insufficient to pay for search and rescue operations activities in a fiscal year, the executive director shall certify the amount of the insufficiency to the state treasurer who shall pay such sum as necessary to fund search and rescue operations activities from the general fund.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for such sum under this paragraph out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

III.  The special fund shall be nonlapsing.  All funds received under this subdivision are continually appropriated to the fish and game department [for the purposes of this subdivision] and shall be used to fund search and rescue operations including, but not limited to salaries, training, equipment, and associated expenditures.  The fish and game department shall report to the fiscal committee on a quarterly basis beginning on October 1, 1989, on the expenditures made from the fund.

IV.  The executive director may invest in technology necessary to enable the solicitation and collection of donations.  The executive director shall credit any donations collected under this paragraph to the fish and game search and rescue fund.

V.  Beginning July 1, 2023, and biennially thereafter, the executive director shall submit a report to the house fish and game and marine resources committee detailing the status of the search and rescue fund.  The report shall include details as to search and rescue operations and expenditures during the reporting period, and the remaining balance in the fund at the end of the reporting period.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.

 

LBAO

20-2432

Amended 2/24/20

 

HB 1596-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0266h)

 

AN ACT relative to the funding for search and rescue operations of the fish and game department and making an appropriation therefor.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Revenue

$0

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

   Expenditures

$0

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill intends to provide General Fund support to the Fish and Game Search and Rescue Fund, however based on the language added to RSA 206:42, II, it is unclear how the General Fund support would be determined and therefore a fiscal impact for this bill cannot be estimated.  For informational purposes, below is a summary of Search and Rescue Fund revenue and expenditures between FY 2015 and FY 2019:

 

Revenue

Expenditures

FY 2015

$231,486

($199,783)

FY 2016

$272,827

($305,544)

FY 2017

$339,273

($351,572)

FY 2018

$325,905

($305,536)

FY 2019

$407,893

($259,867)

Fund Balance as of June 30, 2019 = $18,610

Source: State Dedicated Funds Report

 

Additionally, this bill modifies allowable uses of the Search and Rescue Fund, which would likely result in increased expenditures, and may also result in increased donations.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Fish and Game Department

 

Links

HB1596 at GenCourtMobile
HB1596 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 28, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote
March 18, 2020 House Exec Session
April 30, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1596 Revision: 8189 Date: Feb. 26, 2020, 8:56 a.m.
HB1596 Revision: 7243 Date: Dec. 4, 2019, 12:50 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Fish and Game and Marine Resources HJ 1 P. 28
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 02:30 pm LOB 307
Jan. 28, 2020 Executive Session: 01/28/2020 10:30 am LOB 307
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0266h for 02/19/2020 (Vote 15-1; CC) HC 7 P. 10
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0266h (Vote 15-1; CC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Removed from Consent (Rep. McGuire) 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 2
Feb. 19, 2020 Amendment # 2020-0266h: AA VV 02/19/2020
Feb. 19, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0266h: MA VV 02/19/2020
Feb. 19, 2020 Referred to Finance 02/19/2020
March 3, 2020 Division I Work Session: 03/03/2020 01:00 pm LOB 209
March 18, 2020 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 03/18/2020 01:00 pm LOB 210-211
April 30, 2020 Executive Session: 04/30/2020 10:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: https://zoom.us/j/95408968840
Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 22-0; CC) HC 23 P. 4