HB 1599-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1599-FN-A
SPONSORS: Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Butler, Carr. 7; Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5
This bill establishes a special marriage officiant license to temporarily authorize an individual to solemnize a marriage. A portion of the license fee shall be deposited in the fund for domestic violence programs.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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:
457:32-b Special Marriage Officiant License.
I. The secretary of state may issue a special marriage officiant license, which shall temporarily authorize an individual to solemnize a marriage in this state. Any individual who applies for the special marriage officiant license shall register with the secretary of state, complete the registration form prescribed by the secretary of state, and submit an $85 fee to the department of state. The secretary of state shall forward $80 of the fee to the department of health and human services for deposit in the fund for domestic violence programs, established in RSA 173-B:15, and shall retain the remainder of the fee for administrative costs associated with issuance of the license.
II. Upon registration as a special marriage officiant, the individual shall be authorized to solemnize only the civil marriage designated on the registration form and shall receive proof of such authority from the secretary of state. The individual's authority to solemnize the marriage shall expire at the same time as the corresponding license.
HB 1599-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Special fund for domestic violence programs (RSA 173-B:15)
This bill would authorize the Secretary of State to issue a special marriage officiant license to temporarily authorize an individual to solemnize a marriage in this state. The legislation requires completion of a registration form and submission of an $85 fee, $80 which is to be forwarded to the Department of Health and Human Services for deposit in the fund for domestic violence programs established in RSA 173-B:15, and $5 to be retained by the Secretary of State for administrative costs associated with the issuance of the license.
The Department of Health and Human Services states the number of licenses that would be requested is unknown. No additional staff would be needed to forward the funds for deposit in the fund for domestic violence programs but the task would require a re-allocation of existing staff time for this purpose within the current budget.
The Secretary of State's Office previously submitted information assuming that the individuals obtaining the proposed license would be the same ones who obtain on-line ordained minister credentials to qualify for the special marriage solemnization license issued to ordained ministers. The fee for that license is $25. It is estimated that 985 individuals apply for the existing license annually, generating approximately $24,625 per year (985 x $25). This revenue currently goes to the general fund. The Secretary of State assumes under the bill, the same number of applicants (985) will now pay $85 and will generate $83,725 (985 x $85 = $83,725). Of this amount, $78,800 (985 x $80 = $78,800) would go to the domestic violence fund. The Secretary of State assumes $4,925 (985 x $5 =$4,925) would be retained by the Secretary of State for deposit into the general fund.
Type of License
Ordained Minister Online
Proposed Marriage Officiant
Estimated Annual Number of Applicants
Annual Revenue to General Fund
Annual Revenue to Domestic Violence Fund
Total Annual Revenue
Total Projected Annual Revenue
Less Current Total Annual Revenue
Net Projected Annual Revenue
It is assumed the fiscal impact of this bill will not begin until FY 2021.
Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services
|Jan. 22, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 5, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 19, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|March 4, 2020||House||Hearing|
|March 17, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 28|
|Jan. 22, 2020||Public Hearing: 01/22/2020 10:30 am LOB 208|
|Feb. 5, 2020||Executive Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 208|
|Feb. 19, 2020||Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 02/19/2020 (Vote 11-9; RC) HC 7 P. 23|
|Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 11-9; RC)|
|Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate|
|Feb. 19, 2020||Ought to Pass: MA DV 196-146 02/19/2020|
|Feb. 19, 2020||Referred to Ways and Means 02/19/2020|
|March 4, 2020||Public Hearing: 03/04/2020 02:30 pm LOB 202|
|March 5, 2020||==TIME CHANGE== Full Committee Work Session: 03/05/2020 11:00 am LOB 202|
|March 9, 2020||Full Committee Work Session: 03/09/2020 10:00 am LOB 202|
|March 17, 2020||==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 03/17/2020 01:30 pm LOB 202|