HB1669 (2020) Detail

Requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements.


HB 1669-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2246

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1669-FN

 

AN ACT requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Horn, Merr. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that one year after implementation of an electronic filing system by the secretary of state, the registration forms and fee and expense reports of lobbyists shall be filed electronically with the secretary of state and made available as public records on the department of state's Internet site.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2246

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements.

 

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

 

1  Lobbyist Registration; Secretary Of State.  Not later than January 1, 2021, the secretary of state shall implement an electronic record keeping system for submission of lobbyist registration forms and fee and expense reports under RSA 15 and for the availability of such forms and reports to the public on the secretary of state's Internet site.  The secretary of state may continue to accept paper filing of such forms and reports for one year after implementation of the electronic record keeping system.

2  Lobbyists; Statements.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 15:6, I to read as follows:

I.  Each lobbyist shall electronically file with the secretary of state itemized statements under oath of:

3  Electronic Form Required.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 15:6, V to read as follows:

V.  The lobbyist statement shall be [in the] completed on the electronic form prescribed by the secretary of state[, may be in paper or electronic form,] and shall include at a minimum:

4  Electronic Signature.  Amend RSA 15:6, V(h) to read as follows:

(h)  The following statement followed by a line for each person filing the form to electronically sign and date the form:  "I have read RSA 15, RSA 15-B, RSA 14-C, and RSA 664 and hereby swear or affirm that the foregoing information is true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief."

5  Lobbyist Statements; Electronic Record Keeping System.  Amend RSA 15:6, VI to read as follows:

VI.  The secretary of state shall maintain the statements required by this section for 6 years from the date of filing, after which time the statements may be destroyed.  The public information on the forms shall be available to the public in the form of [a photocopy or] an electronic record.  The secretary of state shall[, as soon as is practical, implement] utilize an electronic record keeping system that makes lobbyist registration forms and fee and expense reports available to the public through the Internet.  

6  Effective Date.  

I.  Sections 2-5 of this act shall take effect January 1, 2022.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

20-2246

Revised 1/7/20

 

HB 1669-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements.

 

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

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires the Department of State to create an on-line module for lobbyist registration and reporting by January 1, 2021, with mandatory on-line filing by January 1, 2022.  The Department indicates the lobbyist module is currently under construction using existing funds and no additional expenditures are anticipated.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of State

 

Links

HB1669 at GenCourtMobile
HB1669 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 29, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
Sept. 11, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1669 Revision: 7318 Date: Jan. 13, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 1 P. 31
Jan. 29, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/29/2020 11:00 am LOB 303
Feb. 5, 2020 Executive Session: 02/05/2020 01:00 pm LOB 303
Feb. 19, 2020 Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 02/19/2020 (Vote 13-0; CC) HC 7 P. 12
Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study (Vote 13-0; CC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Refer for Interim Study: MA VV 02/19/2020 HJ 4 P. 18
Sept. 11, 2020 Full Committee Work Session: 09/11/2020 02:00 pm Members of the public may attend using this link: : https://www.zoom.us/j/98842942608 - Executive Session to Follow
Interim Study Report: Not Recommended for Future Legislation (Vote 10-0)