HB311 (2020) Detail

(New Title) relative to the authority of the state fire marshal to grant an exemption from fire code requirements to recovery houses.


HB 311 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

14Feb2019... 0152h

9Jan2020... 2824h

2019 SESSION

19-0482

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 311

 

AN ACT relative to the authority of the state fire marshal to grant an exemption from fire code requirements to recovery houses.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Connors, Hills. 15; Rep. Cornell, Hills. 18; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8

 

COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows alcohol and drug free recovery houses to be granted an exemption by the state fire marshal for requirements of the state fire code and local amendments.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

14Feb2019... 0152h

9Jan2020... 2824h 19-0482

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to the authority of the state fire marshal to grant an exemption from fire code requirements to recovery houses.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Fire Marshal; Exemption for Recovery Houses.  Amend RSA 153 by inserting after section 10-c the following new section:

153:10-d  Exemption for Recovery Houses.

I.  An owner or operator of a recovery house which is in compliance with rules adopted by the commissioner of health and human services under RSA 172-B:2, V for the voluntary registry for operators of recovery houses may apply to the state fire marshal and be granted an exemption under RSA 153:5, IV  from requirements of the state fire code and local amendments, provided no exemption from such requirements shall be granted for the following:

(a)  A properly maintained electrical system.

(b)  A maintained heating system including a one-hour fire separation.

(c)  Maintained cooking appliances.

(d)  Street number of the recovery house posted and visible from the street.

(e)  No smoking within 10 feet of the building unless approved by the local fire department.

(f)  A written evacuation plan submitted to and approved by the local fire department.

(g)  Monthly evacuation drills must be conducted with documentation available for review onsite.

(h)  Basement living spaces shall have an exit directly to grade.

(i)  The facility shall have a minimum of 200 gross square feet per resident.

(j)  At least one escape window in each sleeping room.

(k) Installed interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, electrically powered with battery backup, on each level and in each sleeping room; or, the installation of a complete fire alarm system.

(l)  Annual compliance inspection by the local fire department.

(m)  If the travel distance to an exit is greater than 75 feet, there shall be 2 remote means of egress from each floor.

II.  In this section,  "recovery house"" means  alcohol and drug free housing, or sober home, as defined in RSA 172-B:2, V and rules adopted thereunder by the commissioner of health and human services.

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

Links

HB311 at GenCourtMobile
HB311 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 15, 2019 House Hearing
Jan. 29, 2019 House Exec Session
Feb. 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
Feb. 26, 2019 House Hearing
March 5, 2019 House Exec Session
Nov. 5, 2019 House Hearing
Nov. 7, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB311 Revision: 7916 Date: Jan. 9, 2020, 2:57 p.m.
HB311 Revision: 7917 Date: Jan. 9, 2020, 2:53 p.m.
HB311 Revision: 7372 Date: Dec. 31, 2018, 9:24 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 2 P. 45
Jan. 15, 2019 Public Hearing: 01/15/2019 10:00 am LOB 303
Jan. 29, 2019 Division II Subcommittee Work Session: 01/29/2019 10:00 am LOB 205
Jan. 29, 2019 Executive Session: 01/29/2019 01:00 pm LOB 205
Feb. 14, 2019 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0152h for 02/14/2019 (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 11 P. 7
Feb. 14, 2019 Amendment # 2019-0152h: AA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 16
Feb. 14, 2019 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0152h: MA VV 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 16
Feb. 14, 2019 Referred to Municipal and County Government 02/14/2019 HJ 5 P. 16
Feb. 26, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/26/2019 11:15 am LOB 301
March 5, 2019 Executive Session: 03/05/2019 01:00 pm LOB 301
Retained in Committee
June 25, 2019 ==TIME CHANGE== Full Committee Work Session: 06/25/2019 02:00 pm LOB 301
Sept. 12, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 09/12/2019 10:00 am LOB 301
Oct. 3, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 10/03/2019 10:00 am LOB 301
Nov. 5, 2019 Subcommittee Work Session: 11/05/2019 12:45 pm LOB 301
Nov. 5, 2019 Public Hearing on non-germane Amendment # 2019-2824h: 11/05/2019 02:00 pm LOB 301
Nov. 7, 2019 Executive Session: 11/07/2019 10:00 am LOB 301
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-2824h (NT) (Vote 12-7; RC) HC 50 P. 27
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Jan. 9, 2020 Amendment # 2019-2824h (NT): AA VV 01/09/2020 HJ 2 P. 22
Jan. 9, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-2824h (NT): MA DV 269-92 01/09/2020 HJ 2 P. 22
March 11, 2020 Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 7
June 16, 2020 Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8