HB 506-FN-LOCAL - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 506-FN-LOCAL
SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. W. Pearson, Ches. 16; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Josephson, Graf. 11; Rep. King, Hills. 33; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill allows employers to allow employees to take time away from work to vote in biennial general elections.
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Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
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8Jan2020... 2854h 19-0164
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
288:1-a Biennial General Election; Time to Vote.
I. All employers shall, when practicable, allow employees up to 3 hours away from work to cast ballots on biennial general election days.
HB 506-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill makes the day of the biennial state primary election preceding a general election and the day of the biennial state general election legal holidays of the State. State offices, cities, towns, school districts, and community colleges or university system supported by the State shall not be open on these days. Employees of governmental units necessary for the function of government or to carry out elections are exempt. All other employers may allow up to 3 hours away from work to vote on these days.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association states there may be an impact on municipal expenditures as some municipalities would need to rearrange work schedules to accommodate the new holidays. Municipalities with collective bargaining agreements may be affected if their agreements contain provisions relative to working on legal holidays. Because policies and collective bargaining agreements vary among municipalities the Association is not able to determine the overall impact on local expenditures.
The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) indicates it would incur costs for overtime paid to employees deemed essential to report to work on the additional holidays. The CCSNH assumes there would also be costs for lost productivity and wages and benefits for two additional holidays. The CCSNH states the two additional holidays would impact academic instruction during the Fall semester which already has a number of holidays.
The Department of Administrative Services indicates the bill would not impact state payroll expenditures. There are currently state holidays for which state employees are not paid and state employees are only paid for holidays that are collectively bargained.
The Department of State assumes there would be no additional cost to the Department since the payroll is set whether its employees work on the holidays or not.
The University System of New Hampshire does not anticipate the additional holidays would create a direct fiscal impact on USNH operations. The USNH indicates mandatory observation of two additional state holidays would involve additional days of paid leave for benefitted staff and faculty, with essential staffing maintained for operations necessary to support students living on campus. The USNH assumes there would be an indirect impact related to lost productivity.
New Hampshire Municipal Association, Community College System of New Hampshire, Departments of Administrative Services and State, and University System of New Hampshire
|Feb. 7, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 19, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Nov. 6, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 3 P. 17|
|Feb. 7, 2019||Public Hearing: 02/07/2019 11:00 am LOB 306|
|Feb. 19, 2019||Executive Session: 02/19/2019 10:30 am LOB 306|
|Retained in Committee|
|Sept. 4, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 09/04/2019 10:00 am LOB 306|
|Sept. 24, 2019||Subcommittee Work Session: 09/24/2019 09:00 am LOB 306|
|Nov. 6, 2019||Executive Session: 11/06/2019 01:00 pm LOB 306|
|Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-2854h (NT) (Vote 10-4; RC) HC 50 P. 23|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Amendment # 2019-2854h (NT): AA RC 186-173 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 110|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-2854h (NT): MA DV 211-148 01/08/2020 HJ 1 P. 110|
|March 11, 2020||Introduced 03/11/2020 and Referred to Commerce; 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|