SB602 (2020) Detail

Establishing a committee to study the issue of unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.


SB 602 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

01/30/2020   0165s

2020 SESSION

20-2739

05/03

 

SENATE BILL 602

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the issue of unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 22; Rep. Cali-Pitts, Rock. 30; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a committee to study the issue of unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

01/30/2020   0165s 20-2739

05/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the issue of unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.

 

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

 

1  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study the issue of unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.

2  Membership and Compensation.

I.  The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

II.  Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.  

3  Duties.  The committee shall study issues associated with unmarried cohabitants, domestic partnerships, and common law marriage.  The study shall include consideration of other states that recognize common law marriage, the fact that New Hampshire does not recognize the validity of common law marriages except to the limited extent provided by RSA 457:39, and whether as a matter of public policy broader recognition of common law marriage is warranted.  The committee shall also study issues arising from accumulated assets during the course of a committed relationship as unmarried cohabitants, domestic partners, or those in a common law marriage arrangement.  The committee may solicit information and testimony from any individual or entity the committee deems relevant to its study.

4  Chairperson; Quorum.  The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the senate member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Three members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

5  Report.  The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2020.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

SB602 at GenCourtMobile
SB602 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 Senate Hearing
Jan. 30, 2020 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB602 Revision: 8071 Date: Jan. 30, 2020, 11:27 a.m.
SB602 Revision: 7843 Date: Jan. 6, 2020, 3:37 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 1
Jan. 21, 2020 Hearing: 01/21/2020, Room 100, SH, 09:00 am; SC 2
Jan. 30, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0165s, 01/30/2020; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 4
Jan. 30, 2020 Committee Amendment # 2020-0165s, AA, VV; 01/30/2020; SJ 2
Jan. 30, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0165s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 01/30/2020; SJ 2
Jan. 9, 2020 Introduced 01/09/2020 and referred to Children and Family Law HJ 2 P. 59
June 30, 2020 Vacated and Laid on Table MA VV 06/30/2020