SB727 (2020) Detail

Relative to Holocaust and genocide studies legislation.


SB 727-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2974

06/01

 

SENATE BILL 727-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to Holocaust and genocide studies legislation.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Rep. Ford, Graf. 3

 

COMMITTEE: Education and Workforce Development

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires Holocaust and genocide prevention education to be included in the criteria for an adequate education.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2974

06/01

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to Holocaust and genocide studies legislation.

 

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

 

1  Findings and Purpose.  The general court finds that discrimination is incompatible with the fundamental principles of democracy and that discriminatory practices, when escalated, can lead to genocide.  Recognizing that democratic institutions and values are not automatically sustained, but need active civic responsibility and engagement, the general court finds that it is necessary, as part of an adequate education, to teach students how discriminatory practices have escalated and evolved into genocides such as the Holocaust.

2  Criteria for an Adequate Education.  Amend RSA 193-E:2, IV to read as follows:

IV.  Knowledge of civics and government, economics, geography, [and] history, and Holocaust and genocide prevention education to enable them to participate in the democratic process and to make informed choices as responsible citizens.

3  New Subparagraph; Instruction in National and State History and Government; Genocide Education.  Amend RSA 189:11, I by inserting after subparagraph (i) the following new subparagraph:

(j)  How discrimination and unlawful discriminatory practices, as defined in RSA 235-A:7, can evolve into genocides such as the Holocaust, and how to prevent escalation of such practices.

4  New Hampshire Genocide Awareness Month.  Amend RSA 4:13-t to read as follows:

4:13-t  New Hampshire Genocide Awareness Month.  The governor shall annually proclaim the month of April as New Hampshire Genocide Awareness Month and shall urge cities and towns throughout the state to observe this month in an appropriate manner educating the public about the [evils] process and prevention of genocide and commemorating its victims [of genocide].

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

 

LBAO

20-2974

Revised 1/16/20

 

SB 727-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to Holocaust and genocide studies legislation.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

LOCAL:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires local school districts to modify or add to their curricula content relative to genocide and Holocaust prevention education.  The Department of Education states it does not have any information as to the extent of Holocaust education currently taking place in schools today and is unable to estimate this bill’s impact on local school district expenditures, if any.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Education

 

Links

SB727 at GenCourtMobile
SB727 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 4, 2020 Senate Hearing
March 3, 2020 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB727 Revision: 8052 Date: Jan. 17, 2020, 3:29 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development; SJ 2
Feb. 4, 2020 Hearing: 02/04/2020, Room 103, LOB, 10:30 am; SC 5
March 3, 2020 ==TIME CHANGE== Hearing: 03/03/2020, Room 103, LOB, 09:15 am; SC 8