HB275 (2021) Detail

Relative to the governor's power to initiate a state of emergency and various emergency powers.


Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37

November 5, 2021

2021-2235h

05/10

 

 

Amendment to HB 275

 

Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following:

 

AN ACT relative to the declaration of a state of emergency.

 

Amend the bill by replacing all after the enacting clause with the following:

 

1  Emergency Powers; Notice; Declaration and Termination of State of Emergency.  Amend RSA 4:45, I and II to read as follows:

I.  The governor shall have the power to declare a state of emergency, as defined in RSA 21-P:35, VIII, by executive order if the governor finds that a natural, technological, or man-made disaster of major proportions is imminent or has occurred within this state, and that the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state require an invocation of the provisions of this section.  As soon as practicable, the governor shall notify the speaker of the house of representatives and the senate president of the impending issuance of emergency orders under this section and provide a description of such orders.  The general court shall have the same power to declare a state of emergency by concurrent resolution of the house and senate.  An executive order or concurrent resolution declaring a state of emergency shall specify the:

(a)  Nature of the emergency;

(b)  Political subdivisions or geographic areas subject to the declaration;

(c)  Conditions that have brought about the emergency; and

(d)  Duration of the state of emergency, if declared by the governor and less than 21 days, or if declared by the general court and less than 90 days.

II.(a)  A state of emergency shall terminate automatically 21 days after its declaration if declared by the governor, or 90 days after its declaration if declared by the general court, unless it is renewed under the same procedures set forth in paragraph I of this section.  The governor may, by executive order, renew a declaration of a state of emergency [as many times as] no more than 3 times if the governor finds it is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state.  The general court may, by concurrent resolution, renew a declaration of a state of emergency as many times as it finds is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state.

(b)  If the governor finds that maintaining the state of emergency is no longer justified, the governor shall issue an executive order terminating the state of emergency.

(c)  The legislature may terminate a state of emergency or any emergency order issued thereunder by a [majority vote of both the senate and the house of representatives] concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of each chamber.  A majority for this vote shall consist of a majority of members present and voting in each chamber acting separately.  A state of emergency shall terminate upon a [majority vote of both chambers] concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of each chamber, under this subparagraph; provided, however, that such vote shall not preclude the governor from declaring a new emergency for different circumstances under paragraph I of this section.

[(d)  Ninety days from the date of declaration of a state of emergency, and every 90 days thereafter, the governor shall call, pursuant to Part II, Article 50 of the New Hampshire constitution, and address a joint session of the general court, and shall provide a written copy of the address to all members of both chambers within 5 business days.  At such joint session, the legislature shall vote on whether to terminate the state of emergency by concurrent resolution adopted by a simple majority of both chambers acting separately on the following question:  "Shall the current state of emergency be terminated?" For purposes of this section, "simple majority" means a majority of members present and voting "yea" in both chambers.]

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

2021-2235h

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill revises the authority of the governor and general court to declare, renew, or terminate a state of emergency.

Links

HB275 at GenCourtMobile
HB275 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 8, 2021 House Hearing
March 1, 2021 House Hearing
March 1, 2021 House Hearing
Oct. 25, 2021 House Exec Session
Nov. 8, 2021 House Exec Session
Nov. 15, 2021 House Floor Vote
March 1, 2021 House Hearing
Nov. 15, 2021 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB275 Revision: 33321 Date: Nov. 15, 2021, 1:28 p.m.
HB275 Revision: 31572 Date: Jan. 9, 2021, 4:46 p.m.

Docket


Nov. 16, 2021: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


Nov. 16, 2021: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-2235h 11/15/2021 (Vote 10-8; RC)


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-2235h 11/15/2021 (Vote 10-8; RC)


Nov. 8, 2021: Executive Session: 11/08/2021 10:30 a.m. LOB306-308


Oct. 25, 2021: Executive Session: 10/25/2021 10:30 a.m. LOB306-308


Aug. 23, 2021: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/07/2021 10:00 am LOB 306


Sept. 7, 2021: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/07/2021 10:00 am LOB 306


March 23, 2021: Retained in Committee


: Retained in Committee


March 1, 2021: Full Committee Work Session: 03/01/2021 01:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97946186413 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened. *The full committee work session will start at the earlier of 1:30pm or 30 minutes following the close of public hearings.


March 1, 2021: Full Committee Work Session: 03/01/2021 01:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97946186413 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened. *The full committee work session will start at the earlier of 1:30pm or 30 minutes following the close of public hearings.


March 1, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/01/2021 10:00 am Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/97946186413 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Feb. 8, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/08/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99308877767 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 9, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 41


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 2 P. 41