HB 339 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 339
SPONSORS: Rep. Sullivan, Sull. 1; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20
This bill establishes a committee to study air quality in school buildings.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Committee Established. There is established a committee to study New Hampshire school building air quality and recommend policies to improve school environmental factors and related considerations that influence chronic absenteeism, academic performance, and short- and long-term health performance indicators.
I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:
(a) Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.
(b) Three members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.
II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.
III. The committee shall solicit the testimony of any person it deems relevant to its study, including:
(a) The commissioner of the department of education, or designee.
(b) The commissioner of the department of health and human services, or designee.
(c) The president of the NEA-NH, or designee.
(d) The president of AFT-NH, or designee.
(e) The president of the New Hampshire School Nurses Association, or designee.
(f) The president of the New Hampshire School Administrators Association, or designee.
(g) The president of the New Hampshire School Boards Association, or designee.
I. Review the history of environmental and air quality incidents that have affected New Hampshire schools.
II. Review the status of New Hampshire schools' ability to provide adequate ventilation to reduce the transmission of airborne pathogens
III. Research the effect of air quality in New Hampshire school buildings on student success and safety.
IV. Review current New Hampshire laws and rules relative to environmental and air quality in schools.
V. Review current laws and rules relative to environmental and air quality in schools in other states.
VI. Recommend changes to current laws and rules to reduce environmental factors that could negatively affect students and staff.
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 first-named house member. The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section. Four members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.
5 Report. The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2022.
|March 2, 2021||House||Hearing|
|March 11, 2021||House||Exec Session|
March 11, 2021: Executive Session: 03/11/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95090800832
March 2, 2021: Public Hearing: 03/02/2021 11:15 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/97910276071 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Education HJ 2 P. 44