HB448 (2021) Detail

Establishing a committee to study and compare federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards with the safety and health standards the New Hampshire department of labor uses for public sector employees.


HB 448  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0687

04/10

 

HOUSE BILL 448

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study and compare federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards with the safety and health standards the New Hampshire department of labor uses for public sector employees.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Sullivan, Sull. 1; Rep. M. Pearson, Rock. 34; Rep. Merner, Coos 7; Rep. Welch, Rock. 13; Rep. Myler, Merr. 10; Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Rep. Goley, Hills. 8; Rep. Long, Hills. 10; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16

 

COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a committee to study and compare federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards with the safety and health standards the New Hampshire department of labor uses for public sector employees.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0687

04/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study and compare federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards with the safety and health standards the New Hampshire department of labor uses for public sector employees.

 

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

 

1  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study and compare federal Occupational Safety and Health Act standards with the safety and health standards the New Hampshire department of labor uses for public sector employees.

2  Membership and Compensation.

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.

3  Duties. The committee shall:

I.  Compare OSHA safety and health standards to the standards used by the New Hampshire department of labor for public sector workers. The committee shall also survey public sector employers in New Hampshire to gain insight into the impact of adopting a state OSHA plan which would require public sector employees to be covered by health and safety standards that meet or exceed OSHA standards. Where possible the committee should also seek to learn to what degree some public sector employers are applying safety and health standards that may exceed what is currently required by the department of labor.

II.  Identify the approximate amount of funding that will be annually provided by the United States Department of Labor and explore how the New Hampshire department of labor could utilize that funding to offset its own expenditures.

III.  Seek assistance from the New Hampshire department of labor in conducting the comparison of standards and the employer survey. The committee may also solicit advice and testimony from any individual or organization with information or expertise relevant to the committee’s objective.

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.

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

Links

HB448 at GenCourtMobile
HB448 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 28, 2021 House Hearing
Feb. 11, 2021 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB448 Revision: 31753 Date: Jan. 10, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

Docket


: Special Order to Regular Calendar of next Session day Without Objection


: Committee Report: Without Recommendation (Vote ; RC) HC 12 P. 32


Feb. 11, 2021: Executive Session: 02/11/2021 01:00 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/98476278055


Jan. 28, 2021: Public Hearing: 01/28/2021 01:00 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/96195399441 / 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 Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services HJ 2 P. 48