HB 492 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 492
SPONSORS: Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18
COMMITTEE: Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs
This bill requires the department of health and human services, in collaboration with the university system of New Hampshire, to maintain the COVID-19 dashboard during the pandemic. The bill also establishes a legislative committee to study health disparities experienced by under-represented populations during the crisis.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
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 Department of Health and Human Services; COVID-19 Dashboard. The department of health and human services, in collaboration with the university system of New Hampshire, shall maintain a website known as the COVID-19 dashboard to provide timely and accurate information to the public regarding the state of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Hampshire. The website shall serve as an information clearinghouse, with essential guidance for schools and local communities during the pandemic. Separate sections of the dashboard shall track nursing homes, prisons, and congregate living settings in the same way that case specific information regarding schools is tracked. Another section of the dashboard shall track vaccination metrics by age, race, town, and eligibility category. Vaccination information shall be maintained in a way that allows for cross-referencing of geographic location, age, race, and eligibility category. The department shall update the dashboard on a daily basis and ensure that it is available to the public 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
I. The members of the committee shall be as follows:
(a) Four members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, two of whom shall be nominated by the minority leader.
(b) Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate, one of whom shall be nominated by the minority leader.
II. Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.
III. The committee shall study health disparities experienced by under-represented populations during the crisis. The committee shall consider ways to improve safety for vulnerable populations, including prison inmates, nursing home residents, and others living in congregate living settings. The committee may solicit information and testimony from any individual or entity it deems relevant to the study.
IV. 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 paragraph. Four members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.
V. 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, 2021.
|Feb. 16, 2021||House||Hearing|
|March 2, 2021||House||Exec Session|
March 2, 2021: Executive Session: 03/02/2021 12:30 pm Members of the public may attend using the following links: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/99282187833
Feb. 16, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/16/2021 01:00 pm Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/94563888809 / 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 Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs HJ 2 P. 51