SB 114-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 114-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Rep. Alicea, Merr. 8; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. Harriott-Gathright, Hills. 36; Rep. Perez, Hills. 23; Rep. Wazir, Merr. 17
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill requires the departments of natural and cultural resources and fish and game to develop protocols to address the enjoyment and safe use of publicly-accessible recreation areas for people without fear of violence resulting from discrimination, and requires authorized personnel from both departments to undergo ethics and diversity training. The bill also requires the police standards and training council to provide additional training to law enforcement officers.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
03/11/2021 0567s 21-0976
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:
106-L:8-a Additional Training Required. The director of the police standards and training council shall provide education and training to law enforcement officers on de-escalation, ethics, implicit bias, and cultural diversity. Every law enforcement agency shall develop a department policy to provide operational direction for their officers regarding de-escalation, ethics, implicit bias, cultural diversity, and how to handle incidents that may violate RSA 354-B.
SB 114-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
The Department of Fish and Game was contacted for a fiscal note worksheet on January 14, 2021, January 15, 2021, January 20, 2021 and January 22, 2021, which they still have not provided as of January 26, 2021.
This bill requires personnel with police powers of the Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) and Fish and Game to enforce the use and enjoyment of all publicly-accessible and publicly-funded areas of the state by individuals without fear or threat of verbal or physical violence. The DNCR shall establish and maintain a publicly-accessible database documenting violations of this provision charged by DNCR or the attorney general, including the final disposition of such cases. The database shall not contain any personally identifiable information. The bill also requires the officers of the departments to have ethics and diversity training.
The DNCR assumes the Police Standards and Training Council is developing training as required by this bill for the certified officers within the Department as part of their law enforcement certification and such training will be free of charge. The Division of Forests and Lands, Forest Protection Bureau currently maintains investigation information and such information is available pursuant to RSA 91-A (Right to Know Law) but is not available on a publicly-accessible web-based platform. The database also does not track investigations conducted by other agencies. If such a web-based portal was required, it would necessitate a request for proposals with an unknown development cost and ongoing maintenance cost.
It is assumed this bill will be effective July 1, 2021.
Departments of Natural and Cultural Resources and Fish and Game
|Feb. 9, 2021||Senate||Hearing|
|March 11, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 25, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
|April 15, 2021||House||Hearing|
April 15, 2021: Public Hearing: 04/15/2021 11:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99594447166 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.
Feb. 25, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 02/25/2021 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 4 P. 51
March 25, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 03/25/2021; SJ 9
March 25, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/25/2021; SC 16
: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0567s Sections 5 and 6, RC 24Y-0N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 03/11/2021; SJ 7
March 18, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-0567s, RC 24Y-0N, MA; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 03/18/2021; SJ 7
: Committee Amendment #2021-0567s, Sections 5 and 6, RC 24Y-0N, AA; 03/11/2021; SJ 7
: Committee Amendment #2021-0567s, Sections 1-4 and 6, RC 10Y-14N, AF; 03/11/2021; SJ 7
March 11, 2021: The Chair ruled the Question Divisible; 03/11/2021; SJ 7
March 18, 2021: The Chair ruled the Question Divisible; 03/18/2021; SJ 7
: Sen. Avard Moved to divide the Question on Committee Amendment #2021-0567s, Sections 1-4 and 6 and then Sections 5 and 6; 03/11/2021; SJ 7
March 11, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-0567s, 03/11/2021; SC 14
Feb. 9, 2021: Remote Hearing: 02/09/2021, 09:40 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 10
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 3