SB 77-FN - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES
SENATE BILL 77-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Bradley, Dist 3
This bill increases fees for certain services of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
3Jun2021... 1363h 21-0841
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:
I. For service of every writ, except as otherwise specifically provided, [$25] $30; for every service of a writ of possession, [$25] $30; for service of every demand for rent, eviction notice, small claims notice, process, and notice of execution, [$25] $30; and for service of every subpoena,[ $25] $30.
II. For service of a bill, libel or petition, [$25] $30; provided that service of a petition with restraining order shall be [$30] $36.
III. For making an attachment of personal property or making a bulky attachment, [$25] $30.
IV. In every county for actual travel to serve any writ, notice, subpoena, process, or execution, to be reckoned from the place of service to the sheriff's office or substation, and for travel to attend any court by the order thereof, to be reckoned from the sheriff's office or substation to the court, each mile, each way, at the current federal rate. Mileage shall be paid only once when service requested by the same party on multiple individuals related to the same case or matter living at the same address, building, or complex can be reasonably made on the same trip.
V. For levying executions, or sheriff sales or both, on the dollar, for the first $100 levied, [$.04] $.05; for all above $100, and not exceeding $500, [$.03] $.04; for all above $500, and not exceeding $1,000, [$.02] $.03; for all above $1,000,[ $.01] $.02; minimum fee,[ $10] $12.
VI. For making copies of writs, each page, $1; for postage and handling of writs, each, [$1] a minimum charge of $1 with a maximum not to exceed United States Postal Service rates.
VII. For leaving the copy and return required in the attachment of real estate at the office or the dwelling house of a register of deeds, [$25] $30.
VIII. For every service of a writ of attachment with a petition or writ of summons with a petition, [$30] $36; for every service of a writ of replevin, [$25] $30; for every non est return, [$10] $12.
IX. For making a search, for taking an inventory, for conducting a sale or for waiting time, [$25] $30 per hour for the first hour, additional time charged for 30 minute increments at $15 in addition to any other fees specified in this section.
IX-a. For service of a civil order of arrest,[ $25] $30 to be charged to the defendant unless the defendant, upon motion, shows the court good cause for failure to appear.
IX-b. With the exception of civil orders of arrest under paragraph IX-a, for service whenever in-hand service is required by court order or court rule, an additional [$25] $30.
XII. The fees of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs specified in paragraphs I through IV and paragraphs VII through IX-b may be increased once annually by a vote of the county convention and the total increase shall not exceed the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, Northeast Region as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor using the amount published for the month of June in the year prior to the start of the fiscal year on a percentage basis.
I. Section 2 shall take effect 60 days after passage.
II. The remainder of this act shall take effect July 1, 2021.
SB 77-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2021-1363h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
In excess of $400,000
In excess of $400,000
This bill increases fees for certain services of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs. The New Hampshire Association of Counties indicates these fees were last increased in 2010 and costs have increased since that time. The proposed fees bill represent an increase in civil service fees of approximately 20%. The Association provided the following fee revenue and number of civil services from each county, which may include multiple services for a single document and excludes postage and civil arrest fees:
# of Civil Services
* 2019 amounts are projections.
Based on the information above and assuming a relatively level number of civil service fees, the bill would raise approximately $400,000 per year, beginning in FY 2021. ($2,000,000 x 20%= $400,000). Section 2 of the bill provides that the fees may be increased once annually by a vote of the county convention and such increase shall not exceed the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Customers, Northeast Region.
The Judicial Branch indicates in 2019, the Branch spent $8,837 on sheriffs’ service fees. While it is anticipated that the increase in fees proposed by this bill would result in additional expenditures, the Judicial Branch does not anticipate that this increase will exceed $10,000.
New Hampshire Association of Counties and Judicial Branch
|Jan. 28, 2021||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 18, 2021||Senate||Floor Vote|
|May 10, 2021||House||Hearing|
June 10, 2021: Sen. Daniels Moved to Concur with the House Amendment, MA, VV; 06/10/2021; SJ 19
June 3, 2021: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2021-1363h: MA VV 06/03/2021
June 3, 2021: Amendment # 2021-1363h: AA VV 06/03/2021
: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-1363h (Vote 21-0; CC) HC 26 P. 8
May 10, 2021: Public Hearing: 05/10/2021 10:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/92166004660 / 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 Finance HJ 4 P. 48
Feb. 18, 2021: Ought to Pass: RC 24Y-0N, MA; OT3rdg; 02/18/2021; SJ 5
Feb. 18, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/18/2021; SC 11
Jan. 28, 2021: Remote Hearing: 01/28/2021, 09:30 am; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 8
Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Finance; SJ 3