HB489 (2023) Detail

Establishing a county tourism development fund administered by the department of business and economic affairs and making an appropriation therefor.


HB 489-FN-A - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2023 SESSION

23-0371

04/10

 

HOUSE BILL 489-FN-A

 

AN ACT establishing a county tourism development fund administered by the department of business and economic affairs and making an appropriation therefor.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Aron, Sull. 4; Rep. B. Sullivan, Sull. 1; Rep. Rollins, Sull. 3; Rep. Drye, Sull. 7; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a county tourism development fund administered by the department of business and economic affairs and makes an appropriation therefor.  The bill also establishes a county tourism grant program funded from tax on meals and rooms income.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

23-0371

04/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Three

 

AN ACT establishing a county tourism development fund administered by the department of business and economic affairs and making an appropriation therefor.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Department of Business and Economic Affairs; County Tourism Development Fund.  Amend RSA 12-O by inserting after section 16 the following new section:

12-O:16-a  County Tourism Development Fund.  

I.(a)  There is hereby established in the treasury a nonlapsing fund to be known as the county tourism development fund.  Any appropriations received shall be credited to the fund and shall be continually appropriated for the uses specified in this section.  The fund shall be administered by the division of travel and tourism development.  Moneys in the fund and any interest earned on the fund shall be used for the purpose of promoting and developing county tourism initiatives through the division of travel and tourism development and shall not be used for any other purpose.  The director of travel and tourism development shall oversee expenditures from the fund.

(b)  The fund balance in any fiscal year shall not exceed $750,000.  Each fiscal year, the director of the division of travel and tourism development shall determine the amount needed to maintain the fund balance at $750,000 at the beginning of the fiscal year and shall include such amounts in the department's efficiency expenditure report pursuant to RSA 9:4.  

II.(a)  Not more than $75,000 per fiscal year shall be available for each of the counties in the state through a grant program to be established by the director of the division of travel and tourism development, department of business and economic affairs.  Funds from the grant program shall be used for county tourism development programs, to help counties with efforts they may have for establishment of new tourism regions, place-making efforts, business and recreation development, and other activities designed to increase their tourist and business dollars.  The director may allocate funding to counties, at his or her discretion, based on a county's specific need.  The director shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to the implementation and administration of the grant program, including necessary forms, applications, information required, review of applications, deadlines, notification to applicants, and distribution of funds.  

II.(a)  Funding for the grant program established under this paragraph shall be from funds credited to the division under RSA 12-O:11-b from meals and rooms tax revenues.

2  Division of Travel and Tourism; County Tourism Development Program.  The sum of $750,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 is hereby appropriated to the department of business and economic affairs, division of travel and tourism for the purposes specified in RSA 12-O:16-a.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sum out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBA

23-0371

12/27/22

 

HB 489-FN-A- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT establishing a county tourism development fund administered by the department of business and economic affairs and making an appropriation therefor.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

FY 2026

   Appropriation

$750,000

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - County Tourism Development Fund

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

   Expenditures

$0

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

Up to $750,000

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill establishes a county tourism development fund and county tourism development program administered by the Department of Business and Economic Affairs.  The bill makes an initial general fund appropriation of $750,000 to the Department in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 for the fund and program.  The fund will be a nonlapsing, continually appropriated fund from which grants for county tourism development programs will be available to each county. The Fund balance in any fiscal year shall not exceed $750,000.  Each county shall be eligible for grants of up to $75,000 per fiscal year.  The Director of the Division of Travel and Tourism Development shall determine the amount needed to maintain the fund balance at $750,000 at the beginning of the fiscal year and shall request such amounts as part of the Department's efficiency expenditure request pursuant to RSA 9:4.  Funding for such requests shall be from the amounts credited to the division under RSA 12-O:11-b from meals and rooms tax revenues.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

None

 

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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 1, 2023 House Hearing
Feb. 15, 2023 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2023 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2023 House Exec Session
Feb. 16, 2023 House Exec Session
Feb. 15, 2023 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB489 Revision: 37984 Date: Feb. 17, 2023, 10:14 a.m.
HB489 Revision: 37346 Date: Jan. 11, 2023, 10:36 a.m.

Docket


Feb. 22, 2023: Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 190-171 02/22/2023 HJ 6 P. 58


Feb. 16, 2023: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass


Feb. 16, 2023: Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate HB489-FN-A 02/15/2023 (Vote 10-9; RC) HC 12 P. 14


Feb. 13, 2023: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/16/2023 10:30 am LOB 301-303


Feb. 8, 2023: Executive Session: 02/15/2023 10:30 am LOB 301


Feb. 7, 2023: Executive Session: 02/15/2023 10:30 am LOB 301


Feb. 7, 2023: Executive Session: 02/15/2023 10:30 am LOB 301


Jan. 25, 2023: Public Hearing: 02/01/2023 10:00 am LOB 301-303


Jan. 11, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 01/05/2023 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 3 P. 18