SB 129-FN - FINAL VERSION
SENATE BILL 129-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Abbas, Dist 22; Sen. Gannon, Dist 23; Rep. Rhodes, Ches. 17; Rep. Roy, Rock. 31
This bill requires indigent mediation costs to be funded out of the mediation fund without reimbursement.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.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 Three
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. The purpose of this bill is to fund indigent mediation costs out of the mediation fund and not seek reimbursement.
107:2 Mediation of Cases Involving Children. Amend RSA 461-A:7, X to read as follows:
X. In the event both parties are indigent, the mediator shall be paid a set fee for his or her services. The amount of the fee shall be set annually by supreme court rule. [The court may order each party to pay a proportional amount of said fee.] The fee shall be paid from the mediation and arbitration fund established in RSA 490-E:4 [and repaid by the parties in accordance with RSA 461-A:18, including fees for pre-suit marital mediation authorized pursuant to RSA 490-E:2, V]. The supreme court shall determine by rule a percentage amount of the entry fee paid to each clerk of court for each petition in domestic relations cases to be deposited into the mediation and arbitration fund to be used to pay for mediation where both parties are indigent. At no time shall the percentage amount exceed 25 percent of the entry fee for each petition.
107:3 Parental Rights and Responsibilities; Repayment. Amend RSA 461-A:18, I and II to read as follows:
I. In any case where [a mediator has been appointed pursuant to RSA 461-A:7 or] a guardian ad litem has been appointed pursuant to RSA 461-A:16 and the responsible party's proportional share of the expense was ordered to be paid by the judicial council from the prior special fund established pursuant to RSA 461-A:17 [or is ordered to be paid by the judicial branch from the mediation and arbitration fund pursuant to RSA 490-E:4], the party shall be ordered by the court to repay the state through the unit of cost containment, office of administrative services, the fees and expenses paid on the party's behalf as the court may order consistent with the party's ability to pay, such ability to be determined by the unit of cost containment.
II. The court's order of appointment of a [mediator or a] guardian ad litem under the provisions of paragraph I shall indicate the initial proportional share or shares of fees and expenses and shall contain an order that the party or parties communicate with the unit of cost containment so that it may determine the obligor's ability to reimburse the state and establish the terms and conditions of reimbursement. A copy of each order shall be sent to the unit of cost containment, office of the commissioner of administrative services, at the time it is made.
Approved: June 23, 2023
Effective Date: August 22, 2023
|Jan. 31, 2023||Senate||Hearing|
|Feb. 9, 2023||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Feb. 23, 2023||Senate||Floor Vote|
|April 12, 2023||House||Hearing|
|May 3, 2023||House||Exec Session|
|May 3, 2023||House||Floor Vote|
June 27, 2023: Signed by the Governor on 06/23/2023; Chapter 0107; Effective 08/22/2023
June 13, 2023: Enrolled Adopted, VV, (In recess 06/08/2023); SJ 19
June 13, 2023: Enrolled (in recess of) 06/08/2023 HJ 15
May 18, 2023: Ought to Pass: MA VV HJ 14 P. 8
May 10, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass 05/03/2023 (Vote 20-0; CC)
April 11, 2023: Executive Session: 05/03/2023 09:00 am LOB 206-208
March 29, 2023: Public Hearing: 04/12/2023 01:30 pm LOB 206-208
March 20, 2023: Introduced (in recess of) 03/16/2023 and referred to Judiciary
Feb. 22, 2023: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/22/2023; SJ 8
Feb. 15, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/22/2023; SC 11
Feb. 9, 2023: Ought to Pass: MA, VV; Refer to Finance Rule 4-5; 02/09/2023; SJ 6
Feb. 8, 2023: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/09/2023; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 9A
Jan. 25, 2023: Hearing: 01/31/2023, Room 100, SH, 01:15 pm; SC 8
Jan. 19, 2023: Introduced 01/19/2023 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 5