HB1544 (2024) Detail

Relative to indemnification for municipalities adopting policies to address homelessness.


HB 1544  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2024 SESSION

24-2508

12/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1544

 

AN ACT relative to indemnification for municipalities adopting policies to address homelessness.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Grassie, Straf. 8; Rep. Bay, Straf. 21; Rep. Maggiore, Rock. 23; Rep. Seibert, Hills. 21; Rep. D. Ford, Hills. 40; Rep. Wheeler, Hills. 33; Rep. Veilleux, Hills. 34; Rep. Newell, Ches. 4; Rep. Plamondon, Hills. 3; Rep. Bouldin, Hills. 25; Sen. Watters, Dist 4

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows public property to be used to aid and shelter the homeless and indemnifies the government units in charge.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

24-2508

12/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to indemnification for municipalities adopting policies to address homelessness.

 

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

 

1  Use of Public Property; Aid to the Homeless.  Amend RSA 35-B:6 to read as follows:

35-B:6  Use of Public Property.

I.  All public property may be used for leisure time activities, and temporary shelter and/or aid for the homeless provided that prior approval for its use has been granted by the appropriate authority in charge of that property.  A cooperating agency may establish its own system of just compensation for the leisure time use of such properties.  Similarly, any authority or body in charge of any public property may refuse use of its property for leisure service activities or providing temporary shelter and/or aid to the homeless if interference in the intended use of the property would result.

II.  Notwithstanding RSA 507-B:2, the appropriate authority in charge of public property or any of its employees shall not be held liable for damages in any civil action alleging negligence related to their duty of care to a designated area created to aid and/or provide temporary shelter for the homeless or its residents.

III.  Any action to recover damages arising out the appropriate authority in charge of public property or any of its employees duty of care related to a designated area created to aid and/or provide temporary shelter for the homeless and/or its residents shall be dismissed unless the complaint describes with particularity the means by which the appropriate authority in charge of public property or its employees intentionally acted to create the harm or risk of harm complained of.

2  New Paragraph; Bodily Injury Actions Against Governmental Units; Aid an Shelter for Homeless People.  Amend RSA 507-B by inserting after paragraph 11 the following new paragraph:

507-B:12  Aid and Shelter for the Homeless.  A governmental unit that provides, permits, or participates in the provision of temporary shelter, food, clothing or other assistance to persons it considers to be in need shall not have a duty of care to prevent, and shall not be liable for, bodily injury, personal injury or property damage arising from or related to such aid, unless the injury or damage was caused by the government unit’s intentional misconduct.  A governmental unit providing temporary shelter shall be exempt from all statutes and common law pertaining to tenancy and occupancy.

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

Links


Date Body Type
Jan. 17, 2024 House Hearing
Jan. 24, 2024 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1544 Revision: 40048 Date: Dec. 11, 2023, 10:01 a.m.

Docket


Feb. 8, 2024: Refer for Interim Study: MA VV 02/08/2024 HJ 4


Jan. 30, 2024: Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study 01/24/2024 (Vote 18-1; CC)


Jan. 16, 2024: Executive Session: 01/24/2024 10:00 am LOB 301-303


Jan. 8, 2024: Public Hearing: 01/17/2024 11:10 am LOB 301-303


Dec. 11, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 1