Bill Text - SB527 (2024)

Relative to student housing.

Revision: May 24, 2024, 10:19 a.m.



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AN ACT relative to student housing.


SPONSORS: Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21


COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs






This bill includes student housing in municipal workforce housing regulations.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four


AN ACT relative to student housing.


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


1 New Paragraph; Planning and Zoning; Purpose; Student Housing Accommodated. Amend RSA 672:1 by inserting after paragraph III-f the following new paragraph:

III-g.  The state receives many economic and social benefits from its post-secondary educational institutions. Post-secondary students rely on a balanced and diverse supply of housing in settings conducive to each student’s needs. Establishment of student housing which is safe and affordable is in the best interests of certain communities and the state of New Hampshire.

2  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study options for student housing.

I.  Membership and Compensation.

(a)  The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(1)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(2)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

II.  Duties.  The committee shall study student housing options.  The committee's study shall include, but shall not be limited to:

(a)  What definitions and references already exist in state statue and local zoning, planning;

(b)  The risks and benefits of creating and adopting a universal definition in NH of student housing; and,

(c)  The current and future impacts of not defining student housing on workforce and other forms of housing community by community.

III.  Chairperson; Quorum.  The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the senate member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Three members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 1 of this act shall take effect July 1, 2025.

II.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect upon its passage.