SB589 (2024) Detail

Relative to wastewater surcharges.


SB 589-LOCAL - VERSION ADOPTED BY BOTH BODIES

 

03/21/2024   1036s

2024 SESSION

24-3149

08/02

 

SENATE BILL 589-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to wastewater surcharges.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Carson, Dist 14

 

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill enables the collection of a limited surcharge on certain wastewater services.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/21/2024   1036s 24-3149

08/02

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to wastewater surcharges.

 

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

 

1  Water Companies, When Public Utilities.  Amend RSA 362:4, III(a) to read as follows:

(a) If it serves customers outside its municipal boundaries, charging such customers a rate no higher than that charged to its customers within the municipality, and serves those customers a level of sewage disposal service equal to that served to customers within the municipality, except pursuant to an inter-municipal agreement under RSA 53-A providing for wastewater services between municipalities, at a rate no greater than 15 percent higher than that charged to its customers within the municipality. Nothing in this section shall exempt a municipal corporation from the franchise application requirements of RSA 374.

2  Water Companies, When Public Utilities.  Amend the introductory paragraph of RSA 362:4, VII(a) to read as follows:

(a) A homeowners association, including but not limited to a condominium unit owners association, shall not be considered a public utility under this title by virtue of providing water or sewer service if:

3  New Paragraph; Sewer Rate Surcharge.  Amend RSA 149-I:10 by inserting after paragraph I the following new paragraph:

I-a.  The funds received from the collection of sewer rate surcharge to customers outside of the municipal boundaries, as authorized pursuant to RSA 362:4, below the threshold for regulation by the public utilities commission, derived from inter-municipal agreements, by municipalities governed under RSA 49-D:3, I may upon approval of the legislative body of the municipality, be expended for the following purposes:

(a)  Pursuant to RSA 149-I:8.

(b)  For the acquisition, construction, payment of the interest on any debt incurred, management, maintenance, operation, and repair of sewer systems, or construction, enlargement, or improvement of such systems.

(c)  Capital reserve funds of the water or sewer system.

(d)  For the expansion or replacement of natural gas lines or systems, by a municipal gas system or gas provider regulated by the public utilities commission.

(e)  For the purposes set forth in RSA 162-G:4.

(f)  For the purposes set forth in RSA 162-K:6, III and RSA 162-K:8.

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

Amendments

Date Amendment
March 8, 2024 2024-1036s
April 25, 2024 2024-1595h

Links


Date Body Type
March 5, 2024 Senate Hearing
March 21, 2024 Senate Floor Vote
April 10, 2024 House Hearing
April 24, 2024 House Exec Session
April 24, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB589 Revision: 41961 Date: May 9, 2024, 3:33 p.m.
SB589 Revision: 41729 Date: April 25, 2024, 11:03 a.m.
SB589 Revision: 41375 Date: March 21, 2024, 1:45 p.m.
SB589 Revision: 41168 Date: March 8, 2024, 2:44 p.m.
SB589 Revision: 40721 Date: Feb. 1, 2024, 5:40 p.m.

Docket


May 9, 2024: Ought to Pass: MA VV 05/09/2024 HJ 13


April 29, 2024: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1595h


April 29, 2024: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass 04/24/2024 (Vote 19-1; RC)


April 12, 2024: Executive Session: 04/24/2024 10:00 am LOB 305


April 5, 2024: Public Hearing: 04/10/2024 03:00 pm LOB 305-307


April 2, 2024: Introduced (in recess of) 03/28/2024 and referred to Resources, Recreation and Development HJ 10


March 21, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1036s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/21/2024; SJ 7


March 21, 2024: Committee Amendment # 2024-1036s, AA, VV; 03/21/2024; SJ 7


March 11, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment #2024-1036s, 03/21/2024; Vote 5-0; CC; SC 11


Feb. 21, 2024: Hearing: 03/05/2024, Room 103, SH, 09:00 am; SC 9


Feb. 1, 2024: Introduced 01/18/2024 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 3