Overall it was a quite week at the State House. Both chambers have till May 15th to act on all remaining bills. All committees are working their way through them.
The full House will be voting on SB193: Expanding Access to Oral Health Care in NH. The House Health, Human Services & Elderly Affairs Committee recommended Ought to Pass as amended. AFT-NH is in support of the recommendation and asks that it be supported on Wednesday, April 23rd. This bill forms a Study Commission that would examine barriers to oral health care for under-served NH residents. We believe this study will help build the case that addressing the dental workforce must be part of any long-term strategy to bridge the gaps in our system of oral care access.
This Commission presents an opportunity for partners to educate the Legislature and the public about how a Dental Hygiene Practitioner would help address these needs. To read more click here.
The full Senate will be voting on HB 1494: relative to administration of the New Hampshire retirement system and authority of the board of trustees. The Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee recommended Ought to Pass as amended This bill is on the consent calendar and will be voted on this coming Thursday, April 24th . AFT-NH is in support of this recommendation.
- This amended bill (1) adds definitions of terms used in RSA 100-A and clarifies existing definitions; (2) revises the procedure for calculating the cost of purchasing credit for certain types of prior service; (3) clarifies the ability to earn service credit while on a salary continuance plan; (4) corrects an inconsistency in the statute regarding the approval date of the comprehensive annual financial report; (5) adds penalties for employers who fail to remit correct data in a timely manner; and (6) repeals obsolete provisions.
- Senator Soucy successfully amended the bill to address our concerns. The amendment eliminated a study committee, a suggestion of the NHRS which we opposed as there is no data collected yet to study. The amendment also changed the following paragraph in section 8 of the bill:
- ”(a) Every employer shall report to the retirement system monthly, in a format provided by the retirement system, all compensation paid by the employer to retired members of the retirement system, including the name of, and the total hours worked, for each retired member of the retirement system, except that an employer shall not include in the report the compensation and hours worked by a retiree for serving as an elected state official or as an elected official of a political subdivision.”
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UPCOMING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
MONDAY, APRIL 21
CHARTER SCHOOLS AND OPEN ENROLLMENT LEGISLATIVE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (RSA 194-B:21), Room 100, State House 11:30 a.m. Regular meeting. Presentation by Paul Leather, Deputy Commission Department of Education on HB 435
TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Senate HEALTH, EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES, Room 103, LOB
9:00 a.m. EXECUTIVE SESSION ON PENDING LEGISLATION
9:30 a.m. HB 1200, relative to student social media policies by educational institutions.
9:45 a.m. HB 1238, relative to access to assessment materials.
10:15 a.m. HB 1534, establishing a commission to study fiscal disparities between public school
House EDUCATION, Room 207, LOB
10:30 a.m. Executive session on:
-SB 343, (New Title) relative to the duties of the statewide education improvement and assessment program legislative oversight committee and repealing the school administrative unit legislative oversight committee,
-SB 348, establishing a commission to study sexual abuse prevention education in elementary and secondary schools,
-SB 350, (New Title) relative to the transfer of adequacy aid calculation data from the department of education to the department of revenue administration,
-SB 355, relative to access to social media by educational institutions,
-SB 414-FN, relative to Medicaid-funded services provided as a part of a child’s individualized education program.
1:15 p.m. Rescheduled Presentation by the Department of Education: Perspectives on Accountability and Assessment
House ELECTION LAW, Room 308, LOB
11:15 a.m. Executive session on
-SB 120-FN, relative to political contributions and expenditures and relative to reporting by political committees,
House WAYS AND MEANS, Room 202, LOB
10:30 a.m. Continued executive session on
-SB 366-FN-A-L, relative to video lottery and table gaming.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
10:00 a.m. House in Session
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
10:00 a.m. Senate in Session
FRIDAY, APRIL 25
House FISCAL COMMITTEE (RSA 14:30-a), Rooms 210-211, LOB
10:30 a.m. Audits: 1) State of New Hampshire Management Letter year ended June 30, 2013.
2) State of New Hampshire Single Audit of Federal Financial Assistance Programs for the year ended June 30, 2013.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29
Senate JUDICIARY, Room 100, SH
9:30 a.m. HB 1198, relative to the procedure for filing a child in need of services (CHINS)petition and relative to the definition of sexual abuse under the child protection act.
EXECUTIVE SESSION MAY FOLLOW
THURSDAY, MAY 1
House STATE FEDERAL RELATIONS AND VETERANS AFFAIRS, Room 203, LOB
11:00 a.m. Executive session on
-SB 307, establishing a committee to review Citizens United amendments to the United States Constitution.
THURSDAY, MAY 8
House EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB
10:00 a.m. Ad Hoc subcommittee on retirement.