This past Thursday the State Senate attached SB 100: AN ACT authorizing electronic payment of payroll to HB 357: AN ACT prohibiting an employer from using credit history in employment decisions and authorizing electronic payment of payroll. HB 357 has strong support from labor, working families and the unemployed.
It seems that SB 100 is a priority of Senator Bradley and it is a shame he would jeopardize a much needed and supported bill.
Keep in mind that SB 100 will affect all public employees in New Hampshire. This bill will do the following:
- Deletes the requirement that an employer who pays wages by electronic fund transfer offer employees the option of being paid by check.
- Permits an employer to pay wages with a payroll card after offering employees the option of being paid by direct deposit.
We understand that many employees do receive their paycheck by direct deposit but there are many who prefer the paper check and they should still have this option. What is most shameful is that if this passes it can be imposed on employees, thus taking away their voice at the work place.
Now that the bill has been amended and the House is not in session until June 26th this will be sent to a committee of conference. We ask the committee make the recommendation to pass HB 357 without the amendment of SB 100.
There will be a presentation on June 11th at 1 p.m. in LOB 210, by the LBA regarding Senate changes to HB 1 and HB 2, followed by a presentation by the House Ways and Means Committee, on revised revenue estimates.
As I stated last week there is good and bad in this budget and AFT-NH will monitor this presentation and the Committee of Conference. To review all the documents on the proposed budget click here.
HB 142 RELATIVE TO TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEMS.
The first Committee of Conference on HB 142 has been scheduled for June 11th at 10 a.m. in LOB 207. The house appointed Representatives Anne Grassie, Mary Gile, Mary Gorman, and Rick Ladd, while the senate appointed Senators Nancy Stiles, John Reagan, and Molly Kelly.
AFT-NH is opposed to this bill as amended. It does include the involvement of teachers but it left out “Nothing in this paragraph shall supersede collective bargaining rights under RSA 273-A”. We ask that the committee reinstate this language back into the bill.
2013 HOUSE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE PROCEDURES
(This section was taken from House Calendar Volume 5, Number 44, date June 7, 2013).
The Chairmen of the policy committees will receive bills amended by the Senate and should check with their committees to determine whether to recommend that the House concur, non-concur, or non-concur and request a Committee of Conference.
When a committee requests that the bill be sent to a Committee of Conference, the Chairman will recommend members for appointment. If the bill has gone to more than one committee, the members may come from the different committees as determined by the Speaker. Chairmen should recommend only those members from their policy committees. The Speaker shall make the final decision of Conference committee members, and the committee choices are generally limited to those who support the House position.
The first named House member shall serve as Chairman of the House Conferees. For House bills in Committee of Conference, the House Conferee Chairman shall set the time and place of the first meeting with the Clerk’s Office and shall chair each meeting of the Committee of Conference. Each meeting shall be posted in the Clerk’s Office and outside the committee room at least 24 hours in advance. [House Rule 43 (c)]. If a Committee of Conference meeting recesses, the reconvening time shall be posted in the Clerk’s office and outside the committee room.
The House and Senate Conferees on a bill shall meet jointly but vote separately while in conference.
The Committee of Conference may not change the title of the bill. The Committee also may not add amendments that are not germane to the subject matter of the bill or contain subject matter that has been indefinitely postponed. A non-germane amendment is one in which the subject matter is not contained in either the House or Senate version of the bill. [House Rule 49 (g)]
The sponsor of a bill that is in Committee of Conference shall, upon request, be provided an opportunity to be heard.
A unanimous vote of both the House and Senate Conferees, voting separately, is necessary for an agreed upon report to be sent to the House and Senate.
Reports of all Committees of Conference must be filed with the Office of Legislative Services by the June 20, 2013 deadline adopted by the House. All Committee of Conference members must sign their reports in the Office of Legislative Services by June 20, 2013 by 4:00 p.m.
The first-named House member on all bills in Committee of Conference must prepare an analysis of the report. This “blurb” should contain a complete explanation of all changes made to the bill since it was passed by the House and must be submitted to the House Clerk for printing in the calendar.
All Committee of Conference reports shall be distributed in seat pockets to be acted on some subsequent day. [House Rule 49 (f)].
See House Rule 49 for more information.
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