• 2019 Legislative Review

  • Welcome to our first edition of the Legislative Review, designed to serve as an information source of happenings and proposed legislation from Concord & Montpelier that may affect your businesses. This is meant to keep our members informed so they may contact their local representative to make their voice heard. We will update this page as bills make their way through committee and to vote. **Note - the below proposed bills pertain to issues affecting businesses and are not the full schedule of proposed legislation in either state. For more information, see the NH General Court and the Vermont General Assembly.

    NH Proposed Legislation
     
    Economic Development
     
    HB 247  Relative to the definition of the state building code. Prime sponsor: Steven Beaudoin. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration. Public Hearing: 01/16/2019 01:00 pm LOB 306.
     
    HB 562  Relative to the state building code. Prime sponsor: Rebecca McWilliams.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration.  
     
    HB 600   Adding an exception to the real estate transfer tax for certain low-income housing. Prime sponsor: Kermit Williams.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 02:00 pm LOB 202.
     
    SB 15   Making an appropriation to the affordable housing fund. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley. Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Finance. 
     
    Workforce/HR
    SB 2    Relative to funding for job training programs in the department of business and economic affairs. Prime sponsor: Kevin Cavanaugh.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Finance.  Passed Senate with Amendment.
     
    SB 12   Establishing the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership program. Prime sponsor: Jay Kahn.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development.
     
    SB 139   Establishing a commission to study options for lowering student debt. Prime sponsor: Shannon Chandley.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Education and Workforce Development.
     
    HB 178  Establishing a minimum wage. Prime sponsor: Peter Schmidt. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 186  Establishing a minimum wage and providing adjustments to the minimum wage. Prime sponsor: Howard Moffett. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 211  Relative to inquiries by prospective employers concerning salary history. Prime sponsor: Janice Schmidt. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  
     
    HB 223  Relative to night work. Prime sponsor: Brian Seaworth. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  Public Hearing: 01/16/2019 11:00 am LOB 307.  Executive Session: 01/23/2019 02:00 pm LOB 304.  Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/31/2019 (Vote 11-8).  Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass.
     
    HB 227 Relative to the amount of time an employer may lease an employee through an employee leasing company. Prime sponsor: Richard Komi. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 10:00 am LOB 304.
     
    HB 252  Establishing a committee to study certain labor statutes. Prime sponsor: Brian Seaworth. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  
     
    HB 253  Relative to criminal records checks in the employee application process. Prime sponsor: Michael Cahill. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 10:00 am LOB 307.
     
    HB 255  Relative to shift differential pay for employees who work overnight. Prime sponsor: Richard Komi. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/31/2019 (Vote 19-0).
     
    HB 272  Relative to temporary workers. Prime sponsor: Janice Schmidt. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services. Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 01:00 pm LOB 307.  
     
    HB 532 Relative to payment for earned but unused vacation time. Prime sponsor: Michael Cahill.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 11:00 am LOB 307.
     
    HB 622 Prohibiting collective bargaining agreements that require employees to join or contribute to a labor union. Prime sponsor: Robert Forsythe.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 637   Relative to criminal background checks by employers and public agencies. Prime sponsor: Erin Hennessey.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 11:00 am LOB 204.  Executive Session: 01/30/2019 10:00 am LOB 204.
     
    HB 712   Relative to a family and medical leave insurance program. Prime sponsor: Mary Jane Wallner.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 724 Relative to certain rights of employees. Prime sponsor: Ellen Read.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 731  Relative to the minimum hourly rate. Prime sponsor: Kristina Schultz.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    SB 18   Relative to authorized employee wage deductions. Prime sponsor: Kevin Cavanaugh.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.  Hearing: 01/22/2019, Room 100, SH, 02:30 pm.  Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 01/31/2019.
     
    SB 20  Relative to notification requirements for employees, workplace inspections and the youth employment law. Prime sponsor: Kevin Cavanaugh.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.  Hearing: 01/22/2019, Room 100, SH, 03:00 pm.
     
    SB 59  Adding post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder to the definition of "injury" for purposes of workers' compensation and reestablishing the commission to study the incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder in first responders. Prime sponsor: Regina Birdsell.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.  
     
    SB 60  Relative to advance notice of hourly employees of work schedules. Prime sponsor: Martha Fuller Clark.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.
     
    SB 99   Relative to gainful employment and partial disability in workers’ compensation. Prime sponsor: Kevin Cavanaugh.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.
     
    SB 100   Relative to discrimination in employment based on criminal background checks. Prime sponsor: Dan Feltes.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.
     
    SB 146  Relative to eliminating the waiting period before eligibility to receive unemployment benefits. Prime sponsor: Dan Feltes. Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.
     
    SB 197   Relative to non-compete agreements for low-wage employees. Prime sponsor: David Watters.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Commerce.
     
    2019-1066   Relative to the protection of personal information. Prime sponsor: Martha Hennessey
     
    Health Care
    HB 179  Establishing a New Hampshire health access corporation. Prime sponsor: Peter Schmidt. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 10:30 am LOB 302.
     
    HB 180  Establishing a commission to examine the feasibility of the New England states entering into a compact for a single payer health care program. Prime sponsor: Peter Schmidt. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 11:30 am LOB 302.
     
    HB 233  Relative to the group and individual health insurance market. Prime sponsor: Edward Butler. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 02:30 pm LOB 302.
     
    HB 277  Establishing a commission to study a public option for health insurance. Prime sponsor: Jerry Knirk. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302.  Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302.
     
    HB 604     Establishing a commission to assess benefits and costs of a "health care for all" program for New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Jerry Knirk.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 01:30 pm LOB 302.
     
    HB 697    Relative to Medicare for all. Prime sponsor: Peter Schmidt. Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 02:30 pm LOB 302.
     
    SB 115   Establishing a commission to study the business environment for mental health providers in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Dan Feltes.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration.  Hearing: 01/30/2019, Room 101, LOB, 09:45 am.
     
    2019-0895    Relative to the health care workforce and making an appropriation therefor. Prime sponsor: Cindy Rosenwald
     
    FISCAL POLICY
    HB 114 Prohibiting the state from entering into or enforcing agreements concerning sales tax collection with other states. Prime sponsor: Carol McGuire. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
     
    HB 117 Increasing exemptions under the interest and dividends tax and decreasing the total amount of research and development credits against business taxes. Prime sponsor: Timothy Lang. Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Ways and Means 1/9/2019. 
     
    HB 182  Establishing a commission to study adaptation of the tax structure of the state to economic and demographic change. Prime sponsor: Peter Schmidt.    To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Ways and Means. 
     
    HB 186  Relative to contingently reducing the rate of the interest and dividends tax and repealing the tax in 5 years. Prime sponsor: Kenneth Weyler. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services.
     
    HB 234  Establishing an exemption from business taxes for media production companies engaged in business in New Hampshire. Prime sponsor: Timothy Lang. To Be Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    HB 482 Relative to the revenue stabilization reserve account. Prime sponsor: Susan Almy.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    HB 530   Reducing the rate of the real estate transfer tax. Prime sponsor: Brian Chirichiello.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    HB 623  Relative to the rates of the business profits tax and business enterprise tax. Prime sponsor: Susan Almy.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    HB 686  Relative to calculating and funding the interim cost of an opportunity for an adequate education and extending the interest and dividends tax to capital gains. Prime sponsor: Richard Ames.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    HB 698 Relative to foreign taxing jurisdictions compelling New Hampshire businesses to collect and remit sales taxes incurred by citizens of their respective states. Prime sponsor: Betty Gay.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means. Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 01:30 pm LOB 202.  Full Committee Work Session: 02/05/2019 02:30 pm LOB 202.
     
    HB 700  Relative to municipal valuation of utility properties regulated by the public utilities commission. Prime sponsor: Patrick Abrami.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  Public Hearing: 01/30/2019 11:00 am LOB 202.
     
    CACR 10   Relating to a state income tax. Providing that revenue from any state income tax shall be returned to the cities, towns, school districts, and counties to assist in property tax relief. Prime sponsor: Thomas Schamberg.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    CACR 11  Relating to taxes. Providing that a broad-based sales tax shall be prohibited. Prime sponsor: Michael Harrington. Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.   
     
    CACR 12   Relating to taxes. Providing that an income tax on personal income shall be prohibited. Prime sponsor: Michael Harrington. Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Ways and Means.  
     
    SB 189 Relative to the insurance premium tax. Prime sponsor: Jay Kahn.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Ways and Means.
     
    SB 190 Relative to apportionment of business profits tax. Prime sponsor: Regina Birdsell.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Ways and Mean.
     
    SB 242 Requiring notice and approval of certain actions to commence audits of collection liabilities arising under certain sales and use tax statutes and prohibiting New Hampshire remote sellers from disclosing private customer information to foreign taxing authorities in connection with the collection of certain sales and use taxes. Prime sponsor: Jeb Bradley.  Introduced 01/03/2019 and Referred to Ways and Means.
     
    Tourism/Hospitality
    HB 249 Permitting Restaurant Owners to Allow Dogs In Restaurants. (Katherine Rogers) House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Subcommittee
     
    HB 254 Relative to The Provision Allowing Operators to Retain A Portion Of Meals and Rooms Taxes Collected and The Appropriation Of Meals and Rooms Tax Revenues to School Building Aid. (Michael Cahill) House Ways and Means
     
    HB 520 Relative to Availability Of Diaper Changing Stations In Public Restrooms. (Donovan Fenton) House Commerce and Consumer Affairs
     
    HB 641 Allowing Municipalities to Collect An Occupancy Fee From Operators Of Local Room Rentals. (Michael Edgar) House Municipal and County Government
     
    HB 653 Relative to The Payment Of The Meals and Rooms Tax For Shortterm Rentals. (Edward Butler) House Ways and Means
     
    SB 69 Relative to Short -term Rentals. (Martha Fuller Clark)

     

    VT Proposed Legislation
     
     
    Workforce/HR
     
    H.1 An act relating to agreements not to compete
     
    H.14 An act relating to workers’ compensation
     
    H.67 An act relating to workers’ compensation
     
    H.107 An act relating to paid family leave
     
    Health Care
     
    H.116 An act relating to physician assistant licensure
     
    Tourism/Hospitality/Agriculture
     
    H.11 An act relating to penalties for violations of alcoholic beverage and tobacco laws and to solicitor’s licenses
     
    H.33 An act relating to the use of disposable carryout bags
     
    H.47 An act relating to the taxation of electronic cigarettes
     
    H.48 An act relating to increasing the tobacco tax on cigarettes and new smokeless tobacco
     
    H.63 An act relating to the time frame for return of unclaimed beverage container deposits
     
     
    H.74 An act relating to the prohibition of plastic carryout bags, expanded polystyrene, and single-use plastic straws
     
    H.81 An act relating to the definition and sale of milk
     
    H.82 An act relating to the taxation of timber harvesting equipment
     
    FISCAL POLICY
     
    H.76 An act relating to studying the creation of sales tax zones
     
    H.77 An act relating to authorizing repossession of commercial property