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  • PFFNH 2007 Legislative Summary
    Updated On: Jun 09, 2017
     PFFNH  
     
    2007
    Legislative Summary
    Index
    I.                 A Note From the President
    II.             Legislative Service Requests Tracked by the PFFNH
    III.         List of Bills Closely Tracked by the PFFNH
    IV.         Individual House Bills of Focus
    a.    Full Bill Text
    b.   Bill Docket
    c.    Bill Summary
    V.             Individual Senate Bills of Focus
    a.    Full Bill Text
    b.   Bill Docket
    c.    Bill Summary
    *The section on Senate Bill 88 includes a full report card of the House votes so that you may see how your Representatives voted
               
    A Note from President Lang
    It was an arduous legislative session in New Hampshire this year. I want you to know that the PFFNH worked tirelessly to monitor all pertinent legislation to our pension system, our job, our safety, and our union rights. In the end, the legislation didn’t go exactly how we hoped for, but nonetheless it was a successful session for the PFFNH. 
    We began the session with a daunting list of 1300 Legislative Service Requests, of which we determined 149 warranted our attention and participation. The list was then whittled down over time to 23 bills which required stringent monitoring, with three going as far as a committee of conference when the house and senate did not concur with one another. The session has come to a close but we keep working in Concord; HB 876 established a commission to make recommendations for the retirement system. The PFFNH hopes to have representation on the committee and regardless will be present at every single meeting of the committee. 
    For many years we staved off Local Government Center (LGC) representation on the New Hampshire Retirement System board of trustees. This session the LGC received a seat on the board via House Bill 653. However, when you look at the number of severely damaging retirement bills proposed, you should see that we had more triumphs than defeats and fared well overall. 
    Defeated:
    Changing the state from a defined benefit to a defined contribution (401K style) plan
    Increasing the retirement age and years of service for Group II retirees
    Eliminating the Special Account
    Triumphed:
    Our retirement benefit is unchanged
    Our retirees will enjoy a modest, but increased 2¼% COLA
    The Governor will be signing into law a $100,000 line of duty death benefit established for police and firefighters
    Thank you all for the breadth of your support! Thank you for contacting your legislators when we put out the call. Thank you for attending house and senate hearings in uniform when we put out the call. Thank you for your political action contributions (PAC). The PFFNH is a political force in this state and it is because of you. Contact Secretary/Treasurer McQuillen if you want to support, or wish to increase our political action. 
    Please read through this information and call if we may be of further assistance.
    Sincerely,
    David E. Lang
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    2007 Legislative Service Requests
    2007-H-0005-R
    relative to advance directives for durable powers of attorney and living wills.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Nancy J Elliott
    2007-H-0010-R
    relative to campaign contributions and expenditures.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) James R Splaine
    2007-H-0020-R
    limiting membership of all professional licensing boards and commissions to not more than 1/2 members from such profession.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Timothy N Robertson
    2007-H-0032-L
    relative to the establishment of a New Hampshire property tax bank.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Paul  Mirski
    2007-H-0064-R
    repealing the retirement system provision allowing for the purchase of nonqualified service credit.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Ken   Hawkins
    2007-H-0066-R
    relative to commercial driver licenses when the license holder fails a drug or alcohol test.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Maurice  Villeneuve
    2007-H-0072-R
    relative to the service retirement age for group II members of the retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Ken   Hawkins
    2007-H-0073-R
    adding members to the retirement system board of trustees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Ken   Hawkins
    2007-H-0074-R
    excluding special detail wages from earnable compensation of group II members of the retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Ken   Hawkins
    2007-S-0098-L
    relative to the city of Manchester's contributory retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0127-R
    relative to certain data used for workers' compensation rates.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Judson K Dexter
    2007-H-0128-R
    allowing municipalities to adopt a property tax cap for persons 80 years of age and older.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Roland P Hofemann
    2007-H-0140-R
    relating to the legislature's authority concerning the content, extent, and level and source of funding of public education. Providing that the legislature shall have the authority to determine the content, extent, and level and source of funding of public education.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Leo P Pepino
    2007-H-0155-R
    relative to purchasing alliances for health insurance.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Howard C Dickinson
    2007-H-0197-R
    enabling towns and cities to adopt a local income tax.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Bernard L Benn
    2007-H-0205-R
    establishing a New Hampshire education tax on gross receipts from the consumption of sales of goods and services as a source of funding for education.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Judson K Dexter
    2007-H-0214-R
    allowing municipalities to adopt a business incentive property tax credit.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Catherine  Mulholland
    2007-H-0218-L
    permitting casino gambling.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Edmond D Gionet
    2007-H-0231-R
    establishing a commission to study affordable and accessible health care for New Hampshire citizens.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Janet G Wall
    2007-H-0233-R
    relative to social security number verification by employers.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jordan G Ulery
    2007-H-0237-L
    requiring school districts to purchase an automated external defibrillator for use at school-sponsored extracurricular activities and events.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Christine C Hamm
    2007-S-0249-R
    relative to the sunset provision of the system benefits charge.
    Sponsors: 
            2007-S-0254-R
    relative to death benefits paid to the family of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0270-L
    relative to the applicable minimum wage for hourly employees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Marjorie K Smith
    2007-H-0273-R
    increasing the appropriation to the firemen's relief fund.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Pamela G Price
    2007-S-0294-R
    relative to terms of office. Providing that the governor and state senators shall serve a 4-year term.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0305-R
    requiring the New Hampshire house of representatives to be redistricted for the fall 2008 primary and general elections, and establishing a redistricting commission.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Neal M Kurk
    2007-H-0318-R
    providing scholarships to state educational institutions for children of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Joseph A Guthrie
    2007-H-0320-R
    relative to required pay for employees called into work.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Andrew  Renzullo
    2007-H-0321-R
    relative to the time required between mandatory shifts or other work periods.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Andrew  Renzullo
    2007-H-0324-R
    relative to remedies for employees reporting violations.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patricia M McMahon
    2007-H-0325-R
    expanding employee freedom of expression to all public employees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jordan G Ulery
            2007-H-0326-L
    relative to communications outside meetings under the right-to-know law.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John H Thomas
            2007-H-0327-L
    relative to the deliberations of certain state agencies under the right-to-know law.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John H Thomas
    2007-H-0328-L
    relative to remedies under the right-to-know law.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John H Thomas
    2007-H-0329-L
    relative to the right-to-know law.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John H Thomas
    2007-H-0330-R
     
     
    relative to lobbyists registration forms and relative to reporting by candidates and committees of contributions from lobbyists.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) James R Splaine
    2007-H-0362-R
    relative to freedom of expression for public employees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Randolph N S Holden
            2007-H-0382-R
    relative to funding retirement benefit adjustments.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Benjamin C Baroody
            2007-H-0384-R
    relative to requiring children 12 years of age or under to wear personal flotation devices.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) David B Campbell
    2007-H-0389-R
    relating to funding for education. Providing that revenue from lotteries and games of chance may only be used for educational purposes.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Anthony R DiFruscia
    2007-H-0390-R
    establishing a state-owned casino to provide funds for public education.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Anthony R DiFruscia
    2007-H-0393-R
    relating to election of the attorney general and the term of office for the governor. Providing that the attorney general shall be elected by the house of representatives and the senate and that the governor's term of office be 4 years.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Anthony R DiFruscia
    2007-H-0395-R
    relative to the application of the lobbyist registration law.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Elizabeth S Hager
            2007-H-0398-R
    eliminating the special account from the retirement system and relative to the calculation of pensions and funding responsibilities of the retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Neal M Kurk
    2007-H-0409-R
    relating to terms of office. Providing that the governor shall serve a 4-year term.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) David B Campbell
    2007-S-0415-R
    requiring freight railroads to have fire extinguishers and first aid kits in the cabs of all locomotives.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0426-R
    relative to strikes by public employees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Charles F Weed
    2007-H-0429-R
    relative to registration fees for lobbyists and requiring registration of employers of lobbyists.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Charles F Weed
    2007-H-0447-R
    making a supplemental appropriation for state police overtime accounts.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Beverly T Rodeschin
    2007-H-0453-R
    relative to spousal benefits upon the death of certain group II members of the New Hampshire retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) J. David  Knox
            2007-H-0471-R
    relative to passenger restraints.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jennifer M Brown
    2007-H-0475-R
    expanding the 911 surcharge.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John E Tholl
    2007-H-0476-R
    changing the salary grade of certain department of safety positions.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John E Tholl
    2007-H-0485-R
    relative to notification of a parent or guardian by the medical facility treating a minor injured in an accident.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Henry A. L Parkhurst
    2007-H-0488-R
    dedicating certain liquor, beer and wine tax revenues to the education trust fund.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Henry A. L Parkhurst
    2007-H-0493-R
    relative to disclosure of campaign contributions in local elections.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Kimberley S Casey
    2007-H-0501-R
    establishing an income tax.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) James E Kennedy
    2007-H-0504-R
    relative to the duties of the department of safety.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John W Flanders
    2007-H-0509-R
    repealing the law relative to screening panels for medical injury claims.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Robert H Rowe
    2007-H-0510-R
    extending the study committee on the administrative rules process.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Betsey L Patten
    2007-H-0512-R
    establishing October 13 as Firefighters Memorial Day.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Everett A Weare
    2007-H-0529-L
    requiring all new school buses used by a school district to be fitted with seat belts and requiring all pupils in the state to wear seat belts.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Susan   Emerson
    2007-H-0532-R
    relative to ordering of names on election ballots.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Joel  Winters
    2007-H-0553-R
    relative to the determination of town's shares of county taxes.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Suzanne H Gottling
    2007-H-0554-L
    relative to reimbursing towns for emergency services on roadways.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patricia M McMahon
    2007-H-0558-R
    relative to employees' freedom of expression.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patricia M McMahon
    2007-H-0559-R
    relative to employees' rights to bring court action against employer.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patricia M McMahon
    2007-H-0572-R
    relative to a discount medical plan organization.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Martha  McLeod
    2007-H-0576-R
    requiring the reporting of burn injuries.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John  DeJoie
    2007-H-0580-R
    establishing the New Hampshire Rx advantage program and continually appropriating a special fund.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John  DeJoie
    2007-H-0581-R
    relative to Occupational Safety and Health Administration Certification requirements for state contracts.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John  DeJoie
    2007-H-0593-R
    establishing fees for the review of construction plans by the fire marshal and establishing the position of fire protection engineer.
    2007-H-0607-R
    permitting establishment of regional committees of a political party and relative to reporting by political committees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Bernard L Benn
    2007-H-0612-R
    authorizing teachers to negotiate binding arbitration as part of a collective bargaining agreement.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Emma L Rous
    2007-H-0627-R
    relative to continuation of membership in the Manchester contributory retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Benjamin C Baroody
            2007-H-0645-R
    relative to governmental liability in bodily injury actions.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Gregory M Sorg
    2007-H-0658-R
    relative to licensure of fireworks sellers.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) David A Welch
    2007-H-0666-R
    relative to criminal background checks of municipal employees through the New Hampshire state police.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Gary L Daniels
    2007-H-0687-R
    relative to mandatory employer meetings about political and religious beliefs, including beliefs about joining a union.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jane P Kelley
    2007-H-0697-R
    establishing a commission to study pharmaceutical costs and the 340B Drug Pricing Program.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Cindy  Rosenwald
    2007-H-0714-R
    requiring criminal background checks on all new municipal employees.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Peter F Bergin
    2007-H-0717-R
    relative to chief firewards, engineers, or fire chiefs.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Lynne M Ober
    2007-H-0728-L
    relative to funding an adequate education.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Roger G Wells
    2007-H-0731-R
    relative to public access to meeting minutes.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Julie M Brown
    2007-H-0769-R
    relative to work on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Dana S Hilliard
    2007-H-0785-R
    establishing a commission to study establishing a statewide emergency communication system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) A Laurie  Harding
    2007-H-0795-R
    relative to penalties for violations of licensing requirements for certain regulated professions.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John B Hunt
    2007-H-0798-R
    relative to identity theft.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Lori A Movsesian
    2007-H-0805-R
    relative to establishing keno in New Hampshire.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Kevin L Camm
    2007-H-0807-R
    relative to the right of workers to form unions and a requirement for arbitration and mediation.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jeffrey P Goley
    2007-H-0808-R
    relative to penalties for computer crime.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Cindy  Rosenwald
    2007-H-0815-R
    relative to membership of the state building code review board.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) A Laurie  Harding
    2007-H-0826-R
    relative to terms of coverage for workers' compensation.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jeffrey P Goley
            2007-S-0845-R
    establishing an automated external defibrillator trust fund and making an appropriation therefor.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0849-R
    relative to workers' compensation compliance in the construction sector.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Bernard L Benn
    2007-S-0856-R
    relative to local authorizations for persons soliciting charitable contributions on streets.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-H-0859-R
    regulating the privatization contracts for public service.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Marlene M DeChane
    2007-H-0862-R
    relative to variable rates of overtime.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Randolph N S Holden
    2007-H-0863-L
    requiring domestic partners who are state employees to be covered under the state employee health insurance plan.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Edward A Butler
    2007-H-0867-R
    requiring insurance companies to allow covered persons to purchase an up to 90-day supply of life-sustaining drugs.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jacqueline A Cali-Pitts
    2007-H-0869-R
    relating to political campaign contributions.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Claudia A Chase
    2007-H-0873-R
    relating to school funding. Providing that the general court may impose a graduated tax dedicated exclusively to funding adequate education provided it reduces the amount raised by local school taxes by an equivalent amount.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Gary B Richardson
    2007-H-0879-R
    relative to the statute of limitations for fire code violations.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William V Knowles
    Laura C Pantelakos
    Everett A Weare
    David A Welch
    Iris W Estabrook
    2007-H-0885-R
    establishing a taskforce to develop legislation for expanding access to affordable health insurance for the 2008 legislative session.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Martha  McLeod
    2007-H-0889-R
    relative to instructional and operational costs of providing an adequate education.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Mary Stuart Gile
    2007-H-0894-R
    relative to pharmacy-based immunization delivery.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Fran  Wendelboe
    2007-H-0903-R
    exempting licensed electricians from certain requirements for fire equipment servicing.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William J Infantine
    2007-H-0907-R
    relative to the appointment of the executive director of the public employee labor relations board.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Marshall E Quandt
    2007-H-0908-R
    granting group II retirement system status to certain positions in the department of corrections.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Matthew J Quandt
    2007-H-0934-R
    requiring any education trust fund surplus to be transferred to the revenue stabilization fund.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Kenneth L Weyler
    2007-H-0948-R
    relative to workers' compensation rates and resolution of disputes relative to classification of employees or independent contractors.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William J Infantine
    2007-H-0949-R
    requiring notice of the classifications of employee and independent contractor.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William J Infantine
    2007-H-0950-R
    relative to penalties for failure to have workers' compensation coverage.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William J Infantine
    2007-H-0958-R
    relative to a retirement system calculation exemption for certain retired teachers of the Concord school district.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John  DeJoie
    2007-H-0959-R
    relative to a buddy system for firefighters.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) John  DeJoie
    2007-H-0964-R
    establishing a commission to study the denial of health insurance claims.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William  Butynski
    2007-H-0967-R
    relative to school emergency response plans.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Lee M Hammond
    2007-H-0976-R
    relative to workers' compensation coverage for certain independent contractors.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) William J Infantine
    2007-H-0986-R
    establishing a right to work act which provides for freedom of choice on whether to join a labor union.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Alfred P Baldasaro
    2007-H-1003-L
    establishing an alternative retirement option in the New Hampshire retirement system.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Lars T Christiansen
    2007-H-1013-R
    relative to an adequate education and state education grants.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Sharon M Carson
    2007-H-1015-R
    requiring proposed bills and rules to include an analysis of their effect on personal privacy.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Neal M Kurk
    2007-H-1025-R
    relative to permissible campaign contributions by business organizations and labor unions.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Susan W Almy
    2007-H-1058-R
    providing a definition of an "adequate education."
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Karen K Hutchinson
    2007-H-1067-R
    relative to keno.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Benjamin C Baroody
    2007-H-1068-R
    establishing a worker adjustment and retraining notification requirement.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patrick T Long
    2007-H-1069-R
    relating to an income and a sales tax. Providing that there shall be a state referendum prior to the legislature's adoption of an income tax or sales tax.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patrick T Long
            2007-H-1078-R
    relative to payment of wages by automated pay card.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Deborah H Wheeler
    2007-H-1082-R
    establishing a new state defined contribution retirement plan for new state employees and establishing a committee to study the transition of current employees into the new plan and administration of the new plan.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Fran  Wendelboe
    2007-H-1084-R
    relative to medical savings accounts.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Fran  Wendelboe
    2007-H-1089-L
    establishing a fee for copies of police and fire department reports.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Jordan G Ulery
    2007-H-1094-R
    relative to right-to-know law application to public utilities commission matters.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Janet G Wall
    2007-H-1099-R
    relative to death benefits paid to the family of a police officer, firefighter, or highway department employee killed in the line of duty.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Patricia M McMahon
    2007-H-1111-R
    relative to workers' compensation in the construction industry.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Thomas L Buco
    2007-H-1113-R
    relative to the use of secret databases.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Neal M Kurk
    2007-H-1114-R
    requiring that the order of names on ballots be determined by lottery.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Mary E Walz
    2007-H-1123-R
    establishing a definition for "reasonable cost" for medical support.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Edward P Moran
    2007-H-1128-R
    relative to listing candidates on election ballots.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Robert W Forsing
    2007-H-1129-R
    relative to the special meeting requirements for municipalities.
    Sponsors: 
    (Prime) Paul  Hopfgarten
    2007-S-1150-R
    relative to the definition of employee and clarifying the criteria for exempting workers from employee status.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1151-R
    relative to passenger restraints.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1183-R
    relative to eligibility for aid to the permanently and totally disabled.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1196-R
    relative to the powers of state government in the event of an incident or outbreak of communicable disease.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1205-R
    repealing the requirement the director of charitable trusts prepare and sell a directory for charitable trusts.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1206-R
    repealing the bond requirement for fund raising counsel of a charitable trust.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1237-R
    extending the committee to study the funding necessary to operate the hazardous materials program in New Hampshire.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1245-R
    establishing a commission to study inclusion of service as a part-time district court judge in the calculation of retirement benefits.
    Sponsors: 
    2007-S-1292-R
    relative to certification of employee organizations to represent public employees.
    Sponsors: 
    Bills tracked by PFFNH
    Retirement:
    HB 346 establishing a defined contribution retirement option in the New Hampshire retirement system.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 562 excluding extra or special duty pay from earnable compensation in the retirement system.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 568 repealing the option to purchase nonqualified service credit in the New Hampshire retirement system.
    House Passed
    Senate Voted ITL
    HB 569 relative to the retirement age for retirement system group II members.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 580 relative to certain accidental disability retirement allowances payable to surviving spouses of retired members.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 594 granting group II retirement system status to certain positions in the department of corrections.
    House Retained In Committee
    HB 653 (New Title) relative to the determination of benefits, funding, and administration of the New Hampshire retirement system.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Passed with Amendment
    House and Senate Non Concur
    Committee of Conference Passed with Amendment
    House and Senate voted down the Committee of Conference Report
    Governor signed into law June 29, 2007
    HB 758 establishing a new state defined contribution retirement plan for new state employees and establishing a committee to study the transition of current employees into the new plan and administration of the new plan.
                House Voted ITL
    HB 779 relative to funding of retirement system benefits and supplemental allowances.
    Retained In Committee
    HB 876 (New Title) establishing a commission to make recommendations to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of the New Hampshire retirement system.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Passed with Amendment
    House and Senate Non Concur
    Committee of Conference Passed with Amendment
    House and Senate approved the Committee of Conference Report
    Awaiting Governor’s signature
     
    Ours:
    SB 88 relative to public employee terms of employment, bargaining units, and dispute resolution.
    Senate Passed with Amendment
    House Tabled
    SB 169 (2nd New Title) establishing a death benefit to be paid to the family of a police officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty and establishing a committee to study the feasibility of establishing a state death benefit for emergency medical technicians killed in the line of duty.
                Senate passed with amendment
                House passed with amendment
                Senate concurred with House amendment
    Governor signed into law July 3, 2007
     
    SB 180 relative to local regulation of persons soliciting contributions on streets.
    Senate Passed with Amendment
    House Inexpedient to Legislate
    HB 842 establishing safety requirements and procedures for firefighters.
    House Retained in Committee
    Others of Interest:
    HB 110 relative to commercial driver licenses when the license holder fails a drug or alcohol test.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 135 establishing the second Sunday in October as Firefighters Memorial Day.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Passed
    Governor signed into law July 3, 2007
     
    HB 139 (New Title) relative to the reporting of burn injuries.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Voted ITL
     
    HB 160 relative to the appointment of the executive director of the public employee labor relations board.
    House Voted ITL
    HB 254 relative to mandatory employer meetings about political and religious beliefs, including beliefs about joining a union.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Referred to Committee
    HB 241 relative to permissible campaign contributions by business organizations and labor unions.
                House Retained in Committee
    HB 374 increasing the appropriation to the firemen's relief fund.
                House Retained in Committee
     
    HB 824 establishing a death benefit to be paid to the family of a police officer, firefighter, or highway worker killed in the line of duty.
    House Voted ITL
    SB 91 (New Title) relative to political contributions by corporations, partnerships, and labor unions.
    House Passed with Amendment
    Senate Passed with Amendment
    House and Senate Non Concur
    Committee of Conference Passed with Amendment
                House and Senate voted down the Committee of Conference Report
    Summary House Bill 653
    HB 653 was discussed and debated for nearly 16 hours in the committee of conference; the biggest contention was the Cost of Living Adjustment for our retirees. The house was inclined to deliver a scaled COLA which was to help the pensioners who were at the lower end, below $10,000. The house version actually gave a 1% COLA to the top end pensioners and scaled up to 3% for the lower end wage pensioners. The PFFNH argued unsuccessfully for a COLA for the bottom end earners and suggested two different approaches, one dealt with a flat dollar amount and the other dealing with giving a 3-5% increase to the bottom with a 2 ½ % for everyone else. The house ended up concurring with the Senate and giving a one time COLA of 2 ¼ %. This is the first time in recent memory that the Fiscal Committee did not issue the COLA as prescribed in the Law.
    The benefits we receive did not change, however there have been modifications to the pension system.
    Some of the Areas that have been modified
    1. Changed the method of funding from Open Group Aggregate to Entry Age Normal
    2. Adds a local government member to the board of trustees
    3. Sets a floor, so the Employer will never pay less than the Employee (effective July 1, 2008)
    4. Makes the Chair non voting; only voting to break a tie
    5. Special Account will not see funds until the NHRS is equal or greater to 85% funded, at which time funds will go into the account when they are in excess of 10.5% (The previous trigger rate was set at ½% above the assumed rate of return with no NHRS funding requirement)
    6. Repeals the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ for the Special Account (COLA reserve of 3 years of 5% prior to new benefits)
    7. Repeals the authority for nonqualified service credit (5 Year Buy in Program)
    8. Grants 2 ¼ % COLAs to retirees and beneficiaries for 2007
    9. The Unfunded Accrued Liability is spread from twenty to thirty years
    Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature
    Summary House Bill 842
     
    We asked Representative DeJoie to introduce this legislation bringing the state of New Hampshire up to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard of 2 in 2 out. State and local bodies are not required to follow Federal OSHA requirements. 
    An explanation of 2 in 2 out:
    There must always be at least two firefighters stationed outside during interior structural firefighting, prepared to enter if necessary to rescue the firefighters inside. However, the incident commander has the flexibility to determine whether more than two outside firefighters are necessary when more than two firefighters go inside. In a situation where the burning structure is very large, additional outside firefighters may be warranted to ensure effective assistance and rescue. For example, where the firefighting involves entry from different locations or levels, two outside fire fighters may have to be stationed at each point of entry. (Excerpt from a letter written by Richard E. Fairfax, Acting Director, Directorate of Compliance Programs for OSHA)
    Status: House Retained in Committee
    Summary House Bill 876
    This commission will look at and file a report to the Governor with recommendations for improving the financial stability of the NH Retirement System as well as developing a consistent Cost of Living Adjustment. Below you will find a list of areas the commission will examine along with the amended Senate version that the House ultimately concurred with.
    1. Creates commission to make recommendations for the long term viability of the NHRS and determine funding
    2. 21 members on the commission
      1. 3 from House
      2. 2 from Senate
      3. 3 from Group I –appointed by Governor
      4. 3 from Group II –appointed by Governor
      5. 1 from NHRS
      6. 3 from municipal/school, in the system –appointed by Governor
      7. 4 public members with financial experience
    3. Report of findings due to legislature and Governor before December 1, 2007
    Status: Awaiting Governor’s signature
    Summary Senate Bill 88
    Representative Goley from Manchester introduced an amendment (which was believed to be a compromise), that would remove the evergreen language and leave the bargaining unit reduction at 5 also leave in the safety consideration language. This compromise, we believed was a major issue for a lot of house democrats because they were receiving pressure from their city and town managers.
    1. Senate Bill 88 offers real change to the NH Public Employee Labor Relations Law that levels the playing field and addresses all concerns raised by management and labor. Creates a productive environment in which could lead to shorten negotiations times and reduce current management labor stress.
    2. Reducing Bargaining unit size requirement from current 10 to 5.
      1. The number 10 was an arbitrary number chosen at the creation of RSA 273A.
      2. The National Labor Relations Act calls for 3 and the state of Maine allows for 1.
      3. Currently city managers, town mangers and school administrator enjoy contracts with one employee and are not covered by the same rules and rank and file employees.
      4. Does nothing to suggest or create smaller bargaining units. Does not add new costs to the cities and towns as there is no mandate to create new bargaining units enables the creation if requested
    3. Makes Safety Considerations a mandatory subject of bargaining.
      1. Currently there are two types of issues permissive and mandatory subjects of bargaining.
      2. Keeps staffing a permissive subject of bargaining which was major concern of management. Cities and Towns want the right to set staffing numbers SB 88 as amended protects management’s right.
      3. Continues Managements ability to veto any agreement by saying no and protects the voters’ right to reject any cost increases as it is in the current law.
    4. Allows for current pay plans to continue (evergreen language) while both parties are negotiating successor agreements.
      1. This allows individuals to continue upward movement on town and city plans.
      2. Reduces Taxpayer costs in large retroactive pay settlements.
    5. Public Employees have no right to strike and do not have binding arbitration for contract negotiations leaving the process open ended and costly.
      1. SB 88 goes a small way toward leveling the playing field while saving taxpayer money by creating a less adversarial environment
    There is no doubt in my mind or the minds of our Executive Board that this issue was timely, and the right issue to bring forward. The bill was introduced reducing the bargaining unit size from 10 down to 3. For nearly twenty years our members have lost benefits at the hands of the NH Court System. The Cities and Towns have spent countless taxpayer dollars trying water down our rights to collectively bargain. And this time was no different. The Town and City Managers pulled out all stops in scaring state representatives on this issue.
    Status: Senate Passed with Amendment
    House Tabled
    Summary Senate Bill 180
     
    We asked Senator DeVries to introduce this legislation in an effort to enable more locals to conduct boot drives for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The language for the bill was modeled after Texas law which sought the same balance between the municipalities citing safety and lawsuit concerns and the firefighters wishing to support a beloved organization helping families who suffer from Muscular Dystrophy.
    The tradition of firefighters raising money for the MDA began over fifty years ago when Boston firefighter, George Graney ran into an old high school friend who had two crippled children and was in desperate need of help. The man was Charlie Crowley, who informed his firefighter friend that his children may not live to be 21 years old as the doctors had diagnosed both the children with muscular dystrophy, an incurable and dreadful disease. Firefighter Graney gathered up twenty other firefighters and rose over $5,000. He made it his life mission to help the families affected by neuromuscular diseases. Since then, firefighters have taken this vision and made it their mission. The passage of SB180 would have made it easier for firefighters to safely raise the funds needed through the now famous “fill the boot” drives that are done throughout our country at intersections, street corners, and other roadways.  
    In this legislation we proposed the idea that qualified 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(5) who also had proof of $1,000,000 liability insurance be authorized to conduct boot drives after submitting notification to the municipality. Our efforts to find compromise with the municipalities resulted in the amended bill text which put forth greater safety requirements on the charity such as wearing orange vests, being a minimum of eighteen years old and liability insurance sufficient for the municipality and not a specified dollar amount as before. 
    Status: Senate Passed with Amendment
    House Inexpedient to Legislate
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