2018 House Committee of Conference Procedures

This passage outlining the Procedures on Committees of Conference is featured in this weeks calendar.

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. The first meeting shall be posted in the Clerk’s Office and outside the committee room at least 24 hours in advance. If a Committee of Conference meeting recesses, the reconvening time shall be posted in the Clerk’s office and outside the committee room with at least 12 hours’ notice. [House Rule 49 (c)].

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 May 17, 2018 deadline adopted by the House. All Committee of Conference members must sign their reports in the Office of Legislative Services by May 17, 2018 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

House Majority Leader reacts to passage of HB1685

CONCORD- Today, the House passed HB1685, establishing a statutory commission for oversight over occupational regulation. This bill, passed by the House by a vote of 177-148, establishes an occupational regulation review commission to assure boards utilize the least restrictive regulation and requires a continuing review of all occupational boards. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) released the following statement:

“This was an important first step in knocking down barriers blocking average Granite Staters from finding work,” said Hinch. “This Commission will allow state government to find the best balance between safety and allowing individuals to pursue the career of their choice.”

“Workforce shortage is a looming problem facing our state,” remarked Hinch. “In order to meet the demands of a growing economy, we need to have a fresh look at our occupational regulation environment.”

House Leaders React to Governors State of the State Address

CONCORD – New Hampshire House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett) and House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) release statements following Governor Sununu’s State of the State Address.

House Speaker Gene Chandler (R-Bartlett)

“The governor put forward today an uplifting account of the state of our state and the character if its people. Our constituents elected us to represent their interests here in Concord, and I believe we are doing that through common sense legislation to improve our economy, education, infrastructure, our response addiction and mental health crises, and improve quality of life in every community. We agree that New Hampshire’s system of government puts people above politics, and that’s something we hope Washington can learn from.”

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack)

“I thank the governor for sharing highlights of our accomplishments over the last year, and look forward to working with him on the future initiatives he spoke about this morning. Voters elected a unified Republican state government, and we are producing results for the State of New Hampshire. Our unemployment remains among the lowest in the nation, and our economy continues to grow as the result of proactive Republican policies, including responsible budgeting, low state taxes, and reform of regulations. We have many challenges ahead before the legislative session ends and campaign season begins. I believe the governor’s speech today is an excellent resume for us to demonstrate to voters that we’ve achieved many of the goals we campaigned on in 2016.”

SECOND ANNUAL N.H. LEGISLATIVE SOFTBALL CLASSIC SET FOR FLAG DAY IN MERRIMACK

CONCORD, N.H. — The Second Annual New Hampshire Legislative Softball Classic is scheduled for Flag Day, Thursday, June 14th, at 6 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex in Merrimack, N.H. The event, sponsored by the N.H. Legislature’s Veterans’ Caucus (VIC) will  once again generate funds for Manchester’s Liberty House which supports homeless and transitioning veterans.

In part inspired by the shooting violence associated with the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game, the 2017 Legislative Softball Classic saw the Republicans top their Democrat rivals by a score of 15-5 while generating more than $10,000 for Liberty House. “The first Classic was such a wonderful success that we had to keep it going,” explained VIC leader Sean Morrison (R-Epping).

Sports banter has already commenced between the rival camps ahead of the 2018 Classic. “I just made a substantial pledge to Liberty House,” explained House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack), the manager for the Republican team. “But I’ll double my donation if somehow the Democrats get lucky and pull off a win.” Democrat manager, House Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook) sees things differently. “Democrats mean business in 2018,” explained Shurtleff. “Our win in the Classic in June will show that 2018 is going to be a blue year in New Hampshire and across the country!”

The two teams will be vying for the “Antler Trophy” won by the GOP last year that now has a name. The “Murphy-Brown Trophy” honors two Granite State political stalwarts.

Republican Francis P. Murphy was elected as the sixty-fourth governor of New Hampshire in 1936. A former lieutenant in the New Hampshire National Guard,  Murphy chaired the Electric Power Supply Committee during World War I and also served in the New Hampshire House of  Representatives as well as the Executive Council. In 1954, Governor Murphy started WMUR-TV in Manchester.

Democrat Fred Brown was elected as the fifty-ninth N.H governor in 1922 and then to the U.S. Senate in 1932. A talented baseball player, he saw action with the National League’s Boston Beaneaters (later the Braves) in 1901 and 1902.

More information about the Legislative Softball Classic and the Murphy-Brown Trophy may be obtained by contacting Rep. Michael Moffett (R-Loudon) at michael.moffett@leg.state.nh.us.

House Republicans Comment on Passage of HB317

CONCORD – Today, the House passed HB317, prohibiting the public utilities commission from increasing the system benefits charge without legislative approval, by a vote of 173-171. House Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Assistant Majority Leader and prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Michael Vose (R-Epping), released the following statements:

House Majority Leader Dick Hinch:

“New Hampshire Ratepayers are burdened with some of the highest energy costs in the country. House Republicans remain committed to doing everything in our power to protect the New Hampshire Ratepayer. This bill assures that there is accountability when it comes to the Systems Benefit Charge. I applaud the ST&E committee for the work they have done on this bill and am thrilled to see it pass the House.”

Representative Michael Vose:

“New Hampshire Ratepayers deserve to be able to hold their government accountable and today was a great step in that direction. This bill provides the legislature with the oversight and control needed to prevent a slide into economic stagnation caused by over regulation and excessive taxation.“

Chandler Statement on 2018 Legislative Initiatives

Speaker Gene Chandler issued the following statement following Gov. Sununu’s press conference this morning during which he outlined his initiatives for the upcoming legislative session.

“The House is looking forward to continuing our legislative successes of the past session in working closely with Gov. Sununu. Today House and Senate leadership joined the governor in committing to making New Hampshire even more competitive within the New England economy by creating jobs, scaling back on stifling regulations, and ensuring that any new legislation will not impede New Hampshire business from being successful. Our focus will also be on lowering the state’s high energy costs, modernizing our laws to ensure that our citizens have the protections they deserve, advancing policies that will achieve education excellence, and continuing to battle the opioid crisis. I applaud the governor for being proactive in these important areas and I look forward to working with him in the coming session.”