• 2017 Legislative Bills of Concern

  • February 10, 2017

    The Government Action Committee of the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce takes the below positions the following bills, pending review and approval of the Chamber Board of Directors.

    SENATE

    Workforce/Economic Development

    SB74 - relative to economic revitalization zone tax credits. IN FAVOR

    SB75 - establishing a tax credit against business profits taxes for donations to career and technical education centers. IN FAVOR

    SB76 -  establishing an option to rebate the research and development tax credit against business profits taxes, and making an appropriation therefor. IN FAVOR

    SB101 - relative to enrollment eligibility for regional career and technical education programs. IN FAVOR

    SB22 - relative to employer immunity for disclosure of certain worker employment information. IN FAVOR

    LSR734- reducing the rate of the business profits tax. IN FAVOR

    SB90 - adjusting the minimum employer's contribution rate for unemployment insurance. AGAINST

    SB94 – relative to making a capital appropriation for affordable housing. IN FAVOR with caveat that local communities will retain control over approval of proposed projects.

    SB135 - relative to the regulation of electricians. IN FAVOR

    SB205 – establishing the small business jobs fund and tax credit. IN FAVOR

    Energy

    2017-0925 - establishing a committee to study transmission and distribution costs in the state's energy system. IN FAVOR

    SB116 - requiring notice to affected municipalities of energy facility siting. IN FAVOR

    HOUSE

    Workforce/Economic Development

    HB155-relative to funding for kindergarten programs. IN FAVOR

    HB 219-relative to establishing a demographic study committee. IN FAVOR

    HB412 - relative to the pre-engineering technology curriculum. IN FAVOR

    HB522 - establishing a committee to review occupational licensing to determine which licenses could be made optional for practitioners. IN FAVOR

    Transportation

    HB347 - making an appropriation for rural bus service. The SVCC GAC supports this bill but suggests expanding the definition of rural. Currently as written this bill defines rural as counties with a population of 100,000. However, SVCC feels that the communities of the Souhegan Valley fit the intent of this bill, however as all our communities are located in Hillsborough County, our towns would be disqualified.

    Energy

    HB145 -  requiring municipal approval for siting high voltage transmission lines. AGAINST

    HB493 -  relative to evaluating the public interest of gas pipeline capacity contracts. IN FAVOR

    HB324 - relative to the valuation of utility property. IN FAVOR

    HB162 -  relative to the criteria for the issuance of certificates for the siting of high pressure gas pipelines. This bill adds a new section existing RSA 162-H. The new proposed section states:

    No site shall be considered for a high pressure gas pipeline unless the application provides that:

    I.  All affected residential property owners shall receive just compensation for eminent domain proceedings.  Compensation shall include:

    (a)  Payment of the full fair market value of all residential property taken by the applicant.

    (b)  Reasonable relocation expenses not to exceed $10,000.

    (c)  The cost of one real estate appraisal requested by the owner.

    (d)  Reasonable attorneys’ fees and legal costs incurred by the owner.

    II.  The applicant has established that 75 percent or more of the gas transmitted into New Hampshire as a result of such high pressure gas pipeline shall be distributed within New Hampshire.

    The GA Committee is AGAINST this proposal as we feel that the requirement of 75% of gas transmitted into New Hampshire must be distributed in New Hampshire is unrealistic and would prohibit pipeline projects from moving forward. The high cost of energy is of great concern to our member businesses and already impeding business expansion and development. Our region, and indeed all of New Hampshire, needs more diverse and affordable sources of energy, including natural gas. Limiting a pipeline to distributing 75% of its volume to New Hampshire will serve to prevent pipelines from coming into New Hampshire altogether as pipeline companies will find it not cost effective to service a small state such as New Hampshire. This leaves our businesses, especially our manufacturers, from viable energy choices.

    HB324 - relative to the valuation of utility property. IN FAVOR. This bill allows the Dept. of Revenue Administration to create a standard for the assessment method for utility poles for use by all communities. IN FAVOR

    Bills under review by the GAC (no position taken at this time):

    Senate

    SB135- relative to the regulation of electricians. 

    SB169 - relative to the definition of agritourism

    SB170 &SB191 -  relative to the authority of towns to issue bonds for the expansion of broadband infrastructure.

    SB100- making a general fund appropriation for continuation of the project development phase of the New Hampshire capital rail corridor project.

    SB94- making a capital appropriation for affordable housing.

    SB202- allowing community investment in a development finance institution.

    HOUSE

    HB 115 - establishing a state minimum wage and providing for adjustments to the minimum wage. This bill would establish a state minimum wage of $9.50 per hour.

    HB352 - relative to the energy efficiency fund.

    HB535 - relative to community net metering.

    HB337 - relative to municipal regulations of small wind energy systems.

    HB179 - relative to financing the construction of high pressure gas pipelines.

    HB559 - relative to expenditures from the energy efficiency fund. WATCH

    HB604 -establishing the John and Molly Stark workforce opportunity program.

    HB 401 - relative to the implementation of the recommendations of grid modernization.

    HB 628 - relative to a family and medical leave insurance program. From bill text: This bill establishes a social insurance program that would be operated by New Hampshire Employment Security to provide for paid family and medical leave insurance (FMLI).  This bill requires New Hampshire Employment Security to establish and administer the family and medical leave insurance fund.  Funding for the program shall come from employers who must remit family and medical leave insurance premium payments on a quarterly basis which shall be 0.5 percent of wages per employee per week for each week of the preceding quarter.

    HB 615 - reducing the rates of the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax.

    HB538 - requiring temporary licensure of a person holding an occupational or professional license granted in another state or country.

    HB522- establishing a committee to review occupational licensing to determine which licenses could be made optional for practitioners.

     

     

     

  • The Government Action Committee of the Souhegan Valley CHamber of Commerce supports the following bills:

    Senate

    SB74 - relative to economic revitalization zone tax credits. 

    SB75 - establishing a tax credit against business profits taxes for donations to career and technical education centers.

    SB76 -  establishing an option to rebate the research and development tax credit against business profits taxes, and making an appropriation therefor.

    2017-0925 - establishing a committee to study transmission and distribution costs in the state's energy system.

    House

     

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