BILL WATCH

These are NH STATE bills that may affect the development in your town and what to do about them.

SB 12 – OPPOSESB 12 Bill Status Page
SB 12 would establish the New Hampshire college graduate retention incentive partnership (NH GRIP) to provide financial incentives to college graduates who are hired by participating employers and makes an appropriation to the department of business and economic affairs for that purpose.

Since when it is government’s purview to take our tax dollars to reward people for staying in the state? Just like the unconstitutional “workforce housing” bill, and other bills that attempt to mandate and control local matters, this bill has no place in our NH laws. It is not at all a function of government and is seen as a blatant attempt to change the political climate of an area.

The NHLA was correct when they stated:

“To take money from all NH residents in order to create another handout exclusively for students who attend college is unfair to other young adults who may choose other career options. The high business and property tax rates in NH are two of the main driving forces that make NH a less-attractive option for businesses and young working adults. The legislature would better serve residents by reducing spending and taxes, instead of spending even more tax money on creating new bureaucratic programs and band-aid fixes.”

ACTION: This bill went before the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee hearing with a 5-0 OTP. February 14 is the floor date for a full vote in the Senate. Write to ALL NH SENATORS to ask them to vote NO on this bill before the 14th.

HB 104 – OPPOSEHB 104 Bill Status Page
HB 104 would allow a state board to be formed that would make it easier for developers to override the local zoning laws of a town in a case where their projects were rejected.

The House Judiciary Committee recommended ITL with a vote of 18-0.

ACTION: Watch this page in case HB 104 comes up for a full vote in the House, or there is a similar bill introduced in the Senate.

SB 15 – OPPOSESB 15 Bill Status Page
SB 15 would allocate $10 million up front and, starting in October, $5 million a year from the real estate transfer tax, to go to a dedicated fund to support affordable housing projects. This function is not within the purview of state government! The Senate Finance Committee held a public hearing on the bill on February 5th, and the recommendation is not yet posted.

ACTION: Write to the Senate Finance Committee and ask them to ITL this bill: Senate Finance Committee

SB 241 – OPPOSESB 241 Bill Status Page
SB 241 would allow a study to be done on government-funded commuter rail, which is old technology and usually a taxpayer boondoggle. Not only that, it encourages Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), which translated means more “stack’n’pack” housing.

UPDATE: This bill for a study passed the Senate 14-10 along partisan lines. It must now go to the House, and then let’s hope the Governor has the brains to veto it.

ACTION: Assuming it will be assigned to the House Transportation Committee, when a date for a hearing is set, (keep checking the status page) you can express your opposition by writing to them at: House Transportation Committee

HB 522 – SUPPORTHB 522 Bill Status Page
HB 522 would establish a study committee to examine the detrimental health effects of 5G technology.

ACTION: Write to the members of the House Science, Technology and Energy Committee to express support for this bill: House Science, Technology and Energy