The public’s business: on the NH legislative agenda for Feb. 18-19

The public’s business: on the NH legislative agenda for Feb. 18-19

February 17, 2020 Off By administrator
Housing Appeals Board repeal, commercial property tax proposal up for committee hearings

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, there will be hearings on a proposal to repeal the Housing Appeals Board. Also, expect committee votes on a bill that would require landlords to give 90-day notice on rent increases of 5% or more, and a bill to tax commercial and residential property at different rates. The New Hampshire House is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, Feb. 19, and Thursday, Feb. 20, to vote on measures that would expand net metering, legalize marijuana, regulate drones, use tax incentives for affordable housing and tax electronic devices, among others.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

At 9:30 a.m., the Senate Education and Workforce Development Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 726, which would – among other things — require the business finance authority to make loans available to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and the adjutant general to expand job training and apprenticeship programs for veterans.

At 9:45 a.m., the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on SB 487, which would repealing the housing appeals board establishing affordable housing commission

At 10 a.m., the House Resources and Recreation and Development Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1414, which would require a person who files a notice of intent to cut timber with assessing officials to also notify property abutters of the intent to cut.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee will hold hearings:

At 11 a.m. on HB 1418, which would allow department of agriculture funds to be used to increase farm energy efficiency.

At 2 p.m. on HB 1658, which would establish a registration program for growers and producers of hemp and hemp products.

At 3:30 p.m. on HB 1704, which would require the Department of Environmental Services make rules about composting meat and animal products.

At 11 a.m. The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee is scheduled to vote on:

  • HB 1225, which would expand the maximum net metering limits from one to five megawatts for municipal hydroelectric facilities.
  • HB 1262, which would make it easier for small producers of electricity to sell to consumers directly, not just to utilities.

At 1 p.m. The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on SB 610, which would allow the state Department of transportation engage in the regional transportation climate initiative

At 1 p.m. the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on:

  • HB 1109, which would require auto manufacturers to it maintains proprietary repair information for the vehicle for the dealer and purchaser.
  • HB 1215, which would bill prohibit the enforcement of condominium and homeowners association provisions which require greater than a simple majority vote to consent to the installation and use of a solar photovoltaic energy system.
  • HB 1320, which would require a landlord notify a tenant that he/she…

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