CACR 7 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

19-0330

06/08

 

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 7

 

RELATING TO: membership of the New Hampshire house of representatives.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the number of representatives be reduced.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Cahill, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This constitutional amendment concurrent resolution provides for a smaller membership in the New Hampshire house of representatives.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type

 

19-0330

06/08

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONSITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

 

RELATING TO: membership of the New Hampshire house of representatives.

 

PROVIDING THAT: the number of representatives be reduced.

 

Be it Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring,  that the

Constitution of New Hampshire be amended as follows:

 

I.  That article 9 of the second part of the constitution be amended to read as follows:

[Art.] 9. [Representatives Elected Every Second Year; Apportionment of Representatives.]  There shall be in the legislature of this state a house of representatives, biennially elected and founded on principles of equality, and representation therein shall be as equal as circumstances will admit.  The whole number of representatives to be chosen from the towns, wards, places, and representative districts thereof established hereunder, shall be not less than [three hundred seventy-five] one hundred seventy-five or more than  [four hundred] two hundred.  As soon as possible after the convening of the next regular session of the legislature, and at the session in 1971, and every ten years thereafter, the legislature shall make an apportionment of representatives according to the last general census of the inhabitants of the state taken by authority of the United States or of this state.  In making such apportionment, no town, ward or place shall be divided nor the boundaries thereof altered.

II.  That the above amendment proposed to the constitution be submitted to the qualified voters of the state at the state general election to be held in November, 2020.

III.  That the selectmen of all towns, cities, wards and places in the state are directed to insert in their warrants for the said 2020 election an article to the following effect:  To decide whether the amendments of the constitution proposed by the 2019 session of the general court shall be approved.

IV.  That the wording of the question put to the qualified voters shall be:

"Are you in favor of amending article 9 of the second part of the constitution to read as follows:

[Art.] 9. [Representatives Elected Every Second Year; Apportionment of Representatives.] There shall be in the legislature of this state a house of representatives, biennially elected and founded on principles of equality, and representation therein shall be as equal as circumstances will admit.  The whole number of representatives to be chosen from the towns, wards, places, and representative districts thereof established hereunder, shall be not less than one hundred seventy-five or more than two hundred.  As soon as possible after the convening of the next regular session of the legislature, and at the session in 1971, and every ten years thereafter, the legislature shall make an apportionment of representatives according to the last general census of the inhabitants of the state taken by authority of the United States or of this state.  In making such apportionment, no town, ward or place shall be divided nor the boundaries thereof altered."

V.  That the secretary of state shall print the question to be submitted on a separate ballot or on the same ballot with other constitutional questions.  The ballot containing the question shall include 2 squares next to the question allowing the voter to vote “Yes” or “No.”  If no cross is made in either of the squares, the ballot shall not be counted on the question.  The outside of the ballot shall be the same as the regular official ballot except that the words “Questions Relating to Constitutional Amendments proposed by the 2019 General Court” shall be printed in bold type at the top of the ballot.

VI.  That if the proposed amendment is approved by 2/3 of those voting on the amendment, it becomes effective when the governor proclaims its adoption.

VII.  Voters' Guide.

AT THE PRESENT TIME, there may be not less than 375 nor more than 400 members of the New Hampshire house of representatives.

IF THE AMENDMENT IS ADOPTED, there may be not less than 175 nor more than 200 members of the New Hampshire house of representatives.