Bill Text: NH HB1004 | 2022 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to penalties for failure to provide information after an animal injury.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-03-17 - Inexpedient to Legislate: Motion Adopted Voice Vote 03/15/2022 House Journal 6 [HB1004 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2022-HB1004-Introduced.html

HB 1004-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2022 SESSION

22-2283

08/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1004-FN

 

AN ACT relative to penalties for failure to provide information after an animal injury.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hopper, Hills. 2; Rep. Erf, Hills. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes it a misdemeanor to fail to provide information after a dog injures another person.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

22-2283

08/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Two

 

AN ACT relative to penalties for failure to provide information after an animal injury.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Paragraph; Dogs; Menace; Nuisance; Vicious.  Amend RSA 466:31 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

IV.  If a dog is off leash and injures a person and the person responsible for the dog leaves the scene of the injury, without providing information about ownership of such dog, such person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2023.

 

LBA

22-2283

10/7/21

 

HB 1004-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to penalties for failure to provide information after an animal injury.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

FY 2025

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill contains penalties that may have an impact on the New Hampshire judicial and correctional systems.  There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures.  However, the entities impacted have provided the potential costs associated with these penalties below.

Judicial Council

FY 2022

FY 2023

Public Defender Program

Has contract with State to provide services.

Has contract with State to provide services.

Contract Attorney – Misdemeanor

$300/Case

$300/Case

Assigned Counsel – Misdemeanor

$60/Hour up to $1,400

$60/Hour up to $1,400

It should be noted that a person needs to be found indigent and have the potential of being incarcerated to be eligible for indigent defense services. Historically, approximately 85% of the indigent defense caseload has been handled by the public defender program, with the remaining cases going to contract attorneys (14%) or assigned counsel (1%).  Beginning in March of 2021, the public defender program has had to close intake to new cases due to excessive caseloads.  Due to these closures, the contract and assigned counsel program have had to absorb significantly more cases. The system is experiencing significant delays in appointing counsel and the costs of representation have increased due to travel time and multiple appointments.

NH Association of Counties

FY 2022

FY 2023

County Prosecution Costs

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Estimated Average Daily Cost of Incarcerating an Individual

$105 to $125

$105 to $125

 

This bill contains penalties that will have an indeterminable impact on the Judicial Branch system.  There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures.  In the past the Judicial Branch has used averaged caseload data based on time studies to estimate the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.  The per case data on costs for routine criminal cases currently available to the Judicial Branch are based on studies of judicial and clerical weighted caseload times for processing average routine criminal cases that are more than fifteen years old so the data does not have current validity.  A new case study is being conducted  and updated estimates will be available in the future.

 

Many offenses are prosecuted by local and county prosecutors.  When the Department of Justice has investigative and prosecutorial responsibility or is involved in an appeal, the Department may be able to absorb the cost within its existing budget.  However, if the Department needs to prosecute significantly more cases or handle more appeals, then costs will increase by an indeterminable amount.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Judicial Branch, Department Justice, Judicial Council, and New Hampshire Association of Counties

 

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