Bill Text: NH HB228 | 2019 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Extending the commission to study the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public waterways and the construction or placement of structures within them and relative to the New Hampshire rivers management and protection program.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Enrolled) 2019-06-12 - Enrolled 06/06/2019 [HB228 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB228-Amended.html

HB 228 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

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HOUSE BILL 228

 

AN ACT extending the commission to study the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public waterways and the construction or placement of structures within them and relative to the New Hampshire rivers management and protection program.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Suzanne Smith, Graf. 8; Rep. Ebel, Merr. 5

 

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill:

 

I.  Extends the commission established in RSA 482-A:35 to study the effectiveness of the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public waterways and the construction or placement of structures within them, revises appointment criteria for a member of the commission, and establishes a quorum.

 

II.  Changes the appointing body for local river management advisory committee members from the commissioner of the department of environmental services to the rivers management advisory committee.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT extending the commission to study the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public waterways and the construction or placement of structures within them and relative to the New Hampshire rivers management and protection program.

 

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

 

1  Commission to Study the Effectiveness of the Current Statutes Related to Management of Non-tidal Public Waterways and the Construction or Placement of Structures Within Them; Membership.  RSA 482-A:35, II(o) is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

(o)  A public member representing recreational boating interests, appointed by the governor.

2  Commission to Study the Effectiveness of the Current Statutes Related to Management of Non-tidal Public Waterways and the Construction or Placement of Structures Within Them; Quorum and Extension of Reporting Date.  Amend RSA 482-A:35, V to read as follows:

V.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson and secretary from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the by the first-named member of the house.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Subsequent meetings shall be at the call of the chair, or at the request of 3 or more commission members.  Eight members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. The commission shall make an interim report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, the governor, the commissioner of the department of environmental services, the senate clerk, the house clerk, and the state library on or before November 1, [2018] 2019.  The commission shall make a final report of its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, the governor, the commissioner of the department of environmental services, the senate clerk, the house clerk, and the state library on or before November 30, [2019] 2020.

3  Structures on Non-tidal Public Waterways Commission; Repeal Date Extended.  Amend 2018, 95:3, I to read as follows:

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 30, [2019] 2020.

4  Local River Management Advisory Committees; Appointment by the Rivers Management Advisory Committee.  Amend RSA 483:8-a, I and II to read as follows:

I.  The [commissioner] advisory committee shall appoint a local river management advisory committee for each designated river or segment.  Committee members shall be chosen from lists of nominees submitted by the local governing bodies of the municipalities through which the designated river or segment flows.  All members of such committees shall be New Hampshire residents.

II.  Each committee shall be composed of at least 3 members who represent a broad range of interests in the vicinity of the designated river or segment.  These interests shall include, but not be limited to, local government, business, conservation interests, recreation, agriculture, and riparian landowners.  If an interest is not represented by the local governing bodies' nominations, the [commissioner] advisory committee may appoint a member from the vicinity of the designated river or segment, to the local river management advisory committee who will represent that interest.  County commissioners shall be permitted to nominate members to the local river management advisory committee in unincorporated towns or unorganized places.  Upon the request of the committee, local governing bodies or county commissioners within tributary drainage areas may submit nominees for appointment.  Each member shall serve a term of 3 years, except when the committee is first established.  When the committee is first established the [commissioner] advisory committee shall appoint members to one, 2, or 3 year terms to create staggered terms.

5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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