Bill Text: NH HB319 | 2021 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics naturalization test.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 6-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2021-04-13 - Introduced 04/08/2021 and Referred to Education; Senate Journal 12 [HB319 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB319-Amended.html

HB 319 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

8Apr2021... 0726h

2021 SESSION

21-0356

04/06

 

HOUSE BILL 319

 

AN ACT requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics naturalization test.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Moffett, Merr. 9; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26; Rep. Lang, Belk. 4; Rep. Rouillard, Hills. 6; Rep. Shaw, Hills. 16; Rep. Hobson, Rock. 35; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2

 

COMMITTEE: Education

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires university system and community college system students, as a requirement for graduation, to pass the 2020 version of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

8Apr2021... 0726h 21-0356

04/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT requiring students in the university and community college systems of New Hampshire to pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services civics naturalization test.

 

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

 

1  New Section; University System of New Hampshire; Civics Graduation Requirement.  Amend RSA 187-A by inserting after section 16-b the following new section:

187-A:16-c  Civics Graduation Requirement.  Every student admitted or transferring to an institution in the university system of New Hampshire on or after January 1, 2023 shall, as a requirement for graduation and in addition to any other baccalaureate degree graduation requirements, show proof of having passed the 128-question 2020 version of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test with a score of 70 of better, or shall be required take and pass such test with a score of 70 or greater.  University system of New Hampshire institutions shall establish procedures to administer, certify, and record results of this assessment for students needing to satisfy this requirement. Exchange students and foreign nationals shall be exempt from this section.

2  New Section; Community College System of New Hampshire; Civics Graduation Requirement.  Amend RSA 188-F by inserting after section 6 the following new section:

188-F:6-a  Every student admitted or transferring to an institution in the community college system of New Hampshire on or after January 1, 2023 shall, as a requirement for graduation and in addition to any other degree graduation requirements, show proof of having passed the 128-question 2020 version of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test with a score of 70 of better, or shall be required take and pass such test with a score of 70 or greater.  Community college system of New Hampshire institutions shall establish procedures to administer, certify, and record results of this assessment for students needing to satisfy this requirement. Exchange students and foreign nationals shall be exempt from this section.

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

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