Bill Text: NH HB457 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to the membership and duties of the legislative youth advisory council.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 7-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-11 - Retained in Committee [HB457 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB457-Introduced.html

HB 457  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0657

08/05

 

HOUSE BILL 457

 

AN ACT relative to the membership and duties of the legislative youth advisory council.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Hill, Merr. 3; Rep. Silber, Belk. 2; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. Rice, Hills. 37; Rep. Rouillard, Hills. 6; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26

 

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes changes to the membership and duties of the youth advisory council.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0657

08/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the membership and duties of the legislative youth advisory council.

 

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

 

1 Youth Advisory Council; Membership. RSA 19-K:2 is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

19-K:2 Membership. The council shall consist of 21 members, one of whom shall be a member of the house of representatives and one of whom shall be a member of the senate. The remaining 19 members shall be youths between the ages of 15 and 22.

I. The president of the senate shall solicit and evaluate applications from any source including recommendations from schools, colleges, community leaders, the governor, the secretary of state, and other senators. From those applications the senate president shall appoint 9 members who, as residents of this state, represent a cross-section of New Hampshire youth. Consideration shall be given to appointments that foster geographic and socio-economic diversity among council members and every attempt shall be made to appoint at least one member from each of the 10 counties as well as student representatives of public schools, home schools, charter schools, and private schools. Of the 9 members, 2 members shall be students in good standing at postsecondary education facilities within this state. In addition to the student members, the senate president shall appoint one member from the senate.

II. The speaker of the house of representatives shall solicit and evaluate applications from any source including recommendations from schools, colleges, community leaders, the governor, the secretary of state, and other representatives. From those applications, the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint 10 members who, as residents of this state, represent a cross-section of New Hampshire youth. Consideration shall be given to appointments that foster geographic and socio-economic diversity among council members and every attempt shall be made to appoint at least one member from each of the 10 counties as well as student representatives of public schools, home schools, charter schools, and private schools. Of the 10 members, 2 members shall be students in good standing at postsecondary education facilities within this state. In addition to the student members, the speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint one member of the house of representatives.

III. The legislative members of the council shall serve a term coterminous with their term in office. Nonlegislative members shall serve 2-year terms, except that the initial appointment of 9 of the members shall be for a term of one year. Except for legislative members, no member shall serve on the council for more than 4 years.

IV. If a member misses 3 consecutive meetings, without cause, the council may request that the appointing authority appoint a replacement member. Upon appointment of the replacement, the prior appointment shall terminate and the replacement shall serve for the remainder of the prior member’s term.

2 Youth Advisory Council; Duties. Amend RSA 19-K:3, III-VI to read as follows:

III. Conduct an annual seminar for council members regarding leadership, government, and the legislature at the state house where council members may be introduced to their representatives and senators.

IV. Meet no fewer than 4 times per year [and conduct public forums] on issues of importance to youth as the council deems necessary. At the discretion of the co-chairs, regional subcommittees may be established.

V. Communicate with other youth councils from across the country.

VI. Prepare and execute programming to encourage job growth in New Hampshire.

[VI.] VII.  File an annual report of its activities, including any recommendations for proposed legislation, on or before November 1 of each year with the speaker of the house, the senate president, the governor, the secretary of state, the house clerk, and the state library.

3 Youth Advisory Council; Council Administration. Amend RSA 19-K:4, I to read as follows:

I. The council member from the house of representatives shall serve as the [co-chair] co-chairperson of the council and shall call the first meeting of the council as soon as practical upon being sworn into office by the governor prior to the start of the legislative term. At the first meeting, the members shall call for nominations and set a date no longer than one month later to elect one youth member each to serve as co-chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, and legislative liaison, for a term of not longer than one year. [At the first meeting after the August annual seminar, the members shall elect one of the youth members to serve as co-chair for a term of one year.]  Prior to leaving office, council officers shall submit transactional documents to their successor through the legislative co-chair.

4 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

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