Bill Text: NH HB529 | 2015 | Regular Session | Introduced

Bill Title: Relative to party conventions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2015-11-19 - Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate; 1/6/16; Vote 5-0; Consent Calendar; Senate Calendar 49 [HB529 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2015-HB529-Introduced.html






AN ACT relative to party conventions.

SPONSORS: Rep. Simmons, Hills 17; Rep. Lachance, Hills 8; Rep. McLean, Hills 15

COMMITTEE: Election Law


This bill eliminates certain meeting requirements for state conventions of political parties. This bill also allows a party to fill a vacancy in the office of delegate to a state party convention as provided in its constitution or bylaws.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fifteen

AN ACT relative to party conventions.

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

1 Vacancies. Amend RSA 661:10 to read as follows:

661:10 Delegate to State Party Convention. If a vacancy occurs in the office of delegate to a state party convention, the vacancy shall not be filled except as provided in the party’s constitution or bylaws.

2 State Party Conventions. Amend RSA 667:21 to read as follows:

667:21 [Date,] Call and Purposes.

I. [Not earlier than the third Tuesday of September following any primary, and not later than the last Tuesday of October,] Upon the call of the chairman of the state committee of the party, the nominees of each party for the offices of governor, United States senator, United States representative, executive councilors, state senators, county officers, representatives, state delegates elected, the incumbent United States senator or senators and the incumbent county commissioners serving 4-year terms, if any, whose term or terms shall not expire during the January following that year’s general election, shall meet in state convention for the purpose of adopting the platform of their party, nominating presidential electors, and effecting an organization for the following 2 years. The names and domiciles of the presidential electors nominated by such convention shall be forthwith certified to the secretary of state by the chairman and the clerk of the convention. Upon receipt of the foregoing certifications, the secretary of state shall publish in some paper of general circulation the names of the persons found by him or her to have been chosen as candidates for presidential electors by the several parties.

II. [Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph I,] A political party may, in accordance with the provisions of the party’s constitution or bylaws, provide for an alternative method of determining the [date,] call and purpose of the party’s state convention and the selection of delegates and composition of such convention. If a party decides to hold a convention for the purpose of adopting a platform of the party, nominating presidential electors, effecting an organization for the following 2-year period, and other party business as the political party determines, the convention shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of the party under this section.

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