Bill Text: NH SB21 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to notice to cut timber.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 3-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-08 - Ought to Pass: Motion Adopted Voice Vote 05/08/2019 [SB21 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-SB21-Introduced.html

SB 21  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0867

05/06

 

SENATE BILL 21

 

AN ACT relative to notice to cut timber.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Starr, Dist 1; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Rep. Spang, Straf. 6; Rep. Pearl, Merr. 26

 

COMMITTEE: Election Law and Municipal Affairs

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that public notice of intent to cut timber is only required when the intent to cut is signed by the assessing officials outside a public meeting.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0867

05/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to notice to cut timber.

 

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

 

1  Forest Conservation and Taxation; Notice of Intent to Cut.  Amend RSA 79:10, I(b) to read as follows:

(b)  Any intent received by a city, town, or unincorporated place shall, within 15 days, be assigned a number in accordance with the guidelines provided by the commissioner of revenue administration, and be signed by the assessing officials if all conditions for approval have been met.  [Public notice shall be posted for any intent to cut received by a municipality before it is signed by assessing officials.] Notwithstanding RSA 91-A, the assessing officials may sign the intent to cut outside a public meeting.  When a notice is to be signed by the assessing officials outside a public meeting, public notice shall be posted by the municipality at least 24 hours, excluding Sundays and holidays, before it is signed. The notice shall be posted in the 2 places where the municipality regularly posts notices of its governing body meetings.  [Notwithstanding RSA 91-A, the assessing officials may sign the intent to cut outside a public meeting.] If the conditions for approval have not been met, the assessing officials shall send a letter to the owner or the person responsible for cutting, explaining the reason for the intent not being signed.  The assessing officials shall immediately forward any signed intent to the commissioner of revenue administration and shall also supply a copy to the owner upon request.  Failure of the assessing officials to forward signed intent to cut forms to the department of revenue administration shall constitute a violation.

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

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