New Hampshire Right to Life
The Mission The Mission of New Hampshire Right to Life is to foster respect for human life from the moment of fertilization to natural death and to promote the right to life as the paramount social issue through educational, legislative, political, and other forms of lawful activity, adhering to the following Life Principles, as it relates to abortion, abortifacient contraception, in vitro fertilization, suicide, assisted suicide, euthanasia, and experimentation on the human genome. Life Principles in order to foster respect for all innocent human life. We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all human beings are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which is the right to life, and Therefore The right to life of each human being shall be preserved and protected by every human being in the society and by the society as a whole, and The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from that human being’s biological beginning when the Father’s sperm fertilizes the Mother’s ovum, and The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected from the biological beginning throughout the natural continuum of that human being’s life by all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts, and The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected at each stage of the life continuum to the same extent as at each and every other stage regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and The life of each human being shall be preserved and protected to the same extent as the life of each and every other human being regardless of state of health or condition of dependency, and When there is any doubt that there exists a human being’s life to preserve and protect, such doubt shall be resolved In favor of the existence of a human being, and When two or more human beings are in a situation in which their lives are mutually endangered, all available ordinary means and reasonable efforts shall be used to preserve and protect the life of each and every human being so endangered. Bills of Interest
NHTI  NHTI was opened in 1965 under the name New Hampshire Technical Institute with three engineering technology programs. In 2008, the name of the College was changed to NHTI, Concord's Community College. This name honors our past and reflects our growth to a comprehensive community college with 92 academic programs and a full campus life. NHTI is situated in south central New Hampshire in the capital city of Concord. The campus is located on 240 acres of fields and woods with frontage on the Merrimack River. It is an easy drive to the White Mountains, New Hampshire's Lakes Region, the New England seacoast and metropolitan Boston. With a 95 full-time faculty and over 300 adjunct faculty members, our typical class size is 15 to 25 students with an average age of 25. We have approximately 4,568 day, evening and weekend credit and noncredit students attending NHTI each year. 4.84 % of our students report ethnicity other than Caucasian (including African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and Native American), and the general student body is made up of 45% men and 55% women. Facilities 16,000 sq. ft. Student Center Library / Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) Child and Family Development Center (child care and educational programs) 5 academic classroom buildings 3 co-educational residence halls Fitness and Recreation Programs 42 Associate Degree Programs 2 Professional Certificates 48 Certificate Programs Campus Life Community Service Opportunities Internships, practica, and clinical   experiences Career Resources Peer and professional tutoring Academic and study strategies support Personal counseling English as a Second Language Phi Theta Kappa honor society Student Organizations Walking Trails
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2018 U.S. Race for House - NH District #2
RUNNING FOR U.S. Congress - NH District 2 Democrates: Ann Mclane Kuster - (D) (Incumbent) Republicans: Brian Belanger - (R) Stewart Levenson - (R) Lynne F. Blankenbeker - (R) Jay Mercer - (R) Steve Negron - (R) Robert Burns - (R) Libertarian: Justin O'Donnell - (L) Tom Alciere - (L) Independent/Other: Gary Scott Moody - (I) Dexter W. Dow - (US)   RUNNING FOR U.S. House - NH District 2           Ann McLane Kuster   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age:  61 years Candidate Experience:  Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2012 - present); Attorney               Brian Belanger   Party Affiliation:  Republican  Age:  48 years Candidate Experience:    Businessman             Lynne Blankenbeker   Party Affiliation:  Republican   Age:  53 years Candidate Experience:  Representative, NH House of Representatives (2009 - 2012); Captain, Navy Reserves; Nurse; Attorney           Stewart Levenson   Party Affiliation:    Republican   Age:  69 years Candidate Experience:    Former New England Regional Director of the VA          Jay Mercer  Party Affiliation:    Republican   Age:  -- Candidate Experience:    Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives (2016)                 Steve Negron   Party Affiliation:  Republican   Age:  58 Candidate Experience:  Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - present); President & CEO, Integron, LLC               Robert Burns Party Affiliation: Republican Age:  40  Candidate Experience: Hillsborough County Deputy Treasurer; owner, Burns Automation; Manchester Selectman            Justin O'Donnell   Party Affiliation:  Libertarian   Age:  28 years Candidate Experience:  Health Insurance Agent, eHealth Insurance Services; Massachusetts Army National Guard            Tom Alciere Party Affiliation: Libertarian Age: Candidate Experience: Candidate, US Senate (2010, 2004, 2016); Resigned from NH House of Representatives in 2001               Gary Scott Moody Party Affiliation: Independent/Other Age: Candidate Experience: Truck driver; site clerk at nuclear power plants for Westinghouse Electric Company            Dexter W. Dow Party Affiliation: Independent/Other Age: 30 Candidate Experience: Website Developer/Administrator, Social Media Manager, SEO and Marketing, Truck Driver, Electrical Apprentice, Volunteer Fire Fighter, Nursing Student, Phelbotomist, The Nationation Society of Leadership and Success Basketball Assistant Coach (Youth League), Basketball Camp Counselor.  
2018 U.S. Race for House - NH District #1
RUNNING FOR 2018 U.S. Congress - NH District 1 Naomi Andrews - (D) Mark S. Mackenzie - (D) Deaglan McEachern - (D) Mindi F. Messmer - (D) Terence O'Rourke - (D) Christopher Pappas - (D) Levi Sanders - (D) Lincoln Soldati - (D) Maura Sullivan - (D) Eddie Edwards - (R) Andy Sanborn - (R) Bruce Crochetiere - (R)   RUNNING FOR 2018 U.S. HOUSE - NH District 1              Naomi Andrews Party Affiliation: Democrat Candidate Experience: Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter                                                                               Mark S. Mackenzie   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age:  65 years Candidate Experience:  Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - present); President Emeritus        Deaglan McEachern   Party Affiliation:  Democrat  Age: 34 years Candidate Experience:  Strategic Account Executive, Hearsay Social (2013 - present)        Mindi F. Messmer   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age:  54 years Candidate Experience:    Representative, NH House of Representatives (2016 - present) Environmental Consultant           Terence O’Rourke   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age:  39 years Candidate Experience:  Lawyer, U.S. Army veteran (awarded a Bronze Star Service Medal, Parachutist Badge and Combat Action          Christopher Pappas   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age:  37 years Candidate Experience:  Executive Councilor (2012 - present) Representative, NH House of Representatives (2002 - 2006)          Levi Sanders   Party Affiliation:  Democrat   Age: 48 years Candidate Experience:  Social Security Senior Legal Analyst, Political Strategist for his Father Bernie Sanders Presidential Run Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services (2000 - Present)        Lincoln Soldati  Party Affiliation:  Democrat Age:  -- Candidate Experience:  Former Mayor of Somersworth; former Strafford County Attorney; U.S. Army Veteran        Maura Sullivan   Party Affiliation:  Democrat Age: 64 years Candidate Experience:  Former Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran            Eddie Edwards  Party Affiliation:  Republican   Age: -- Candidate Experience:  Former South Hampton Police Chief, former Chief of New Hampshire State Division of Liquor.          Andy Sanborn    Party Affiliation:  Republican   Age:  -- Candidate Experience:  Senator, NH Senate (2010 - Present), Corporate Finance Adviser, Owner, The Draft Restaurant Bruce Crochetiere Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 53 years Candidate Experience: Founder and chairman, Focus Technology Solutions, Inc.
Ways and Means
ALL BILLS (2017) -- HOUSE BILLS (2017) -- SENATE BILLS (2017) -- Committee Function: -- Legislation Currently in Committee: HB560    Title:  establishing keno. HB104     Title:  repealing the commuters income tax. HB386     Title:  relative to technical corrections to the education tax credit statute. HB531     Title:  increasing the minimum gross business income required for filing a business profits tax return. HB580     Title:  (Second New Title) relative to fantasy sports contests. HB654     Title:  (Second New Title) establishing a committee to study the regulation and taxation of vacation rentals and short-term rentals, and relative to examinations of vacation and short-term rentals. HB164     Title:  (New Title) relative to poker in private residences and relative to limits on wagers in charitable games of chance. HB316     Title:  relative to a statewide property tax exemption for commercial and industrial construction. HB560     Title:  establishing keno. HB574     Title:  increasing the limit on contributions to the community development finance authority for which an investment tax credit may be taken. HB489     Title:  (New Title) establishing a commission to study adaptation of the tax structure of the state to economic and demographic change. SB184     Title:  modifying the research and development tax credit for first-time recipients of the credit. SB185     Title:  extending the community revitalization tax relief program to coastal properties subject to storm surge, sea level rise, and extreme precipitation. SB187     Title:  clarifying the application of the road toll. SB244     Title:  relative to exemption of income from taxation under the tax on interest and dividends. SB1     Title:  reducing the rate of the business profits tax. SB2     Title:  reducing the rates of the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax. SB77     Title:  relative to expense deductions under the business profits tax. SB208     Title:  establishing a working families property tax refund program. SB186     Title:  establishing a committee to study the tax characterization of stormwater utility fees. SB188     Title:  establishing a nonpartisan revenue estimator position in the department of administrative services. SB206     Title:  (New Title) relative to wagering on simulcast racing. SB207     Title:  relative to the tax on chewing tobacco. SB183     Title:  establishing the New Hampshire technology sector marketing tax credit. SB188     Title:  establishing a nonpartisan revenue estimator position in the department of administrative services. SB205     Title:  establishing the small business jobs fund and tax credit. SB242     Title:  relative to video lottery and table gaming. SB75     Title:  establishing a tax credit against business profits taxes for donations to career and technical education centers. SB76     Title:  establishing an option to rebate the research and development tax credit against business profits taxes, and making an appropriation therefor. SB182     Title:  relative to meals and rooms tax annual revenue reporting by the department of revenue administration. SB186     Title:  establishing a committee to study the tax characterization of stormwater utility fees. SB37     Title:  (New Title) relative to tip pooling. SB74     Title:  relative to economic revitalization zone tax credits. SB78     Title:  (New Title) relative to confidentiality of state tax records in state administrative or judicial proceedings. SB79     Title:  relative to taxation of historic residential structures. SB16     Title:  reauthorizing the commission to study apportionment of gross business profits under RSA 77-A and the committee to study the process by which business names are authorized by the secretary of state.    
ALL BILLS (2017) -- HOUSE BILLS (2017) -- SENATE BILLS (2017) -- Committee Function: -- Legislation Currently in Committee: HB432    Title:  relative to enforcement of parking prohibitions. HB433     Title:  relative to number plate decals for firefighters. HB451     Title:  (New Title) relative to motorcycle endorsements and restrictions and relative to enhanced drivers' licenses and identification cards. HB458    Title:  relative to motorcycle headlamps. HB88     Title:  (New Title) relative to Purple Heart and Pearl Harbor survivor number plates. HB371     Title:  relative to bond requirements for public works contracts. HB417     Title:  (New Title) relative to certain motor vehicle records. HB424     Title:  relative to documentation required for registration of certain title exempted vehicles and modifying the requirements for removal and sale of certain vehicles. HB479     Title:  (New Title) authorizing Rotary Foundation number plate decals. HB81     Title:  (New Title) establishing a committee to study gold star number plates. HB154     Title:  relative to interference with traffic devices. HB211     Title:  (New Title) relative to temporary OHRV registrations for nonresidents, and OHRV and snowmobile trail connectors. HB237     Title:  (New Title) establishing a committee to study helmet and restraint laws for youth operators and passengers of OHRVs and snowmobiles, and relative to a trail connector in the town of Henniker. HB508     Title:  naming the New Hampshire Army National Guard Regional Training Institute and Barracks facility in Pembroke after Colonel Edward Cross. SB176     Title:  to officially retain the name of a bridge in the city of Lebanon as Lyman Bridge. SB177     Title:  naming a bridge in Groveton in honor of George Langley and Lyle Hersom. SB203     Title:  requiring the department of transportation to alleviate safety issues at an intersection in Ossipee. SB204     Title:  (New Title) relative to Purple Heart and Pearl Harbor survivor number plates. SB175     Title:  naming a certain bridge on Route 9 in Madbury the Allyn Jennison Bridge. SB178     Title:  relative to motor vehicle registration transfer credits. SB179     Title:  making appropriations for the operation, maintenance, and repair of certain welcome centers and rest areas in Coos county. SB180     Title:  including low digit number plates as vanity plates. SB31     Title:  authorizing decal plates for the University of New Hampshire. SB34     Title:  relative to recovery of costs for damage done to highways. SB14     Title:  relative to the use of amber lights by plow operators. SB25     Title:  relative to small claims resulting from accidents due to activities of the department of transportation. SB27     Title:  (New Title) relative to grip height of motorcycles. SB28     Title:  relative to salvage certificates of titles for motor vehicles.      
HB 628
HOUSE BILL 628-FN   AN ACT relative to a family and medical leave insurance program.   SPONSORS: Rep. Gile, Merr. 27; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. LeBrun, Hills. 32; Rep. Rosenwald, Hills. 30; Rep. Fothergill, Coos 1; Rep. Gargasz, Hills. 27; Rep. McMahon, Rock. 7; Rep. Cilley, Straf. 4; Rep. King, Hills. 33; Sen. Woodburn, Dist 1; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15   COMMITTEE: Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services   ─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────   ANALYSIS   This bill establishes a system of paid family and medical leave insurance.   - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   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.     9Jan2018... 2481h 8Feb2018... 0225h 17-0016 06/10   STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE   In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen   AN ACT relative to a family and medical leave insurance program.   Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:   1  New Chapter; Family and Medical Leave Insurance.  Amend RSA by inserting after chapter 282-A the following new chapter: CHAPTER 282-B FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE INSURANCE 282-B:1  Findings.  The general court finds that family and medical leave insurance will help New Hampshire attract and retain workers, including younger workers, will enable parents to bond with biological, adopted, or foster children, will help meet the needs of an aging population, will advance the health of New Hampshire's workforce and workplace stability, and will enhance worker retention and productivity.  The general court therefore finds that it is in the public interest to establish a system of family and medical leave insurance (FMLI) with benefits to be provided to qualified workers on a limited basis. 282-B:2  Definitions.  In this chapter: I.  "Benefit year" means the 12-month period beginning with the first day of the calendar week in which the individual next files an application for FMLI benefits after the expiration of the individual's last preceding application year. II.  "Calendar quarter" has the same meaning as in RSA 282-A5. III.  "Child" has the same meaning as "son or daughter" in 29 U.S.C. section 2611(12). IV.  "Commissioner" means the commissioner of the department of employment security. V.  "Department" means the department of employment security. VI.  "Employer" has the same definition as relevant provisions of RSA 282-A:8., except as provided in RSA 282-A:9. VII.  "Employment" means wages paid for services by an employer that is covered by this chapter. VIII.  “Family member” means a “child”, as defined in RSA 282-B:2, III, a biological, adoptive or foster parent, stepparent, or legal guardian of the child or the child’s spouse or domestic partner, a biological, adoptive, or foster grandparent or  step grandparent, or a spouse or domestic partner under RSA 457. IX.  "Family and medical leave" means leave from work: (a)  Because of the birth of a child of the employee, within the past 12 months; or (b)  Because of the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or fostering, within the past 12 months; or (c)  Because of a serious health condition of a family member; or (d)  Because of a serious health condition of the employee that isn't related to employment. X.  "FMLI" means family and medical leave insurance. XI.  "Federal Family and Medical Leave Act" means the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. chapter 28. XII.  "Serious health condition" means any illness covered by the federal family and medical leave act including treatment for addiction as prescribed by a treating clinician, consistent with American Society of Addiction Medicine criteria, as well as treatment for a mental health condition, consistent with American Psychiatric Association criteria. XIII.  "Fund" means the family and medical leave insurance fund as described in RSA 282-B:4. 282-B:3  Employer Applicability. I.  This chapter applies to all nongovernmental employers, provided that any employer participating in a self-insured plan or who is self-insured may opt out of this chapter upon certification by the commissioner or authorized representative that the employer provides an equivalent benefit for its employees.  The state or its political subdivisions may opt into this chapter upon certification by the commissioner or authorized representative that this chapter's insurance benefits are at least equivalent to the benefits provided under the collective bargaining agreement, provided the applicable bargaining unit has first ratified this option. II.  All employers subject to this chapter shall remit FMLI premium payments on a calendar quarter basis.  These quarterly insurance premium payments shall amount to 0.67 percent of wages per employee per week for each week of the preceding quarter.  Employers may withhold or divert no greater than 0.67 percent of wages per week per employee to satisfy this paragraph, provided that such employers provide employees, before employment commences, a department approved information sheet containing conspicuous language explaining the costs and benefits of the insurance and indicating that employees are able to affirmatively opt-out of the insurance by downloading a form from the department and that such form, if the employee chooses to opt-out, shall be notarized and submitted to the department and the employer before employment commences, and that the employee shall be provided the opportunity to opt in on January 1 of each year.  No employer shall make opting-out of the insurance a condition of employment nor discriminate against an employee in compensation or in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on whether or not the employee opts-out of the insurance. III.  The penalties for falsity by employers shall be in accordance and consistent with RSA 282-A:166.  The process for failing to adequately report shall be in accordance and consistent with RSA 282-A:151-152 and 282-A:166-a, and any resulting appeals shall be processed in accordance and consistent with RSA 282-A:94-98. 282-B:4  Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund Administration.  The department shall create and administer a family and medical leave insurance fund for deposits of insurance payments paid pursuant to RSA 282-B:3, and accept any other deposit of moneys as authorized by law or by the commissioner or authorized representative.  No FMLI fund moneys shall be co-mingled with unemployment insurance fund moneys.  The department is authorized to withdraw or deduct from the FMLI fund where there are qualifying FMLI benefit payments or for any amounts reasonably necessary to implement and administer the provisions of this chapter. 282-B:5  Employer and Employee Responsibilities. I.  An employee shall both file an application with the department, including any applicable medical certification or birth certificate, and provide his or her employer with written notice of intent to take a leave of absence at least 30 days before the leave will begin unless the leave was not reasonably foreseeable or the time of the leave changes due to circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable.  An employee's failure to provide required notice may delay or reduce benefits. II.  Any employee of an employer covered under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act who takes leave under this chapter shall be restored to the position he or she held in the application period or to an equivalent position by his or her employer.  Employers shall continue to provide health insurance to employees during the leave, but employees remain responsible for any employee-shared costs associated with the health insurance benefits.  Employers shall not retaliate against any employee solely for exercising his or her rights under this chapter. III.  An employer may require that leave taken under this chapter be taken concurrently or otherwise coordinated with leave allowed under the terms of a collective bargaining agreement or employer policy.  The employer shall give individuals in its employ written notice of this requirement. 282-B:6  Eligibility Process, Calculation and Appeals. I.  An employee shall be limited up to 6 weeks of FMLI in any one application period.  An employee shall have had premium payments remitted as a percent of his or her wages for at least 6 months to be eligible for benefits and shall have worked in employment resulting in wages in the amount of at least 1,040 multiplied by the applicable minimum wage, in either the “base period” or “alternative base period”, as those terms are defined in RSA  282-A:2. II.  An employee shall be eligible for FMLI for reasons identified in paragraph I and RSA 282-B:2, IX. III.  The calculation of weekly FMLI benefits shall be the highest quarter of wages in either the base period or alternate base period as defined in RSA 282-A:2, then divided by 13 and multiplied by 0.6, provided that no such calculation of FMLI benefits shall be less than $125 per week or greater than 0.85 of the average weekly wage in New Hampshire.  The calculation for partial FMLI benefits shall be in a manner consistent with RSA 282-A:14. IV.  The process for FMLI benefits claims, violations, and any resulting appeals shall be in accordance and consistent with RSA 282-A:42 through RSA 282:68 and RSA 282-A:118.  The standard and process for handling overpayments shall be in accordance and consistent with RSA 282-A:29, RSA 282-A:141-RSA 282-A:156 and RSA 282-A:165.  In addition, an individual shall be disqualified from FMLI benefits beginning with the first day of the calendar week, and continuing for the next 26 weeks, in which the individual has been found to willfully made a false statement or misrepresentation regarding a material fact, or willfully failed to report a material fact, to obtain benefits under this chapter. 285-B:7  Limitations.  Nothing in this chapter shall diminish an employer's obligation to comply with a collective bargaining agreement or employer policy, nor does this chapter, or any decision by the commissioner or authorized representative under this chapter, limit the ability of employers to provide FMLI benefits or benefits beyond what is required by this chapter. 282-B:8  Report and Outreach.   I.  The department shall make public and provide semi-annual reports to the governor, senate president, speaker of the house of representatives, and the advisory council established pursuant to RSA 282-A:128 involving a summary to include but not be limited to, compliance with this chapter, payments into and out of the fund, fund balance, participation rates including for low wage employees, and retention of employees who received FMLI benefits. II.  The department shall develop and implement an outreach program to ensure that individuals who may be eligible to receive FMLI benefits under this chapter are made aware of these benefits.  Outreach information shall explain in an easy to understand format, eligibility requirements, the claims process, weekly benefit amounts, maximum benefits available, notice requirements, reinstatement and non-discrimination rights, confidentiality, and coordination of leave under this chapter and other laws, collective bargaining agreements, and employer policies. 282-B:9  Rulemaking.  The commissioner shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A,  relative to this chapter.  In adopting rules, the commissioner shall maintain consistency with the rules adopted to implement the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, to the extent such rules are not in conflict with this chapter. 2  Advisory Council.  Amend RSA 282-A:128 to read as follows: 282-A:128  Advisory Council.  There is hereby created within the unemployment compensation bureau an advisory council on unemployment compensation and family medical leave insurance, hereinafter called the advisory council.  The advisory council shall consist of 9 members to be appointed, with the exception of the legislative members, by the governor with the consent and advice of the governor's council.  Three of the appointees of this advisory council shall be persons who, because of their vocations, employment or affiliations, shall be classed as representing the point of view of employers; 3 shall be persons who, because of their vocations, employment or affiliations, shall be classed as representing the point of view of employees; one shall be a senator from the insurance committee appointed by the senate president; one shall be a representative from the labor, industrial and rehabilitative services committee appointed by the speaker of the house; the remaining appointee, who shall be designated as chairman, shall be a person whose training and experience qualify him to deal with the problems of unemployment compensation.  Such advisory council shall meet no later than 45 days after each calendar quarter and aid the commissioner in formulating policies and discussing problems related to the administration of this chapter and RSA 282-B and in assuring impartiality and freedom from political influence in the solution of such problems.  Advisory council meetings shall provide opportunity for public comment.  The advisory council shall quarterly review and evaluate family medical leave insurance and, after 2 years of administration, the commissioner shall assess utilization, finances, and benefit levels and provide the general court with rate adjustment or fiscal recommendations. 3  New Subparagraph; State Treasurer; Application of Receipts.  Amend RSA 6:12, I(b) by inserting after subparagraph (339) the following new subparagraph: (340)  Moneys deposited in the family and medial leave insurance fund established in RSA 282-B:4. 4  Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program; Funding.  The initial administrative and implementation costs associated with this chapter shall either be a capital appropriation included in the state capital budget of the 2019 legislative session or an appropriation in fiscal year 2020 in the operating budget for the biennium ending June 30, 2021.  Initial administrative and implementation costs shall be reimbursed to the general fund within 10 years. 5  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.   LBAO 17-0016 Amended 2/23/18   HB 628-FN- FISCAL NOTE AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2018-0225h)   AN ACT relative to a family and medical leave insurance program.   FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None       Estimated Increase / (Decrease) STATE: FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021 FY 2022    Appropriation $0 Indeterminable Indeterminable $0    Revenue $0 $0 $0 Indeterminable Increase    Expenditures Indeterminable Increase Indeterminable Increase Indeterminable Increase Indeterminable Increase Funding Source:   [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other           METHODOLOGY: This bill creates a family and medical leave insurance program (FMLI) to be administered by the Department of Employment Security.  The program would apply to non-governmental employers but allow an employer to opt out if they are able to demonstrate they provide an equivalent insurance plan for employees.  The state and political subdivisions would be allowed to opt into the program but would be required to show benefits available in the program are at least equivalent to the benefits provided under their existing plan.  Initial administrative and implementation costs would be funded with a capital or operating budget appropriation in the FY 2019 legislative session.     The Department of Employment Security has no information on which, if any, governmental entities would opt into the program, whether there would be any cost or benefit to doing so, or whether such action would be revenue neutral.  The bill would allow employees the ability to opt-out before employment commences.  An employee choosing to opt-out would have the opportunity to opt-in each January 1st.  It is not possible to estimate with any degree of certainty how many employees would choose to opt-out of the program or how many employees electing to participate in the insurance program would utilize the benefits available under the program.  The proposed benefit would be funded through 0.67 percent of participating employee wages withheld per week per employee.  Participating and qualifying employees would then be able to apply for up to 6 weeks of leave during any 12 month period. The weekly benefit is calculated at 60% of the employee’s average weekly wage during the highest earning quarter of the employee’s base period as defined in the legislation but no less than $125 per week, and no higher than 85% of the average weekly wage in New Hampshire.   The Department of Employment Security will be responsible for the creation and administration of the FMLI program.  The Department would accept and manage employer deposits into the FMLI Fund, adjudicate and pay benefits from the fund to eligible individuals and provide outreach and awareness regarding the FMLI program.  The Department estimates it would take 24 months to develop an information technology system to be able to accept and account for the revenue: take claims for benefits; adjudicate claims for benefits; and process appeals.  The project would start with the development of the enhancements to the current tax system in order to be able to accept and account for revenue.  This is expected to take 24 months and involve existing program staff from the Department of Employment Security and existing as well as new staff from the Department of Information Technology (DoIT).   A new benefit application would require 24 months to develop and launch and would be accomplished by contracting with an IT vendor.  The services would be procured through a competitive bid process and development could only begin after the contract is finalized.  The Department estimates it could take up to 6 months from the effective date of the bill for development of the benefit application to begin.  Therefore, the Department estimates the development period will be 30 months.  The benefit application would be designed by existing department staff working in collaboration with the IT vendor.  Once complete, the program would be administered by existing and new department staff.  The benefit application itself would be maintained by the IT vendor.  While the bill authorizes the Department to withdraw or deduct from the FMLI fund amounts reasonably necessary to implement and administer the FMLI program, the initial system development and staffing costs would be incurred before the program begins operation.  This would require an alternative funding source for program development and initial program launch.   The program would include a new public facing online application for filing for benefits and an internal staff view for adjudicating eligibility and electronic payment of benefits. The benefit application would include all of the conveniences currently provided to individuals for unemployment benefits.  The annual maintenance cost for the benefit payment application is estimated at $2,000,000 and would paid to the outside IT vendor chosen to administer and maintain the application.  This is consistent with the industry standard for maintenance costs of 20% of development costs.  Additional hardware to support the new benefit and revenue applications and database would be a one-time cost of $400,000.  The Department anticipates the new revenue application would be developed and maintained by state DoIT employees. The application would include all the same conveniences currently provided to employers for unemployment insurance taxes.   The staff costs include the cost to develop, test, launch and maintain the revenue application, costs to test and launch the benefit application, and ongoing costs for program maintenance after development is complete.  The majority of the staffing costs in FY 2019 and FY 2020 will be for existing and new DoIT staff working with Department of Employment Security staff to develop the revenue application.  In FY 2021 the staff costs will transition to from development costs to program costs.     The Department estimates the following staff and costs to develop, test, and launch the program:   Program Development Maintenance   FY 2019 FY 2020 FY 2021 FY 2022 Estimated Staff 8.13 FTEs 8.13 FTEs 47.63 FTES 43.61 FTEs           Staffing Costs $399,490 $1,126,240 $2,382,360 $4,247,840 Development Costs $0 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0 Other Costs $203,000 $210,000 $272,000 $2,120,000 Total $602,490 $6,336,240 $7,654,360 $6,367,840   The Insurance Department does not believe there are any companies offering insurance benefits similar to those being contemplated by this bill.  The Department indicates the bill would have no impact on the premium tax or the Department’s operations.  The Department assumes the program will be administered by the Department of Employment Security and not subject to Insurance Department oversight.     AGENCIES CONTACTED: New Hampshire Employment Security and Insurance Department    
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