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Updates written on behalf of the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee keep Chamber members posted on legislation affecting your business, your employees, and your quality of life. If you have any questions, please contact the Chamber at (603) 224-2508.

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January 10, 2020  

The NH Legislature finishes the old and rings in the new

The House and Senate met this week to finish the 2019 business. The bills that were not ready for passage or elimination at the end of the 2019 session were worked on over the summer and fall.  Those bills were voted on this week either to move forward in 2020 or to die. The Senate took half a day to finish their business. The House took two full days to finish their business.

What's moving ahead that's of interest to the business community:

HB 532, which requires an employer to pay its employees earned but unused vacation or personal time is moving forward.

HB 712, which creates a mandatory paid family leave program, as expected, passed the House. The bill is very similar to the bill the governor vetoed last summer.  It will be interesting to see this one’s final fate.

HB 690 eliminates the work and community engagement requirement added to the Medicaid expansion program.

SB 159 raises the net metering from 1 MW generators to 5 MW generators. It will be interesting to see how this bill fairs as the Republicans and the Governor have submitted more modest increases in net metering. This should be an interesting debate throughout the session.

HB 731 increases the state minimum wage gradually over time up to $15 per hour by 2025, increases the base wage for tipped employees and inserts a cost-of-living adjustment.

One very good small business tax bill that is moving forward is SB 223, which increases the minimum gross business income required for filing a business profits tax return from $50,000-$75,000. Hopefully, the House will continue to move this bill forward.

Much to our chagrin, the bill allowing purchasing alliances by organizations like the Chamber will not be moving forward. This bill just keeps being killed year after year. 

What's ahead

Hearings will begin with a flurry over the coming weeks. Expect this to be a very fast session as it is an election year. The House and Senate hope to be wrapped up with most of their work by Memorial Day. 

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