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2012 NH Legislative Updates for the Arts

Updates on the 2012 Legislative Session and legislation affecting the arts will be posted here as information becomes available, with the most recent posting appearing at the top.

For complete information on the 2012 New Hampshire State Legislature, visit the General Court's website: www.gencourt.state.nh.us

For information on the authorizing legislation for the State Arts Council, RSA19:A, click here.

Update: July 19, 2012

HB1285: Division I of the House Finance Committee met in June to review information compiled by the legislative research office regarding how other states fund public art in state funded buildings and possible financial ramifications of repealing the state arts fund. They voted 3-1 to kill HB1285. No further action is expected in this legislative session. 

Update: April 16, 2012

HB1274: The New Hampshire House voted 253-40 to pass bill 1274, which as configured provides funding for the Christa McAullife Planetarium. 

HB1285: The New Hampshire House voted 210-76 to send the bill to interim study. 

Update: March 26, 2012

HB1274: Was taken up at the House Finance Committee meeting on March 19. The Roll-call vote result was: 20-4 to not accept the re-introduction of the original sponsor’s language to the bill, which would have eliminated the Department of Cultural Resources, eliminated the Arts Division,  and moved two other divisions to the Secretary of State’s office.  HB1274 is now a bill that strictly addresses a mechanism for continued funding of the McAuliffe/Shepard Discovery Center.  

HB1285: Was taken up at the House Finance Committee meeting on March 19. The Roll-call vote in House Finance was 15-9 to send this bill to Interim Study. If sent to Interim Study, the bill will not be brought up again until sometime next year. 

Recommendations from House Finance concerning both bills will be presented for a final vote to the Full House next Wednesday, March 28th.

Update: February 28, 2012

HB1285 & HB1274 were discussed in House Finance Committee Division 1 and Division 2 Work Sessions on February 23, 2012. Both bills were carried forward for further discussion. The next work sessions are scheduled for:

HB1274: Division II on Friday, March 9th - 1:00pm (Rm 209 LOB)
HB1285: Division I on Thursday, March 15th - 2:00pm . RESCHEDULED to Monday, March 12 at 1:00pm. (Rm 212 LOB)

House Finance Committee will hold an Executive Session on both bills, Tuesday, March 20th at 11:00am (Rm 210-211 LOB)

NOTE: Public may attend "Work" & “Executive” sessions, but may not testify

Update: February 10, 2012

HB1274: NEW TITLE: AN ACT transferring the McAuliffe-Shepard discovery center to a private operator and making a supplemental appropriation therefor.
Public Hearing: February 21, 2012 1:00 PM    LOB 210-211
DUE OUT OF FINANCE CMTE: 3/22/2012

HB1285: AN ACT repealing the state art fund.
Public Hearing: February 21, 2012 1:30 PM      LOB 210-211
DUE OUT OF FINANCE CMTE: 3/22/2012

Update: February 7, 2012

HB1274: (as amended, to make the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center a private entity): Voted ought to pass, voice vote.
The bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

HB1285: Repealing the State Art Fund: Voted ought to pass, 214 – 108.
This bill now goes to the House Finance Committee.

Update: January 27, 2012

On January 25,2012 the House Executive Departments and Administration (ED&A) Committee met in Executive Session and voted on two bills affecting the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

HB1274: ED&A results: Ought to Pass with Amendment: 15-0. The amendment contains provisions for the continued operation of the McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center. The bill as amended, currently removes all of the provisions to abolish the Department of Cultural Resources.  HB1274 as amended, is expected to go to the House floor for a vote on February 1, 2012.

HB1285: ED&A results: Majority: Ought to Pass; Minority: Inexpedient to Legislate: 8-7 – The bill repeals the State Arts Fund. HB1285 is expected to go to the House floor for a vote on February 1, 2012.

click here for link to the House Calendar an more detailed notations on the status of bills.

Action on HB1669 is pending House Finance Committee Executive Session.

 

Update: January 12, 2012

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has re-scheduled three hearings on Bills directly affecting the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts' programs and services. Hearings are now scheduled for:

HEARING: Friday, January 20, 2012
1:15 p.m.      House Bill 1274 -  Abolishing the Department of Cultural Resources
Location: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, Legislative Office Building (LOB), Concord

HEARING: Friday, January 20, 2012
2:00 p.m.        House Bill 1285 -Repealing the State Art Fund
Location: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306-308, Legislative Office Building (LOB), Concord

HEARING: Thursday, January 26, 2012
1:00 p.m.        House Bill 1669 -requiring the deposit of dedicated fund revenues into the general fund for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years and requiring non-constitutionally established dedicated funds to be eliminated on June 30, 2015 unless reinstated by the legislature.
Location: FINANCE, Room 210-211, Legislative Office Building (LOB), Concord
Note: This bill would impact two sources of funds listed in RSA Chapter 6 that are administered by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts:

Click here for the NH House of Representatives Calendar Postings.

Update: December 30, 2011

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has scheduled two hearings on Bills directly affecting the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. They are:

HEARING: January 12, 2012
10:00 a.m.      House Bill 1274 -  Abolishing the Department of Cultural Resources
Location: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, Legislative Office Building, Concord

HEARING: January 12, 2012
1:15 p.m.        House Bill 1285 -Repealing the State Art Fund
Location: EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION, Room 306, LOB

Click here for the NH House of Representatives Calendar Postings.

Update: December 21, 2011:

To date, two bills have been introduced that directly affect the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Click on the links below for the text of the bills.

House Bill 1274 - Abolishing the Department of Cultural Resources

House Bill 1285 - Repealing the State Art Fund

 

 

Last updated: July 19, 2012

 
 
 
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