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2011 NH Legislative Updates for the Arts

Information on theFY2012 & 2013 (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013) biennium budget for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (Division of the Arts) is listed below by the most recent actions. Updates are made periodically – please check back.

Update: July 26, 2011:

In June, Governor Lynch allowed the FY2012/2013 biennium budget passed by the 2011 NH legislature to become law.  The final budget provided for the continued existence of the Department of Cultural Resources, including the NH State Council on the Arts but called for a target reduction for the Department of approximately 17% per year from the Governor’s budget. The Commissioner was given the discretion to apportion the reductions within the department. This legislative reduction, combined with the reduction in the Governor’s budget, results in an over all reduction of approximately 23% from the Department’s FY2011 authorized budget.

In spite of these reductions, we are very pleased to report that the State Arts Council is still viable. We have projected sufficient match from our state appropriation and other state sources to meet the requirements for our State Partnership grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and are therefore eligible for our federal funds. This has given us the confidence to proceed with reviewing applications received for FY2012 grants.

Panel reviews are underway for FY2012 grant applications submitted. For more information, contact:

Cassandra Mason, Chief Grants Officer

For information on a comparative chart of FY 2012 state arts agency appropriations compiled by NASAA, click here.

Update: June 24, 2011:

Governor John Lynch announced that he will allow the legislature’s FY 2012/2013 budget bills to become law without his signature.
Click here for more information. 

In the budget bills, the Department of Cultural Resources remains in tact and is targeted for a reduction of approximately 17% from FY2011 adjusted authorized levels. The NH State Council on the Arts is awaiting confirmation of its budget allocation and target reductions.

Update: June 16, 2011:

On June 16, the House and Senate Committee of Conference completed its compromise budget for the next biennium, FY 2012-2013.  Moving forward, the budget must be ratified by the full House and Senate by a target date of June 23, and then go to the Governor to be signed into law.  FY 2012 begins on July 1, 2011.

The Committee of Conference voted to accept the Senate’s version of the budget with regard to the  Department of Cultural Resources (DCR), deleting the House provisions that would have dissolved the Department, transferred some divisions and eliminated the Division of the Arts (NH State Council on the Arts).

The Committee of Conference compromise budget calls for an overall reduction of approximately 17% to the Department of Cultural Resources' state appropriation. This is in addition to the 5% reduction proposed in the Governor’s FY 2012-2013 budget.  

Update: April 20, 2011:

The Senate Finance Committee will be holding public hearings on Thursday, April 21, 2001 - 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm in Representatives Hall, NH State House. The hearings will be to invite comment on:

  • HB 1-A, making appropriations for the expenses of certain departments of the state for fiscal years ending June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
  • HB 2-FN-A-L, relative to state fees, funds, revenues, and expenditures.

Update: March 30, 2011:

The NH State General Court House of Representatives passed HB2 with Amendment #2011-1109h by a vote of 222 to 119.   

Update: March 24, 2011:

The NH State General Court House of Representatives posted HB2 for FY2012 - FY2013. Click here to view. HB2 currently contains  Amendment #2011-1109h. In summary this amendment proposes the following:

  • Abolishment of the Department of Cultural Resources (DCR).
  • Abolishment of the Division of the Arts and assign administration of RSA 19-A [the Arts Division’s authorizing legislation] to the Secretary of State and assigns rule making for selecting art to be funded by the State Arts Fund (RSA 19-A:9) (Percent for Art Program) to the Secretary of State.
  • Transfer the functions, positions, equipment, records and accounts of two DCR Divisions: Historical Resources and State Library to the Secretary of State.
  • Transfer the functions, positions, equipment, records and accounts of the Film and Television Office to the Department of Revenue and Economic Development (DRED).

An accompanying spreadsheet (not posted online) indicates the Division of the Arts FY2012 budget as follows:

  • General Funds reduced from $4,706* to  Zero
  • Federal funds reduced from $1,005,127 to Zero

*  The House Finance recommendation without Amendment #2011-110h reduces the Arts Division from $427,555 in the Governor’s budget to $4,706 (a reduction of $422,849).

(This figure is anticipated to be insufficient to meet matching requirements of the National Endowment for the Arts to receive State Parternership Grant funds awarded to the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts for FY2012 & FY2013.)

Amendment #2011-1109h spreadsheet also includes the notation:
Under proposed amendment, the Division of Arts would be abolished.”

The deliberation of the state budget now moves to the Senate.

Differences in the House and Senate budgets are forwarded to a Committee of Conference, consisting of members from both legislative bodies, to resolve.

Excerpts Amendment #2011-1109h, as relates to the Department of Cultural Resources and the Division of the Arts are noted below:

5:55 Duties of Secretary of State. The secretary of state shall:
29 II. Have authority, with regard to the administration of RSA 19-A, and with the approval of a majority of the members of the New Hampshire state council on the arts as established by RSA 19-A:2, to:
(a) Accept gifts, contributions, and bequests of unrestricted funds from individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations or institutions for the purpose of furthering the educational objectives of the programs established pursuant to RSA 19-A.
(b) Make and sign any agreements and do and perform any acts that may be necessary,
desirable, or proper to carry out the purposes of RSA 19-A.
(c) Request and receive from any department, division, board, bureau, commission, or
other agency of the state such assistance and data as will enable the commissioner 1 to carry out properly the powers and duties under this subdivision.
(d) Receive funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts under the National
Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, and under such additional federal legislation and state appropriations as may be enacted.
(e) Allocate and disburse said funds by entering into contracts and agreements with any department, agency, or subdivision of federal, state, county, or municipal government or any individual, foundation, corporation, association, or public authority in order to carry out the purposes of RSA 19-A, subject to approval by the governor and council.

5:56 Donations. The secretary of state may receive and accept at any time such sums of money as may be donated for any purpose related to cultural resources. Money so received shall be converted into a continuous fund or funds, which shall not lapse, to be held by the state treasurer from which payments shall be made in accordance with the stipulations of the donor.

5:57 Rulemaking Authority. The secretary of state shall adopt rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to:

V. Requirements for selecting art to be funded by the state art fund, as authorized by RSA 19-A:10, I, subject to ratification by the New Hampshire state council on the arts, established by RSA 19-A.

Update: February 15, 2011:

Governor Lynch released his budget for the biennium of FY2012 & FY2013 and it is available at:

The Division of Arts is recommended for $427,555 in general funds, a 7% reduction from the adjusted authorized funds made available to the Arts Division in FY2011 of $462,065.

The federal fund ceiling (National Endowment for the Arts State Partnership Grant funds) is projected in the Governor’s FY2012 & 2013 budget at $1,001,302.


Last updated: July 3, 2012

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