State House

2020 Priority Democracy Reform Bills

Public funding

SB 304, The Voter Owned Elections Actrelative to campaign contributions and expenditures. Top Priority stampThis bill uses Public “Voter Dollars” to fund qualified candidates who agree to a cap of $250 donations from private donors. Voters will be able to direct their four $25 Voter Dollars certificates to the qualified state candidates of their choice. The first step proposes using Voter Dollars for the governor and executive council races in 2022. Such a system reduces the influence of affluent donors who may or may not represent special interests. Expect hearings on this bill in late January or early February. Sponsored by Senators Martha Hennessey and Martha Fuller Clark, and Representative Renny Cushing. Supported by ODA. ODA Co-Chair Rick Bourdon's testimony. Held in Senate.


Campaign finance reform

Top Priorities 2020-2527 HB 1525 relative to the definition of political advocacy organization.
  2020-2970 SB 500 relative to financial disclosures by legislators.
  2020-2138 HB1296 text requiring certain candidates for municipal office to comply with certain campaign finance laws.
  2020-2729 SB586 text relative to contributions to inaugural committees.
    HB1191 text relative to the use of campaign contributions for personal use expenditures.


Money in politics

Top Priorities 2020-2246 HB1669 requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements. Werner Horn
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2101 HB 1643-FN relative to permissible campaign contributions by business organizations and
labor unions
Tier 3 priorities 2020-2245 HB 1183

establishing a committee to study RSA 15 relative to lobbyists.

Tier 3 priorities 2020-2244 HB1413 requiring lobbyist forms submitted in writing to be legible.
Tier 3 priorities 2020-2243 HB1584 relative to the penalty for failure to comply with the statutory requirements for lobbyists.
Tier 2 priorities 20-3051 SB 490 prohibiting state vendors from making campaign contributions.

Redistricting and ending gerrymandering

HB 706 establishing an independent redistricting commission. This extensive & complicated bill lays out a plan for a commission to convene every 10 years, comprised of selected citizens who are not highly political. It excludes political party leaders, lobbyists, big donors, but does have equal numbers of the two largest parties (1/3 + 1/3), as well as an equal share of smaller parties and independents (1/3). Similar to a jury selection process, it begins with a pool of 60 commission candidates, then is whittled down to 15, while maintaining the same 1/3 ratios. Should the redistricting plans fail to be adopted by the House & Senate, the NH Supreme Court would intervene. Bill sponsors include Senators Martha Fuller Clark and Shannon Chandley, Representatives Marjorie Porter, Paul Berch, David Danielson, Karen Ebel, Edward Gordon, Jerry Knirk and Marjorie Smith. Supported by ODA. ODA Co-Chair Rick Bourdon's testimony. Passed by House and Senate.

SB 7, establishing the secure modern accurate registration act (SMART ACT), which would automatically apply to register to vote any person who demonstrates their citizenship, age over 18 and New Hampshire residency while applying for a driver's license, a nondriver's picture identification card, or a record change to a driver's license or nondriver's picture identification card with the division of motor vehicles, unless they declines to submit the registration application. Senators Melanie Levesque, Tom Sherman, Martha Hennessey, Cindy Rosenwald, Jay Kahn, Martha Fuller Clark, and Representatives Ryan Buchanan, Paul Bergeron, and Connie Lane. Supported by ODA. Passed by Senate, held in House.

SB 8, establishing an independent redistricting commission consisting of 15 members of the public, which will be charged with establishing all election district boundaries for all state and federal elections in New Hampshire. The goal is to have elections reflect to the greatest extent possible the wishes of the voters of New Hampshire by eliminating partisan distortions of electoral districts. Sponsored by Senators Shannon Chandley, Cindy Rosenwald, Tom Sherman, Martha Hennessey, Jeanne Dietsch, Melanie Levesque, Kevin Cavanaugh, Martha Fuller Clark, and Dan Feltes, and Representatives James Belanger, Marjorie Porter, Dan Wolf, and William Pearson. Supported by ODA. Passed by Senate, held in House..

CACR 9, establishes a redistricting commission comprised of seven members of the public, one each by appointed by the president of the NH Senate, speaker of the NH House, House minority leader, and Senate minority leader. The remaining three would come from an application process and would be elected by the other four. Sponsors include Reps. David Doherty, Marjorie Smith, James Belanger, Marjorie Porter and David Huot, and Senator Jeanne Dietsch. Supported by ODA. Held in House.

 

Top Priorities 2020-2405 HB1665 establishing an independent redistricting commission. Marjorie Smith , Jeb Bradley, Paul Berch, Dan Wolf, Edward Gordon, Shannon Chandley, Melanie Levesque

Civic Engagement

Granny D Day  

Tier 2 priorities 2020-2786 SB537 text proclaiming January 24, as Granny D. Day.
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2131 HB1395 establishing a committee to study ballot access and ways to improve civic engagement in New Hampshire.

Voting Rights

2020 New Hampshire Democracy Report Legislative Updates

January, 14, 2020

ODA LSR Bill Type Relative To Prime Sponsor Notes
Top Priorities 2020-2527 HB 1525 relative to the definition of political advocacy organization. Connie Lane , Martha Fuller Clark, David Huot, Betty Gay This is the redraft of SB 106
Top Priorities 2020-2405 HB1665 establishing an independent redistricting commission. Marjorie Smith , Jeb Bradley, Paul Berch, Dan Wolf, Edward Gordon, Shannon Chandley, Melanie Levesque  
Top Priorities 2020-2246 HB1669 requiring electronic filing of lobbyist's forms and statements. Werner Horn
Top Priorities   SB 304 establishing a committee to study public funding of certain state election campaigns. Martha Hennessey  
Top Priorities   SB 8 establishing an independent redistricting commission Sen. Chandley  
Top Priorities   CACR 9 an independent redistricting commission shall be established to draw boundaries for state and federal offices. Rep. Doherty  
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2101 HB 1643-FN relative to permissible campaign contributions by business organizations and
labor unions
Ellen Read, Timothy Smith, Betty Gay, Jerry Knirk, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Sherry Frost, Garrett Muscatel, Peg Higgins  
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2130 Withdrawn LSRs establishing a commission to study campaign finance reform. Garrett Muscatel
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2786 SB537 text proclaiming January 24, as Granny D. Day. Melanie Levesque, Martha Fuller Clark, Sharon Carson, David Watters, Douglas Ley, Dan Feltes, Martha Hennessey, Jay Kahn, Jeanne Dietsch, Shannon Chandley
Tier 2 priorities 2020-2131 HB1395 establishing a committee to study ballot access and ways to improve civic engagement in New Hampshire. Garret Muscatel, Regina Birdsell, Liz McConnell, Melanie Levesque  
  2020-2970 SB 500 relative to financial disclosures by legislators. Martha Fuller Clark, Janet Wall, Edward Gordon  
Tier 3 priorities 2020-2244 HB1413 requiring lobbyist forms submitted in writing to be legible. Werner Horn
Tier 3 priorities 2020-2245 HB 1183 establishing a committee to study RSA 15 relative to lobbyists. Werner Horn
Tier 3 priorities 2020-2243 HB1584 relative to the penalty for failure to comply with the statutory requirements for lobbyists. Werner Horn Marjorie Porter
  2020-2138 HB1296 text requiring certain candidates for municipal office to comply with certain campaign finance laws. William Pearson
  2020-2729 SB586 text relative to contributions to inaugural committees. Martha Hennessey, Tom Sherman  
    HB1191 text relative to the use of campaign contributions for personal use expenditures.
Anita Burroughs, Martha Fuller Clark, Marjorie Smith, Linda Massimilla, Sandra Keans, Charlotte DiLorenzo, Jaci Grote, Cam Kenney, Wendy Chase
 
Tier 2 priorities 20-3051 SB 490 prohibiting state vendors from making campaign contributions.
Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1
 

 


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