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Legislative Activity at NHDES

Each year, the NH Department of Environmental Services tracks bills that relate to NHDES programs or that otherwise might affect the agency in the New Hampshire State Legislature.

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Current NHDES Testimony Letters - 2019

The following are letters of testimony presented by NHDES at legislative committee hearings in the current legislative session.

Bill # Title
HB 107 making appropriations for costs involved in controlling invasive aquatic species [February 5, 2019]
HB 137 establishing a commission to examine the effects of wake boats in the state of New Hampshire [January 15, 2019]
HB 150 relative to the penalty for failure to file the financial disclosure form required under RSA 15-A [February 7, 2019]
HB 157 relative to the class rate for biomass [February 6, 2019]
HB 209 relative to the class rate for payments into the renewable energy fund for biomass/methane [February 6, 2019]
HB 219 relative to membership on the Structures on Non-tidal Public Waterways Commission [January 22, 2019]
HB 228 extending the commission to study the current statutes related to management of non-tidal public water-ways and the construction or placement of structures within them [January 22, 2019] [March 26, 2019]
HB 247 relative to the definition of the state building code [January 15, 2019]
HB 261 requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to arsenic contamination in drinking water [February 12, 2019]
HB 281 relative to beaver deceivers [January 22, 2019]
HB 312 relative to municipal regulation of tiny houses [March 6, 2019] [April 10, 2019]
HB 352 appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible wastewater projects under the state aid grant program [January 17, 2019] [March 13, 2019]
HB 410 allowing all state agencies and political subdivisions to have access to enhanced 911 information [January 16, 2019]
HB 443 relative to municipal watering restrictions [February 5, 2019]
HB 475 establishing a shoreland septic system study commission [March 5, 2019] [April 11, 2017]
HB 478 establishing a road usage fee and making an appropriation therefor [February 6, 2019]
HB 494 relative to removal or containment of contaminants from the Coakley Landfill [February 26, 2019]
HB 557 creating a fund for dredging the seacoast [February 5, 2019]
HB 558 restricting the distribution of plastic straws [March 6, 2019]
HB 559 enabling municipalities to ban single-use sources of plastic pollution [March 6, 2019]
HB 560 relative to single-use carryout bags [March 6, 2019]
HB 617 establishing a committee to study recycling streams in New Hampshire [January 29, 2019] [March 22, 2019]
HB 625 relative to an aquatic invasive species decal for boats [February 6, 2019] [March 14, 2019]
HB 646 relative to labeling, signage, and restrictions on the sales and use of bee-toxic pesticides [February 12, 2019]
HB 661 relative to a private right of action for toxin exposure [January 30, 2019]
HB 667 relative to testing wells before issuing a certificate of occupancy [February 12, 2019]
HB 679 authorizing the department of environmental services to lease land associated with state-owned impoundments [January 29, 2019]
HB 682 establishing a water resources fund in the department of environmental services and charging certain application and permit fees [February 5, 2019] [March 13, 2019]
HB 707 relative to settlement money from actions pertaining to the contamination of groundwater or drinking water [February 26, 2019]
HB 715 relative to electrical energy storage [February 13, 2019]
HB 735 relative to carbon pricing [January 30, 2019]
SB 24 relative to New Hampshire's regional greenhouse gas initiative program [January 22, 2019]
SB 79 relative to required reporting on waste reduction [March 5, 2019]
SB 121 relative to acquisition rights and easements at Weeks Crossing Dam in the town of Warren by the department of environmental services [January 29, 2019] [April 2, 2019]
SB 163 relative to permits for operation of solid waste management facilities [February 11, 2019]
SB 169 relative to recovery of expenditures from the drinking water and groundwater trust fund [February 11, 2019]
SB 202 establishing a stormwater management and flood resilience fund within the department of environmental services [January 29, 2019]
SB 204 relative to distributed energy resources and consumer energy storage [March 5, 2019]
SB 207 relative to rules adopted by the department of environmental services pursuant to the 2014 report of the coastal risks and hazards commission [February 5, 2019] [April 3, 2019]
SB 254 appropriating funds to the department of environmental services for the purpose of funding eligible wastewater projects under the state aid grant program [February 5, 2019]
SB 257 prohibiting foams containing perfluoroalkyl chemicals for use in fighting fires [April 2, 2019]
SB 287 requiring the commissioner of the department of environmental services to revise rules relative to perfluorinated chemical contamination in drinking water [February 12, 2019]

Bills Tracked and Testimony Letters Presented in Past Sessions

Bills tracked and testimony letters presented by NHDES in past legislative sessions are available by year, on the webpages below.

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