ED & A Committee Recommends Against Board Training Bill

A Senate Bill proposing a 4-hour mandatory board member training for nonprofits that receive public funds was stopped in its tracks for the rest of the 2014 session. SB 186 (Bill Docket / Bill Text), that had been recommended for interim study by the Executive Departments and Administration (ED & A) Committee in the House, was “not recommended for further legislation in 2014” by a recent vote of 12-2.

Leaders of NH Nonprofits, including Mary Ellen Jackson of the NH Center for Nonprofits, provided thoughtful testimony on the many challenges presented by the proposal to a subcommittee assigned to study the issue. At a subsequent executive session, the Chair of ED & A, Representative Lucy Webber, noted that there was broad agreement that a 4-hour training would be an ineffective approach to conerns over board leader readiness.

Committee member Representative McGuire indicated intentions to pursuing the issue through the state procurement process. Representative McGuire is a member of the legislative Committee to Study State Procurement. That Study Committee is expected to report recommendations in November 2014.

While a contracting solution is preferable to legislation, adding “boilerplate” language to all state contracts may open the nonprofit sector to new issues. A “one size fits all” solution is not desirable since nonprofits vary in size and mission.

Post date: November 3, 2014
Topics: NH Legislative Updates

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