NH Legislative Updates

House Kills Two Nonprofit Related Bills

The NH House of Representatives voted on two nonprofit related bills: HB 1509 and HB 1450.
Posted on: March 6, 2014

Mandatory Board Training Bill Returns

On January 30, 2014 Senator Bob Odell (R) introduced an amendment to SB 186 on the Senate floor and the bill passed by a voice vote. In 2013, the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted the bill inexpedient to legislate, indicating that the bill should advance no further in the Senate, but with this amendment, it has found new legs.
Posted on: February 5, 2014

Business Enterprise Tax Legislation Update

On January 31, 2014 the House Ways and Means committee voted 12-8 that HB 1509 is “inexpedient to legislate” – or that it ought not to pass in the 2014 legislative session. A large contingent of nonprofit leaders turned out earlier in the month to voice their strong opposition to House Bill 1509 before the House Ways and Means Committee. During the more than 60 minutes of testimony, only the bill’s author spoke on behalf of the bill.
Posted on: February 3, 2014

Right to Know Law Legislation Returns

A bill has been proposed that would apply the right-to-know law to nonprofits. HB 1450, sponsored by Representatives Steve Vaillancourt (R) and Peter Sullivan (D) both of Hillsborough, would subject charitable nonprofits to the Right to Know law if they enter into certain contracts with municipalities. 
Posted on: February 3, 2014

Ambiguity in Existing Withholding Law Addressed

HB 1334 amends existing law (RSA 275:48) with language clarifying that charitable organizations are legally permitted to withhold voluntary employee contributions - with written permission - from employee wages.  On January 31, 2014, the House Labor, Industrial and Rehabilitative Services committee voted 14-0 that HB 1334 Ought to Pass – indicating that they believe the bill should move on to the Senate.
Posted on: February 3, 2014

Heads Up! - House Bill 1509: Subjecting Nonprofit to Business Enterprise Tax

State Representative David Hess (R-Hooksett) and Rep. Kenneth Weyler (R-Kingston) have submitted HB 1509, which, if enacted, would require certain sized nonprofits to pay the Business Enterprise Tax (BET).
Posted on: January 6, 2014

Bill Aimed at Taxing Nonprofits

As communities grapple with funding deficits and policy makers push to squeeze money from any source possible, once again taxing nonprofit institutions is being proposed. The tax exempt status of nonprofits is time-honored agreement between society and nonprofits, but current thinking on the issue is vastly divided.  One NH lawmaker is proposing a bill aimed at nonprofit hospitals and universities.  Since the implications of this proposal impacts the entire sector, NH Center for Nonprofits will closely monitor the bill, provide timely updates and information from around the country. Look for a future convening on this topic.
Read more about this from the Concord Monitor
Posted on: October 4, 2013


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