Nonprofit Sector Shows Strong Opposition to State Mandated Training Proposal

The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee received strong testimony on January 21 in opposition to SB 17, a repeat proposal to mandate Board level training to nonprofits that receive $250,000 or more in public funding.

The proposal, which had been defeated in 2 prior attempts, specifically proposes a mandatory board training for the chairperson or presiding officer of the board of directors, or a board member designee, on a biennial basis. The bill specifies that the training occur within four months of appointment and be at least 4 hours.

Committee Members heard from an impressive range of organizations from social service agencies to environmental advocates about the misguided proposal. In addition, a national organization, the National Council of Nonprofits, submitted a written statement in opposition, noting that the proposal “singles out and imposes special burdens on nonprofits with government contracts and grants for special trainings without treating in the same way for-profit contractors that also receive public funding…”

Look for updates from the NH Center for Nonprofits on the Committee recommendation and subsequent floor vote.

Download a copy of the Center's testimony.

Post date: January 22, 2015
Topics: NH Legislative Updates

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