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Bar News - July 13, 2012

Legislative Session Wraps Up

Disagree with Bar Lobbying?
You May be Due a Refund

If a member believes that the NHBA has taken a position on legislation outside the guidelines provided by the NH Supreme Court's Chapman decision and the US Supreme Court's Keller decision, a mechanism exists to request a rebate of the portion of mandatory NHBA dues that would have supported lobbying that particular bill (or bills.) To request refund consideration, a member should send a letter to the NHBA Board of Governors, specifically stating the legislative activity objected to and how it is believed to fall outside the Chapman and/or Keller guidelines. The letter should be directed to: Lobbying Refund, NHBA Board of Governors, 2 Pillsbury Street, Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301. (Should it be determined that a position or positions were taken outside the guidelines, the ultimate refund for each bill is likely to be very small when the program costs are allocated for all legislative activity during a particular year.)
Out of the hundreds of bills introduced in the legislature and reviewed by the NHBA Legislation Committee, the NHBA Board of Governors authorized positions of opposition on 22 bills in the past session, most of which did not advance past the committee stage.
This item has been revised to remove incorrect language in the July 13, 2012, print edition of the Bar News.

The NH legislature, after an extraordinarily busy year, has wrapped up its session with votes on June 27 on 13 bills vetoed by Gov. Lynch.

Two bills of concern to lawyers became law following successful votes to override his vetoes:

SB 406 – Creates an early-offer option to provide expedited payment of medical expenses to potential medical malpractice litigants.

SB 326 – Changes the state taxation of New Hampshire trusts to encourage the state’s status as an attractive place to establish a trust. Effective July 1, 2013.

Other bills that will become law after the legislature overrode the governor’s vetoes are measures that allow businesses to claim tax credits for donating to private school scholarships, and requirements that voters provide photo identification to cast ballots.

The NH Bar Association, as a unified bar, follows the guidelines of the Chapman decision (by the NH Supreme Court) and the US Supreme Court’s Keller decision allowing legislative activity by unified bar organizations. View bills monitored by the NHBA.

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