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Bar News - August 23, 2013

NEW LAWS: what you need to know: What New Laws Passed?

Visit NHBA’s Legislation Watch Website for a Wrap-up

This year, the NH Bar Association launched a new website, Legislation Watch, to make it easier to monitor legislation of potential interest to the legal profession and the association.

Initially, the NHBA Legislation Committee used Legislation Watch to help navigate a rapid stream of bills being introduced at the start of the session. Meanwhile, the Bar staff completed customization of the site for use by members.

Midway through the session, the website became available to all members through the For Members area. Members can comb through a subset of the legislature’s bills – those that were subjected to NHBA Legislation Committee review – and look at bills as categorized by the monitoring level set by the NHBA (Oppose, Support, Information, No Position, etc.) or by “issues,” including a wide variety of practice areas. The website is a value-added overlay to the state government’s legislative website and thus is as accurate and up-to-date as the state’s own information.

If you have questions about how to use the site, please address them to Dan Wise. If you have questions regarding the Bar Association’s Legislation Committee process, contact Valenda Morrissette.

Notice: NHBA Legislative Activity and Dues

If a member of the NHBA believes the association has taken a position on legislation outside the guidelines provided by the NH Supreme Court Chapman decision and the US Supreme Court Keller decision, a mechanism exists to request a rebate of the portion of mandatory NHBA dues that would have supported lobbying on 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 St., Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301.

Please note that 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.

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