Bar News - January 18, 2017
Legislation Watch: Bill-Tracking Tool Free for NHBA Members
This year, the NH General Court will consider more than 750 proposed pieces of legislation, and many of them have the potential to directly affect law practice in the state.
The NH Bar Association provides members with an online resource to help them stay informed about legislation of concern to the legal community.
Did you hear about a proposed bill that might affect a client or your area of practice? Chances are that the NH Bar Association is monitoring its progress and considering whether to offer information to lawmakers. All Bar members can find out whether the Bar Association’s Legislation Committee has included the bill for tracking by visiting Legislation Watch in the “For Members” area of the NH Bar website (member log-in required). When on the member dashboard, look under the “Popular Links” tab for the Legislation Watch link, then click on “view legislation.”
Legislation Watch allows users to sort bills by practice area and other categories, such as “Courts and Judges.” It also enables users to view bills being tracked by the association and to see which ones the association has taken a position on or offered information to the legislative committee reviewing the bill. Legislation Watch interacts directly with the General Court website, so the information is always reliable and current.
As a unified bar, the NH Bar Association maintains a legislative program that is more likely to provide background information to broaden legislators’ understanding of law than up-or-down advocacy.
Each year, when appointing members to the NHBA Legislation Committee, the Bar president strives to include members representing all major practice areas. That committee recently began its work, sifting through bills to determine their relevance to the legal community and recommend to the NHBA Board of Governors whether to take an informational or advocacy position. The NHBA Legislation Committee reviews a list of bills screened by the Bar’s legislative representative, attorney John MacIntosh, focusing on the bills of general interest to the legal community or courts.
For more information about the work of the Bar’s Legislation Committee or to provide input on legislation of concern, contact the Bar’s representative at the Legislature, John MacIntosh, or Michael Iacopino, chair of the legislation committee. For assistance using the Legislation Watch site, contact Debbie Hawkins, staff liaison.