NH Bill Actions

You can take action on state bills during the committee hearings happening winter/spring 2022. See below for a list of bills to support or oppose instructions how to do so.

1. Bills of Interest

Summary of NH Bills of Interest
2022 NH Bills of Interest

2. Submit your position on a bill online prior to a committee hearing

Refer to the "NH Bills of Interest" table for specific bill numbers, hearing dates, and committee names needed to submit your position for a given bill.

You may also use this method to submit written testimony for a bill. Follow the instructions provided on the web pages (the House's web page is a little different than the Senate's, but both talk you through submitting optional written material).

Instructions

  1. First, pick a bill from the table above - information you'll need about the bill (committee name, hearing date, bill number) is provided there.

  2. Browse to the Input Submission page:
    House: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/remotetestimony/default.aspx

(or Senate Calendar for Senate hearings: http://gencourt.state.nh.us/remotecommittee/senate.aspx).

  1. Refer to the "NH Bills of Interest" table above for responses to the next several items.

  2. Select the hearing date on the calendar.

  3. Select the Committee from dropdown menu.

  4. Choose the bill from the dropdown menu.

  5. Select Member of the Public from the dropdown menu.

  6. Click on I Support This Bill or I Oppose This Bill.

  7. Add personal Information.

  8. For the Senate, on the Final Review Page, be sure to check the box that says that the information you are providing is truthful (then Continue).

  9. For the Senate, note that at the bottom of the page, you can click on Sign Up Again to go back to the beginning of this process and weigh in on another bill.

  10. Submit.

3. Email written testimony on a bill online to committee members

In addition to submitting written input online (#2 above), you can also email it to them. You can find the members of a committee listed with contact information on the committee pages. Start at the committees page:

House: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/standingcommittees.aspx

Click on the committee name of interest to get to the committee page, then click on "Email All Committee Members" on that page.

Senate: https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

From there, click on "Email Entire Committee" for the committee of interest.

Put the Bill Number, a few words about it, and 'oppose' or 'support' in the Subject. Be respectful, courteous, and concise in your message for best results.

4. Testify on a bill in person at a committee hearing

Sample Testimony - NH Network Members - January 18, 2022

Bonnie Christie spoke about Extended Producer Responsibility and her part starts at about 26:15. Rep. Parshall Spoke first and then Lee Oxenham, also a bill sponsor, spoke just before her.


Currently (January, 2022) testimony can only be done in person. There are ongoing efforts to re-instate the option of online testimony.

  • First, find the bill webpage. One way to get there is to start at the Committees page:

House: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/standingcommittees.aspx

Senate: https://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/committees/senate_committees.aspx

  • Click on a the Committee that will be holding the hearing.

  • Click on "Bills currently in Committee"

  • Click on the Bill number to load the page.

  • The Docket Description will provide the date, time, and location of the upcoming hearing.

  • Show up before the hearing starts prepared to give a 2 minute, concise talk. Sign up before the hearing on the sign-up sheet (also specify your position - support or oppose - there, in addition to having done so online before 8:00 am on the day of the hearing per step 2 above).

  • When you are called to testify: greet and thank the committee for hearing you, state your name, town, qualifications (e.g. member of your town's energy committee), your position on the bill, and the reasons.

  • You may deliver papers as well - best to provide a copy for each member of the committee.

  • After you speak for the time granted to you by the Committee Chair, committee members may ask you questions. It's better to be clear and brief in your statement and hope for more time to get to some details of interest in Q&A, than it is to try to speed-talk your way through a lot of material in your statement or be cut off before you get to your main point.