When the Legislature is in session, this page will be updated with a weekly post listing the legislation that will soon have a public hearing in committee. The list includes the date, time, and room number in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) or State House (SH) in Concord.
There are two required committee sessions for each bill. The first is the “public hearing” when members of the public are invited to submit testimony on whether a particular bill is either good or bad. The second is the “executive session” when a committee discusses the merits of a bill then votes on a “recommendation.” Generally, there are three types of recommendations: 1) ITL (inexpedient to legislate), 2) OTP (ought to pass), and 3) OTP/A (ought to pass with amendment). Amendments are submitted by a member of the committee then voted upon by the full committee.
Influencing a committee’s recommendation is important since roughly ninety percent of the time the committee’s recommendation determines the outcome of the vote on the same bill by the full legislative body during a full House or Senate session. The full legislative body ultimately determines whether a bill becomes law.
The NHLA will likely take a position on the bills listed at the links below and encourage testimony before the committee, though the bills may not necessarily be included in the Gold Standard. The schedule of every hearing is published on a weekly basis in the House and Senate calendars.
If you would like to testify before a committee, in-person or through written correspondence, and would like assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Political Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most recent bill hearings: