I wasn’t expecting some of the news this week.
- Part one. Includes disclosures and background. Update to the disclosures: I paid for a life membership to the NHLA.
- Part two
- Part three
- Part four
Emergency Order Updates
The Governor had his weekly press conference on March 25th. At the press conference, he announced he would extend the State of Emergency and mask order for 21 days. He also extended his travel restrictions.
The Legislature Displeases His Excellency the Governor of New Hampshire
On March 24th, news outlets started running stories that bills restricting the Governor’s emergency powers are part of the budget.
This is interesting. New Hampshire budgets on a two year basis. Odd numbered years, like 2021, are budget years. The budget must be finished by June 30th in odd-numbered years. There are two budget bills, HB 1 and HB 2, to work around the state constitution’s prohibition in article 18-a on spending bills amending laws. At the time of this writing, the publicly available text of the bills does not include anything which rewrites the emergency powers laws.
New Hampshire governors do not have a line item veto for the budget.
I’ve heard both HB 1 and HB 2 must pass in order for the state to have a budget. I’m not sure how they are tied together. I ran a quick search for information on government shutdowns in New Hampshire, and I found nothing.
Week of Mar. 29th through Apr. 2nd
The Legislative Administration Committee will have an executive session, which will include a vote on HCR 2. I’ll write about that and whatever else happens next week.