2018 NAIFA NH - End of Session Report
June 8, 2018
An Important message regarding our advocacy efforts for 2018...
Friends and Colleagues of NAIFA New Hampshire...
The House and Senate have completed their work for the 2018 session. At the end of this message is a link to view the entire report, which includes the bills we followed for the Coalition of Insurance and Financial Producers. At this point, a number of bills have passed the Legislature, but have not yet been acted upon by the Governor. We will let you know if any bills on the chart are vetoed by the Governor.
You will note that several bills were sent to “interim study”. Interim study committees will meet in the late summer and fall. The committees will make non-binding recommendations regarding whether similar legislation should be filed in 2019. The last day to file 2018 Interim Study reports is October 26th. We will monitor interim study work sessions and provide updates when necessary.
There were a few items I wanted to highlight from the chart:
As a reminder, NH has 2-year terms for Governor, State Senate, State House, and Executive Council. This year, we do not have a US Senate Race. At this point, Governor Sununu is headed into the fall with relatively high approval ratings. Thus far, two major names have surfaced as Democratic challengers; former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand and former State Senator Molly Kelly. The State Primary is in September. At this point, there will be at least two new State Senators. Senator Andy Sanborn (R-Bedford) is running for 1st Congressional District and Senator Bette Lasky (D-Nashua) decided not to seek re-election. We will monitor Senate filings and let you know more about races once the filing deadlines pass. On the House side, Speaker Gene Chandler will not seek another term as Speaker. When he replaced Shawn Jasper prior to the 2018 session, he agreed just to serve out the remainder of the 2017-2018 session and not run again in 2019. Thus far, a number of candidates for Speaker have stepped forward including Majority Leader Dick Hinch (R-Merrimack) and Minority Leader Steve Shurtleff (D-Penacook). Others will likely seek the office as well. We will know more later this fall. Typically, there is about a 30% turnover in the House each election.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this material. We thank our partner and lobbyist - Bianco Professional Association - and look forward to working with you again next year.
Harold R. Sullivan, CFP, CLU, CASL, CLTC, LUTCF
NAIFA-NH Government Relations Chairperson, NAIFA-NH