Facts & Statistics
|Below Poverty 2018||6.1|
|Below Poverty 2017||7.7|
|Below Poverty 2016||7.3|
|Employment – Population Ratio 2018
|Employment – Population Ratio 2017||66.6|
|Employment – Population Ratio 2016||66.4|
|Foreclosure Rate 2018||1 of 3,944|
|Of the thirteen original colonies, New Hampshire was the first to declare its independence from Mother England — a full six months before the Declaration of Independence was signed.
|Captain John Smith named New Hampshire after the town of Hampshire, England.|
|New Hampshire’s state motto is “Live Free or Die.” The motto comes from a statement written by the General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington in the Revolutionary War.|
||Chris Sununu (R)|
|President of the Senate||Donna Soucy (D)|
|Attorney General||Gordon MacDonald (D)
|Secretary of State||Bill Gardner (D)
|State Senate Control||D – 14; R – 10
|State House Control||D – 233; R – 166; I -1
|LEGISLATIVE DATES AND DEADLINES|
|Convenes||January 2, 2019|
|Sine Die Adjournment||June 30, 2019|
|Committee Action Deadlines||N/A|
|Crossover Deadline||April 4, 2019|
|Carryover from Previous Session||No|
|Governor’s Signing Deadline (in session)||Five days, Sundays excepted|
|Governor’s Signing Deadline (after adjournment)||Five days or legislation is pocket vetoed|
|Veto Override||2/3 majority|
|Legislation Effective Date||Specified in bill text|
Notable Laws & Legislation
New Hampshire Auto Franchise Bill Modified as a Result of AFSA’s Efforts
On May 6, 2009, the Governor of New Hampshire signed NH SB 153, the Car Dealers Bill of Rights, into law. AFSA was able to amend the bill to incorporate language that provides protection for the association’s members.
The new law contains clauses that restrict captive finance companies in certain aspects of their dealings with auto dealers. Specifically, it removes the auto dealer’s responsibility to verify the identity and credit history of a borrower, unless the dealer contractually obligates itself to warrant the accuracy of such information; increases regulation of the financing arrangement between the dealer and finance company; and prevents the captive finance company from negotiating contracts with auto dealers on a case-by-case basis.
As initially introduced, NH SB 153 was very troubling. It was modeled after a North Carolina law passed a few years ago, but it lacked a key provision found in the North Carolina law that allowed dealers to contractually obligate themselves to warrant the accuracy of the information on the finance contract, as long as there is an opportunity for the dealer to fix the contract.
Due to AFSA’s work with the New Hampshire Dealers Association, the legislature, the Governor’s office and testimony on the negative consequences of NH SB 153 in a House Hearing last week, this key provision was incorporated as an amendment to the New Hampshire bill and signed into law, significantly reducing the burden placed on captive finance companies.
Incorporated to NH Revised Statutes, chapter 357-c Regulation of business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers, section 6-a Prohibited Contractual Requirements Imposed by Manufacturer, Distributor, or Captive Finance Source.
Advocacy, Initiatives & Reports
- 50 States & DC Letter to FCC re: Robocalls (August 2019)
- 40 States & DC Letter to FTC re: Data Privacy (June 2019)
- 50 States & DC Letter to Education Department re: Student Loans for Disabled Veterans (May 2019)
- 41 States & DC Letter to FCC re: Robocalls (May 2019)
- 50 States & DC Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation re: Robocalls (March 2019)
- 43 State AGs Letter to Social Security Administration re: Identity Fraud (December 2018)
- 35 State AGs Letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) re: Robocalls (October 2018)
- 36 State AGs Letter 1 and Letter 2 – Credit Freeze Fees (October 2017)
- 43 State AGs Letter – Major Data Breach (September 2017)
- Eight State AGs Letter Supporting CFPB Proposed Small-Dollar Rule (October 2016)
- 18 States Letter to CFPB – Proposed Arbitration Rule (August 2016)
- 31 State AGs Letter to CFPB – Debt Collection Rules (March 2014)
There are currently no partner industry associations in New Hampshire