AN ACT relative to state authority to accept federal aid.

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. Sorg, Graf 3; Rep. Ingbretson, Graf 5; Rep. Mirski, Graf 10; Rep. D. McGuire, Merr 8

COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration


This bill requires the governor to obtain the approval of the executive council and the general court before seeking federal aid for emergency assistance or any other purpose intended to relieve distress.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twelve

AN ACT relative to state authority to accept federal aid.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Statement of Intent. This act enforces Article 7, Part I of the New Hampshire Constitution and supports Article V of the New Hampshire Republican Party Platform by ensuring that power is not delegated to the government of the United States without the consent of the peoples' representatives.

2 State Authority to Accept Federal Aid. Amend RSA 124:1 to read as follows:

124:1 Authority for Seeking Aid. The governor, with the approval of the executive council and general court, is authorized to apply for financial or any other aid which the United States government has authorized or may authorize to be given to the several states for emergency industrial or unemployment relief, for public works and highway construction, for the creation of employment agencies, or for any other purpose intended to relieve distress. Any officer of the state who may be designated in any act passed by the congress of the United States, or in any regulation or requirement of any agency of the United States, is authorized in the name of the state to make all applications and sign all documents which may be necessary to obtain such aid, provided that such applications have the approval of the governor[ and], executive council, and general court. If the general court is not in session, the approval by the general court required under this section shall mean approval by the joint fiscal committee of the general court. The state treasurer is directed to receive all money so granted by the United States, or by any agency thereof, to the state and to hold all such funds separate from all other funds of the state. Such funds shall be disbursed by the treasurer upon warrants drawn by the governor for the purposes for which such relief or aid is granted.

3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.