LEGISLATURE PLANS TO WRAP UP 2018 SESSION IN TWO WEEKS: The New Hampshire House and Senate are scrambling to finish up their 2018 Session by May 24. This week committees of conference comprised of House and Senate members will meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate passed versions of bills. These committees of conference must reach agreement on the final wording of the bills. If they can’t do this by Thursday, the legislation dies. The full House and Senate will then meet on May 23 and 24 to vote on the final versions of the bills. After that, they will come back into Session for one day to take up any bills the Governor vetoes.
SERVICE OF ALCOHOL AT BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS: A Committee of conference on SB 418 will meet on Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00. The House-passed version would allow wineries to sell up to one 5-ounce glass in lieu of 2-ounce samples, or if food is made available, to sell 2-five ounce glasses. Additionally, it would allow beverage manufacturers to serve one pint of their product in lieu of 4 oz samples, and two full pints if food is available. NHLRA is lobbying the conferees to pass an amendment brought forward earlier in the Senate that would essentially establish a new license enabling beverage and wine manufacturers to serve their products if they meet the requirements of a restaurant. Nano-breweries are currently allowed to do this. Food could also be provided by a licensed third-party vendor.
LABOR LAW CHANGES: A committee of conference on SB 318 will meet on Wednesday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. The House-passed version increases the number of hours 16 or 17 year olds can work during shortened school weeks. Current law limits the number of hours during any school week to no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 30 hours. The bill keeps the 30 hour limit on regular school work weeks, but loosens it as follows: no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 40 hours if school is in session for 4 days that week; and no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 48 hours if school is in session from 1 to 4 days. The bill further makes it clear that employees can purchase company garments beyond any uniform that is purchased for the employee by the employer. Finally, it makes it clear that there will be no penalty for failure of an employer to provide notification to an employee concerning changes to their wage when the minimum wage is increased by statute. Senator Andy Sanborn asked his Senate colleagues to go to a committee of conference to try to get some the other reforms the Senate passed earlier in the Session incorporated back into the bill. NHLRA supports the bill.