New Hampshire's 2022 Legislative Session: What You Need to Know

Catch up with the NH Food Alliance's January 2022 Network Cafe

On January 7, the NH Food Alliance (NHFA) kicked off its 2022 Network Cafe Series with "NH Farm and Food Policy Roundup." As a follow up to November’s 2021 NH Agricultural Policy Forum, NHFA reconvened New Hampshire’s food system policy stakeholders and advocates to review, discuss, and network around the proposed agricultural legislation for the state’s 2022 legislative session. Network Cafe attendees learned about a variety of state policy, from climate and energy bills to school food reimbursement programs, and gained insight about New Hampshire's legislative process.

Watch the entire Network Cafe below! Also below Browse resources and links from participants and panelists that were shared by attendees and presenters below as well. And feel free to follow along with the agenda HERE >>

HOW TO GET INVOLVED WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE POLICY 

Check in on the House and Senate calendar for upcoming hearings and votes
Attend and testify your position on a bill at a hearing

View the House calendar here >>
View the Senate calendar here >>

Sign in and state your position on a bill 
Signing in to state your position on a bill, preferably prior to the initially hearing for the bill, will let legislators know how constituents are feeling about the bill. The number of sign ins will be read at the hearing.

Access the House sign in page here >>
Access the Senate sign in page here >>

Email or call your legislators to share personal testimony about your position on the bill
The strongest testimony is relevant to the person sending it and their community and is best when it includes a short personal story or anecdote. There is also an option to send your testimony to the entire committee under which the bill is being heard or individual legislators.

View House Standing Committees >>
View Senate Standing Committees >>

Click here to find your House legislator >>

Click here to find your Senate legislator >>

BILL INFORMATION
View all of the 2022 bills in committees that were mentioned during the network cafe. You can also view all of the bills in each committee.

SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE 
Click here to view all bills in committee

SB 369 Organic Certification Program >> view bill text here
This bill requires the department of agriculture, markets, and food to administer an organic certification program and makes an appropriation therefor.
Most recent hearing: Jan 11, 2022 at 10:15AM

SB 267 Invasive Species Program >> view bill here
This bill would establish the upland invasive species program, program fund, and program coordinator in the department of agriculture, markets, and food.

Most recent hearing: Jan 11, 2022 at 9:45AM

HOUSE ENVIRONMENT AND AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE
Click here to view all bills in committee

HB 1049 Establishing a committee to study landfill siting >> view bill text here
This bill would establish a committee to study landfill siting criteria and methods for reducing pressure on landfill capacity.

Upcoming hearing: Jan 18, 2022 at 11:15AM

HB1121 relative to new solid waste sites >> view bill text here
Upcoming hearing: Jan 18, 2022 at 9:30AM

HOUSE FISH AND GAME AND MARINE RESOURCES
Click here to view all bills in committee

HB 490 Landowner permission on game cameras >> view bill text here
This bill is relative to the definitions of "game camera" and "hunting day" and relative to the use of game cameras.
Upcoming hearing:  Feb 1, 2022 at 10:30AM

HB 1201 Payments for crops damaged by bears >> view bill text here
This bill repeals the reimbursement for losses caused due to damage by bears.

Upcoming hearing:
 Jan 14, 2022 at 9:45AM

SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
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SB 404 SNAP Outreach Program >> view bill text here
This bill
establishes a supplemental nutrition assistance outreach program.
Upcoming hearing: Jan 26, 2022 at 9:30AM

SB403 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program >> view bill text here
This bill re-establishes the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Upcoming hearing: Jan 26, 2022 at 9:15AM

HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE

HB 1657 Local Food for Local Schools Reimbursement Bill >> view bill text here
This bill establishes a New Hampshire farm to school reimbursement program.

Most recent hearing: Jan 12, 2022 at 10:30AM

Advocacy information from NOFA-NH and the NH Farm to School Network: General link to Local food for local schools reimbursement program on NOFA's website: https://www.nofanh.org/farm-to-school

HB 1561 School Nutrition Standards >> view bill text here
This bill establishes requirements and procedures for school nutrition and food service programs on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, sodium, and added sugars.  The bill requires reports by school nutrition/food service directors and provides for rulemaking by the state board of education and the department of education on requirements and technical assistance.

Most recent hearing: Jan 12, 2022 at 1PM

HB1058 Time Allowed for Public School Students to Eat Lunch >> view bill text here
This bill requires public schools to schedule sufficient seated time for students to eat lunch during the day.

Upcoming hearing: Jan 18, 2022 at 9:30AM

HB1564 School Breakfast for Student >> view bill text here
This bill requires school districts to provide breakfast to students through the National School Breakfast Program or through a program of its own.

Upcoming hearing: Jan 18, 2022 at 10:30AM 

SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Click here to view all bills in committee

SB 233 Water Bottle filling Stations in Schools >> view bill text here

This bill requires newly constructed public schools and public schools undergoing substantial renovations to incorporate water bottle filling stations to increase access to drinking water on school property.  The bill also requires school districts to allow bringing water bottles into classrooms
Most recent hearing: January 11 at 9:30AM

Coming up on Friday, February 4, the NH Food Alliance will host a networking session about grant writing season: what grants are available, which grants network partners are applying for, and creating opportunities for collaboration on grants and projects. Please REGISTER HERE >>