RAYMOND — The March 14-15 legislative sessions passed the bills listed below.
HB-1216 - relative to the authority for withholding or withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. Under current law, life-sustaining treatment can be withheld or withdrawn from a legally incapacitated person if: (1) that person has a validly executed advanced directive, (2) such action is authorized by an existing guardian or other court, or (3) such action is taken according to a facility's standard protocol as applicable to its general patient population. The bill eliminates the third option because of the possibility of subjective decisions contrary to the interests of vulnerable senior citizens. A-0952h YES VV (A amendment - h House). Passed OTP-A D 206-118 (OTP-A Ought to Pass - as A) (D division vote, recorded by count, but not by name).
HB-1217 - relative to the form for executing advance directives for health care decisions. This bill expands the rights of New Hampshire citizens to be treated in accordance with their wishes at the end of their life. Passed OTP D 214-110
HB-1263 - relative to the termination of tenancy and repealing the requirement that landlords of restricted residential property provide service of process information. This bill permits a lessor or owner of restricted property to terminate a tenancy upon the expiration, rightful termination, or rescission of the term of a lease or other agreement of tenancy. It repeals the requirement that landlords provide service of process information to the municipality in which the property is located. A-0189h YES VV. Passed OTP-A D 226-85.
HB-1300 - relative to removing public officials for cause. This bill adds a "standing committee of the House or Senate" to the list of people who can petition for discharge or removal of a public official. Passed OTP D 197-96.
HB-1308 - relative to the definition of "public body" under the right-to- know law. Bill allows for semi-governmental bodies to fall under the right-to-know law. OTP D 254-69.