TITLE I
THE STATE AND ITS GOVERNMENT

Chapter 9
BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS; REVOLVING FUNDS

Definitions

Section 9:1

    9:1 Terms Used. – In this chapter, the term "department" or "establishment" means any executive department, commission, board, institution, bureau, office, or other agency of the state government, by whatever name called, other than the legislature, the department of state in the execution of the constitutional duties of the office of the secretary of state, and the state judicial branch, that uses, expends or receives any state funds; the term "state funds" means any and all moneys appropriated by the legislature, or money collected by or for the state, or any agency thereof, pursuant to authority granted in any of its laws; the term "budget" means the budget document by this chapter required to be transmitted to the legislature; the term "stakeholder" means a person and/or group which can affect or is affected by the development, design, and/or development of information technology systems.

Source. RL 23:1. RSA 9:1. 1979, 403:1. 2000, 320:6, eff. Aug. 20, 2000. 2017, 82:1, eff. Aug. 1, 2017.

The Budget

Section 9:2

    9:2 Transmission to the Legislature. – Not later than February 15 of the year of each biennial legislative session, the governor shall transmit to the legislature a document to be known as a budget setting forth the governor's financial program for each of the fiscal years of the ensuing biennium and having the character and scope hereinafter set forth.

Source. RL 23:2. RSA 9:2. 1998, 313:1, eff. Aug. 25, 1998.

Section 9:2-a

    9:2-a Transmission to the Legislature; Changes to Statutory Law. – Not later than February 15 of the first year of each biennial legislative session, the governor shall transmit to the legislature a document to be known as the trailer bill containing any changes to statutory law deemed necessary for the ensuing biennium. This document shall be separate from the document known as the budget as provided in RSA 9:2 and shall not be considered a budget bill as provided in part II, article 18-a of the New Hampshire constitution. This document shall be available in printed format and at least one electronic computer file format in common use at the time.

Source. 2019, 346:208, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 9:3

    9:3 Form and Contents. –
The budget shall consist of 3 parts, the nature and contents of which shall be as follows:
I. Part I shall consist of the governor's budget message, which shall set forth:
(a) The governor's program for meeting all the expenditure needs of the government for each of the years of the biennium to which the budget relates, indicating the classes of funds, general or special, from which such appropriations are to be made and the means through which such expenditures shall be financed;
(b) Financial statements giving in summary form:
(1) The condition of the treasury at the end of the last completed fiscal year, the estimated condition of the treasury at the end of the year in progress, and the estimated condition of the treasury at the end of each of the 2 years to which the budget relates if the budget proposals are put into effect;
(2) Statements showing the bonded indebtedness of the state, debt authorized and unissued, debt redemption and interest requirements, and condition of the sinking funds, if any;
(3) A summary of appropriations recommended for each of the years of the biennium to which the budget relates for each department and for the state as a whole in comparison with actual expenditures for the last completed fiscal year and estimated expenditures for the year in progress;
(4) A summary of the revenue estimated to be received by the state during each of the 2 years of the biennium to which the budget relates, classified according to sources in comparison with the actual revenue received by the state during the last completed fiscal year and estimated income during the year in progress; and
(5) Such other financial statements, data, and comments as in the governor's opinion are necessary or desirable in order to make known in all practicable detail the financial condition and operations of the state and the effect that the budget as proposed will have on such condition and operations.
(6) [Repealed.]
(c) If the estimated revenues of the state for the ensuing biennium as set forth in the budget on the basis of existing laws, plus the estimated amounts in the treasury at the close of the year in progress available for expenditure in the ensuing biennial period is less than the aggregate recommended for the ensuing biennial period as contained in the budget, the governor shall make recommendations to the legislature in respect to the manner in which such deficit shall be met, whether by an increase in the state tax or the imposition of new taxes, increased rates on existing taxes, or otherwise; and if the aggregate of such estimated revenues, plus estimated balances in the treasury is greater than such recommended appropriations for the ensuing biennial period, the governor shall make such recommendations in reference to the application of such surplus to the reduction of debt or otherwise, to the reduction in taxation, or to such other action as in the governor's opinion is in the interest of the public welfare. The governor's operating budget shall not use bonded indebtedness to fund operating appropriations. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit the use of projected lapses in determining compliance with this section.
II. Part II shall present in detail recommendations for appropriations to meet the expenditure needs of the state from each general class of funds, classified by departments, and indicating for each the appropriations recommended for meeting the cost of administration, operation, and maintenance of such departments.
III. Part III shall embrace a draft or drafts of appropriation bills having for their purpose to give legal sanction to the appropriations recommended to be made in parts I and II. Such appropriation bills shall indicate the funds, general or special, from which such appropriations shall be paid, but such appropriations need not be in greater detail than to indicate the total appropriation to be made for administration, operation, and maintenance of each department for each fiscal year of the biennium.
III-a. The governor shall comply with RSA 9:9-b in the formulation of the budget for the ensuing biennium.
IV. The budget shall be available in printed format and at least one electronic computer file format in common use at the time.

Source. RL 23:3. RSA 9:3. 1957, 173:1, 2. 1998, 222:1; 313:12. 2000, 296:2. 2008, 237:4, eff. July 1, 2009.

Section 9:3-a

    9:3-a Capital Expenditure Requests. –
Prior to the adoption of the 6-year capital budget, the requests for appropriation of funds shall be as follows:
I. All departments seeking funds for capital expenditures shall submit their requests to the commissioner of administrative services no later than the May 1 before the opening of the biennial legislative session. Requests shall be made on forms supplied by the commissioner of administrative services. Each request shall list estimates of the costs of land, construction, furnishings, and equipment and shall identify projects which are expected or planned to require funding in subsequent bienniums of the 6-year capital budget in order to be completed. In addition, each request shall include the square footage, estimates of annual operating and maintenance costs, program descriptions, and number of people involved.
II. The commissioner of administrative services shall submit a summary of the requests and any supporting detail to the governor by May 31.
III. The governor shall hold public hearings on the requests no later than June 30. The governor may require officials of those departments submitting requests to attend and testify.
IV. There shall be a governor's advisory committee on the capital budget consisting of the following, or their designees: commissioner of administrative services, the manager of the division of public works design and construction in the department of administrative services, chairperson of the senate capital budget committee, and chairperson of the house public works and highways committee. Members of the advisory committee may attend the hearings on capital budget requests, question those testifying, and contribute their opinions.
V. The governor shall select those projects which the governor considers worthy of further evaluation, and send the requests for the selected projects to the commissioner of administrative services no later than August 1. The governor may hold additional hearings on capital requests at the time of the operating budget hearings. If any additional hearing is held after election day, the governor shall invite the governor-elect to attend.
VI. The department of administrative services through its division of public works design and construction shall prepare schematic drawings, cost estimates, and program descriptions and the commissioner of administrative services shall present these, along with any recommendations, to the governor no later than December 1.
VII. The governor shall submit the capital budget to the general court no later than February 15 of each odd numbered year. The capital budget submitted shall identify all projects which are expected or planned to require funding in the first biennium and in subsequent bienniums of the 6-year capital budget in order to be completed.

Source. 1957, 173:3. 1981, 540:1. 1985, 399:3, I; 415:6. 1995, 9:1. 2004, 138:1. 2009, 162:3, eff. Sept. 6, 2009. 2014, 327:40, eff. Aug. 2, 2014.

Section 9:3-b

    9:3-b Review and Update of Capital Budget. – In the first year of each biennium the legislature shall review the 6-year capital budget and update the extended projects, and may approve new projects over the next 6 years. The general court intends that once a capital budget project has been approved it shall be funded through each phase of the project unless some extreme and significant event makes further funding inappropriate.

Source. 2004, 138:2, eff. May 24, 2004.

Section 9:4

    9:4 Requests for Appropriations and Statement of Objectives; Efficiency Expenditure Requests. –
I. On or before October 1 prior to each biennial legislative session, all departments of the state shall transmit to the commissioner of administrative services, on forms to be furnished by the commissioner, an efficiency expenditure request for each fiscal year of the following biennium for administration, operation, and program services, including costs for workers' compensation and unemployment compensation. In case of the failure of any department to submit such requests within the time specified, the commissioner of administrative services shall cause to be prepared such requests for such department as in the commissioner's opinion are reasonable and proper.
II. In this section, "efficiency expenditure request" means the cost of providing the services authorized and funded in the preceding biennium, considering and incorporating changes in the population and other factors outside the control of the department, consistent with the objectives in paragraph III. The governor shall communicate additional parameters, including desired departmental organization chart content and formats, and the total expenditure target for the development of efficiency expenditure requests, on or before August 1 prior to each biennial legislative session.
III. The primary objective of the efficiency expenditure request is to identify expenditure requests to fund current statutory requirements, and those additional statutes and rules, consistent with parameters and expectations as defined in paragraph IV, that will provide improved quality of services to the citizens of New Hampshire as a result of improved department efficiencies and performance. Additional objectives of the efficiency expenditure request are to embed a management culture of continuous improvement, prudence, and accountability and to provide the governor and department heads with a fiscal management work product that extends and emphasizes these objectives.
IV. The efficiency expenditure request shall include:
(a) An expenditure estimate for the first year of the next biennium. In accordance with this paragraph, the governor shall provide a total expenditure target for each department which shall be a percentage of the adjusted authorized budget for the second year of the current biennium. The adjusted authorized budget is the level of funding for the second year of the current operating budget including budget footnote adjustments, executive orders, and adjustments by law including additional appropriations and any changes in laws that affect revenues and expenses outside of the operating budget. The target shall have as its basis revenue and economic forecasts and the forecasted financial condition of the state for the first year of the next biennium.
(b) An estimate for the second year of the next biennium. In accordance with this paragraph, the governor shall provide a total expenditure target for each department which is a percentage of the estimate developed for the first year of the next biennium. The target shall have as its basis revenue and economic forecasts for the second year of the next biennium and the financial condition of the state and shall reflect any changes in law that affect both revenues and expenses.
(c) The current mission statement of the department and its divisions.
(d) The goals of the department and its divisions for the next biennium.
(e) The impact of salary grade and steps for each authorized and requested position.
(f) The identification of special or problematic needs to be funded or supported, consistent with department goals, which will support improved department efficiencies and deliverables. The department shall identify the risks or implications associated with not funding or supporting these special or problematic needs. Such needs are expected to be few and prioritized.
(g) Outcome and output performance measures, displaying trends over time, and the data used by the department to create those measures, to evaluate the quality and consequence of services it delivers; and the identification of performance measures it may develop and implement in the following biennium.
(h) Planned reorganization or restructuring initiatives that promise performance improvement and savings.
(i) The identification of information technology or other technology investments, and the linkage for which the net effect is process improvement, improved quality of deliverables, and the resultant cost reduction.
(j) The results of innovation initiatives in process improvement and delivery of services executed in the past biennium, if any, and those innovations planned for the following biennium that hold promise of improved efficiencies.
(k) Investments in staff training and development consistent with department goals, and with the objectives in paragraph III, that show promise of improved productivity, service, and results within a specific time frame.
(l) Inclusion of additional operating costs associated with previously authorized capital improvement projects to be completed during the biennium.
(m) The source of funding for all expenditures.
V. Within the meaning of this section, the governor shall make the final determination as to whether a particular cost shall be deemed to be an efficiency expenditure.
VI. The efficiency expenditure request shall incorporate recommendations for any necessary changes to state statutes and administrative rules which are barriers to the mission of the department, barriers to the attainment of goals, and barriers to enabling delivery of improved quality of services or services which have not been funded and have a financial burden on the department and/or taxpayers.
VII. Subsequent to submission to the commissioner of administrative services, requests and estimates submitted pursuant to this section shall be made publicly available by each department under RSA 91-A.

Source. RL 23:4. RSA 9:4. 1955, 337:16. 1957, 173:4. 1977, 436:2. 1985, 399:3, I. 1994, 189:1. 1998, 222:2. 2000, 296:1. 2011, 229:1. 2012, 247:3, eff. Aug. 17, 2012. 2014, 168:1, eff. June 30, 2015; 168:3, eff. July 11, 2014.

Section 9:4-a

    9:4-a Judicial Branch Budget. – The supreme court, in consultation with the judicial branch administrative council appointed pursuant to supreme court rule 54, shall prepare the judicial branch budget for review and processing by the legislature according to the same time schedule for budgetary review and analysis required of executive agencies. The judicial branch budget shall be prepared upon forms and according to procedures prescribed by the commissioner of administrative services. The budget request documents and such additional information as may be requested shall be submitted to the commissioner of administrative services to be included in the governor's budget in the amounts requested, and with such comments as the governor deems appropriate.

Source. 1969, 21:1. 1979, 403:2. 1983, 381:6. 1985, 399:3, I. 1995, 9:2, eff. June 11, 1995. 2015, 102:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.

Section 9:4-b

    9:4-b Information Technology Plan. – Each executive department, with the necessary assistance of the chief information officer, shall prepare an information technology plan and submit it to the information technology council. The portion of each plan which addresses the upcoming biennium shall define the capital and operating budgets necessary for implementing the plan. The budget data in the information technology plan shall provide for both new information technology initiatives and existing operations and shall be consistent with the budget data submitted under RSA 9:4 and 9:4-a. In the case of the failure of any executive department to submit an information technology plan, the chief information officer shall cause a plan to be prepared as in his or her opinion is reasonable and proper. Each information technology plan shall identify a process for collaborative involvement of stakeholders representing other levels of government within the state in the development, design, and deployment of information technology systems that involve or impact such other political subdivisions of the state.

Source. 1991, 346:3. 2000, 320:1. 2003, 223:20, eff. July 1, 2003.

Section 9:4-c

    9:4-c Repealed by 2008, 177:16, I, eff. June 11, 2008. –

Section 9:4-d

    9:4-d Requests for Appropriations From the Highway Fund. –
I. On or before October 1 prior to each biennial legislative session, all departments of the state, except the department of transportation, and the judicial branch requesting appropriations from the highway fund shall transmit to the commissioner of administrative services, on blanks to be furnished by the commissioner, appropriate program measures which support the use of highway funds being requested. This data shall reflect the volume of activity within each accounting unit directly related to highway activity.
II. All departments of the state subject to paragraph I shall develop and implement a cost allocation plan and maintain such records as are necessary to support their expenditures of highway funds. These records shall include, but not be limited to, revising the integrated system of government cost accounting and financial reporting which accurately and systematically accounts for all expenditures of highway funds within budget and appropriations and from which it shall be possible to obtain accurate annual and interim financial statements and other reports which present fairly and with full disclosure the use of highway funds.

Source. 1993, 358:105. 2007, 133:1. 2012, 247:3, eff. Aug. 17, 2012.

Section 9:4-e

    9:4-e University System of New Hampshire and Community College System of New Hampshire Operating Budgets. – For the university system of New Hampshire and community college system of New Hampshire, the state operating budget shall include only general fund appropriations. The chancellor of the university system and the chancellor of the community college system shall provide detailed budgets of their respective system operations upon legislative or executive request.

Source. 1998, 115:1. 2010, 199:3, eff. Aug. 20, 2010. 2017, 25:1, eff. June 24, 2017.

Section 9:5

    9:5 Estimates of Income. –
I. On or before October 1 next prior to each biennial legislative session, the commissioner of administrative services shall prepare an estimate of the total income of the state for each fiscal year of the ensuing biennium, in which the several items of income shall be listed and classified according to sources or character, departments or establishments producing said funds and brought into comparison with the income actually received during the last completed fiscal year and the estimated income to be received during the year in progress.
II. On or before January 15 of each even numbered year, the commissioner of administrative services shall present to the legislature an updated estimate of the total income of the state for the current fiscal year, in which the several items of income shall be listed and classified according to sources or character, departments or establishments producing said funds and brought into comparison with the income actually received and projected to be received during the current fiscal year and an updated estimate of the income to be received during the next fiscal year. These updated estimates shall require ratification by the legislature by the end of the regular legislative session of such even numbered year.

Source. RL 23:5. RSA 9:5. 1985, 399:3, I. 1986, 18:2, eff. July 1, 1986.

Section 9:6

    9:6 Tentative Budget. – Upon the receipt of the efficiency expenditure requests called for by RSA 9:4 and the preparation of the estimates of income called for by RSA 9:5, and not later than November 1 next succeeding, the commissioner of administrative services shall cause to be prepared a tentative budget conforming as to scope, contents, and character to the requirements of RSA 9:3 and containing the efficiency expenditure requests and estimates of revenue as called for by RSA 9:4 and RSA 9:5, which tentative budget shall be transmitted to the director of the budget for submittal to the governor. The tentative budget shall comply with the requirements of RSA 9:9-b. The budget shall be made available in printed format and in at least one electronic computer file format in common use at the time. The sections of the budget that state: gross appropriations from the highway fund, the highway block grant aid appropriation, the highway fund appropriation to the department of safety, and highway fund appropriations that are transferred to other agencies that comply with part II, article 6-a of the New Hampshire constitution relative to the use of highway funds, shall be reported to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chairpersons of the house and senate standing committees on finance, the house public works and highways committee, the senate transportation committee, and the senate capital budget committee.

Source. RL 23:6. RSA 9:6. 1970, 6:2. 1985, 399:3, I. 1998, 222:3. 2008, 237:7, eff. July 1, 2009. 2014, 168:2, eff. June 30, 2015. 2015, 222:1, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 9:7

    9:7 Hearings on Tentative Budget. – Upon the receipt by the governor of the tentative budget provided for by RSA 9:6, the governor shall make provision for public hearings thereon not later than the ensuing month of December, at which the governor may require the attendance of the heads and other officers of all departments, and other persons receiving or requesting the grant of state funds and the giving by them of such explanations and suggestions as they may be called upon to give or as they may desire to offer in respect to items of requested appropriations in which they are interested. The governor shall also extend invitations to the governor-elect, the commissioner of administrative services, and the chairpersons of the finance committees of the house and senate to be present at such hearings and to participate in the hearings through the asking of questions or the expression of opinion in regard to the items of the tentative budget. The chairpersons of the finance committees of the house and senate, while sitting at such hearings, shall hold the office of budget advisors and shall receive the same per diem allowance and expenses as are provided for members of the governor's council. If either chairperson shall be unable to sit, the vice chairperson of the committee shall act in the chairperson's place and receive the same compensation and expenses.

Source. RL 23:7. RSA 9:7. 1985, 399:3, I. 1995, 9:3, eff. June 11, 1995.

Section 9:8

    9:8 Formulation of the Budget. – Following his inauguration, the governor shall proceed to the formulation of the budget provided for by RSA 9:2 and 3. In doing so he shall give such weight to the estimates of income as prepared by the commissioner of administrative services and to the estimates of expenditure requirements as submitted by the departments and to the testimony elicited at the hearings thereon as he deems proper, but the proposals contained in the budget shall represent his judgment and recommendations in respect to the provision to be made for meeting the revenue and expenditure needs of the state for each of the fiscal years of the ensuing biennium.

Source. RL 23:8. RSA 9:8. 1985, 399:3, I, eff. July 1, 1985.

Section 9:8-a

    9:8-a Accounting Unit Format. –
I. All budgets provided for by this subdivision shall be in accounting unit format consistent with the chart of accounts of the state integrated financial accounting system. For expository purposes, the budget may be presented as a summarized 3 class line document consisting of personnel services, operating expenses, and other expenses; provided, however, that the final budget as passed and the warrants issued by the commissioner of administrative services shall be classified into at least the following classes as appropriate: personnel services, current expense, equipment, other personnel services, benefits, travel in-state, travel out-of-state, individual and departmental dues to national and regional organizations, and other expenditures.
II. [Repealed.]

Source. 1973, 376:76. 1981, 568:143. 1983, 469:3. 1985, 399:3, I. 1998, 10:1; 222:4. 2003, 319:41, II. 2008, 177:5. 2012, 247:4, eff. Aug. 17, 2012.

Section 9:8-b

    9:8-b Adoption of Operating Budget. – The general court shall not adopt an operating budget for any fund, or any other legislation which provides for appropriations, which exceed the state's total estimated revenues from existing, increased, or new taxes, fees, operating income and other sources. If the estimated revenues of the state for the ensuing biennium as set forth in the budget on the basis of existing laws, plus the estimated amounts in the treasury at the close of the year in progress available for expenditure in the ensuing biennial period is less than the aggregate recommended for the ensuing biennial period as contained in the budget, the general court shall adopt a budget in which such deficit shall be met, whether by an increase in the state tax or the imposition of new taxes, increased rates on existing taxes, or otherwise; and if the aggregate of such estimated revenues, plus estimated balances in the treasury is greater than such recommended appropriations for the ensuing biennial period, the general court shall adopt a budget applying such surplus to the reduction of debt or otherwise, to the reduction in taxation, or to such other action as is in the interest of the public welfare. Such operating budget shall not use bonded indebtedness to fund operating appropriations. Nothing contained herein shall prohibit the use of projected lapses in determining compliance with this section.

Source. 1998, 313:3, eff. Aug. 25, 1998.

Section 9:9

    9:9 Supplemental Estimates. – The governor shall transmit to the legislature supplemental estimates for such appropriations as in his judgment may be necessary on account of laws enacted after the transmission of the budget, or as he deems otherwise in the public interest. He shall accompany such estimates with a statement of the reasons therefor, including the reasons for their omission from the budget. Whenever such supplemental estimates amount to an aggregate which, if they had been contained in the budget, would have required the governor to make a recommendation for the raising of additional revenue, he shall make such recommendation.

Source. RL 23:9.

Section 9:9-a

    9:9-a Collection of Highway Fund Revenue; Reporting Requirement. – Pursuant to part II, article 6-a of the New Hampshire constitution, any costs associated with the collection and administration of highway funds by the department of safety shall be deducted by the department before such funds are credited to the highway fund. On or before January 1, the department shall provide an annual accounting of such administration and collection costs to the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives. No current fiscal year collection or administration costs shall be expended until the previous year's collection cost report has been received.

Source. 2003, 263:1. 2005, 177:3, eff. July 1, 2005.

Section 9:9-b

    9:9-b Allocation of Highway Fund Appropriations. –
In each biennium, highway fund appropriations, including costs of collections of the department of safety, shall be subject to the following limitations:
I. Department of transportation: Not less than 73 percent of anticipated total gross road toll and motor vehicle fees and fines for the biennium.
II. Department of safety: Not to exceed 26 percent of total anticipated gross road toll and motor vehicle fees and fines for the biennium.
III. All other agencies: Not to exceed 1 percent of total anticipated gross road toll and motor vehicle fees and fines for the biennium.

Source. 2003, 263:1. 2008, 237:1, eff. July 1, 2009; 237:2, eff. July 1, 2011; 237:3, eff. July 1, 2013. 2015, 276:191, eff. July 1, 2015.

Section 9:9-c

    9:9-c Reporting Requirement for Departments That Receive Highway Funds. –
All departments of the executive branch and the judicial branch that receive highway fund transfers for any purpose shall file a report with the commissioner of administrative services on or before January 1 of each year for the preceding fiscal year. The format of the report shall be determined by the commissioner and shall be in a format similar to reports filed pursuant to RSA 9:4-d.
I. The report shall include:
(a) A description of each of the programs supported by highway funds.
(b) Actual expenditures incurred by programs supported in whole or in part by the highway fund transfers compared to amounts budgeted for those purposes.
II. No highway fund transfers shall be disbursed to a department of the executive branch or the judicial branch if the department or judicial branch has not filed the report required under this section for the preceding fiscal year.

Source. 2003, 263:1. 2007, 32:1, eff. July 13, 2007.

Section 9:9-d

    9:9-d Ten-Year Current Services Cost Projections. –
I. Each of the following state agencies shall provide 10-year cost projections for the identified service or program:
(a) The department of administrative services: state retiree health insurance, and in conjunction with the department of revenue administration, state revenues.
(b) The state treasurer: debt service.
(c) The department of education: adequate education grants.
(d) The New Hampshire retirement system: state employer retirement contributions.
II. The cost projections shall be based on current policy, programs, and tax rates, and shall be adjusted only for demographically-induced changes in demand for public services and projected effects on state government revenues and expenditures.

Source. 2018, 162:2, eff. July 1, 2018.

Section 9:9-e

    9:9-e Department of Health and Human Services; Ten-Year Current Services Cost Projections. –
I. The department of health and human services shall provide 10-year cost projections for the identified service or program:
(a) Uncompensated care.
(b) Medicaid care management.
(c) Medicaid-funded home and community based waiver services: Choices for Independence, Developmental Services, Acquired Brain Disorder, and Children's In Home Services.
(d) Nursing home services.
II. The cost projections required in paragraph I for years one through 5 shall be based on the best available data and information available to the department to ensure accurate and reliable information is provided to the public and the general court.
III. The cost projections required in paragraph I for years 6 through 10 shall be based on current policy, programs, and federal and state law, and shall assume economic and other external factors remain static.
IV. The department shall issue the cost projections by September 30, 2019 and shall issue new projections every 2 years thereafter, or upon notice to the department by the state demographer of demographically-induced changes in demand for public services and projected effects on state government revenues.

Source. 2018, 162:2, eff. July 1, 2018.

Section 9:9-f

    9:9-f Legislative Report of 10-Year Current Services Cost Projections. – On or before February 1 of each budget year, prior to the transmission of the budget to the legislature under RSA 9:2, the legislative budget assistant, in consultation with the state demographer, shall provide to the house and senate finance committees, a report with the 10-year current services cost projections described in RSA 9:9-d and RSA 9:9-e and any other relevant factors identified by the legislative budget assistant or state demographer. The report also shall be posted on the general court website.

Source. 2018, 162:2, eff. July 1, 2018.

Execution of the Budget

Section 9:10

    9:10 Appropriations. – The appropriations made shall be available for expenditure on July 1, unless otherwise provided.

Source. RL 23:10. 1957, 112:1, eff. July 1, 1957.

Section 9:11

    9:11 Monthly Statements. –
I. Once each month the director, division of accounting services shall make a report to each state agency showing in detail the total amount expended during the previous month and the accumulated amount expended to date from July 1. The report shall also show the total encumbrances outstanding and the balance available for the remainder of the fiscal year. Whenever it appears that a department is spending at a rate which will deplete its appropriation before June 30 the director, division of accounting services shall immediately report the fact to the governor who shall thereupon investigate and may, if necessary, order the department head to reduce expenditures in proportion to the balance available and the remaining time in the fiscal year. When such an order has been made by the governor the director, division of accounting services shall establish a limit of expenditures for the department and shall not allow any expenditure by said department in excess of said limit unless and until said order has been modified by the governor. Provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to appropriations made for land, permanent improvements, and other capital projects.
II. (a) For the funds and entities identified in subparagraph (b), the department of administrative services shall prepare and submit to the fiscal committee of the general court a combined report describing the status of the state's fund expenditures for the current fiscal year. The report shall include a comparison of actual expenditures to projected expenditures, and an explanation for any substantial variance, as provided by each entity. The department shall submit such report for the quarters ending September 30, December 31, and March 31, and any time the governor submits to the fiscal committee, pursuant to RSA 9:16-b, a plan to reduce state expenditures.
(b)(1) For the general fund and education trust fund, the judicial branch and any agency that receives appropriations from the general fund or education trust fund.
(2) For the fish and game fund, the fish and game department.
(3) For the highway fund, including the cost of collections, the department of safety and the department of transportation.
(4) For the turnpike fund, the department of transportation.
(5) For the liquor fund, the liquor commission.
(6) For the sweepstakes fund, the lottery commission.

Source. RL 23:11. RSA 9:11. 1957, 112:2. 1985, 399:3, III, eff. July 1, 1985. 2015, 245:1, eff. Dec. 31, 2015.

Section 9:12

    9:12 Investigatory Powers. – The governor or the governor and council and the commissioner of administrative services and any officer of the department of administrative services, when so authorized by the governor, or the governor and council, are hereby authorized to make such inquiries regarding the receipt, custody, and application of state funds, existing organization, activities, and methods of business of the departments, assignments of particular activities to particular services, and the regrouping of such services, as in the opinion of the governor will enable him to make recommendations, and, within the scope of the powers possessed by him, to order action to be taken, having for their purpose to bring about increased economy and efficiency in the conduct of the affairs of the state.

Source. RL 23:12. RSA 9:12. 1985, 399:3, I, eff. July 1, 1985.

Section 9:13

    9:13 Fiscal Year. – The fiscal year of the state shall commence on the first day of July and end on the thirtieth day of June. This fiscal year shall be used for purposes of making appropriations and of financial reporting and shall be uniformly adopted by all departments of the state.

Source. RL 23:16.

Deficit Control

Section 9:13-a to 9:13-c

    9:13-a to 9:13-c Repealed by 1987, 416:1, eff. July 1, 1987. –

Section 9:13-d

    9:13-d Civil Emergency. – Should it be determined by the governor that a civil emergency exists, the governor may, with the advice and consent of the fiscal committee, authorize such expenditures, by any department or agency, as may be necessary to effectively deal with said civil emergency and may draw his warrants in payment for the same from any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated. In determining whether a civil emergency exists, the governor shall consider whether there is such imminent peril to the public health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of this state so as to require immediate action to remedy the situation. This section shall not be construed to enlarge any of the powers which the governor may possess under the constitution or other statutes.

Source. 1978, 52:15. 1987, 416:2, eff. July 1, 1987.

Section 9:13-e

    9:13-e Revenue Stabilization Reserve Account. –
I. Notwithstanding the definition of "budget" in RSA 9:1, for purposes of this section the term "budget" means the operating budget in effect for the appropriate fiscal biennium.
II. There is hereby established within the general fund general ledger a revenue stabilization reserve account. At the close of the fiscal biennium ending June 30, 2001, and at the close of each fiscal biennium thereafter, except as otherwise provided in law, any surplus, as determined by the official audit performed pursuant to RSA 21-I:8, II(a) shall be transferred by the comptroller to a special nonlapsing revenue stabilization reserve account. The comptroller is hereby directed to establish the revenue stabilization reserve account in which to deposit any money received from a general fund operating budget surplus. The state treasurer shall invest funds in this account as authorized by RSA 6:8. The interest so earned shall be deposited as unrestricted general fund revenue.
III. In the event of a general fund operating budget deficit at the close of any fiscal biennium as determined by the official audit performed pursuant to RSA 21-I:8, II(a), the comptroller shall notify the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor of such deficit and request that sufficient funds, to the extent available, be transferred from the revenue stabilization reserve account to eliminate such deficit. Such transfer may be made only when both of the following conditions have been met:
(a) A general fund operating budget deficit occurred for the most recently completed fiscal biennium; and
(b) Unrestricted general fund revenues in the most recently completed fiscal biennium were less than the budget forecast.
The amount of said transfer shall not exceed a sum equal to the lower of the amount of the deficit in subparagraph (a) or the revenue shortfall in subparagraph (b). Upon receipt of approval from both the fiscal committee and the governor, the comptroller shall immediately transfer the sums so approved to the general fund surplus account.
IV. No available balance in the revenue stabilization reserve account shall be utilized for any purpose other than those authorized by paragraphs II and III, without the specific approval of 2/3 of each house of the general court and the governor.
V. If, after the requirements of paragraphs II-IV have been met and the balance remaining in the revenue stabilization reserve account is in excess of an amount equal to 10 percent of the actual general fund unrestricted revenues for the most recently completed fiscal biennium, then such excess, less any amounts deposited pursuant to RSA 7:6-e, shall be transferred, without further action, to the general fund surplus account.

Source. 1986, 18:3. 1987, 416:3. 1992, 289:2. 1993, 358:73. 1998, 109:1, 2. 2001, 158:41. 2012, 247:1, eff. Aug. 17, 2012. 2016, 237:2, eff. June 10, 2016. 2017, 156:68, eff. June 30, 2017; 156:132, eff. July 1, 2017. 2021, 91:87, eff. July 1, 2021.

Debt Redemption

Section 9:13-f

    9:13-f Debt Redemption; State Treasurer Required to Report. –
I. The state treasurer shall report annually to the legislature, prior to the beginning of each session, on the state's outstanding bond obligations. The report shall describe in detail the bond issues which, in the state treasurer's judgment, could be redeemed prior to their stated date of maturity; the value of such issues; and the reasons why the state treasurer believes such issues should be redeemed prior to maturity.
II. The state treasurer shall make recommendations for appropriate legislation relative to early redemption of the state's outstanding bond obligations.
III. The legislature, upon receipt of the state treasurer's report, may appropriate funds for the purpose of debt redemption.

Source. 1986, 18:3, eff. July 1, 1987.

Educational Funding Commitments

Section 9:13-g

    9:13-g Repealed by 1999, 17:58, X, eff. July 1, 1999. –

Revolving Funds

Section 9:14

    9:14 Repealed by 1959, 37:2, eff. July 1, 1959. –

Section 9:14-a

    9:14-a Working Capital. – The governor is hereby authorized to draw his warrant with the advice and consent of the council, upon any money in the general fund of the treasury, including special and capital funds, for departments other than transportation or fish and game, for such sums to be set apart from time to time to the credit of the state treasurer as a working capital fund as may appear to the governor and council necessary and proper upon recommendation of the commissioner of administrative services for payment of all proper charges against said departments other than transportation and fish and game. The governor is likewise (for working capital) hereby authorized to draw his warrant, with the advice and consent of the council, upon any money in the highway fund for expenditures for the department of transportation, or upon any money in the fish and game fund for expenditures for the fish and game department. The provisions of this section shall not authorize the manifesting, approval or payment of any claim in excess of appropriations or for the purposes for which appropriations do not exist. A warrant duly executed under the provisions hereof shall be a sufficient warrant under RSA 6:10.

Source. 1959, 37:1. 1985, 399:3, I, eff. July 1, 1985.

Section 9:15

    9:15 Creation. – The governor is hereby authorized to draw his warrant, with the advice and consent of the council, upon any money in the general fund of the treasury for sums to be delivered into the custody of the responsible heads of departments and institutions for their use as petty cash revolving funds within their departments or institutions. The authorized balances and number of revolving funds shall be kept at minimum levels consistent with efficiency, and shall be carried as a charge against the departments or institutions concerned. No revolving fund shall be authorized by the governor and council except upon written application establishing the necessity for such fund consistent with the efficient operation of the applicant department. Any revolving fund authorized hereunder for the department of transportation or for the fish and game department shall be established from the highway fund or the fish and game fund, respectively. The heads of such departments and institutions shall be personally responsible for such moneys while in revolving funds, and shall be authorized to use the same as a petty cash fund only for such departmental purposes as are authorized by law. No payment from a revolving fund shall bind the state unless and until the specific payment has been pre-audited by the director, division of accounting services and warranted by the governor with the advice and consent of the council. After such audit and warrant, the treasurer shall be authorized to issue out public funds to restore the authorized balance of the revolving fund concerned. Department heads responsible for revolving funds shall be bonded in sums sufficient to protect the state against loss of any revolving funds the authorized balances of which exceed $1,000. All existing revolving funds shall lapse upon the date of the first meeting of the governor and council in 1953, unless renewed at that meeting and revolving funds thereafter authorized hereunder shall similarly lapse on the date of the first meeting of the governor and council in each biennium thereafter, unless then renewed and unless sooner reduced or lapsed by resolution of the governor and council. Upon such reduction or lapse, the responsible head of the department or institution concerned shall pay the revolving fund moneys into the treasury and the treasurer shall credit the same against the amount standing as a charge to the department or institution concerned.

Source. 1951, 252:3. RSA 9:15. 1985, 399:3, III, eff. July 1, 1985.

Appropriations

Section 9:16

    9:16 Repealed by 2008, 177:16, II, eff. June 11, 2008. –

Section 9:16-a

    9:16-a Transfers Authorized. –
I. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, every department as defined in RSA 9:1 is hereby authorized to transfer funds within and among all accounting units within said department, provided that any transfer of $100,000 or more shall require prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council, and provided that no funds may be transferred in violation of the provisions of RSA 9:17-a, 9:17-b, 9:17-c, or 9:17-d or in violation of any restrictions otherwise provided by law. The restrictions included in RSA 9:17-a, 9:17-b, 9:17-c, or 9:17-d shall not apply if a transfer is necessary to satisfy a federal maintenance of effort requirement to ensure the receipt of federal funds.
II. Subject to the limitations in paragraph III and approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council, the transfers authorized in this section may include the establishment of new accounting units and expenditure class codes as necessary and appropriate to respond to changes in federal or state laws, regulations, or programs and otherwise as necessary for the efficient management of the department; provided that if a transfer does not include new accounting units or expenditure class codes, only transfers of $100,000 or more shall require prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council.
II-a. Unless specifically permitted by an operating budget section or footnote, the following transfer restrictions shall apply to all departments:
(a) The appropriation budgeted in class 023-heat-electricity-water shall not be transferred or expended for any other purpose, except that agencies may transfer between class 023 appropriations as necessary.
(b) The appropriations in classes 047 and 048 for the maintenance of buildings and grounds shall not be transferred or expended for any other purpose and shall not lapse in the first year of the operating budget, except that appropriations for maintenance of buildings and grounds may be transferred as follows:
(1) Appropriations in class 047-own forces maintenance-buildings and grounds may be transferred to other class 047 appropriations or to class 048-contractual maintenance- buildings and grounds appropriations.
(2) Appropriation in 048-contractual maintenance-buildings and grounds may be transferred to other class 048-contractual maintenance-buildings and grounds appropriations or to class 047 appropriations.
(c) The appropriations budgeted in class 027-transfers to DoIT, class 028-transfers to general services, class 041-audit funds set aside, class 042-additional fringe benefits, class 049-transfers, class 061-unemployment compensation, class 062-workers compensation, and class 064-retiree pension benefit-health insurance, shall not be transferred or expended for any other purpose, except that agencies may transfer any portion of funds in class 027 transfers to OIT not related to IT shared services upon consultation with and approval from the CIO.
(d) The following account units within the department of natural and cultural resources shall be exempt from the transfer restrictions in subparagraphs (a), (b), and (c): 03-35-35-351510-3701, 03-35-35-351510-3745, 03-35-35-351510-3720, 03-35-35-351510-7300, 03-35-35-351510-3414, 03-35-35-351510-3556, 03-35-35-351510-3558, 03-35-35-351510-3484, 03-35-35-351510-3486, 03-35-35-351510-3488, 03-35-35-351510-3562, 03-35-35-351510-3415, 03-35-35-351510-3746, 03-35-35-351510-3777, 03-35-35-351510-3717, 03-35-35-351510-3703, and 03-35-35-351510-4016.
III. The $100,000 threshold under paragraphs I-II shall be applied at the accounting unit level on a cumulative basis within the fiscal year. Once the threshold has been reached, the approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council shall be required for subsequent transfers within the fiscal year.
IV. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the governor is hereby authorized to transfer funds within and among all accounting units within the governor's office, provided that any transfer of $75,000 or more shall require prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court, and provided that no funds may be transferred in violation of the provisions of RSA 9:17-a, 9:17-b, or 9:17-c or in violation of any restrictions otherwise provided by law or to or from any account. The $75,000 threshold shall be applied at the accounting unit level on a cumulative basis within the fiscal year. Once the threshold has been reached, the approval of the fiscal committee of the general court shall be required for subsequent transfers within the fiscal year.

Source. 1986, 207:2. 1987, 416:4. 1990, 3:35. 2006, 96:1. 2012, 247:2, eff. Aug. 17, 2012. 2017, 156:203, eff. July 1, 2017. 2018, 163:1, eff. June 6, 2018; 163:2, eff. July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019; 163:3, eff. July 1, 2018. 2019, 346:159, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 9:16-b

    9:16-b Reductions Authorized. –
I. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the governor may, with the prior approval of the fiscal committee, order reductions in any or all expenditure classes within any or all departments, as defined in RSA 9:1, if he determines at any time during the fiscal year that:
(a) Projected state revenues will be insufficient to maintain a balanced budget and that the likelihood of a serious deficit exists; or
(b) The actual lapse for each fiscal year is not going to equal the level estimated in the forecast of funds, unappropriated surplus, as issued by the legislative budget assistant.
II. The governor shall make available a summary report every 60 days to the presiding officers and to the chairman of the fiscal committee about any actions under this section.

Source. 1990, 3:36, eff. Feb. 20, 1990.

Section 9:16-c

    9:16-c Transfer of Federal Grant Funds. –
I. In order to maximize the use of federal grant funds and to avoid lapsing such funds where changes in the state or federal accounting systems, changes in federal grant guidelines, or overestimation or underestimation of funds required in various class codes due to program needs or requirements have occurred subsequent to the passage of the budget, every department as defined in RSA 9:1 may, subject to the prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court and the approval of governor and council, transfer funds in or out of any class code and to create new class codes within federally funded areas of the department's operating budget if such transfers do not result in an over-expenditure of any grant.
II. In order to maximize the use of federal grant funds and not lapse such funds, every department as defined in RSA 9:1 may, subject to the approval of the commissioner of the department of administrative services, carry forward into future state fiscal years any budgeted appropriation balances in class from federal grants for the duration of the federal grant award.

Source. 2012, 192:7, eff. July 1, 2012.

Section 9:17

    9:17 Transfer Within Division or Functional Unit. – The governor and council, with the prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court, may authorize the commissioner of administrative services to make such transfers of appropriation items and changes in allocation of funds available for operational purposes within any division or functional unit of a department or institution as may be necessary or desirable to best carry out the purpose of such division or functional unit of such department or institution.

Source. 1950, 5, part 2:1. RSA 9:17. 1985, 399:3, I. 2008, 177:12, eff. June 11, 2008.

Section 9:17-a

    9:17-a Limitations. –
I. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 9:17, no transfer shall be made from any appropriation items for permanent personal services to any other use or purpose, provided however that this provision shall not supersede the provisions of RSA 99:4.
II. The provisions of this section shall apply to transfers in general appropriations, capital budget appropriations and in any other special appropriations.

[Paragraph III effective until June 30, 2023.]


III. The department of health and human services may be exempt from the limitations set forth in paragraph I, subject to approval by the fiscal committee of the general court of any transfer of appropriations from permanent personal services to any other use or purpose.

Source. 1967, 292:1. 1969, 367:6. 1974, 40:75. 1977, 600:50. 1985, 399:3, I. 2008, 177:13, eff. June 11, 2008. 2017, 156:204, eff. July 1, 2017.

Section 9:17-b

    9:17-b Fish and Game Limitation. – Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 9:17, no transfers shall be made into the appropriation for the fish and game department for land acquisition.

Source. 1969, 146:3. 2008, 177:13, eff. June 11, 2008.

Section 9:17-c

    9:17-c Employee Benefit Adjustment Account. – Whereas the appropriations for employee benefits in state departments and institutions may upon occasion not be totally needed for each position due to vacancies and personnel turnover, the department of administrative services shall transfer said amount quarterly from the departmental or institutional appropriation to a special account to be known as the employee benefit adjustment account. This fund shall lapse at the end of each fiscal year and revert to the appropriate fund. Upon the certification of the commissioner of administrative services, subject to the approval of governor and council, the employee benefit account shall be available for transfer to departments and institutions in amounts that are deemed necessary to pay the state's required proportionate share of any legally authorized employee benefit. Notwithstanding the provisions of RSA 9:17, no transfer shall be made from any appropriation for employee benefits to any other appropriation for any other use or purpose except as provided in this section.

Source. 1973, 376:67. 1975, 505:18. 1985, 399:3, I, II. 2008, 177:13, eff. June 11, 2008.

Section 9:17-d

    9:17-d Transfer of Appropriations, Judicial Branch. – The supreme court may transfer funds for any specific purposes to funds for other purposes in the general appropriations for any accounting unit within the judicial branch, provided that any transfer of $75,000 or more shall require prior approval of the fiscal committee of the general court, and provided that no funds may be transferred in violation of the provisions of RSA 9:17-a or any other restriction provided by law. The judicial branch shall certify such transfers to the commissioner of administrative services. The certification shall state that the transfers are necessary to efficiently carry out the functions of the courts and that the legislative fiscal committee has approved the transfers. The provisions of this section shall not supersede the provisions of RSA 99:4 and RSA 9:17-a.

Source. 1979, 403:3. 1985, 399:3, I. 2012, 247:38, eff. Aug. 17, 2012. 2017, 156:205, eff. July 1, 2017; 156:247, eff. Sept. 3, 2017 at 12:01 a.m.; 195:7, eff. Sept. 3, 2017.

Section 9:17-e

    9:17-e Audit of Judicial Branch. – Other provisions of law notwithstanding, the chief justice of the supreme court shall pre-audit all claims of the judicial branch to be presented for the issuance of warrants and this certification shall be sufficient evidence for the director, division of accounting services, to fulfill his responsibilities under the provisions of RSA 8:13, VII relative to debt incurred by the judicial branch.

Source. 1979, 403:3. 1985, 399:3, III, eff. July 1, 1985.

Section 9:17-f

    9:17-f Repealed by 2012, 247:39, eff. Aug. 17, 2012. –

Section 9:18

    9:18 Lapsed Appropriations. –
I. Except for capital appropriations under paragraph I-a or as otherwise specially provided, all unexpended portions of special appropriations shall lapse when the object for which the appropriation was made has been accomplished and, in any event, at the end of 2 years from the date when the act creating the appropriation first took effect, unless there are obligations incurred by contract thereunder, made within said period, in which case there shall be no lapse until the satisfaction or fulfillment of such contractual obligations.
I-a. All unexpended portions of appropriations made by the 6-year capital budget shall lapse when the project for which the appropriation was made has been accomplished and, in any event, at the end of 6 years from the date when the act creating the appropriation first took effect, unless there are obligations incurred by contract thereunder, made within said period, in which case there shall be no lapse until the satisfaction or fulfillment of such contractual obligations
II. Except as otherwise specially provided, all unexpended portions of general appropriations for which a legally enforceable obligation has not been incurred during the fiscal year for which they were appropriated shall lapse at the end of each fiscal year.

Source. 1913, 66:1. 1925, 169:1. PL 15:34. 1927, 9:1. 1929, 97:1. RL 22:29. RSA 9:18. 1967, 77:1. 1971, 424:1. 1973, 493:6. 1982, 38:12. 2004, 138:3, 4, eff. May 24, 2004.

Section 9:19

    9:19 Exceeding Appropriations. – No state official, commissioner, trustee, or other person having control of public funds appropriated by the general court shall use any part of such funds for any other purpose than that for which they were appropriated, or expend any money or make any contract or bargain, or in any way bind the state in excess of the amount voted by the legislature.

Source. 1903, 71:1. PL 15:35. RL 22:30.

Section 9:20

    9:20 Personal Liability. – Any person who violates the provisions of RSA 9:19 individually or as a member of a board shall be personally liable for the amount of the excess expended, contracted, or bargained above the appropriation.

Source. 1903, 71:2. PL 15:36. RL 22:31.

Section 9:21

    9:21 Removal for. – Any commissioner, trustee or agent who shall violate said provisions shall be removed by the governor, and his successor shall be appointed in conformity to the law providing for filling vacancies in such positions.

Source. 1903, 71:3. PL 15:37. RL 22:32.

Section 9:22

    9:22 Dissenting Officials Not Liable. – RSA 9:20 and 9:21 shall not apply to members of boards or commissions who do not aid in, sanction, or assent to a violation thereof by other members of such boards or commissions, and who, when such violations come to their knowledge, shall indicate their dissent by entry thereof in the records of the respective board or commission or in the office of the secretary of state.

Source. 1903, 71:4. PL 15:38. RL 22:33.

Regulation of Certain Payments and Expenditures

Section 9:23

    9:23 Certificates of Service. – No bill of a state officer or employee for services or expenses, except salaries provided by statute, shall be approved by the governor and council or paid by the state treasurer unless it is accompanied by a certificate under oath of said officer or employee that the service has been actually performed and the expense actually incurred.

Source. 1905, 78:1. PL 15:39. RL 22:34.

Section 9:24

    9:24 Exception. – If a state officer or employee dies prior to the filing of his account, the account may be paid by the state treasurer if the governor and council are satisfied that the service was performed and the expense incurred.

Source. 1905, 78:1. PL 15:40. RL 22:35.

Section 9:25, 9:26

    9:25, 9:26 Repealed by 1999, 225:22, eff. Sept. 7, 1999. –

Section 9:26-a

    9:26-a Prohibited Changes. – No change shall be made in the plan, location, or design of a project in the capital budget after the project has been approved and funds appropriated, unless the change is ratified by the capital budget overview committee.

Source. 1981, 540:2. 2010, 29:1, eff. July 12, 2010.

Section 9:27

    9:27 Insurance. – Any agency or department of the state may, with the approval of the governor and council and within the limits of its appropriation, secure casualty or liability insurance on any property owned by the state or in connection with any program or activity of the state; provided, however, that all such purchases shall first be reviewed and approved by the division of risk and benefits of the department of administrative services and that any insurance specifically required by law shall be carried.

Source. 1909, 176:1. 1917, 10:1. PL 19:29. RL 27:35. 1950, 5, part 24:1. RSA 9:27. 1972, 24:1. 1985, 412:14, eff. July 3, 1985. 2017, 193:2, eff. Aug. 29, 2017. 2019, 346:18, eff. July 1, 2019.

Section 9:28

    9:28 Financing Gubernatorial Transition. – Funds which are appropriated to the department of administrative services for a gubernatorial transition shall not be used to finance the transition expenses for an incumbent governor-elect. No other funds, either public or private, shall be expended for this purpose. The governor-elect may, however, accept and use in-kind services for transition expenses. In order to accept and use in-kind services for transition expenses, the governor shall file a report with the secretary of state no later than March 1 following the election which details all the in-kind services which were accepted and used for transition expenses.

Source. 1994, 330:2, eff. June 8, 1994.