Bill Text: NH HB1586 | 2020 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 7-2)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-03-11 - Refer for Interim Study: Motion Adopted Regular Calendar 200-123 03/11/2020 [HB1586 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2020-HB1586-Introduced.html

HB 1586-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2296

04/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1586-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Altschiller, Rock. 19; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Burroughs, Carr. 1; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Berrien, Rock. 18; Rep. McLean, Hills. 44; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17; Sen. Levesque, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill permits prosecution for aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault at any time, regardless of when the alleged offense occurred.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2296

04/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

 

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

 

1  Criminal Code; Limitations.  Amend RSA 625:8, III(d) to read as follows:

(d)(1)  For any offense under RSA 632-A, regardless of when the alleged offense occurred, at any time.

(2)  For [any] an offense under [RSA 632-A or for an offense under] RSA 639:2, where the victim was under 18 years of age when the alleged offense occurred, within 22 years of the victim's eighteenth birthday.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

 

LBAO

20-2296

12/3/19

 

HB 1586-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the statute of limitations for sexual assault.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill permits prosecution for aggravated felonious sexual assault and felonious sexual assault at any time, regardless of when the alleged offense occurred.  This bill contains penalties that may have an impact on the New Hampshire judicial and correctional systems.  There is no method to determine how many charges would be brought as a result of the changes contained in this bill to determine the fiscal impact on expenditures.  However, the entities impacted have provided the potential costs associated with these penalties below.

 

Judicial Branch

FY 2021

FY 2022

Class A Misdemeanor

$77

$79

Simple Criminal Case

$300

$314

Routine Criminal Felony Case

$484

$498

Appeals

Varies

Varies

It should be noted that average case cost estimates for FY 2021 and FY 2022 are based on data that is more than ten years old and does not reflect changes to the courts over that same period of time or the impact these changes may have on processing the various case types.

Judicial Council

 

 

Public Defender Program

Has contract with State to provide services.

Has contract with State to provide services.

Contract Attorney – Felony

$825/Case

$825/Case

Contract Attorney – Misdemeanor

$300/Case

$300/Case

Contract Attorney – Major Crimes (aggravated felonious sexual assault, felonious sexual assault and first degree assault)

$2,490/Case

$2,490/Case

Assigned Counsel – Major Crimes (aggravated felonious sexual assault, felonious sexual assault and first degree assault)

$100/Hour up to $8,000

 

$100/Hour up to $8,000

 

Assigned Counsel – Felony

$60/Hour up to $4,100

$60/Hour up to $4,100

Assigned Counsel – Misdemeanor

$60/Hour up to $1,400

$60/Hour up to $1,400

It should be noted that a person needs to be found indigent and have the potential of being incarcerated to be eligible for indigent defense services. The majority of indigent cases (approximately 85%) are handled by the public defender program, with the remaining cases going to contract attorneys (14%) or assigned counsel (1%).

Department of Corrections

 

 

FY 2019 Average Cost of Incarcerating an Individual

$44,400

$44,400

FY 2019 Annual Marginal Cost of a General Population Inmate

$5,071

$5,071

FY 2019 Average Cost of Supervising an Individual on Parole/Probation

$576

$576

NH Association of Counties

 

 

County Prosecution Costs

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Estimated Average Daily Cost of Incarcerating an Individual

$105 to $120

$105 to $120

 

Many offenses are prosecuted by local and county prosecutors.  When the Department of Justice has investigative and prosecutorial responsibility or is involved in an appeal, the Department would likely absorb the cost within its existing budget.  If the Department needs to prosecute significantly more cases or handle more appeals, then costs may increase by an indeterminable amount.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Judicial Branch, Departments of Corrections and Justice, Judicial Council, and New Hampshire Association of Counties

 

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