What exactly are committees of conference?

New Hampshire’s legislative process is lengthy and gives the House and Senate-wide latitude to amend legislation as they see fit. If one or both chambers approve an amended version of a bill, they’ll ultimately need to agree on the final version if they want it to reach the governor’s desk.

If the House and Senate can’t simply agree – the legislative term is concur then they’ll need to form a committee of conference to hash out the differences between the two bills. We’re now seeing the first of the committees of conference formed in the Legislature, with many more to come.

The committees need to meet and finalize their reports by May 17, with a deadline of May 24 for the Legislature to act on those reports. The list of 2018 committees of conference are updated here.

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