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The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 569 this Friday, February 6th, at 10:30 AM in Room 202 of the Legislative Office Building. HB 569 proposes to levy the Business Enterprise Tax (BET) on a significant group of NH nonprofits.

The Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee received strong testimony on January 21 in opposition to SB 17, a repeat proposal to mandate Board level training to nonprofits that receive $250,000 or more in public funding.

Once again, nonprofits will be addressing a legislative bill that will impose mandatory training for their boards. The bill, which proposes mandatory board training for nonprofits that receive public funds in the amount of $250,000 or more, has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Sharon Carson.

Despite affirmative votes from NH’s Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster, the Supporting America’s Charities Act fell short of the ⅔ majority needed for passage in the House. The Senate is expected to pass the House’s short-term tax-extenders bill this week before adjourning.

In the few remaining days of the lame duck Congress, there may be an opportunity to pass legislation - HR 5806, the Supporting America's Charities Act - to make three charitable tax incentives permanent.

The last weeks of Congress in 2014 could mean progress on restoring and extending important tax provisions to the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Quarterly's Rick Cohen put together a two-part special report on the mid-term elections from a nonprofit perspective.

A Senate Bill proposing a 4-hour mandatory board member training for nonprofits that receive public funds was stopped in its tracks for the rest of the 2014 session.

Representative David Hess of Hooksett has introduced a Legislative Service Request (LSR 2015-H-0059-R) to, according to its title, include nonprofit charitable enterprises under the business enterprise tax, and lower the rate of the tax.

The National Council of Nonprofits is launching a new campaign to raise awareness - specifically among nonprofit board members - that being an advocate for your nonprofit’s mission is an important role for every board member to play.

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