New Hampshire State Resource Center
New Hampshire Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The mission of the department is: to serve the people of New Hampshire by performing the constitutional, statutory and common law duties of the Attorney General as the State's chief legal officer and chief law enforcement officer; to seek to do justice in all prosecutions; to provide the State with legal representation and counsel of the highest quality; to protect the State's environment and the rights of its consumers, and to provide supervision and leadership of New Hampshire law enforcement.
- Executive Council
The Executive Council of the State of New Hampshire has the authority and responsibility, together with the Governor, over the administration of the affairs of the State. The Councilors participate in the active management of the business of the state. They receive assistance from the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services and the Attorney General who review requests involving state funds since no expenditure can be legally authorized without the availability of adequate funds.
The Governor of the State of New Hampshire is the supreme executive magistrate of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. New Hampshire is one of only two states, along with bordering Vermont, to hold gubernatorial elections every two years as opposed to every four. Together, the Governor and Executive Council approve contracts with a value of $5,000 or more, approve pardons, and appoint the directors and commissioners, judges, the Attorney General and officers in the National Guard.
- New Hampshire State
New Hampshire is a state in the New England region of the northeastern U.S. The state was named after the southern English county of Hampshire. It is known internationally for the New Hampshire primary, the first primary in the quadrennial U.S. presidential election cycle. Its license plates carry the state motto: "Live Free or Die". The state nickname is "The Granite State", in reference to its geology and its tradition of self-sufficiency.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is a constitutional officer in New Hampshire and serves as the exclusive head of the New Hampshire Department of State. The Secretary of State performs duties of both a legislative branch as well as an executive branch officer. The Secretary of State has the custody of the State Seal.
- State Treasurer
The Treasury is responsible for a variety of financial management activities including cash management (managing and investing the State's funds and trust accounts), debt management (issuing general obligation and revenue bonds for capital projects and administering related debt service payments) and unclaimed or abandoned property.
New Hampshire Legislative Branch
- New Hampshire General Court
The General Court of New Hampshire is the bicameral state legislature of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. The lower house is the New Hampshire House of Representatives with 400 members. The upper house is the New Hampshire Senate with 24 members. With 424 members, the General Court is the largest state legislature in the United States and the fourth-largest English-speaking legislative body in the world. The General Court has one of the greatest disparities in size between chambers of a bicameral legislature.
New Hampshire Court Rules and Forms
- New Hampshire Court Rules
Provides links to Rules of: the NH Supreme Court; the Superior Court; the Disctrict Courts; the Probate Courts: and the Family Division. Also provides links to the Superior Court Administrative Rules; Rules of Evidence; NH Rules of Professional Conduct; and system-wide Guardian ad litem application, certification and practice rules.
- New Hampshire District Court Administrative Orders
- New Hampshire District Court Forms
- New Hampshire Family Division Administrative Orders
- New Hampshire Family Division Forms
- New Hampshire Probate Court Administrative Orders
- New Hampshire Probate Court Forms
- New Hampshire Superior Court Administrative Orders
- New Hampshire Superior Court Forms
- New Hampshire Supreme Court Forms
- New Hampshire Supreme Court Orders
New Hampshire Judicial Branch
- Administrative Office of the Courts
The mission of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is to provide excellent support service to judges, clerks, and support staff of New Hampshire's 78 courts. The AOC areas of responsibility include those tasks that lend themselves to centralization or which require specialized knowledge.
- New Hampshire Judicial Branch
Courts of New Hampshire include: New Hampshire Supreme Court; New Hampshire Superior Court; New Hampshire District Court; New Hampshire Family Division; and New Hampshire Probate Court. The mission of the Judicial Branch is to preserve the rule of law and protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. and New Hampshire Constitutions, the courts will provide accessible, prompt, and efficient forums for the fair and independent administration of justice, with respect for the dignity of all they serve.
- New Hampshire Law Library
The New Hampshire Law Library is the only public Law Library in the State of New Hampshire. Its mission is to advance the administration of justice by providing legal information and related services to the judicial, legislative, and executive branches of government, the legal communities of New Hampshire, and the people of the State.
- New Hampshire Supreme Court
The New Hampshire Supreme Court, composed of the Chief Justice and four associate justices, sits in Concord and is the state's only appellate court. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to review appeals from the State trial courts and from many State administrative agencies. It also has original jurisdiction to issue writs of certiorari, prohibition, habeas corpus and other writs. The duties of the Supreme Court include correcting errors in trial court proceedings, interpreting case law and statutes and the state and federal constitutions, and administration of the courts.
New Hampshire Executive Branch
- Banking Department
The NH Banking Department is responsible for the general supervision of all New Hampshire chartered financial institutions. These institutions include commercial banks, fiduciary trust companies, mutual savings banks, guaranty savings banks, co-operative banks, merchant banks, and credit unions. The Department is also charged with the licensing and supervision of non-bank mortgage lenders and brokers, money transmitters, mortgage loan servicers, retail sellers, sales finance companies, small loan, title loan, payday lenders and debt adjusters.
- Bureau of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is the state agency responsible for coordinating the planning for, responding to and recovery from major natural and manmade disaster. HSEM is part of the New Hampshire Department of Safety and is the state-level equivalent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
- Business Finance Authority
The Business Finance Authority (BFA) was created in 1992 to foster economic development and create employment in New Hampshire. BFA works with New Hampshire's banking, business, and economic development sectors to develop and implement programs which expand the availability of credit in New Hampshire. BFA's customers include manufacturers, small and medium-sized businesses, health providers, and non-profit educational and cultural organizations.
- Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
The mission of the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium is to educate, incite and entertain learners of all ages in the sciences and humanities by actively engaging them in the exploration of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space science.
- Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food
The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is to promote agriculture in the public interest and to serve farmers and consumers in the marketplace. The department assures safe and healthy food supplies, provides accurate information on prices and availability of farm commodities and crops and develops markets for the state's farmers.
- Department of Cultural Affairs
New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the American Canadian French Cultural Exchange Commission. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of the state.
- Department of Education
The Department of Education offers a wide variety of programs and services in support of New Hampshire's students, teachers, educators, administrators, families, and community members. Its mission is to provide educational leadership and services which promote equal educational opportunities and quality practices and programs that enable New Hampshire residents to become fully productive members of society.
- Department of Environmental Services
The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is to help sustain a high quality of life for all citizens by protecting and restoring the environment and public health in New Hampshire. DES' responsibilities range from ensuring high levels of water quality for water supplies, ecological balance, and recreational benefits, to regulating the emissions of air pollutants, to fostering the proper management of municipal and industrial waste, to managing water resources for future generations.
- Department of Health and Human Services
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors and administers such programs and services as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse and public health.
- Department of Labor
The Department of Labor monitors Employers, Workers Compensation, and Insurance Carriers to insure that they are in compliance with NH Labor laws. These laws range from minimum wage, overtime, safety issues and workers compensation. The department's mission is to serve and protect the interests and dignity of the New Hampshire workforce.
- Department of Resources and Economic Development
The Department of Resources and Economic Development consists of four divisions: Forest and Lands, Parks and Recreation, Travel and Tourism Development, and Economic Development.
- Department of Revenue Administration
The mission of the Department of Revenue Administration is to collect the proper amount of taxes due, incurring the least cost to the taxpayers, and in a manner that merits the highest degree of public confidence in ther integrity, efficiency and fairness. Futher, it must provide prompt and constructive assistance to the municipal units of government in matters of budget, finance, and the appraisal of real estate.
- Department of Safety
The Department of Safety (DOS) enforces motor vehicle and highway safety laws, criminal laws, commercial vehicle regulations, fire safety, building and equipment safety laws and regulations, and boating safety laws and rules. DOS also provide enhanced 911 emergency communications statewide, and is responsible for homeland safety and emergency management activities.
- Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) provides safe and secure mobility and travel options for all of the state’s residents, visitors, and goods movement, through a transportation system and services that are well maintained, efficient, reliable, and provide seamless interstate and intrastate connectivity. DOT's divisions include Administration; Aeronautics, Rail and Transit; Operations; and Project Development.
- Division of Parks and Recreation
The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation is comprised of management components that make up the Division's mission in the state.The Division manages 92 properties campgrounds, beaches, natural areas, waysides, historic sites and recreational trails. The Division is comprised of the following management areas: Bureau of Park Operations; Bureau of Trails; Bureau of Historic Sites; and Cannon Mountain.
- Fish and Game Department
The Fish and Game Department is the guardian of New Hampshire's fish, wildlife and marine resources.
- New Hampshire Correctional Industries
The mission of the New Hampshire Correctional Industries is to provide a safe, secure, and humane correctional system through effective supervision and appropriate treatment of offenders, and a continuum of services that promote successful re-entry into society for the safety of our citizens and in support of crime victims.
- NH Economy
The New Hampshire Business Resource Center (Formerly the New Hampshire Office of Business and Industrial Development) and the International Trade Resource Center offer resources to enhance the economic activities of the state through business attraction outreach, in-state business expansion efforts, and facilitation of government and international sales.
- NH WORKS
The Office of Workforce Opportunity sponsors the NH Works system through use of Workforce Investment Act funds. Its mission is to promote life-long learning by partnering with businesses, agencies, and organizations to bring the state's education, employment and training programs together into a workforce development system that will provide the means for residents of New Hampshire to gain sufficient skills, education, employment and financial independence.
- Office of Energy and Planning
The Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) is part of the Executive Department within the Office of the Governor. OEP provides information, data and guidance to assist decision makers on issues pertaining to development, land protection, energy use and community planning.
- Office of Travel and Tourism Development
The Office of Travel and Tourism Development is a division of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. The official website provides detailed visitor information on exploring the many regions of New Hampshire, including attractions, lodging, events and things to do for the entire family.
- State Library
The mission of the State Library is to promote excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshirites; assist libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; meet the informational needs of New Hampshire state, county, and municipal governments and its libraries; and serve as a resource center on New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Boards and Commissions
- Board of Pharmacy
The primary mission of the Board of Pharmacy is to promote, preserve, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of New Hampshire by fostering the provision of quality pharmaceutical care. The duties of the Board include the licensure and regulation of pharmacists, pharmacies, limited retail drug distributors, and prescription drug/device manufacturers/wholesalers. The Board also registers pharmacy technicians and out-of-state mail-order pharmacies.
- NH State Council on the Arts
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA) was established in 1965 as the official state arts agency. It was designed "to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the welfare and educational experience of our citizens." NHSCA is advised by a 15-member Council that meets at least four times a year. Councilors are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Executive Council. NHSCA is a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
- Public Utilities Commission
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) is vested with general jurisdiction over electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and sewer utilities for issues such as rates, quality of service, finance, accounting, and safety. It is the NHPUC’s mission to ensure that customers of regulated utilities receive safe, adequate and reliable service at just and reasonable rates.
- Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission
The Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission is an agency of The State of New Hampshire. It regulates Harness Racing, and Greyhound Racing in New Hampshire, and Bingo and Lucky 7 Regulations. The Commission's duties include the licensing of racetracks and individuals (drivers, owners, trainers, etc.), collection of taxes and fees, Bingo, Lucky 7, and Games of Chance.