HB108 Introduced

House Bill 108 to strengthen the Right-to-Know Law section on non-public minutes has been introduced in the N.H. House and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Timothy Horrigan (D), Rep. Janet Wall (D-R), Rep. Marjorie Smith (D) and Sen. David Boutin (R). This bill was suggested by RTKNH and we appreciate all the sponsors for this bill.

This bill adds 2 phrases to RSA 91-A:3, III. The first phrase clarifies that minutes for non-public sessions must meet the same requirements as those for public sessions by adding “as provided in RSA 91-A:2, II“:

Minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be kept as provided in RSA 91-A:2, II

The second phrase requires that all votes to seal non-public minutes must be taken in public. This phrase is added “taken in public session,” in the wording about sealing non-public minutes:

Minutes and decisions reached in nonpublic session shall be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless, by recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present[,] taken in public session, it is determined that divulgence of the information likely would …

The full text of the bill is available here.