HB181 was voted 15-2 to be inexpedient to legislate by the House Judiciary Committee this week. This bill would require a public record for non-meetings of public bodies for exemptions including collective bargaining, legal consultation and political caucuses. The report on the bill from the committee was written by Rep. Robbie L. Parsons:
This bill would add non-meeting requirements to the right-to-know law (91-A). The purpose of adding this is unclear in that it would/could add many types of non-meetings i.e. political caucuses, meetings with counsel, etc. This addition would cause confusion with the non-public meetings which are very specific on what reasons a public body can enter into one. HB 181 is not needed and is unclear about many things.
This bill now goes to the full house for a vote.