Cross Over Summary

All the Right-to-Know bills for 2015 are finished in either the House or Senate and are now crossing over to the other chamber.  As such, it is a good time to take stock.  Overall, of the 14 Right-to-Know bills, 2 bills were tabled, 5 bills were killed, 5 bills were passed with amendments, and 2 bills were passed as introduced.  Exactly half have survived to cross over.

Tabled. The most controversial bill that drew state-wide media attention was HB646 that was tabled by the House.  HB646 would have allowed fees to be charged to retrieve records. The other controversial bill was SB205 that was tabled by the Senate.  SB205 would have included the governor under the Right-to-Know Law.  Both bills are expected to die on the table for this session.

Killed. Several bills were killed by the House.  HB138 would have made it free to inspect records.  HB656 would have made it free to inspect records in person or online.  HB138 and HB656 were killed because they were included in part in HB606.  HB633 would have established a grievance commission for Right-to-Know Law violations.  HB181 would have required a record for non-meetings.  HB447 would have allowed remote members to be counted for quorums of state-wide bodies.

Amended. Several bills were passed with amendments.  HB606 was amended to provide for free access to online records.  HB108 was amended to only require a public vote to seal non-public minutes.  HB613 was amended to only apply to license applications for individuals.  HB285 was amended to allow non-public sessions for written legal correspondence.  SB149 was amended to allow only student or pupil tuition contracts in non-public sessions.

Passed.  Only 2 bills were passed without amendments.  SB44 allows non-public sessions for state correctional facilities.  SB243 allows non-public sessions for lawsuits initiated by agencies or bodies.

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