SB149 ITL by House

SB149 was voted as inexpedient to legislate by the full House, adopting the majority report from the House Judiciary Committee.  SB149 would have allowed non-public meetings to negotiate school tuition contracts. This vote kills SB149.

The vote to ITL in the committee was 13-4. The report for the majority of the committee was written by Rep. Michael Sylvia:

This bill sought to add a section to the right-to-know law related to nonpublic sessions which would allow school board discussions of entering into a student or pupil tuition contract. The majority of the committee felt that the addition of a full section solely for this narrow purpose was unnecessary. We believe that the school board contract discussions are currently covered by RSA 91-A:3, II (d): “Consideration of the acquisition, sale, or lease of real or personal property which, if discussed in public, would likely benefit a party or parties whose interests are adverse to those of the general community.”

The minority report from the committee was written by Rep. Timothy Horrigan:

School districts are frequently required to enter into tuition contracts with other districts. This happens primarily when a district lacks its own high school. This bill, if passed, would allow school boards to meet in nonpublic session while negotiating tuition contracts which would allow them to make better deals.

The bill was voted down by a voice vote on the regular calendar. Rep. Timothy Horrigan had moved to lay the bill on the table, but that motion lost by a division vote of 125 to 217.