HB1611 was voted 16-1 to be inexpedient to legislate by the House Judiciary Committee this week. This bill would allow agencies to charge to access records. The report on the bill from the committee was written by Rep. Michael Sylvia:
This bill would allow a public body to charge for the cost of retrieving, copying and redacting confidential and other exempt information requested under the Right-to-Know Law. While the majority believes there should be a limit to excessive requests under RSA 91-A, the committee felt public bodies currently have the ability to fend off frivolous requests. The bill as written would create a barrier to government transparency.
This bill now goes to the full House for a vote on the consent calendar on February 10, 2016.