HB1418 OTP by HJC

HB1418 was voted 18-0 as ought to pass by the House Judiciary Committee. This bill requires the same level of details in non-public minutes as for public minutes. The report on the bill from the committee was written by Rep. Mark McLean:

This bill addresses the type of information that is to be included in the minutes of nonpublic sessions under the Right to Know law. Testimony revealed that there is confusion as to what should be in the contents of nonpublic minutes and this has led to a wide variation in the application of the law in cities and towns throughout the state. The bill creates consistency by clarifying that the same content that is contained in public minutes must also be contained in nonpublic minutes. In addition to this, the nonpublic provisions that allow for the sealing of minutes containing sensitive information are untouched by this bill. Thus, the right to keep sensitive information confidential is preserved. This bill had broad support from both Right to Know activists and the New Hampshire Municipal Association.

This bill now goes to the full House for a vote on the consent calendar on March 9, 2016.

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