HB285 Amended by Conference Committee

A conference committee on HB285 has issued a report with an amendment to HB285. This bill allows non-public meetings to consider verbal or written legal advice.  The amendment differs from both versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate.  The conference committee amendment adds a new exemption for a non-public session under RSA 91-A:3, II:

(l) Consideration of legal advice provided by legal counsel, either in writing or orally, to one or more members of the public body, even where legal counsel is not present.

The bill passed by the House also added a new exemption for a non-public session, though it was broader:

(k) Consideration of correspondence from legal counsel.

The bill passed by the Senate instead extended the exemption for a non-meeting under RSA 91-A:2, I(b) but with narrower language than the House bill:

(b)  Consultation with legal counsel, which shall include consideration of legal advice provided by legal counsel, either in writing or orally, to one or more members of the public body, even where legal counsel is not present;

The conference committee report and amendment now goes to both chambers for approval.

 

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