HB606 Amended by Conference Committee

A conference committee on HB606 has issued a report with an amendment to HB606. This bill clarifies that no fees may be charged to inspect or deliver records when no copies are made.  The amendment differs from both versions of the bill passed by the House and Senate.  All 3 versions add new sentences to RSA 91-A:4, IV. The conference committee amendment adds this sentence:

No fee shall be charged for the inspection or delivery, without copying, of governmental records, whether in paper, electronic, or other form.

The bill passed by the House adds 2 new sentences that specifically address online records as well as inspection:

No fee shall be charged for records online.  No fee shall be charged to make such governmental record available for inspection and no fee shall be charged for inspection of such record.

The bill passed by the Senate adds 2 new sentences that address inspection and delivery without copying:

No fee shall be charged for the inspection, without copying, of governmental records, whether in paper, electronic, or other form.  No fee shall be charged for the delivery of governmental records that are stored and delivered in electronic form without copying to or from paper or another separate storage medium.

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

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