All the Right-to-Know bills are finished in both the House or Senate for 2016. As such, it is a good time to summarize the results for the 2016 legislative session. There were 16 Right-to-Know bills. 1 bill was tabled, 9 bills were killed, 1 bill referred to interim study, 3 bills were passed with amendments, and 2 bills were passed as introduced.
Passed and Signed. 5 bills were passed by both chambers and signed by the Governor.
HB1418 a bill drafted by RTKNH, requires that public bodies non-public minutes meet the same minimum standard for content as their public minutes.
HB1419 a bill drafted by RTKNH, requires that public bodies record all actions during non-public meetings in such a manner that the the vote of each member is ascertained and recorded.
HB606 states that no fee shall be charged for the inspection, without copying, of records. This bill was similar to HB138, a bill drafted by RTKNH which was introduced in the 2015 session to accomplish the goal that ‘no fee shall be charged to make a governmental record available for inspection’. While HB138 was killed, the language from our bill was incorporated into HB606.
HB1395 allows for the archival of records in PDF format.
HB285 adds a new exemption for non-public meetings for “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”. RTKNH opposed this bill.
RTKNH wishes to thank Rep. Michael Sylvia, Rep. Chris True, and Rep. Duane Brown for sponsoring HB1418 and HB1419.