HB183 Hearing January 11 at 11:15

House Bill 183 on a study commission on costs for Right-to-Know requests has been introduced in the N.H. House and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Brian Chirichiello (R). RTKNH opposes this bill.

HB183 is scheduled for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. in room 208 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H.  The public is encouraged to attend and testify against this bill.

This bill adds a new section RSA 91-A:8-a:

91-A:8-a  Commission to Study Costs of Requests for Information Under the Right-to-Know Law.

I.  There is established a commission to study costs of requests for information under right-to-know law.

(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(2)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  The attorney general, or designee.

(4)  A representative of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, appointed by the association.

(5)  A representative of the New Hampshire Association of Counties, appointed by the association.

(6)  Two public members, appointed by the governor.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall study costs relative to retrieval of information and communications under the right-to-know law.

(b)  The commission may solicit information from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2017.

The full text of the bill is available here.

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