House Bill 460 on waving penalties when members of public bodies identify violations has been introduced in the N.H. House and assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. This bill is sponsored by Rep. Chris True (R), Rep. Jess Edwards (R), Rep. Peter Torosian (R), Rep. Ed Comeau (R), and Rep. Duane Brown (R). This bill was suggested by RTKNH and we appreciate all the sponsors for this bill.
HB460 is scheduled for a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in room 208 of the Legislative Office Building in Concord, N.H. The public is encouraged to attend and testify in favor of this bill.
This bill adds 3 sentences to RSA 91-A:2, II:
Minutes of all such meetings, including nonpublic sessions, shall also include any objections made to any discussion in a meeting of such body if a member of a public body believes that the discussion in a meeting of such body is in violation of the provisions of this chapter. The objection shall include the name of the person objecting to the discussion and a description of the specific violation. If such member’s objections to the discussion in the meeting are overruled by the majority of those present, such member may continue to participate in such meeting without penalty, provided he or she has complied with the duties imposed upon him or her by this chapter.
The full text of the bill is available here.