House Killed HB183

The House killed HB183 by a voice vote on the consent calendar this week. This bill would have established a study commission on costs for Right-to-Know requests. It was previously rejected 16-1 by the House Judiciary Committee with a recommendation that the bill was inexpedient to legislate. The committee report was presented by Rep. Michael Sylvia:

This bill would establish a commission to study the costs for public bodies to comply with right-to-know requests under RSA 91-A. This body has heard a couple of bills in recent years seeking to impose fees associated with 91-A requests. It is the opinion of the committee that imposing such fees will hamper transparency in government and that public bodies have protection in the law enabling them to fend off overly broad and burdensome requests.