2017 Summary of Right-to-Know Bills

All the Right-to-Know bills are finished in both the House or Senate for 2017.  As such, it is a good time to summarize the results for the 2017 legislative session.  There were 9 Right-to-Know bills tracked by RTKNH.  3 bills were passed, 6 bills were killed, and 1 bill was retained in committee.

Passed and Signed.  The following 3 bills were passed by both chambers and signed by the Governor.

HB178 a bill drafted by RTKNH, establishes a 13 member study commission on resolving Right-to-Know complaints.

HB460 a bill drafted by RTKNH, states that meeting minutes must now include any objections made to any discussions during a meeting if a member of the public body believes that the discussion is in violation of the Right-to-Know law.  

HB170 states that if a public body maintains an Internet website it shall either post its approved minutes in a consistent and reasonably accessible location on the website or post and maintain a notice on the website stating where the minutes may be found.  Also, If a public body chooses to post meeting notices on the body’s Internet website, it shall do so in a consistent and reasonably accessible location on the website.  If it does not post notices on the website, it shall post and maintain a notice on the website stating where meeting notices are posted.

RTKNH wishes to thank Rep. Ken Weyler, Rep Majorie Smith, Rep. Dan Hynes, and Rep. Chris True for sponsoring a RTHNH bill.

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