Senate Bill 395 to improve access to electronic records under the Right-to-Know Law has been introduced in the N.H. Senate and assigned to the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. This bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Giuda (R), Sen. Martha Fuller Clark (D), Rep. Jordan Ulery (r), Sen. Ruth Ward (R), Sen. Sharon Carson (R), Rep. Duane Brown (r), Sen. William Gannon (R), Sen. David Watters (D), Sen. Gary Daniels (R), Sen. Daniel Innis (R), Sen. John Reagan (R), Sen. Kevin Avard (R), Sen. Harold French (R), Rep. Gary Hopper (R), and Rep. Charlotte DiLorenzo (D). RTKNH proposed this bill and appreciates all of its sponsors.
SB395 is scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. in room 102 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 new provisions to RSA 91-A:4. The first provision is a new sentence added to RSA 91-A:4, I:
A citizen shall not be required to appear at the regular business premises of a body or agency or other location to be provided copies of governmental records in electronic format over the Internet.
The second provision adds a new sentence to RSA 91-A:4, IV:
No cost or fee shall be charged for providing governmental records in a readily available format over the Internet.
The third provision replaces some of the language of RSA 91-A:4, V:
If copying to electronic media is not reasonably practicable, or if the person or entity requesting access requests a different method,] If feasible, governmental records provided in electronic format shall be provided on the requester’s preferred media, and in the requester’s preferred format. In the absence of a preferred media, the records shall be sent to the electronic mail address of the person making the request or made available on the public body’s or agency’s public Internet website. In the absence of a preferred format, the records shall be provided in a searchable machine-readable format. If none of the feasible media and formats are acceptable to the requester, the public body or agency may provide a printout of governmental records requested, or may use any other means reasonably calculated to comply with the request in light of the purpose of this chapter as expressed in RSA 91-A:1.
The full text of the bill is available here.