HB 1546 would eliminate minutes requirement for some county delegation meetings

The Right-to-Know Law requires meeting minutes whenever a quorum of a public body or agency has a meeting per RSA 91-A:2.

HB 1546 would allow for a meeting of a quorum of the county delegation without any record of such meeting when all they do is approve minutes. No meeting minutes would also mean no record of who was in attendance, how they voted regarding the approval of the minutes, nor a record of comments/corrections regarding the minutes being discussed.

The RSA 91- Preamble states “Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.”  Allowing the County Delegation to meet without maintaining a record of who met, when they met, and the vote tally of who approved the minutes creates a veil of secrecy which contradicts the purpose of RSA 91-A.

County delegations should not be exempt from the requirement to record minutes of all their meetings per RSA 91-A:2.

Please contact your legislator and ask them to oppose HB 1546.