Bills

The Right-to-Know Law changes as new bills pass into law. Almost every year there are proposed bills to amend the Right-to-Know Law. For the 2020 legislative session, Right to Know NH has proposed 2 bills to strengthen the ability of citizens of New Hampshire to access their government. The following  2 RTKNH bills have been introduced in the House:

KILLED: HB1202: relative to matters discussed in nonpublic session regarding citizen’s reputation
SPONSORS: Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Kenney, Straf. 6; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Meuse, Rock. 29; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2

HB1325: require a list of sealed minutes from nonpublic sessions
SPONSORS:Sponsors: Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Langley, Hills. 8; Sen. Carson, Dist 14

There are also several other Right-to-Know bills this year that Right to Know NH is tracking.  They are:

KILLED: HB1689: require verbatim audio/video minutes of nonpublic sessions
SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 14; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3

HB1559: require annual review of sealed minutes of nonpublic sessions
SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3

STUDY: HB1390: allow access to ballots and verification counts of machine-counted ballots
SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. Vann, Hills. 24; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Jack, Hills. 36; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Towne, Straf. 4; Rep. DesMarais, Carr. 6; Rep. Knirk, Carr. 3; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

HB1169: eliminate requirement for role call vote when member(s) of public body  participates electronically in meeting
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28; Rep. O’Brien, Hills. 36; Rep. Klee, Hills. 30

KILLED: HB1170: add a definition of “reasonably described” which includes setting a 30 day limit to citizen’s access to records
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28

KILLED: HB1307: allows public bodies to charge personnel costs for search and retrieval of records
SPONSORS: Rep. J. Schmidt, Hills. 28

KILLED: HB1546: allow county delegations to not keep minutes under certain circumstances
SPONSORS:Rep. Steven Smith, Sull. 11; Rep. Aron, Sull. 7; Rep. Cloutier, Sull. 10; Rep. Rollins, Sull. 6; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5

HB1524: prohibiting police from releasing information of certain non-violent offenders on social media before conviction
SPONSORS: Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. McNally, Straf. 10; Rep. Bouchard, Hills. 11; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6

KILLED: HB1531: relative to the release of voting information in a presidential election
SPONSORS: Rep. Prout, Hills. 37; Rep. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. Costable, Rock. 3; Rep. Verville, Rock. 2; Rep. A. Lekas, Hills. 37; Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37; Rep. Torosian, Rock. 14

KILLED: HB1529: prohibiting the release of the name and other information regarding a mass shooter
SPONSORS: Rep. Hopper, Hills. 2; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6

KILLED: HB1673: include certain for profit and non profit entities to be considered public bodies when they receive state funding
SPONSORS: Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3

SB426: exclude incarcerated individuals from the right to in-person inspection of any governmental document stored outside a correctional facility
SPONSORS: Sen. Chandley, Dist 11; Rep. Pantelakos, Rock. 25

SB696: establishing the office of the right-to-know ombudsman
SPONSORS: Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Carson, Dist 14; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37

Bills or LSRs can be searched here.

If you know the bill number, you can track its progress using the
NH Legislature LegiScan Bill Lookup  or use the NH State Legislature Bill Search.

LegiScan search of all bills impacting RSA 91-a

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