Bills 2021

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 2021 legislative session, Right to Know NH has proposed the following 2 bills to strengthen the ability of citizens of New Hampshire to access their government.

Legend: OTP – Ought to Pass, ITL – Inexpedient to Legislate

HB 108 – maintain list of non-released minutes as a public record
SPONSORS: Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37

RTKNH supports original bill and opposes senate amendment.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 21-0, HOUSE passes, SENATE COMMITTE votes OTP 5-0 with amendment, SENATE passes,

Signed into Law by Governor

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 2/19.

HB 481 – establishing the office of right-to-know ombudsman
SPONSORS: Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Langley, Hills. 8; Rep. G. Sanborn, Graf. 6; Rep. Hopper, Hills. 2; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 16-5, Finance Committee votes to Retain

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 1/26.

Please write to your legislator and ask them to support the above bills.

Additionally, these additional bills have been introduced:

HB 83 – prohibiting non-disparagement clauses in settlement agreements involving a governmental unit
SPONSORS: Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Schultz, Merr. 18; Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Meuse, Rock. 29; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Stevens, Hills. 34; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 20-1, House passes, Senate COMMITTEE votes ITL 4-1, Senate votes ITL 24-0

HB 125 – relative to post-arrest photo distribution by law enforcement officers SPONSORS: Rep. Klein-Knight, Hills. 11; Rep. Bouchard, Hills. 11; Rep. Roy, Rock. 32

COMMITTEE votes OTP 19-2, HOUSE passes, SENATE COMMITTEE votes OTP, SENATE votes to rerefer to Committee

HB 206 – collective bargaining negotiations must be done in public session
SPONSORS: Rep. L. Turcotte, Straf. 4; Rep. Nunez, Hills. 37; Rep. Cordelli, Carr. 4; Rep. M. Moffett, Merr. 9

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 11-10, House votes ITL 189-163

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 2/19.

HB 216 – allow meetings to be held electronically
SPONSORS: Rep. Weber, Ches. 1; Rep. Porter, Hills. 1; Rep. Walz, Merr. 23

RTKNH opposes this bill as written but will support if amended as suggested by RTKNH.

COMMITTEE votes ITL 11-10

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 2/19.

HB 232 – restrict nonpublic sessions on property purchase/sale to discussion of cost only
SPONSORS: Rep. Hough, Belk. 3; Rep. Comtois, Belk. 7; Rep. O’Hara, Belk. 9; Rep. Binford, Graf. 15; Rep. Johnson, Belk. 3; Rep. Bordes, Belk. 3; Rep. Baldasaro, Rock. 5; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Trottier, Belk. 6

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 11-10, HOUSE passes 183-164, SENATE COMMITTEE votes 5-0 to rerefer to Committee

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 1/26.

HB 406 – allow public to observe processing and counting of absentee ballots
SPONSORS: Rep. Love, Rock. 6; Rep. Prudhomme-O’Brien, Rock. 6; Rep. Pitre, Straf. 2; Rep. Wallace, Rock. 12

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes to retain

HB 471 – makes police disciplinary hearings public (similar to SB 41)
SPONSORS: Rep. Roy, Rock. 32; Rep. M. King, Hills. 33; Rep. Stevens, Hills. 34; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Bixby, Straf. 17; Rep. Welch, Rock. 13; Rep. Bordenet, Ches. 5; Rep. Moran, Hills. 34; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 20-0, HOUSE passes, Senate COMMITTEE votes OTP w/ Amendment 5-0, Senate passes 24-0

Signed in Law by Governor

HB 480 – make ballots public records
SPONSORS: Rep. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. O’Hara, Belk. 9

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes to retain

HB 566 – minutes sealed related to purchase/sale of property would be public after 1 year
SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24

RTKNH supports this bill with an Amendment.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 11-10, HOUSE passes w/Amendment 179-165, SENATE COMMITTEE votes OTP 5-0, SENATE passes with Amendment which removes language related to RSA-91A. No longer tracking this bill.

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 1/26.

HB 630 – allow meetings to be held electronically
SPONSORS: Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf. 19; Rep. Hatch, Coos 6; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

RTKNH opposes this bill. See our position on HB 216 which is a similar bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 20-1 with Amendment which removes language related to RSA-91A, HOUSE passes. No longer tracking this bill.

House Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 2/19.

SB 39 – exempt law enforcement officer personnel records from public access
SPONSORS: Sen. Carson, Dist 14

RTKNH strongly opposes this bill.

COMMITTEE votes to retain

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 1/19.

SB 41 – makes police disciplinary hearings public (similar to HB 471)
SPONSORS: Sen. French, Dist 7; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

RTKNH supports this bill.

COMMITTEE votes OTP 5-0, SENATE passes 23-1, HOUSE COMMITTEE votes to retain

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Video 1/19. Start at 1hour 49 minutes.

SB 95 – study committee on remote meetings

SPONSORS: Sen. Daniels, Dist 11

RTKNH supports this bill.

SENATE passes 24-0, HOUSE COMMITTEE votes OTP 12-9

TAKE ACTION:
Please write to your legislator and ask them to take the same position as RTKNH.
Submit your position and testimony to the legislative committee hearing the bill.

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Committee Hearings: House Senate

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