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 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.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 this bill.

IN COMMITTEE: 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.

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

Additionally, these additional bills have been introduced:

IN 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.

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

RTKNH position to be determined.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 position to be determined.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 position to be determined.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 position to be determined.

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

RTKNH position to be determined.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 position to be determined.

IN COMMITTEE: 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 Support with Amendment.

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

RTKNH position to be determined.

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

RTKNH position to be determined.

Please write to your legislator and ask them to take the same position as RTKNH.

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

NH state legislature portal

National Freedom of Information Coalition Transparency Bill Tracker