Legislature

How the Legislative process works:

How a bill becomes law                          How a bill becomes law – Process Flow

 House Rules                                           Senate Rules  

General Court of NH Legislature Portal

The Right-to-Know law changes as new bills are passed into law. Almost every year there are proposed bills to amend the Right-to-Know Law.

The first step for a bill in New Hampshire is a request (LSR) to Legislative Services to wordsmith the bill. You can see the bills affecting Right to Know through the Legislative Service search on the web. Click here, type “right-to-know” in the field labeled “Search by a word within the LSR’s title” then click the Submit button.

After the bills are wordsmith by Legislative Services, they can be tracked as bills. Click here, enter the current year and type “right-to-know” in the field labeled “title” then click the Submit button. The results of this search gives you links to track the status of each bill as they work through the legislature.

If you know the bill number, you can track its progress here.

Contact your local state representative and senator and ask them to support our bills.

Also consider testifying on RTK bills.  Testimony can be done via Zoom or by sending mail/email to the appropriate Committee to which the bill has been assigned.

Check the bill status to determine the committee hearing the bill.

House Bills:

When the bills are in committee, email the committee.  In the House, most, but not all, RTK bills come before the House Judiciary Committee.  Their email is  HouseJudiciaryCommittee@leg.state.nh.us  

 Register your position on the House bill via the Remote Sign In Sheet

Guidelines for remote committee meetings, testifying, and registering your position on bills

Senate Bills:

Register your position on the Senate bill via the Remote Sign In Sheet

Guidelines for remote committee meetings, testifying, and registering your position on bills

Details on all House and Senate committees can be found on NH State Legislature Portal

If you wish to testify at a Public Hearing, follow these guidelines.  Please see the Guidelines above for modified procedures in place for remote only meetings.

If you wish to testify via mail/email, forward your testimony to the committee and explicitly ask the committee to include your email in the permanent and public record for the bill.  

House Rules 109a state:

The permanent records of the committee shall include a file of the public record on each bill or resolution received by the committee.  The public record on each bill or resolution shall include minutes of all committee and subcommittee meetings, a copy of the original document, a copy of committee amendments proposed by a member, whether adopted or not, and the disposition thereof; a copy of any fiscal note, actuarial note or notice attached to a bill or resolution at the time of committee consideration; all prepared statements which have been filed with the committee by members or interested parties.  Only paper copies of letters, statements or other documents delivered by a member or other interested party to the committee chair, vice chair or committee clerk in hand or by US or commercial mail shall constitute a filing with the committee and made part of the public record.

If mailing testimony, the postal address is Legislative Office Building 33 N. State St., Concord 03301.  . Directions are here.