HB1347 (2018) Detail

Relative to information to be included in the minutes under the right-to-know law.


CHAPTER 244

HB 1347 - FINAL VERSION

 

21Mar2018... 0442h

05/02/2018   1720s

2018 SESSION

18-2324

01/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1347

 

AN ACT relative to information to be included in the minutes under the right-to-know law.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Souza, Hills. 43

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that certain information made during deliberations under the right-to-know law be recorded in the minutes.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21Mar2018... 0442h

05/02/2018   1720s 18-2324

01/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to information to be included in the minutes under the right-to-know law.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

244:1  Right-to-Know; Meetings Open to the Public.  Amend RSA 91-A:2, II  to read as follows:

II.  Subject to the provisions of RSA 91-A:3, all meetings, whether held in person, by means of telephone or electronic communication, or in any other manner, shall be open to the public.  Except for town meetings, school district meetings, and elections, no vote while in open session may be taken by secret ballot.  Any person shall be permitted to use recording devices, including, but not limited to, tape recorders, cameras, and videotape equipment, at such meetings.  Minutes of all such meetings, including nonpublic sessions, shall include the names of members, persons appearing before the public bodies, and a brief description of the subject matter discussed and final decisions.  The names of the members who made or seconded each motion shall be recorded in the minutes.  Subject to the provisions of RSA 91-A:3, minutes shall be promptly recorded and open to public inspection not more than 5 business days after the meeting, except as provided in RSA 91-A:6, and shall be treated as permanent records of any public body, or any subordinate body thereof, without exception.  Except in an emergency or when there is a meeting of a legislative committee, a notice of the time and place of each such meeting, including a nonpublic session, shall be posted in 2 appropriate places one of which may be the public body's Internet website, if such exists, or shall be printed in a newspaper of general circulation in the city or town at least 24 hours, excluding Sundays and legal holidays, prior to such meetings.  An emergency shall mean a situation where immediate undelayed action is deemed to be imperative by the chairman or presiding officer of the public body, who shall post a notice of the time and place of such meeting as soon as practicable, and shall employ whatever further means are reasonably available to inform the public that a meeting is to be held.  The minutes of the meeting shall clearly spell out the need for the emergency meeting.  When a meeting of a legislative committee is held, publication made pursuant to the rules of the house of representatives or the senate, whichever rules are appropriate, shall be sufficient notice.  If the charter of any city or town or guidelines or rules of order of any public body require a broader public access to official meetings and records than herein described, such charter provisions or guidelines or rules of order shall take precedence over the requirements of this chapter.  For the purposes of this paragraph, a business day means the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday, excluding national and state holidays.

244:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2019.

 

Approved: June 12, 2018

Effective Date: January 01, 2019

Links

HB1347 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 20, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 House Floor Vote
April 10, 2018 Senate Hearing
May 2, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1347 Revision: 4158 Date: June 16, 2018, 8:35 a.m.
HB1347 Revision: 3812 Date: May 11, 2018, 9:02 a.m.
HB1347 Revision: 3704 Date: May 2, 2018, 6:09 p.m.
HB1347 Revision: 3319 Date: March 22, 2018, 2:41 p.m.
HB1347 Revision: 1877 Date: Nov. 6, 2017, 2:59 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 7
Jan. 23, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/23/2018 01:00 PM LOB 208
Feb. 20, 2018 Executive Session: 02/20/2018 LOB 208
March 6, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0442h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 8-7; RC) HC 9 P. 70
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0442h (Vote 8-7; RC)
March 6, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 125
Special Order to 3/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 49
March 15, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65; extending deadline for action to 3/22/2018 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/15/2018 HJ 8 P. 69
March 21, 2018 Amendment # 2018-0442h: AA VV 03/21/2018 HJ 9 P. 11
March 21, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 0442h: MA VV 03/21/2018 HJ 9 P. 11
March 22, 2018 Introduced 03/22/2018 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 11
April 10, 2018 Hearing: 04/10/2018, Room 100, SH, 09:15 am; SC 16
May 2, 2018 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-1720s, 05/02/2018; SC 19
May 2, 2018 Committee Amendment # 2018-1720s, AA, VV; 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 2, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2018-1720s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 05/02/2018; SJ 15
May 10, 2018 House Concurs with Senate Amendment 1720s (Rep. Hagan): MA VV 05/10/2018
May 23, 2018 Enrolled (In recess 05/23/2018); SJ 18
May 23, 2018 Enrolled 05/23/2018
June 12, 2018 Signed by Governor Sununu 06/12/2018; Chapter 244; Eff. 1/1/2019