HB 1557-FN - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1557-FN
AN ACT requiring meetings and sessions of committees of the house of representatives to be recorded and made available on the Internet.
SPONSORS: Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Verville, Rock. 2; Rep. Ammon, Hills. 40; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Hynes, Hills. 21; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17
COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration
This bill requires that an audio and video recording of all proceedings of committees of the house of representatives shall be available for live viewing on the Internet and posted on the general court website.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
14:11-a House of Representatives; Record of Proceedings. The house of representatives shall make and preserve an audio and video record of proceedings of committees of the house of representatives, including all hearings of standing committees, work sessions, executive sessions, house committees of conference, or any other committee proceeding which is subject to prior notice in the house calendar. All such proceedings shall be available for live viewing on the Internet. Digital recordings of the proceedings shall be posted on the general court website for public access and made available to the house clerk for preservation.
HB 1557-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ ] Other
This bill requires the House of Representatives to make and preserve an audio and video record of proceedings of committees of the House, including all hearings of standing committees, work sessions, executive sessions, committees of conference, or any other committee proceeding which is subject to prior notice in the House Calendar. Digital recordings of the proceedings shall be posted on the General Court website for public access and made available to the House Clerk for preservation.
The Legislative Branch indicates there are start up and operational costs for implementing this technology in 19 additional House committee rooms. The start up cost in 2014 for rooms 210-211 in the Legislative Office Building was $5,900 and the annual streaming cost is $5,400 per room. The start up cost for the 19 rooms is estimated at $112,100 (19 x $5,900) and the annual streaming cost for the 19 rooms is estimated at $102,600 (19 x $5,400). One additional AVT employee would be needed with salary and benefits totaling $83,011 for FY 2019, $85,790 for FY 2020, $88,640 for FY 2021, and $91,630 for FY 2022. Total costs are as follows:
Start Up Cost ($5,900 per room *19 rooms)
Annual Streaming Cost ($5,400 per room * 19 rooms)
New Employee Cost
Legislative Branch and Department of Administrative Services
|Jan. 10, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Jan. 10, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 7, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Feb. 15, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Legislative Administration HJ 1 P. 15|
|Jan. 10, 2018||Public Hearing: 01/10/2018 10:00 AM LOB 104|
|Jan. 10, 2018||Executive Session: 01/10/2018 LOB 104|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 10-0; CC)|
|Feb. 7, 2018||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/07/2018 (Vote 10-0; CC) HC 5 P. 11|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Removed from Consent (Rep. McConnell) 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 2|
|Feb. 8, 2018||Suspend House Rule 65 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 02/08/2018 HJ 3 P. 81|
|Special Order to 2/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 3 P. 81|
|Feb. 15, 2018||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 236-96 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 11|