HB1786 (2018) Detail

Prohibiting costs for inspection of governmental records under the right-to-know law.


HB 1786-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2340

01/05

 

HOUSE BILL 1786-LOCAL

 

AN ACT prohibiting costs for inspection of governmental records under the right-to-know law.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill declares that no cost shall be charged for the inspection or delivery, without copying, of governmental records under the right-to-know law.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2340

01/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT prohibiting costs for inspection of governmental records under the right-to-know law.

 

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

 

1  Right-to-Know Law; Minutes and Records Available for Public Inspection.  Amend RSA 91-A:4, IV to read as follows:

IV.  Each public body or agency shall, upon request for any governmental record reasonably described, make available for inspection and copying any such governmental record within its files when such records are immediately available for such release.  If a public body or agency is unable to make a governmental record available for immediate inspection and copying, it shall, within 5 business days of request, make such record available, deny the request in writing with reasons, or furnish written acknowledgment of the receipt of the request and a statement of the time reasonably necessary to determine whether the request shall be granted or denied.  If a computer, photocopying machine, or other device maintained for use by a public body or agency is used by the public body or agency to copy the governmental record requested, the person requesting the copy may be charged the actual cost of providing the copy, which cost may be collected by the public body or agency.  No cost or fee shall be charged for the inspection or delivery, without copying, of governmental records, whether in paper, electronic, or other form.  Nothing in this section shall exempt any person from paying fees otherwise established by law for obtaining copies of governmental records or documents, but if such fee is established for the copy, no additional costs or fees shall be charged.

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

Links

HB1786 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 27, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
April 11, 2018 Senate Hearing
April 26, 2018 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1786 Revision: 2379 Date: Dec. 5, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Docket


April 26, 2018: Pending Motion Inexpedient to Legislate; 04/26/2018; SJ 14


April 26, 2018: Sen. Gray Moved Laid on Table, MA, VV; 04/26/2018; SJ 14


April 26, 2018: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 04/26/2018; SC 18


April 11, 2018: Hearing: 04/11/2018, Room 102, LOB, 09:45 am; SC 14


March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Public and Municipal Affairs; SJ 7


March 6, 2018: Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 48


March 6, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/06/2018 (Vote 17-1; CC) HC 9 P. 27


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 17-1; CC)


Feb. 27, 2018: Executive Session: 02/27/2018 LOB 208


Jan. 23, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/23/2018 01:30 PM LOB 208


Jan. 3, 2018: Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 23