HB 154 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 154
SPONSORS: Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Rep. Eaton, Ches. 3; Rep. Tanner, Sull. 9; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. K. Murray, Rock. 24; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Sen. Watters, Dist 4
This bill prohibits and renders unenforceable the inclusion of a non-disparagement clause in a settlement agreement involving a governmental unit.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
7Mar2019... 0345h 19-0095
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
1 Actions Against Governmental Units. Amend RSA 507:17 to read as follows:
507:17 Actions Against Governmental Units; Definition; Court Records.
I. "Governmental unit" means the state and any political subdivision within the state including any county, city, town, precinct, school district, chartered public school, school administrative unit, or departments or agencies thereof.
II. In any action or claim against a governmental unit or any former or current elected official, appointed official, officer, or employee, where the governmental unit has agreed to a settlement of such action or claim, the complete terms of the settlement and the decree of the court judgment shall be available as a matter of public record pursuant to RSA 91-A.
III. A non-disparagement clause or other language which either prevents the parties from discussing the facts of the underlying claim or speaking negatively about each other shall not be included in any settlement agreement involving a governmental unit. Any such language included in a settlement agreement involving a governmental unit shall be unenforceable.
IV. The court may redact the names of minor children or any other person the court determines to be entitled to privacy.
|Jan. 2, 2019||Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Judiciary HJ 2 P. 39|
|Jan. 23, 2019||Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 10:30 am LOB 208|
|Feb. 6, 2019||Full Committee Work Session: 02/06/2019 10:00 am LOB 208|
|Feb. 12, 2019||Executive Session: 02/12/2019 10:00 am LOB 208|
|Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0345h (NT) (Vote 13-6; RC)|
|Feb. 27, 2019||Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0345h (NT) for 02/27/2019 (Vote 13-6; RC) HC 13 P. 31|
|Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-0355h (NT)|
|Special Order to 03/07/2019 Without Objection|
|March 7, 2019||Amendment # 2019-0345h (NT): AA VV 03/07/2019|
|March 7, 2019||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-0345h (NT): MA VV 03/07/2019|
|March 14, 2019||Introduced 03/14/2019 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 9|
|May 14, 2019||Hearing: 05/14/2019, Room 100, SH, 10:00 am; SC 22|
|Jan. 23, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 12, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|Feb. 27, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|March 7, 2019||House||Floor Vote|
|May 14, 2019||Senate||Hearing|