HB396 (2019) Detail

Relative to delay or denial of records under the right-to-know law.


CHAPTER 107

HB 396-FN-LOCAL - FINAL VERSION

 

04/25/2019   1507s

2019 SESSION

19-0403

01/06

 

HOUSE BILL 396-FN-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to delay or denial of records under the right-to-know law.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Ulery, Hills. 37; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3; Rep. Janvrin, Rock. 37; Rep. Morrison, Rock. 9; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Carson, Dist 14

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires a public body or agency to provide written reasons for delay or denial of 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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

04/25/2019   1507s 19-0403

01/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to delay or denial of records under the right-to-know law.

 

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

 

107:1  Right-to-Know; Minutes and Records Available for Public Inspection.  RSA 91-A:4, IV is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

IV.(a)  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.

(b)  If a public body or agency is unable to make a governmental record available for immediate inspection and copying the public body or agency shall, within 5 business days of a request:

(1)  Make such record available;

(2)  Deny the request; or

(3)  Provide a written statement of the time reasonably necessary to determine whether the request shall be granted or denied and the reason for the delay.

(c)  A public body or agency denying, in whole or part, inspection or copying of any record shall provide a written statement of the specific exemption authorizing the withholding of the record and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.

(d)  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 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.

107:2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.

 

Approved: June 21, 2019

Effective Date: January 01, 2020

 

 

Links

HB396 at GenCourtMobile
HB396 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2019 House Hearing
March 5, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 2, 2019 Senate Hearing
April 25, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB396 Revision: 6388 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 10:04 a.m.
HB396 Revision: 5833 Date: May 3, 2019, 11:45 a.m.
HB396 Revision: 5785 Date: April 26, 2019, 11:49 a.m.
HB396 Revision: 4633 Date: Jan. 7, 2019, 3:41 p.m.

Docket


June 21, 2019: Signed by Governor Sununu 06/21/2019; Chapter 107; Eff: 01/01/2020


May 8, 2019: Enrolled 05/08/2019 HJ 15 P. 101


May 15, 2019: Enrolled (In recess 05/15/2019); SJ 17


May 8, 2019: Enrolled 05/08/2019


May 15, 2019: Enrolled (In recess 05/15/2019); SJ 17


May 2, 2019: House Concurs with Senate Amendment 2019-1507s (Rep. M. Smith): MA VV 05/02/2019 HJ 14 P. 2


May 2, 2019: House Concurs with Senate Amendment 2019-1507s (Rep. M. Smith): MA VV 05/02/2019


April 25, 2019: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2019-1507s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 04/25/2019; SJ 14


April 25, 2019: Committee Amendment # 2019-1507s, AA, VV; 04/25/2019; SJ 14


April 25, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2019-1507s, 04/25/2019; SC 19


April 2, 2019: Hearing: 04/02/2019, Room 100, SH, 09:30 am; SC 16


March 21, 2019: Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 10


March 14, 2019: Ought to Pass: MA VV 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 8


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 19-1; CC)


March 14, 2019: Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/14/2019 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 15 P. 4


March 5, 2019: Executive Session: 03/05/2019 11:00 am LOB 208


Jan. 23, 2019: Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 11:30 am LOB 208


Jan. 3, 2019: Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Judiciary HJ 3 P. 12