HB1217 (2020) Detail

Requiring police officers to report misconduct.


HB 1217 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

11Mar2020... 1064h

2020 SESSION

20-2381

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1217

 

AN ACT requiring police officers to report misconduct.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Burt, Hills. 39; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Potucek, Rock. 6; Rep. Forsythe, Merr. 8; Rep. Craig, Coos 4; Rep. Prout, Hills. 37; Rep. McNally, Straf. 10; Rep. Desilets, Rock. 7; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. True, Rock. 4

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires law enforcement officers to report misconduct by other law enforcement officers.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

11Mar2020... 1064h 20-2381

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring police officers to report misconduct.

 

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

 

1  New Subdivision; Reports of Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officers.  Amend RSA 105 by inserting after section 18 the following new subdivision:

Reports of Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officers

105:19  Reports of Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officers.

I.  For the purposes of this section, "misconduct" means assault, sexual assault, bribery, fraud, theft, tampering with evidence, or tampering with a witness.

II.  It shall be the duty of any law enforcement officer who observes misconduct by another law enforcement officer to notify the chief law enforcement officer in his or her department in writing within 7 days of observing such misconduct.  Within 7 days of receiving such notification, the chief law enforcement officer shall notify the police standards and training council of such misconduct in writing.  If the chief law enforcement officer is the subject of the misconduct report, the reporting officer shall report directly to the police standards and training council.

III.  No discriminatory, disciplinary, or retaliatory action shall be taken against any officer by any employee of a law enforcement agency for any information given or disclosed by him or her in good faith in the course of making a report of misconduct under paragraph II.

IV.  After 6 months from the filing of the report of misconduct with the police standards and training council, any records pertaining to the council's investigation may be made available to the public pursuant to RSA 91-A.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

Links

HB1217 at GenCourtMobile
HB1217 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 3, 2020 House Hearing
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session
March 4, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 11, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1217 Revision: 8270 Date: March 11, 2020, 11:41 a.m.
HB1217 Revision: 6842 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 11:49 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 1 P. 14
March 3, 2020 Public Hearing: 03/03/2020 11:30 am LOB 204
March 3, 2020 Executive Session: 03/03/2020 01:00 pm LOB 204
March 4, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/04/2020 10:00 am LOB 204 (if necessary)
March 11, 2020 Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1064h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 18-0; CC) HC 10 P. 8
Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1064h (Vote 18-0; CC)
March 11, 2020 Amendment # 2020-1064h: AA VV 03/11/2020
March 11, 2020 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-1064h: MA VV 03/11/2020
June 16, 2020 Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
June 16, 2020 No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8