HB1257 (2020) Detail

Establishing a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigations of officer involved shootings.


HB 1257 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2575

08/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1257

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigations of officer involved shootings.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Amanda Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Conley, Straf. 13; Rep. Cleaver, Hills. 35; Rep. Andrew Bouldin, Hills. 12; Rep. Espitia, Hills. 31; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigations of officer involved shootings.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2575

08/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigations of officer involved shootings.

 

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

 

1  Committee Established.  There is established a committee to study the opportunities for citizen involvement in attorney general investigations of officer involved shootings.

2  Membership and Compensation.

I.  The members of the committee shall be as follows:

(a)  Three members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

II.  Members of the committee shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the committee.

3  Duties.  

I.  The committee shall study opportunities for and the value of citizen involvement in the department of justice’s investigations of officer involved shootings, including:

(a)  The department of justice’s existing policies for its investigations into officer involved shootings and into police misconduct.

(b)  How other states have incorporated citizens into the investigations of officer involved shootings and police misconduct, including through civilian oversight bodies, police commissions, and citizen participation on internal police review entities whether at the state, regional, municipal, or local level.

(c)  The use by other states or by municipal and local entities of public disciplinary or review hearings in response to police misconduct.

(d)  The possible establishment of a civilian complaint commission or review board in New Hampshire to oversee officer involved shooting investigations and/or to field complaints of police misconduct in the state.

(e)  The method of and standards for appointment of members, citizens, and others to the various entities described above.

(f)  Other methods to increase the transparency of officer involved shooting investigations and ensure police accountability in New Hampshire.

II.  The committee shall solicit information from any individual or entity the committee deems relevant to its study, including the attorney general or their representative, members of law enforcement, the New Hampshire Public Defenders, the New Hampshire Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Civil Liberties Union, and members of the public.

4  Chairperson; Quorum.  The members of the study committee shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the committee shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the committee shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Three members of the committee shall constitute a quorum.

5  Report.  The committee shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2020.

6  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1257 at GenCourtMobile
HB1257 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 28, 2020 House Exec Session
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
Feb. 25, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1257 Revision: 6913 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 2:43 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 1 P. 15
Jan. 23, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/23/2020 10:00 am LOB 204
Jan. 28, 2020 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 01/28/2020 10:00 am LOB 204
Feb. 5, 2020 Full Committee Work Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 204
Feb. 5, 2020 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/05/2020 01:00 pm LOB 204
Feb. 25, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/25/2020 01:00 pm LOB 204