HB 1559 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1559
SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3
This bill declares that sealed minutes in nonpublic sessions under the right-to-know law may be unsealed if in the opinion of a majority of members voting in nonpublic session determine that circumstances have changed. The minutes sealed pursuant to RSA 91-A:3, II(d) would become public after one year.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
12Mar2020... 0580h 20-2014
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
(m) Consideration of whether to unseal minutes after one year due to a change in circumstances under paragraph III.
III. Minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be kept and the record of all actions shall be promptly made available for public inspection, except as provided in this section. Minutes of such sessions shall record all actions in such a manner that the vote of each member is ascertained and recorded. Minutes and decisions reached in nonpublic session shall be publicly disclosed within 72 hours of the meeting, unless, by recorded vote of 2/3 of the members present taken in public session, it is determined that divulgence of the information likely would affect adversely the reputation of any person other than a member of the public body itself, or render the proposed action ineffective, or pertain to terrorism, more specifically, to matters relating to the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, developed by local or state safety officials that are directly intended to thwart a deliberate act that is intended to result in widespread or severe damage to property or widespread injury or loss of life. This shall include training to carry out such functions. In the event of such circumstances, information may be withheld until, in the opinion of a majority of members voting in nonpublic session, the aforesaid circumstances no longer apply. An exception shall apply to those minutes generated from subparagraph II(d), which may be unsealed at any time but which will automatically be unsealed after one year unless a majority of the members vote that the minutes should remain sealed.
|Jan. 21, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 18, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|March 11, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
June 16, 2020: No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8
June 16, 2020: Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8
March 12, 2020: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0580h: MA VV 03/12/2020 HJ 8 P. 145
March 12, 2020: Amendment # 2020-0580h: AA VV 03/12/2020 HJ 8 P. 145
: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0580h (Vote 10-9; RC)
March 11, 2020: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0580h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 10-9; RC) HC 10 P. 63
Feb. 18, 2020: Executive Session: 02/18/2020 01:00 pm LOB 208
Jan. 21, 2020: Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 01:30 pm LOB 208
Jan. 8, 2020: Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 26