HB1689 (2020) Detail

Relative to the minutes in nonpublic session under the right-to-know law.


HB 1689-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2013

01/04

 

HOUSE BILL 1689-FN

 

AN ACT relative to the minutes in nonpublic session under the right-to-know law.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Yokela, Rock. 33; Rep. Yakubovich, Merr. 24; Rep. DeSimone, Rock. 14; Rep. Wuelper, Straf. 3

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be verbatim.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2013

01/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to the minutes in nonpublic session under the right-to-know law.

 

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

 

1  Nonpublic Sessions; Minutes; Right-to-know Law.  Amend RSA 91-A:3, III to read as follows:

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 be verbatim and shall record all actions in such a manner that the vote of each member is ascertained and recorded.  For the purposes of this paragraph, minutes may be recorded by video with audio or audio only. 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, the aforesaid circumstances no longer apply.  

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

 

LBAO

20-2013

12/16/19

 

HB 1689-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the minutes in nonpublic session under the right-to-know law.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

Indeterminable Increase

Indeterminable Increase

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires that minutes of meetings in nonpublic session shall be verbatim.  The Legislative Branch indicates nonpublic session meetings in the Branch occur very infrequently and any fiscal impact to the Branch would be less than $10,000.

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association indicates this bill is likely to require significant additional staff time because many of the individuals taking minutes for public bodies are part-time employees paid by the hour.  The amount of additional expense is indeterminable and would vary by municipality depending on the hourly rate of pay and the number of nonpublic sessions.  There would be no impact on municipal revenues.

 

The Department of Justice indicates it is unlikely that this bill would have a significant fiscal impact on the Department.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Department of Justice, Legislative Branch and New Hampshire Municipal Association

 

Links

HB1689 at GenCourtMobile
HB1689 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 21, 2020 House Hearing
March 4, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1689 Revision: 7764 Date: Dec. 30, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 31
Jan. 21, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/21/2020 02:00 pm LOB 208
March 4, 2020 Executive Session: 03/04/2020 10:00 am LOB 208