HB530 (2021) Detail

Relative to candidate background checks for law enforcement officers.


HB 530  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0540

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 530

 

AN ACT relative to candidate background checks for law enforcement officers.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Dolan, Rock. 5; Rep. T. Lekas, Hills. 37

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill allows an employer to share certain information with a law enforcement agency about a candidate for a position as a peace officer or other position within a law enforcement agency.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0540

08/

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to candidate background checks for law enforcement officers.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Law Enforcement Candidate Background Checks.  Amend RSA 41 by inserting after section 9-b the following new section:

41:9-c Law Enforcement Candidate Background Checks.

I. In order to perform a background investigation for a candidate to be employed as a peace officer or in the case of an applicant for a position other than a sworn peace officer within a law enforcement agency, an employer shall disclose employment information relating to a current or former employee or applicant, upon request of a law enforcement agency, if all of the following conditions are met:

(a) The request is made in writing;

(b) The request is accompanied by a notarized authorization by the candidate releasing the employer of liability; and

(c)  The request and the authorization are presented to the employer by a sworn officer or other authorized representative of the employing law enforcement agency.

II. In the absence of fraud or malice, an employer shall not be subject to any civil liability for any relevant cause of action by virtue of releasing employment information required pursuant to this section. This section shall not in any way or manner abrogate or lessen the existing privileges and immunities of an employer.

III. For purposes of this section, "employment information" means written information in connection with job applications, performance evaluations, attendance records, disciplinary actions, eligibility for rehire, and other information relevant to the performance of a peace officer or other law enforcement agency applicant, except information prohibited from disclosure by any other state or federal law or regulation.

IV. An employer's refusal to disclose information to a law enforcement agency in accordance with this section shall constitute grounds for a civil action for injunctive relief requiring disclosure on the part of an employer.

V. Employment information disclosed by an employer to an initial requesting law enforcement agency shall be deemed confidential. However, the initial requesting law enforcement agency may disclose this information to another authorized law enforcement agency that is also conducting a background investigation into a peace officer or other law enforcement agency applicant. If this information is disclosed to another law enforcement agency, that agency shall utilize the information for investigative leads only and the information shall be independently verified by that agency in order to be used in determining the suitability of a peace officer or other law enforcement agency applicant.

VI. An employer may charge reasonable fees to cover actual costs incurred in copying and furnishing documents to law enforcement agencies as required by this section.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 90 days after its passage.

Links

HB530 at GenCourtMobile
HB530 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 8, 2021 House Hearing
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB530 Revision: 31842 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 12:35 p.m.

Docket


March 4, 2021: Introduced 03/04/2021 and Referred to Judiciary; SJ 7


Feb. 24, 2021: Ought to Pass: MA VV 02/24/2021


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 20-0; CC) HC 12 P. 3


Feb. 8, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/08/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95686681680 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Criminal Justice and Public Safety HJ 2 P. 52