HB630 (2021) Detail

Relative to remote board meetings under the right-to-know law and authorizing certain procedures for rulemaking.


HB 630  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0135

11/06

 

HOUSE BILL 630

 

AN ACT relative to remote board meetings under the right-to-know law and authorizing certain procedures for rulemaking.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McGuire, Merr. 29; Rep. P. Schmidt, Straf. 19; Rep. Hatch, Coos 6; Rep. Schuett, Merr. 20; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill permits public bodies to hold meetings electronically, subject to certain conditions.  This bill also permits photocopied and scanned versions of signatures to be used in rulemaking proceedings.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0135

11/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to remote board meetings under the right-to-know law and authorizing certain procedures for rulemaking.

 

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

 

1  New Paragraph; Access to Governmental Records and Meetings; Meetings Open to the Public.  Amend RSA 91-A:2 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

IV.  A public body may, but is not required to, hold a meeting by electronic or other means of communication so long as the public body meets the following requirements:

(a) The public body provides public access to the meeting by telephone, with additional access possibilities by video or other electronic means.

(b)  The public body provides public notice of the necessary information for accessing the meeting.

(c)  The public body provides a mechanism for the public to alert the public body during the meeting if there are problems with access.

(d)  The public body adjourns the meeting if the public is unable to access the meeting.

2  Administrative Procedure Act; Definitions.  Amend RSA 541-A:1, V-a to read as follows:

V-a. "Electronic document" means a document which complies with requirements prescribed by the director for filing under paragraph VI and established in the drafting and procedure manual under RSA 541-A:8. [For electronic documents, a requirement during the rulemaking process for a signature accompanying the filing of an electronic document shall be met if such signature complies with the requirements of RSA 294-E.]

3  New Paragraph; Administrative Procedure Act; Definitions; Signature.  Amend RSA 541-A:1 by inserting after paragraph XV the following new paragraph:

XV-a.  "Signature" means a person's written name used as a form of identification, whether in original, photocopied, or scanned form.

4  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

HB630 at GenCourtMobile
HB630 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 19, 2021 House Hearing
March 2, 2021 House Exec Session
March 2, 2021 House Exec Session
March 10, 2021 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB630 Revision: 31982 Date: Jan. 14, 2021, 3:22 p.m.

Docket


March 10, 2021: Executive Session: 03/10/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95164452682


March 2, 2021: Executive Session: 03/02/2021 9:00 a.m. Members of the public may attend using the following links: 1. To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95501229688 2. Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 1-929-205-6099 3. Webinar ID: 955 0122 9688 The following email will be monitored throughout the meeting by someone who can assist with and alert the committee to any technical issues: hcs@leg.state.nh.us or call (603-271-3600).


March 2, 2021: ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 03/02/2021 09:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/95501229688


Feb. 19, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/19/2021 11:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/92168223794 / 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 Judiciary HJ 2 P. 57