Bill Text: NH HB1557 | 2018 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Requiring meetings and sessions of committees of the house of representatives to be recorded and made available on the Internet.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2018-02-15 - Inexpedient to Legislate: Motion Adopted Regular Calendar 236-96 02/15/2018 House Journal 4 P. 11 [HB1557 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2018-HB1557-Introduced.html

HB 1557-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2066

10/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1557-FN

 

AN ACT requiring meetings and sessions of committees of the house of representatives to be recorded and made available on the Internet.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McConnell, Ches. 12; Rep. Messmer, Rock. 24; Rep. Verville, Rock. 2; Rep. Ammon, Hills. 40; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Read, Rock. 17; Rep. T. Smith, Hills. 17; Rep. Horn, Merr. 2; Rep. Hynes, Hills. 21; Sen. Sanborn, Dist 9; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Reagan, Dist 17

 

COMMITTEE: Legislative Administration

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires that an audio and video recording of all proceedings of committees of the house of representatives shall be available for live viewing on the Internet and posted on the general court website.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2066

10/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT requiring meetings and sessions of committees of the house of representatives to be recorded and made available on the Internet.

 

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

 

1  New Section; House of Representatives; Record of Proceedings.  Amend RSA 14 by inserting after section 11 the following new section:

14:11-a  House of Representatives; Record of Proceedings.  The house of representatives shall make and preserve an audio and video record of proceedings of committees of the house of representatives, including all hearings of standing committees, work sessions, executive sessions, house committees of conference, or any other committee proceeding which is subject to prior notice in the house calendar.  All such proceedings shall be available for live viewing on the Internet.  Digital recordings of the proceedings shall be posted on the general court website for public access and made available to the house clerk for preservation.

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

 

LBAO

18-2066

11/6/17

 

HB 1557-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT requiring meetings and sessions of committees of the house of representatives to be recorded and made available on the Internet.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$297,711

$188,390

$191,240

$194,230

Funding Source:

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

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill requires committee secretaries of the House of Representatives to make and preserve an audio and video record of proceedings of committees of the House, including all hearings of standing committees, work sessions, executive sessions, committees of conference, or any other committee proceeding which is subject to prior notice in the House Calendar. Digital recordings of the proceedings shall be posted on the General Court website for public access. and made available to the House Clerk for preservation.

 

The Legislative Branch indicates there are start up and operational costs for implementing this technology in 19 additional House committee rooms.  The start up cost in 2014 for rooms 210-211 in the Legislative Office Building was $5,900 and the annual streaming cost is $5,400 per room. The start up cost for the 19 rooms is estimated at $112,100 (19 x $5,900) and the annual streaming cost for the 19 rooms is estimated at $102,600 (19 x $5,400).  One additional AVT employee would be needed with salary and benefits totaling $83,011 for FY 2019, $85,790 for FY 2020, $88,640 for FY 2021, and $91,630 for FY 2022.  Total costs are as follows:

 

 

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

Start Up Cost ($5,900 per room *19 rooms)

$112,000

 $0

 $0

$0 

Annual Streaming Cost ($5,400 per room * 19 rooms)

 $102,600

$102,600

 $102,600

$102,600 

New Employee Cost

$83,011

$85,790

$88,640

$91,630

TOTAL COST

$297,711

$188,390

$191,240

$194,230

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Legislative Branch and Department of Administrative Services

 

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