Bill Text: NH HB178 | 2017 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 8-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-06-19 - Signed by Governor Sununu 06/16/2017; Chapter 126; I. Sec. 2 eff. 11/1/2017 ; II. Rem. eff. 6/16/2017 [HB178 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2017-HB178-Introduced.html

HB 178 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0374

01/08

 

HOUSE BILL 178

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Weyler, Rock. 13; Rep. Souza, Hills. 43; Rep. Itse, Rock. 10; Rep. Spillane, Rock. 2; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Sen. Gray, Dist 6; Sen. Birdsell, Dist 19; Sen. Avard, Dist 12

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0374

01/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Commission to Study Processes to Resolve Right-to-Know Complaints.  Amend RSA 91-A by inserting after section 8 the following new section:

91-A:8-a  Commission to Study Processes to Resolve Right-to-Know Complaints.

I.  There is established a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints.

(a)  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(1)  One member of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(2)  One member of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(3)  The attorney general, or designee.

(4)  One member from local government, appointed by the governor.

(5)  One member who shall have brought suit pro se under RSA 91-A:7, appointed by the governor.

(6)  One member representing the New Hampshire Press Association, appointed by that association.

(7)  One member representing Right To Know New Hampshire, appointed by that organization.

(8)  One member of the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, appointed by that organization.

(9)  One citizen member, appointed by the governor.

(b)  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

II.(a)  The commission shall study alternative processes to resolve right-to-know complaints consistent with the following:

(1)  Encouraging resolution of right-to-know complaints directly between citizens and public agencies and bodies.

(2)  Reducing the burden and costs of right-to-know complains on the courts.

(3)  Reducing the burden and costs of right-to-know complaints on public agencies and bodies.

(4)  Reducing the burden and costs of right-to-know complains on citizens aggrieved by violations of RSA 91-A.

(5)  Increasing awareness and compliance with the right-to-know law to minimize violations.

(b)  The commission may solicit information from any person or entity the commission deems relevant to its study.

III.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 30 days of the effective date of this section.  Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

IV.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before December 1, 2017.

2  Repeal.  RSA 91-A:8-a, establishing a commission to study processes to resolve right-to-know complaints, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.  

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect December 1, 2017.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

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