Bill Text: NH HB453 | 2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Shielding journalists from mandatory disclosure of sources by subpoena.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-02 - 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 [HB453 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2021-HB453-Introduced.html

HB 453  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0645

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 453

 

AN ACT shielding journalists from mandatory disclosure of sources by subpoena.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Read, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill protects journalists from having to disclose their sources under subpoena.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0645

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT shielding journalists from mandatory disclosure of sources by subpoena.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Journalists.  Amend RSA 516 by inserting after section 35 the following new section:

516:35-a  Journalists.  A journalist shall not be mandated by subpoena to disclose his or her sources of information unless the person providing the information waives the privilege.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2022.

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