Bill Text: NH HB491 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relative to questioning and detaining suspects.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-14 - Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate [HB491 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2019-HB491-Introduced.html

HB 491 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0520

08/04

 

HOUSE BILL 491

 

AN ACT relative to questioning and detaining suspects.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Rodd, Merr. 6; Rep. Keans, Straf. 23; Rep. Opderbecke, Straf. 15; Rep. Almy, Graf. 13

 

COMMITTEE: Criminal Justice and Public Safety

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill clarifies that failure to answer a request of a peace officer to identify oneself is not grounds for arrest.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0520

08/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to questioning and detaining suspects.

 

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

 

1  Questioning and Detaining Suspects.  Amend RSA 594:2 to read as follows:

594:2  Questioning and Detaining Suspects.  A peace officer may stop any person abroad whom [he] the officer has reason to suspect is committing, has committed or is about to commit a crime, and may [demand] request of him his name, address, business abroad and where he is going.  Declining to respond to an officer's request for information pursuant to this section, shall not be grounds for arrest.

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

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