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New Hampshire Legislation being watched by the Press Association

These are bills in the NH Legislature the Press Association is tracking:


HB 1323 – This bill exempts certain discussions relating to chief executive officers who are supervised by a public body from public sessions under the right-to-know law.

Status: Defeated March 7. Roll call vote. 185-132.  – Check Status


HB 1344  – This bill declares that public meeting for the purposes of the right-to-know law shall not include strategy with respect to collective bargaining if only one party is present. Current law allows strategy or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining to be exempted from the definition of public meeting.

Status: Defeated March 7. Roll call vote. 189-125. – Check Status


HB 1347 – This bill requires that certain information made during deliberations under the right-to-know law be recorded in the minutes.

Status: Judiciary Committee – Ought to pass. Floor action March 15. – Check Status 


HB 1337 – This bill adds courts to the definition of public body under the right-to-know law.

Status: House Judiciary Committee – inexpedient to legislate. Floor action March 6..  – Check Status


HB 1398 – This bill establishes a commission to study financial incentives for professional media production activity in New Hampshire.

Status: In House Ways and Means -inexpedient to legislate.  Floor action February 22. – Check Status


HB 1483 – This bill adds any technology utilizing wireless entry points to the definition of a communications common carrier.

Status: Adopted with amendment. – Check Status


HB 1520 – This bill establishes a procedure for public access to ballots and allows citizens to request a verification count of machine-counted ballots.

Status: House Election Committee Hearing – inexpedient to legislate. Floor action March 6. Check Status


HB 1557 – 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.

Status: Defeated February 15. Roll call 236 – 96 Check Status


HB 1627 – This bill establishes penalties for transmitting images or sounds of an individual on private property without consent, or to engage in surveillance of another without consent. The bill also amends one of the criteria used to establish “course of conduct” under the stalking statute.

Status: Judiciary Committee report filed. Floor date March 15 Check Status


HB1759  – This bill regulates the use of drones by government agencies and individuals.  This bill establishes criminal penalties and civil remedies for violations of the law.

Status: House Executive Departments and Administration report filed. Floor date March 15 – Check Status


HB 1579 – This bill requires records to be kept for certain exempt convenings under the right-to-know law.

Status: House Judiciary Committee report filed. Floor date March 15 – Check Status


HB 1786 – This bill declares that no cost shall be charged for the inspection or delivery, without copying, of governmental records under the right-to-know law.

Status: Passed March 6. Check Status


HB 1788 – This bill declares that the cost charged for copies of governmental records under the right-to-know law shall not exceed the prevailing commercial rate for the producing of copies.

Status: House Judiciary Committee report filed 11 – 7 ought to pass. Floor date March 15. – Check Status


HB 1789 – This bill declares that there shall be no costs charged for delivery of electronic governmental records under the right-to-know law.

Status: House Judiciary Committee report filed 9 – 8 inexpedient to legislate. Floor date March 15. – Check Status


SB 362 – This bill requires disclosure of federal income tax returns by presidential and vice-presidential candidates and posting of the returns on the secretary of state’s website.

Status: Defeated 14 – 10 February 15 – Check Status


SB 395 – This bill clarifies access to electronic governmental records under the right-to-know law.

Status: Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 4-0 ought to pass. Floor date march 15 – Check Status


SB 420 – This bill declares that public meeting for the purposes of the right-to-know law shall not include strategy with respect to collective bargaining if only one party is present. Current law allows strategy or negotiations with respect to collective bargaining to be exempted from the definition of public meeting.

Status: In Senate Commerce Committee – Check Status


SB 555 – This bill establishes the citizens’ right-to-know appeals commission and the office of the right-to-know ombudsman. This bill also establishes an alternative process to resolve right-to-know complaints.

Status: Senate Judiciary Committee hearing held January 23. – Check Status

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