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AN ACT making state-appointed advisory committees subject to the right-to-know law.

SPONSORS: Rep. Hager, Merr 18

COMMITTEE: Judiciary


This bill makes advisory committees established by the general court, the governor, the governor's council, and state boards, commissions, and agencies subject to the same right-to-know law as counties, municipalities, and other forms of government.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.


6/5/01 1418s




In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand One

AN ACT making state-appointed advisory committees subject to the right-to-know law.

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

223:1 Advisory Committees Subject to the Right-to-Know Law. Amend RSA 91-A:1-a to read as follows:

223:91-A:1-a Definition of Public Proceedings.

I. The term "public proceedings" as used in this chapter means the transaction of any functions affecting any or all citizens of the state by any of the following:

[I.](a) The general court including executive sessions of committees; and including any advisory committee established by the general court;

[II.](b) The governor's council and the governor with the governor's council; including any advisory committee established by the governor by executive order or by the governor's council;

[III.](c) Any board or commission of any state agency or authority, including the board of trustees of the university system of New Hampshire and including any advisory committee established by such entities;

[IV.](d) Any board, commission, agency or authority, of any county, town, municipal corporation, school district, school administrative unit, charter school, or other political subdivision, or any committee, subcommittee or subordinate body thereof, or advisory committee thereto.

II. For the purposes of this section, "advisory committee" means any committee, council, commission, or other like body whose primary purpose is to consider an issue or issues designated by the appointing authority so as to provide such authority with advice or recommendations concerning the formulation of any public policy or legislation that may be promoted, modified, or opposed by such authority.

223:2 Reference Change. Amend RSA 91-A:4, I-a to read as follows:

I-a. Records of any payment made to an employee of any public body or agency listed in RSA 91-A:1-a, [I-IV] I(a)-(d), or to the employee's agent or designee, upon the resignation, discharge, or retirement of the employee, paid in addition to regular salary and accrued vacation, sick, or other leave, shall immediately be made available without alteration for public inspection. All records of payments shall be available for public inspection notwithstanding that the matter may have been considered or acted upon in nonpublic session pursuant to RSA 91-A:3.

223:3 Effective Date. This act shall take effect January 1, 2002.

(Approved: July 11, 2001)

(Effective Date: January 1, 2002)