Law to Require Meaningful Non-public Minutes

Both houses of the NH legislature have passed a bill to require meaningful non-public minutes. If it is signed by the Governor, it will radically increase the amount of information made available to citizens of Timberlane.

This bill was introduced by Right to Know NH.  This post is from

The Senate passed HB1418 on the regular calendar by a unanimous voice vote this week. This bill requires the same level of details in non-public minutes as for public minutes. It was previously approved 4-0 by the Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee with a recommendation that the bill ought to pass. HB1418 was reported to the full Senate by Sen. Donna Soucy:

This legislation clarifies what information is to be included in the minutes of non-public sessions pursuant to the Right-to-Know Law. This clarification is needed so that non-public session minutes contain the same information that would be contained if the session had occurred in public. The legislation ensures greater transparency in government and the committee voted favorably 4-0 and would ask for your support in its recommendation.

The bill now goes to the Governor.



Filed under Sandown Issues

3 responses to “Law to Require Meaningful Non-public Minutes

  1. Mark Richards

    Imagine the fun and frolic if the law were retroactive.

    Expect that your corrupt apparatus will find a sleazy way around the law.

    • What could happen is that non-public minutes will be sealed going forward – without cause or reason. The law should have come with restrictions on length of time non-public minutes can be sealed and on what grounds. That will have to come next. What I have learned is that you can’t legislate integrity. Let’s hope TRSD respects the public enough not to resort to this because they generally don’t seal minutes now.

  2. Good step for transparency in government. Of course, Metzler and his cheerleaders will say its not meaningful, resulting in another round of law suits. If taxpayers are paying for it, then its public information. The BS for being charged for this information, per page, needs to be legislated out of existence. That the price for transparency in government.

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