SB 95 Remote Meetings

Committee Votes Against Remote Meetings
By a straight party-line vote, 11-10, the House Judiciary Committee last week approved an amendment to SB 95 that would delete the part of that bill that enables public bodies to continue to meet remotely until July 1, 2022, as they have done under Emergency Order #12 during the pandemic. The explanation for removing this was that it is “too soon” to make such a drastic change to how meetings are conducted, and more study is needed before allowing such a change. This despite the fact that remote meetings have been permitted for  fourteen months and have been almost uniformly successful. 
The Senate passed  SB 95 on a 24-0 vote. As a sensible precaution, it included a sunset date of July 1, 2022, for the remote meetings authority, along with a legislative committee to study the matter in the interim and recommend any needed changes. Those measures, along with the 14-month experience with remote meetings, seem to counter any claim that  SB 95 represents a precipitous change.



UPDATE on HB 1615-FN and HB 1452

HB 1615-FN  “requiring criminal background checks for persons brought into a library to interact with minors in library-sponsored events” was voted Inexpedient to Legislate by 19 – 1.

HB 1452  “relative to employees of public libraries”  was voted Inexpedient to Legislate by 13 – 7.


To the NH Library Community:

January 2, 2020: After 17 years of service, the plug was pulled on the old NHU-PAC early this afternoon. It's been replaced by the new NHAIS Interlibrary Loan System. The NHAIS Interlibrary Loan System provides access to the holdings of libraries throughout the Granite State and supports resource sharing among them.
NHAIS is a program of the New Hampshire State Library, a division of the NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. NHAIS funding is made possible, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act.



NH RSA 91-A Section II
"... The names of the members who made or seconded each motion shall be recorded in the minutes..."

Change effective January 1, 2019


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NH State Legislature:
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