Senate Unanimously Passes Legislation Promoting Transparency for Law Enforcement

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

Email: marina.altschiller@leg.state.nh.us


CONCORD – Today, the Senate unanimously voted Ought to Pass on HB 471, relative to police disciplinary hearings and authorizing the Department of Justice to maintain an exculpatory evidence schedule.


After the vote, Senate Judiciary Committee Members Senator Jay Kahn (D-Kahn) and Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:


“The amended version of HB 471 supported by the Senate today represents the remarkable collaborative efforts of the NH Department of Justice, media representatives, the ACLU, and New Hampshire law enforcement to promote transparency and accountability. We commend them for their work in resolving a long-standing dispute about the public's right to access the exculpatory evidence schedule, otherwise known as the "Laurie List.” This legislation is consistent with the recommendations of the LEACT Commission and supports the critical conversations around transparency and public information that are key components to a functional democracy.”


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