Senate Votes OTP/A on SB 344, Creating Pathway for Remote Meetings
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3375
CONCORD - Today, in a vote of 13-11 the Senate voted Ought to Pass with Amendment on SB 344, which allows municipalities to vote to expand, through their legislative bodies, use of remote meetings within certain guidelines, including reducing the physical presence quorum requirement for meetings under RSA 91-A, thereby creating a clearer pathway for the continuation of remote meetings. Senators Daniels, Avard, and Reagan voted OTP/A along with the Senate Democrats.
After the vote, SB 344 co-sponsor Senator Rebecca Perkins Kwoka (D-Portsmouth) issued the following statement:
“We have seen time and again how access to remote meetings significantly increase participation in local government. As amended, SB 344 carefully threads the needle between allowing for remote access while also promoting the in-person dialogue and debate that sits at the heart of our democratic process. I thank Senator Daniels for his continued persistence to move this issue forward and to my colleagues for their support.”