I wrote Speaker Jasper with the following:
No one can be barred from taking photos or videotaping of NH House or NH Senate proceedings.
Not FC Chairwoman Ober, who is obviously carried away with her own self-importance, and not House Speaker Jasper
RSA 91-A:1-a Definitions.
VI. "Public body'' means any of the following:
(a) The general court including executive sessions of committees; and including any advisory committee established by the general court.
RSA 91-A:2 Meetings Open to Public.
II. ---------- Any person shall be permitted to use recording devices, including, but not limited to, tape recorders, cameras, and videotape equipment, at such meetings.
Speaker Jasper responded:
A mistake was made, by a chairman, which hopefully will not be repeated in the future. That being said there is more to this story, but going into the details serves no purpose. I will simply state that it is the responsibility of any chairman to make sure that the video taping of a meeting is done in a way that is not disruptive to the meeting or to any individual member. It is also the right of the chairman to direct that the video taping take place in an appropriate area of the room. As a point of clarification the rules governing activities within the House and Senate Chamber are subject only to the rules established by the body.
To which I replied:
Is there a specific exclusion under RSA 91-A for videotaping public meetings in the House and Senate Chambers, using their own “rules” to supersede NH law?
I cannot find any, but perhaps you can enlighten us.
Incidentally, I viewed the recording online under Ridley’s Report, and saw no disruptive behavior other than David Ridley politely but firmly asking what law barred his recording, to which no one (guards, attorneys, representatives) would give him an answer.