Pass important legislation

On Thursday, the New Hampshire House will consider a bill making the Exculpatory Evidence Schedule public.

HB 155, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee, calls for the contents of the EES, formerly the Laurie List, to be subject to the state’s Right-to-Know law, meaning the public would be able to view the names of the police officers listed and the nature of the offense or offenses that put them on the list in the first place.

Attorneys for the New Hampshire Department of Justice argue the names of officers on the list, and most other information it includes, are confidential because that information is an extension of the officers’ personnel files, which are confidential in their entirety by law.

The purpose of the EES is to alert prosecutors when a police officer with a history of credibility, excessive force or mental health issues is scheduled to testify at a defendant’s trial.

The issue previously prompted the American Civil

Liberties Union of New Hampshire and several state media outlets, including The Telegraph, to file a public records lawsuit last fall against the DOJ.

We urge the House and Senate to pass this legislation, and for Gov. Chris Sununu to sign it into law.

While we at The Telegraph appreciate the hard work our boys in blue do, we also think it is imperative that the public has access to the EES list for additional piece of mind.