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Tuesday, 11am: Hearing for pro-FOSS bill in NH legislature

Dan Brady

New Hampshire State Rep Eric Gallager (D) submitted AN ACT relative to the use of free and open source software (HB1273). It will be heard by the Executive Departments and Administration committee on Tuesday 1/11/2022, in LOB room 302-304 at 10:30 AM. You can mail written testimony to:

Address your testimony to the Chair and Vice Chair:

  • Chair: Carol McGuire
  • Vice Chair: Jennifer Rhodes

Committee information at

The bill summary states that it:

I.  Prohibits certain non-compete clauses and non-disclosure agreements regarding free software projects and the sharing of open source software.

II.  Prohibits, with limited exception, state agencies from using proprietary software in interactions with the public.  

III.  Recognizes the value of data portability and directs the department of information technology to adopt a policy protecting data portability.

IV.  Prohibits state and local law enforcement from participating in the enforcement of copyright claims against free and open source software projects.

V.  Establishes a commission to study the use of free software by state agencies.

VI.  Establishes a software purchasing policy that permits the purchase of proprietary software and hardware only when free software alternatives are not available.

VII.  Allows the defendant to examine the source code of proprietary software used to generate evidence against the defendant in a criminal proceeding.

The bill text is at

More info at:

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