By S.D. Plissken | July 13, 2020
I obtained at a recent gathering a leaflet from the Right to Know NH organization, which I reproduce below for the benefit of our readers.
Right to Know NH
Right to Know NH is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving adherence to and strengthening the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A).
What We Do
- Assist citizens in exercising their right to obtain information from their government.
- Provide resources on Right to Know with the goal of making government more open and accountable.
- Help public officials on how they can provide their constituents with access to government meetings and records so they may be in compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the law.
- Propose legislation to strengthen the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A).
- Advocate for or against proposed legislative changes by writing to legislators and testifying at legislative committee hearings.
- Maintain an extensive website with up-to-date case law, how-to information, and Right-to-Know Law training links.
- Educate citizens on their right to know their government.
- Build cooperative associations with organizations which share an active and ongoing interest in government transparency.
Membership is free, knowledge is invaluable. We meet regularly in Concord and invite new members. For more details check our website. We also welcome organizations to ally with us so together we have a stronger voice promoting open government.
Part I, Article 8 of the New Hampshire Constitution
All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable, and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.
RSA 91-A:1 Preamble
Openness in the conduct of public business is essential to a democratic society. The purpose of this chapter is to ensure both the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people.
Accompanying business card:
Right to Know NH
promoting open government