RTKNH receives First Amendment Award

We couldn’t be more proud.  On Thursday night, October 5, 2017, the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications awarded Right to Know NH its First Amendment Award. The award is given annually by the school to those who have “gone above and beyond to uphold” First Amendment Freedoms.

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RTKNH, including founding members and officers Harriet Cady, David Saad and David Taylor were honored at a gala at the Palace Theatre in Manchester for its work in advancing the public’s right to know in New Hampshire.

A 5 minute video about RTKNH was shown at the award ceremony followed by a speech by David Saad,  RTKNH president.

The keynote speaker was Garrison Keillor, creator and star of “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show, who spoke of everyday threats to our First Amendment rights, not least of which is our own indifference and reluctance to act.

Since it began in 2013, Right to Know NH has been devoted to strengthening the Right to Know law in New Hampshire.  Through legislative action, education outreach and mentoring citizens in obtaining public information, the grass roots organization has grown to become a notable advocate for open government in the state.

We are honored to be recognized by the Nackey S. Loeb School and are delighted that attorney and First Amendment specialist, Greg Sullivan, was also recognized with the school’s Pen and Quill award.

The Nackey  S. Loeb School of Communications’ mission is to “promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and communication.”

Articles by the Union Leader and Concord Monitor provide more information.

 

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RTKNH seeks your support for bill to require written reasons for denial of records

The majority of Right-to-Know complaints have to do with records requests either being delayed, denied, or records being redacted without sufficient justification for the redaction.  Bill LSR-2019-0403 addresses the issue by requiring the public body to furnish reasons, in writing, for the delay or denial of records.    When records are denied, it further requires the specific exemption relied on for the denial.  Currently, many public bodies error on the side of denying records because they don’t have to justify their denial to the citizen.  This bill requires them to justify, in writing, why they are denying records.

Rep. Charlotte DiLorenzo, Sen. Bob Giuda, Rep. Robert Renny Cushing, Rep. Jordan Ulery, Rep. Timothy Horrigan, Rep. Kurt Wuelper, and Rep. Jason Janvrin have sponsored this bill (LSR 2019-0403).  Please contact your legislator and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor for LSR 2019-0403.

RTKNH seeks your support for bill to insure inspection of records at no cost

In 2016, HB 606 was passed which was intended to provide for inspection of records at no cost when the citizen does not request a copy.  Now, another bill is needed because public bodies, under some circumstances, continue to charge citizens to inspect records.  For instance, if there is a need to redact some information, the public body will charge for copy costs, even though the citizen only wishes to inspect the record.  The public body claims that they have to make a copy of the redacted record, so they charge for the copy.  In some cases, when the record is an electronic record (i.e. email or database record) public bodies state they have to copy the record in order to redact information.  Again the citizen is charged the cost of the copy even though the citizen never requested a copy.  This bill clarifies that when the citizen requests to inspect a record at the public body’s place of business, there will not be any charge to do so.

Rep. Mike Sylvia has sponsored this bill (LSR 2019-0665).  Please contact your legislator and ask them to sign on as a cosponsor for LSR 2019-0665.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 12/15 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. via Conference Call.  We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills submitted for the upcoming 2019 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us.  Send us a message to receive details on how to join the conference call.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 11/17 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.  We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills to be submitted for the upcoming 2019 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us.

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RTKNH meeting Saturday 10/20 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.  We will discuss Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills to be submitted for the upcoming 2019 legislative session.  The public is welcome to join us.