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.

1sr amendment award group

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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Right to Know training to be held September 26th

On Wednesday, September 26, at 7PM, Right to Know NH President David Saad will present a Right to Know training event at the Goshen Town Hall in Goshen NH.   A Powerpoint presentation covering an overview of the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A) will be followed by a question and answer session.  Officials from area towns as well as all interested citizens are encouraged to attend this free event.  Light refreshments will be provided.  The Goshen Town Hall is located at 54 Mill Village Rd. North (Rt. 10) in Goshen.   The Goshen Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is sponsoring the event.  Please RSVP by emailing Ray Porter at rayporter@myfairpoint.net.

Right-to-Know law changed to simplify process for documents filed with petition to be considered as evidence by the court

Governor Sununu signed HB252 into law on June 26th.

Any person aggrieved by a violation of the RTK law may petition the superior court for injunctive relief.   This bill states that “Subject to objection by either party, all documents filed with the petition and any response thereto shall be considered as evidence by the court.  All documents submitted shall be provided to the opposing party prior to a hearing on the merits. ”

This bill was drafted by Right to Know New Hampshire (RTKNH).

BILL SPONSORS: Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13

This change takes effect January 1, 2019.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 9/15 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, September 15, 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.

Right-to-Know law (RSA 91-A) updated to streamline evidence submission process during litigation

Governor Sununu signed HB252 into law on June 25th.

This bill states when someone files a petition in Court that all documents filed with the petition and also any responses to the petition shall be considered as evidence by the Court.  Additionally, all documents submitted to the Court shall be provided to the opposing party prior to any hearing.

This bill was drafted by Right to Know New Hampshire (RTKNH).

BILL SPONSORS: Rep. M. Smith, Straf. 6; Rep. Sylvia, Belk. 6; Rep. Berch, Ches. 1; Rep. Horrigan, Straf. 6; Rep. Cushing, Rock. 21; Rep. Hoell, Merr. 23; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Sen. Lasky, Dist 13

This change takes effect January 1, 2019.

RTKNH meeting Saturday 6/16 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, June 16, 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.