Category: Events

Videos of Sunshine Week Events Available

Video of “The Story of the Keene State Five: A Fight for Public Access” is now available.

The City of Keene denied the Right-to-Know requests of five Keene State College journalism students made as part of a an annual classroom assignment. The students decided to fight back.
Their teacher, Dr.Marianne Salcetti, who represented them, and David K. Taylor, Vice President of Right to Know NH, who helped them, tell the story. The case took the team from the classroom, through the Cheshire County Superior Court, and to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Learn how they did it, and how you can use the Right to Know law in your own community. Moderated by Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan, the pro bono legal representative in the 2020 NH Supreme Court case.

Presented by The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and Right to Know NH.
Dr. Marianne Salcetti was honored with the 2020 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award for her leadership in this case.

Video of “Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable” is now available.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for the “right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”   But what does that mean and how does it work?   The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications are celebrating Sunshine Week with an online expert panel discussion called Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable. The webinar will examine the values of open and responsive government and how all citizens play a role. 

Speakers Include:
GILLES BISSONNETTE Legal Director for the ACLU of New Hampshire  
THE HON. N. WILLIAM DELKER New Hampshire Superior Court Justice  
CASEY MCDERMOTT (moderator) Reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio  
EMILY GRAY RICE City Solicitor for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire  
GREGORY V. SULLIVAN First Amendment Attorney at Malloy & Sullivan

Sunshine Week is March 14 – 20

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Sunshine Week (March 14-20) is a nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

Right to Know NH (RTKNH) is dedicated to raising awareness of your right to a government  which is open, accessible, and accountable.

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” – James Madison

“The right of freely examining public characters & measures, & of free communication thereon, is the only effectual guardian of every other right” – James Madison

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government” – Thomas Jefferson

The Story of the Keene State Five: A Fight for Public Access

CELEBRATING SUNSHINE WEEK AND YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW
Award-winning First Amendment activism

ONLINE EVENT – Free to the Public – Register at loebschool.org
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021
7 PM – 8:30 PM
THE STORY OF THE KEENE STATE FIVE:A FIGHT FOR PUBLIC ACCESS

The City of Keene denied the Right-to-Know requests of five Keene State College journalism students made as part of a an annual classroom assignment. The students decided to fight back.
Their teacher, Dr.Marianne Salcetti, who represented them, and David K. Taylor, Vice President of Right to Know NH, who helped them, tell the story. The case took the team from the classroom, through the Cheshire County Superior Court, and to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
Learn how they did it, and how you can use the Right to Know law in your own community. Moderated by Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan, the pro bono legal representative in the 2020 NH Supreme Court case.

Presented by The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and Right to Know NH.
Dr. Marianne Salcetti was honored with the 2020 Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award for her leadership in this case.

This online event is Free and Open to the Public. Register at loebschool.org

Keeping the Light On in New Hampshire: Celebrating Sunshine Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for the “right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”   But what does that mean and how does it work?   The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications are celebrating Sunshine Week with an online expert panel discussion called Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable. The webinar will examine the values of open and responsive government and how all citizens play a role.   The discussion will be held online from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on March 15. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable   March 15 | 6:30 p.m.  
Register Here  or Email loebschool@loebschool.org  
Speakers Include:
GILLES BISSONNETTE Legal Director for the ACLU of New Hampshire  
THE HON. N. WILLIAM DELKER New Hampshire Superior Court Justice  
CASEY MCDERMOTT (moderator) Reporter at New Hampshire Public Radio  
EMILY GRAY RICE City Solicitor for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire  
GREGORY V. SULLIVAN First Amendment Attorney at Malloy & Sullivan

How to Make a Right to Know Request video now available

Right to Know NH (RTKNH) and The School District Governance Association (SDGA) recently conducted a webinar on how to make an effective Right to Know request.  The Right-to-Know law (RSA 91-A) is straightforward but the inexperienced can stumble over pitfalls. 

Some of the common pitfalls citizens may experience regarding filing right to know requests are:

  • Not knowing your rights before submitting request
  • Submitting request to someone other than the custodian of the records
  • Failing to be specific enough in describing records
  • Failing to verify record exemptions claimed by the custodian
  • Paying for copies when inspection of records would suffice

Watch the Video Recording of the webinar here to learn about your rights to access public records.

More training materials related to the Right-to-Know Law.

Webinar on How to Make a Right to Know Request Friday 1/22 @ 7:30 pm

The School District Governance Association (SDGA) and Right to Know NH (RTKNH) will conduct a webinar on how to make an effective Right to Know request.  David Saad, President of RTKNH will be the presenter. The Right-to-Know law (RSA 91-A) is straightforward but the inexperienced can stumble over pitfalls.  Did you know, for instance, that the law does not require any public body to answer questions? You must ask for existing documents or your curiosity will go unsatisfied. Learn many more useful tips during this free webinar scheduled for Friday, January 22, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.
Registration is free, but required in order to receive a Zoom invitation. 

To register click here:  SDGA Right to Know Webinar

Video of Webinar here.

Open and Transparent government meetings during Covid-19 pandemic

Right to Know NH (RTKNH) is sponsoring an online meeting titled “Open and transparent government meetings during the Covid-19 Pandemic” on Wednesday December 16th at 7pm. The 1 hour Zoom meeting will include an overview of online meeting requirements which meet the requirements of the Right-to-Know Law (RSA-91A) and Governor Sununu’s executive orders. Meeting includes time for questions from the audience answered by RTKNH members.

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Law Enforcement Transparency, Accountability and Your Right to Know Webinar

On Wednesday, August 12th, at noon, Right to Know NH (RTKNH) will host a Zoom webinar on Law Enforcement Transparency, Accountability and Your Right to Know presented by RTKNH President David Saad.

This webinar will provide an overview on which law enforcement records are available to the public including body cam footage. Learn about your right to request law enforcement records and guidance on how to submit your records request. We’ll also discuss recent Supreme Court rulings which impact your right to know about law enforcement’s actions and records.

No preregistration required. Zoom connection information and link to be posted on the Right to Know NH facebook page at 11:30 am on August 12th – 30 minutes before the zoom webinar at noon. No software download needed.

NEFAC Webinar on How the NH Supreme Court Reshaped the Right-to-Know Law

  The New England First Amendment Coalition, Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and the New Hampshire Press Association will present a free webinar June 26th 12-1 pm about recent decisions expanding the public’s right to know about government.   Attorneys Richard Gagliuso and Gregory V. Sullivan will discuss two positive decisions issued by the Supreme Court of New Hampshire earlier this month that will make it easier for the public to oversee its law enforcement agencies and hold police officers accountable for their actions.   Gagliuso of Bernstein Shur and Sullivan of Malloy & Sullivan were among the attorneys arguing for the public’s right to know in the cases.   In each case, the high court overruled a previous decision that categorically exempted from the state’s Right-to-Know Law any records related to “internal personnel practices.” With these rulings, that category of records is now more limited. A balancing test — rather than the more strict per se exemption — is now also required to determine if those records should be publicly released.   At stake in the cases was the public’s right to access certain law enforcement records. Seacoast Newspapers v. City of Portsmouth concerned the release of a 2018 arbitration decision about a fired police officer. In Union Leader Corp. v. Town of Salem, the court addressed a public records request for an audit report that included details about internal affairs complaint investigations.    Both the police union in Portsmouth and the Salem Police Department had cited a 1993 case Union Leader Corp. v. Fenniman to try to argue that the documents were exempt from the Right-to-Know Law, an earlier decision the court now says is flawed.

Registration and additional details for this free webinar are found here.