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NH Governor issues executive order to expand use of meetings by electronic means

Emergency Order #12 pursuant to Executive Order 2020-04, the following RSA 91-A meeting requirements are waived, effective immediately,  for the duration of the State of Emergency:

  • RSA 91-A:2,III(b) that a quorum of a public body be physically present unless immediate action is imperative
  • RSA 91-A:2,III(c) that each part of a meeting of the public body be audible or otherwise discernible to the public “at the location specified in the meeting notice as the location of the meeting, so long as the public body:
    • Provides public access to the meeting by telephone, with additional access possibilities by video or other electronic means;
    • Provides public notice of the necessary for accessing the meeting;
    • Provides a mechanism for the public to alert the public body during the meeting if there are problems with access; and
    • Adjourns the meeting if the public is unable to access the meeting.

The Attorney General has published guidance on how to hold emergency meetings.

View all Emergency Orders here

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

NH Right to Know Articles of Interest

Right to Know Articles of Interest

N.H. Commission Recommends Ombudsman

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Above: N.H. RTK Study Commission members at final meeting.  Seated, left to right, Rep. Jordan Ulery, Sen. Bob Giuda, Harriet Cady.  Standing, Lisa English, Mark Derby, Rep. Charlotte DiLorenzo, Rep. Gary Hopper, Mark Hounsell, David Saad, Christine Hilliard for Gilles Bissonnette.

A New Hampshire commission report recommends a new ombudsman to more easily and cheaply resolve complaints under the Right-to-Know Law, RSA 91-A. The Commission to Study Processes to Resolve Right-to-Know Complaints was required to file its report by November 1, 2017. The Commission was formed under RSA 91-A:8-a by passage of HB 178.

The ombudsman will be a professional attorney. He or she will review and investigate complaints filed by citizens alleging violations of the Right-to-Know Law. The ombudsman will have the power to review confidential records in camera and issue an order detailing his or her results, including applying RSA 91-A remedies such as disclosing records or levying fines.

The ombudsman will be hired by a new Citizens’ Right-to-Know Appeals Commission. This new Commission will oversee and supervise the ombudsman as well as report annually on Right-to-Know complaints and recommendations for changes to RSA 91-A.

The RTK Study Commission was lead by co-chairs Sen. Bob Giuda and Rep. Jordan Ulery.  Sen. Giuda presided over most meetings and drove the committee to complete its report by the deadline. Sen. Giuda also pledged to file a bill in the Senate to implement the recommendations in the report. The report also recommends improved training on the Right-to-Know Law and lower fees.

The complete report is available here.