Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, February 1, 2020 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 which have been submitted for the current 2020 legislative session. The public is welcome to join us.
The Right-to-Know Law requires meeting minutes whenever a quorum of a public body or agency has a meeting per RSA 91-A:2.
HB 1546 would allow for a meeting of a quorum of the county delegation without any record of such meeting when all they do is approve minutes. No meeting minutes would also mean no record of who was in attendance, how they voted regarding the approval of the minutes, nor a record of comments/corrections regarding the minutes being discussed.
The RSA 91- Preamble states “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.” Allowing the County Delegation to meet without maintaining a record of who met, when they met, and the vote tally of who approved the minutes creates a veil of secrecy which contradicts the purpose of RSA 91-A.
County delegations should not be exempt from the requirement to record minutes of all their meetings per RSA 91-A:2.
Please contact your legislator and ask them to oppose HB 1546.
Most of the upcoming bills in the legislature which will effect a citizen’s right to know are now available for review on our blog. Please check them out. RTKNH will be publishing our position on these bills at a future date. Join us in the fight to protect your right to know and help us insure a more open and transparent government by getting involved. Join RTKNH today.