RTKNH to attend CNHT picnic July 6

Representatives from RTKNH will be attending and have a display table at the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers Annual Picnic Saturday July 6th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This event will be held at the Young-Richardson American Legion Post #59 at 538 W Main St., Hillsborough, New Hampshire 03244.

Emcee: Keith Hanson

For more information on this event and to purchase tickets click here.

 

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We have a Right to Know about Bad Cops

Please sign the petition asking the Governor Sununu to release the entire unredacted Laurie List/Exculpatory Evidence Schedule (“EES”) to the public.

We strongly oppose the NH Attorney General’s attempts to keep the Laurie List/Exculpatory Evidence Schedule (“EES”) secret from the public.

The EES is a list of New Hampshire law enforcement officers with sustained findings of misconduct for credibility or trustworthiness, like lying, falsifying reports, stealing, and excessive force.

In a court order dated April 23, 2019, Judge Charles Temple ruled the EES is “not confidential,” and “is not exempt from disclosure under RSA 91-A,” and that it should be made public“.

Despite this, the NH Attorney General has now filed an appeal, at taxpayer expense, to continue to keep this list of bad cops secret from the public.

“When you keep information like this secret, it creates distrust and suspicion,” says Gilles Bissonnette with the ACLU of New Hampshire. “It’s bad for the public, it’s bad for police. It is really critical that we don’t undermine faith and confidence in law enforcement, but that’s what secrecy does.”

“These officers have engaged in sustained misconduct that concerns credibility and truthfulness, and the public has a clear right to this information—especially when it goes to the core of an officer’s ability to perform their duties.”

We respectfully urge Governor Sununu to instruct his Attorney General to immediately:

1. Withdraw the EES appeal;
2. Release the entire unredacted EES; and
3. Permanently keep the EES public, as required by the NH Constitution:

“Art. 8. Accountability of Magistrates and Officers; Public’s Right to Know. All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and AT ALL TIMES ACCOUNTABLE TO THEM. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.”

 

RTKNH meeting Saturday 6/15 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, June 15, 2019 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 the status of Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills in the legislature and begin planning for the next legislative session.

The public is welcome to join us.

RTKNH meets with foreign leaders to discuss NH government transparency

On May 2,  representatives of RTKNH met with a group of international visitors from a number of North and South American countries interested in learning about Transparency and Accountability in NH Government.  The meeting was organized by the World Affairs Council of NH International Visitor Professional Development Leadership Exchange Program through the US Department of State. The International Visitor Professional Development Leadership Exchange Program helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term visits to the United States.

The meeting focus was on advocacy and coalition-building to garner support for strengthening open government laws, what successes RTKNH has had, and the obstacles RTKNH has faced – including efforts to implement an Ombudsman and the Citizens’ Right to Know Appeals Commission.
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RTKNH meeting Saturday 5/18 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. in Concord, NH at 8 North Main Street in the office of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers.  This is our annual meeting and board elections will be held.   We will also discuss the status of Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills in the legislature.

The public is welcome to join us.

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RTKNH meeting Saturday 4/20 @ 9 a.m

Right to Know NH will meet on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 9:00 A.M. via Conference Call.  We will discuss the status of Right to Know (RSA 91-A) bills in the Legislature and planning for our Annual Meeting/Elections next month.  The public is welcome to join us.  Send us a message using the ‘Contact Us’ Option on our blog to receive details on how to join the conference call.