State Law – NH Constitution

New Hampshire is distinguished from most states because the NH Constitution has an article specifically on its citizens’ Right to Know. This article is Part I Article 8. Part I is called the Bill of Rights in the NH Constitution. Part I Article 8 is short and to the point:

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.

Part I Article 8 dates from 1784 and is embodied in statute as RSA chapter 91-A.

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