Part I, Article 8 of the New Hampshire Constitution reads:
“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.”
This broad statement of public policy is further defined in NH RSA 91-A known as the Right to Know Law.
The right to know law (RSA 91-A:1) 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.”
The benefits to democracy outweighs the burdens the law places on governments.
Right to Know NH – a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving adherence to and strengthening the Right-to-Know law. Many Right To Know Law resources are available.