Let the Sunshine in on NH news at 2 public Sunshine Week 2017 events

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MANCHESTER, NH – In honor of Sunshine Week 2017 Right to Know NH (RTKNH) has organized a pair of events, in Manchester and Nashua, to help inform the public about the state’s right-to-know law.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.

Monday March 13: 
The Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and New England First Amendment Coalition will present a discussion concerning the key to open government in New Hampshire — the state Right to Know Law.  

“The Right to Know in New Hampshire, in Theory and Practice” will be held at the Nackey S. Loeb School, 749 E. Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, at 7 p.m. on March 13.
The two-part program will include a presentation by David Saad, president of Right to Know New Hampshire, a citizens’ group working to improve access to government in New Hampshire, and a panel discussing the law from varying perspectives.

Panelists include:

  • Lisa M. English – Senior Assistant Attorney General
  • Donna Green – President, School District Governance Association of New Hampshire and Board Member, Right to Know New Hampshire
  • Richard Lehmann – Attorney, The Lehmann Law Office
  • Todd Selig – Town Administrator, Durham, NH
  • Trent Spiner – President, New Hampshire Press Association.

Thursday March 16:

A second similar event will be held on Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hunt Memorial Building, 6 Main St.

Experts on the state’s public records law will detail how to get what you’re looking for using the state’s right-to-know law, RSA 91a, and the state Constitution.

Nancy West, founder of InDepthNH.org

If you are experiencing difficulty getting public records, advocates will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss your case one-on-one with you. Please email RightToKnowNH@gmail.com or nwest@indepthNH.org to set up an appointment, or just show up.

At 7 p.m., David Saad, president of Right to Know NH will present an easy-to-understand guide showing how to obtain public records and exercise your right to know. A similar event will be held in the North Country later this year.

Then, First Amendment attorney Rick Gagliuso will share his experiences fighting for public records for a variety of news outlets since the 1980s. A panel of news reporters, editors and citizens, including Chris Garofolo from the Telegraph of Nashua, and Nancy West from InDepthNH.org, will also be on hand.

Expect a robust Q & A session with light refreshments available. High school and college students are encouraged to attend this highly informative evening.

As Justice Louis Brandeis once said, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman.”

The evening is sponsored by InDepthNH.org, The Telegraph of Nashua and the New England First Amendment Coalition. Sunshine Week was established in 2005 with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The intent of Sunshine Week is to inform the public about the importance of open government.


About RTKNH:  Right to Know NH (RTKNH) is a nonpartisan citizen coalition working to improve access to New Hampshire state, county, and local governments. We advocate to strengthen New Hampshire state laws, particularly the Right-to-Know law known as RSA 91-A, as well as Right-to-Know governmental policies. We serve as a resource on Right to Know in NH with the goal of making government more open and transparent.  We educate citizens on their Right to Know and aid them in exercising their rights under the law. We educate public officials on improving their adherence to the law and delivering greater government transparency to their constituents.

 

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