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House Bill 1417 would fix major loophole in our Right-to-Know law

To The Daily Sun,

Please ask your state representative to support HB-1417. This bill starts to fix a major loophole in the Right-to-Know Law (RSA 91-A).

Did you know your local board can meet completely in secret? No notice, no public, and no minutes or other record. They can meet completely in secret whenever they consult with legal counsel or negotiate a union contract. These so-called "non-meetings" happen all the time and sometimes lead to abuse as happened with the Oyster River School Board a few years ago.

HB-1417 doesn't stop non-meetings, but only requires a minimal, after-the-fact public record that they met. The record has no confidential details, just logistics. But, by shining a crack of light in this very dark corner, this bill will help stop some of the abuse. It is a small step, imposes a minimal burden, but will greatly increase transparency.

However, the House Judiciary Committee recommended 11-7 to kill HB-1417. If you agree that you should at least be aware whenever your public board is meeting on your behalf, contact your N.H. Representative now and ask them to support HB-1417.

David Saad, President

Right to Know New Hampshire

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