confidentiality

From the Inside Out: How Intranet Adds Value

New Hampshire Town and City magazine spoke with Jason Levine, LGC's Senior Application Developer, about the Intranet. Here is his primer:

T&C: Most of us are familiar with the Internet, but what is an Intranet?

Local Property Tax Information: Public or Not?

In recent months, New Hampshire Town and City articles have examined aspects of New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law and other state laws and regulations that require certain information to be made public or kept confidential.

Many of the questions we receive involve the confidentiality of local property tax information. While much of that information is public, there are a few important exceptions of which local officials should be aware.

Policy Needed on Police Personnel Files

In February, New Hampshire Attorney General Peter Heed sent a “Law Enforcement Memorandum” to all police departments and county attorneys in the state urging them to work cooperatively to adopt policies regarding retention and sharing of certain police disciplinary files when a police officer played a key role or is a witness in a case. Attorney General Heed’s memorandum proposes a model policy for handling what is known as Laurie materials.

Supervisors of the Checklist Gear Up for Election Season

The supervisors of the checklist perform an important function within the towns and cities they serve. With careful consideration of each voter registration form that is submitted to them, allowing only those who are qualified to vote onto the checklist, the supervisors help to assure the integrity of the election process in our municipalities.

Beyond RSA 91-A: How Public Is That Information?

By C. Christine Fillmore, Esq.

Protecting Health Information: Are You in Federal Compliance?

By Richard Dwyer

Most Member Groups of New Hampshire Local Government Center (LGC) HealthTrust are familiar with federal legislation known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). While this law is best known for its privacy provisions regarding Protected Health Information (PHI), subsequent regulation enhancements by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have addressed electronic storage of PHI.

The Right to Know Law: Is Disclosure of Registered Dog Owners Required?

Most municipal officials are aware that New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law (RSA Chapter 91-A) requires them to make public records available for inspection and copying upon reasonable request. On the surface, the requirement is simple, as is the concept that all public records must be disclosed unless they are listed as exempt from disclosure. However, in practice, this requirement can be very problematic.