Right to Know Law

The Right-to-Know Law and Public Meetings

Join Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal who will discuss the procedural and notice requirements for holding a proper public meeting, as well the exceptions to the meeting requirement (the so-called "non-meeting"). This webinar will also address public comment at public meeting and establishing rules or procedure for public comment.

The Workings of a Planning Board

This webinar is geared for new planning board members and alternates, as well as seasoned veterans who want a refresher course on planning board basics.

Join NHMA attorneys who will discuss what is a completed application, the timeline for planning board review, conducting meetings and public hearings, the use of third-party consultants, the zoning amendment process, scattered and premature development, off-site exactions, innovative land use controls, driveways, the Right-to-Know Law and more.

2022 Local Officials Workshop (04.05.22)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these complimentary virtual workshops provide municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities. Topics will include the Right-to-Know Law, town governance, budget and finance, municipal roads, town meeting & warrant articles, running effective meetings, ethics, conflicts and more. This program will also include a presentation on hot topics pending before the New Hampshire State Legislature of concern to municipal officials. Ample time allowed for questions, answers, and discussion.

2022 Local Officials Workshop (04.05.22)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, these complimentary virtual workshops provide municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities. Topics will include the Right-to-Know Law, town governance, budget and finance, municipal roads, town meeting & warrant articles, running effective meetings, ethics, conflicts and more. This program will also include a presentation on hot topics pending before the New Hampshire State Legislature of concern to municipal officials. Ample time allowed for questions, answers, and discussion.

2022 Local Officials Workshop (05.17.22)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, this complimentary virtual workshop provides municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities.  Topics will include the Right-to-Know Law, town governance, budget and finance, municipal roads, town meeting & warrant articles, running effective meetings, ethics, conflicts and more.  This program will also include a presentation on hot topics pending before the New Hampshire State Legislature of concern to municipal officials.  Ample time allowed for questions, answers, and discussion.

2022 Local Officials Workshop (05.17.22)

Presented by NHMA's Legal Services attorneys, this complimentary virtual workshop provides municipal officials with the tools and information to effectively serve your communities. 

The Right-to-Know Law and Governmental Records and Public Meetings Hybrid Workshop

Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal will discuss the requirements for holding a proper public meeting, as well the exceptions to the meeting requirement (the so-called "non-meeting"). The attorneys also address managing virtual public access and allowing public body members to participate remotely when their physical attendance is not reasonably practical. Consideration will also be directed at preparing meeting minutes and facilitating public comment through meeting rules of procedure.

The Right-to-Know Law and Governmental Records and Public Meetings Hybrid Workshop

Join Legal Services Counsel Stephen Buckley and Municipal Services Counsel Jonathan Cowal  who will discuss the requirements for holding a proper public meeting, as well the exceptions to the meeting requirement (the so-called "non-meeting").  The attorneys will also address managing virtual public access and allowing public body members to participate remotely when their physical attendance is not reasonably practical.  Consideration will also be directed at preparing meeting minutes and facilitating public comment through meeting rules of procedure.

LEGAL Q&A: Right-to-Know and Privacy Q&A

The purpose of the Right-to-Know Law (RSA 91-A) is to provide transparency in government and ensure the greatest possible public access to the actions, discussions and records of all public bodies, and their accountability to the people. Under RSA 91-A the public has broad access to governmental records created, accepted or obtained by a public body or agency. However, while the purpose of the Right-to-Know law is to allow the public access to information and records kept by government agencies, that doesn’t mean this access comes without its limitations.

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