The Right to Know Law under Section 91-A of the New Hampshire statutes is a series of statutes designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire statement of purpose declares that, “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 New Hampshire Right-to-Know Oversight Commission was established by the New Hampshire Right to Know Law in order to better assist the state in evaluating the open records law regarding electronic communication and expand the law to account for new technological developments.
The New Hampshire Open Meetings Law provides the methods by which public meetings are to be conducted. Pursuant to the law, “all public proceedings shall be open to the public, and all persons shall be permitted to attend any meetings of those bodies or agencies. Except for town meetings, school district meetings and elections, no vote while in open session may be taken by secret ballot.”