Editorial – New Hampshire Right to Know: Cutting the cost of transparency

New Hampshire’s Right to Know law was written when public documents were all pieces of paper. The New Hampshire Senate is set to bring this important law into the digital age.

The Senate will take up HB 606 this week. The bill would ensure that government agencies could not charge huge fees for public records sent electronically. Current law allows agencies fulfilling Right to Know requests to charge the actual cost of photocopies, but some state and local agencies abuse this provision, attempting to collect money for emailed files that they send at no cost.  Continue…