In New Hampshire, new laws on government transparency take effect in new year

New laws aimed at government transparency, landowner protection and banned activities took effect in New Hampshire on Sunday. Political committees are now required to file donation reports during off-election years to give citizens more opportunities to see who is giving money to politicians. A new law also outlines legal actions landowners can take if someone pollutes their land with hazardous waste. And shining a laser pointer at a plane, selling synthetic urine or engaging in bestiality are now officially banned in the state.

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New Hampshire watchdog awarded $40K after arrest at a public meeting

Jeffrey Clay, a prominent local government watchdog in southern New Hampshire, was awarded more than $40,000 by a federal judge following a disorderly conduct arrest at an Alton selectmen’s meeting in February 2015.

Clay, 57, of Alton, was arrested during the public input portion of the meeting after asking all of the selectmen to resign because of their “poor decisions.”

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New Hampshire Supreme Court: Public has right to electronic government information

The public has a right to government records in electronic format when seeking information under New Hampshire's Right-to-Know law, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday.

The case stems from an appeal by Donna Green of Sandown, who has represented that town on the Timberlane Regional School Board since 2014, and had to sue the school district to gain access to salary information in electronic format.

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Despite claims of transparency, Gov. Hassan refuses to release proposals to make state government more efficient

Gov. Maggie Hassan says she’s all about government efficiency and transparency. But when it comes to efficiency in government spending, she’s hardly transparent.

Pulling together the state’s two-year, $10 billion budget – which affects virtually every person in New Hampshire – is shaping up to be the big challenge of her second term.

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