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Mar 15, 2015 9:52 AM

Right to Know requests could become costly in NH

The Associated Press

CONCORD - Local governments and school boards in New Hampshire are pushing for a new law that would allow them to charge for the time it takes to respond to public records requests under the Right-to-Know Law, potentially making it much more expensive for members of the public to access those records.

The House delayed action Wednesday on the bill, and it likely won't come back to the floor until next year, but lawmakers on both sides of the issue say there is an important conversation to be had about how records are kept and given out.

Advocates for new pricing said it is a modest proposal that appropriately asks people filing the requests to cover the cost rather than shifting it onto taxpayers. But opponents said making records more expensive to obtain inhibits the public's right to know.

The proposal would have set a maximum charge of $7.25, or the minimum wage, per hour spent responding to the requests.


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