Union Leader: Right to know could get costly

CONCORD — A bill allowing government officials to charge the public for time spent responding to right-to-know requests received an “Ought to Pass” recommendation from legislators last week, despite strong opposition from civil advocates, local officials and media members.

House Bill 646 would charge anyone making a right-to-know request an upfront fee – in theory covering the cost of retrieving and preparing the records – before they are turned over. It also allows cities and towns to charge for employee labor after the first hour of work associated with a right-to-know request.

To read the full story, please visit the New Hampshire Union Leader’s website. 

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