The pathetic excuse that Governor Hassan is not subject to the Right to Know Law, RSA 91-A, needs no further discussion except for the fact that she wants to go on to higher office and her deliberate attempt to violate the law shows how much like Obama she really is and how little she can be trusted. She apparently feels we NH citizens are her subjects.
The moronic “interpretation” of RSA 91-A by her attorney that the Office of the Governor is exempt from the Right to Know Law ignores, on purpose, the fact that the Governor’s Office is not listed in the part of the law that defines exemptions – as every other exemption clearly is.
The Governor’s lawyer can not be trusted to read a simple statue for what it is. RSA 91-A and our NH Constitution require all public bodies and agencies to comply. The Office of the Governor is one of the three branches of NH government and undeniably a public body.
RSA 91-A:1 Preamble. – 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. Source. 1967, 251:1. 1971, 327:1. 1977, 540:1, eff. Sept. 13, 1977.
RSA 91-A: 4 Minutes and Records Available for Public Inspection. –
I. Every citizen during the regular or business hours of all public bodies or agencies, and on the regular business premises of such public bodies or agencies, has the right to inspect all governmental records in the possession, custody, or control of such public bodies or agencies, including minutes of meetings of the public bodies, and to copy and make memoranda or abstracts of the records or minutes so inspected, except as otherwise prohibited by statute or RSA 91-A:5. In this section, “to copy’’ means the reproduction of original records by whatever method, including but not limited to photography, photostatic copy, printing, or electronic or tape recording.
Art.] 41. [Governor, Supreme Executive Magistrate.] There shall be a supreme executive magistrate, who shall be styled the Governor of the State of New Hampshire, and whose title shall be His Excellency. The executive power of the state is vested in the governor. The governor shall be responsible for the faithful execution of the laws. He may, by appropriate court action or proceeding brought in the name of the state, enforce compliance with any constitutional or legislative mandate, or restrain violation of any constitutional or legislative power, duty, or right, by any officer, department or agency of the state. This authority shall not be construed to authorize any action or proceedings against the legislative or judicial branches. June 2, 1784 Amended 1792 substituting “Governor” for “President.” Amended 1966 clarifying and reinforcing executive powers of the governor.
And to take Governor Hassan’s dissembling to its next illogical and unlawful level we either have to ignore another state statute, RSA 4-A:5, where she will, hopefully soon, be required to turn over all documents from her reign to her successor, unless that law “exempts’ her as well.
RSA 4-A:5 Duties of Outgoing Governor. – It shall be the duty of a governor whose term has expired and who has not been re-elected to make available to the governor-elect all official documents, vital information and procedural manuals necessary for a full and complete understanding of the operation of the executive branch and especially of those on-going items that will require action subsequent to the expiration of the incumbent governor's term. Source. 1975, 452:1, eff. Aug. 19, 1975.