New Hampshire Constitutional Amendment Grants Taxpayer Standing to Sue

Volume 30, No. 4

Recently, New Hampshire voters amended our state constitution to permit taxpayers to bring suit against state and local governments, including school districts, when taxpayers are concerned about the misuse of public funds. This constitutional amendment, when combined with New Hampshire’s Right to Know law, is likely to have a significant impact on school districts throughout the state.

School administrators are already very familiar with New Hampshire’s Right to Know Law: RSA 91-A. The purpose of that law 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.” The public’s right of access to government documents and government meetings, embedded in RSA 91-A, derives from New Hampshire citizens’ constitutional guarantee that “[g]overnment . . . should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive” and “the public’s right of … To continue reading, visit

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