Here is something good that COVID-19 accomplished in New Hampshire. It has allowed citizens from Coos to the sea to be able to attend some legislative hearings without having to drive to Concord. We hope that isn’t lost when the pandemic recedes.
We aren’t addressing the issue of whether legislators should be allowed to participate remotely. With the proper precautions, we think they should meet in person. That matter is now before the court.
That issue aside, if costs can be kept minimal, it is a plus to provide a means for citizens remotely to see and hear how the sausage is being made at the State House. It was put well this week in a letter to legislative leaders.
“The State House is the people’s house, and public input and the right to know are critical components of New Hampshire’s legislative process.”
That right to know is one reason why news organizations such as our own exist. But observing the people’s business isn’t meant to be our exclusive province. It is the people who have a right to know how the people’s business is done.
Today’s technology has shown that people can access that business from their workplace or living room (if broadband is available). Fixed cameras in hearing rooms can avoid production costs. Shedding more light on the people’s house is a good thing.