The decision by the Vermont Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling, and sides with the Human Rights Defense Center in a bid it has waged since 2015 to obtain records related to legal claims against a medical care provider for the state Department of Corrections.
Tag: Vermont public records act
Judge orders state to release more information on demoted prison superintendent
The decision requires that many redactions in documents provided to VTDigger be removed, and also shoots down an often-used claim by the state of an exemption to the Vermont Public Records Act.
Supreme Court rules in favor of Seven Days in public records suit
In an unusual tack, the Burlington School District sued the newspaper as well as the subject of the record request, rather than granting or denying the request.
Vermont attorney general launches public records page
Under pressure from press organizations, TJ Donovan takes "small step" to improve transparency.
Vermont Supreme Court: Private emails of public officials subject to records requests
In a unanimous decision, the justices ruled against the Vermont Attorney General's office.
Judge orders VITL to turn over unredacted contract
A judge in Washington Superior Court’s Civil Division ordered the Vermont Information Technology Leaders to produce a uncensored contract under the Vermont Public Records Act.
Smith: Politicians will say and do the darnedest things
One would hope it is inexperience combined with a lapse of common sense that led to recent actions by three Vermont officeholders, and not arrogance or entitlement.
Justices weigh officials’ privacy vs. public’s right to know
The attorney general’s office is fighting a request to search employees’ private email accounts for public records.
Judge: Officials’ messages on private accounts aren't public
Attorney General TJ Donovan, while endorsing transparency, said the request at issue here would have violated officials' privacy. The secretary of state called the ruling “alarming.”
Judge to rule on redaction of EB-5 records
Meanwhile, the Vermont Attorney General's office has said it will charge VTDigger more than $200,000 for a request for records not already provided to the news organization.
Grant: The other side of transparency in government
If it's any consolation, though Vermonters may not always be able to find out what police officers have been looking at porno, at least everything I've written to commissioners and legislators over the years has been or still is available for their scrutiny and entertainment.