The state Senate has advanced a bill that would strengthen the open meeting law
by giving greater legal clout to those trying to open government meetings. It says judges shall award legal fees to people who
successfully sue over violations of the open meeting statute.
The editor of the Bennington Banner wants town
boards to limit their use of closed meetings – and he’s urging voters to make
sure Vermont’s Open Meeting law is
followed. But the idea hasn’t been well received in most towns
where it’s been proposed.