Governor Peter Shumlin says public access to government records is one his administration’s new goals, and he’s recommending changes to the state’s public records laws to help achieve it. Some say it’s about time, as Vermont receives nearly the lowest rankings of any state in the country for government transparency.
Late last year these issues were discussed in a forum on government transparency attended by journalists, members of the public, and Allen Gilbert, Executive Director of the ACLU-Vermont. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb checks in again with Allen Gilbert, who says part of the problem is technical-because the state’s computer systems aren’t up to date to offer access to the public.
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