GOP activist sues Symington over records

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A Republican activist is suing House Speaker and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gaye Symington, saying she improperly denied his public-records requests.

Curtis Hier of Fair Haven says he asked Symington for copies of e-mails between her and the state’s major teachers’ union related to the union’s call for repeal of a school-funding reform law.

Hier says he was told that legislative e-mails are destroyed after 90 days. He says there’s no provision to allow such a practice in Vermont’s public records law.

Legislative officials maintain the 90-day delete system was set up in 2000, when a high volume of e-mails around the country relating to Vermont’s civil union bill crashed the Statehouse computers.

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