Public Record Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

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A bill that makes changes in the state’s public record laws is headed to Governor Peter Shumlin.

Vermont ACLU director Allen Gilbert says the current public records law passed 35 years ago it hasn’t had an effective enforcement mechanism.

In the past it’s been at the judge’s discretion whether or not to award attorneys’ fees to someone who the court has ruled has been wrongfully denied public record. The law will now read the judge "shall" award fees. Gilbert says that an important change.

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