NO. R-107. Joint resolution designating March 13-19 as “Open Government Sunshine Week.”
Offered by: Representatives Pugh of S. Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Audette of S. Burlington, Barnard of Richmond, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Darrow of Dummerston, Deen of Westminster, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dowland of Holland, Edwards of Brattleboro, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Howard of Rutland City, Hudson of Lyndon, Jerman of Essex, Johnson of South Hero, Kennedy of Chelsea, Kiss of Burlington, Klein of East Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larson of Burlington, Livingston of Manchester, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, McLaughlin of Royalton, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Otterman of Topsham, Perry of Richford, Randall of Troy, Rusten of Halifax, Shand of Weathersfield, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Trombley of Grand Isle, Valliere of Barre City and Winters of Williamstown.
Whereas, throughout history, it has been repeatedly shown that freedom does not long survive when governmental officials eliminate or unduly regulate the public’s right to know and compromise the truth, and
Whereas, the General Assembly understands and appreciates the value of access to information it needs as a legislative body to make informed decisions, and
Whereas, the General Assembly supports Vermonters’ right to have access to government documents under Title 1, chapter 5, subchapter 3, the “Access to Public Records” provisions of the Vermont Statutes which provide for open meetings and inspection of public documents, and
Whereas, nationwide, during the week of March 13-19, countless citizens’ groups and others interested in open government will celebrate “Sunshine Week,” and
Whereas, the purpose of “Sunshine Week” is to educate and inspire all Americans to be diligent in preserving our constitutionally guaranteed rights under the First Amendment, including freedom of speech, press, and the right of people to assemble, and
Whereas, these rights represent the essence of Chapter I of the Vermont Constitution known formally as “A Declaration of the Rights of the Inhabitants of the State of Vermont” and the Bill of Rights, which constitutes the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly designates the week of March 13-19 as “Open Government Sunshine Week” and encourages open government practices every week of the year.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street