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It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  22 V.S.A. chapter 16 is added to read:

Chapter 16.  The Vermont Web Portal

§ 950.  PURPOSE

The purpose of the Vermont web portal is to increase, at no cost to the taxpayer, the ease of accessing needed information. 

§ 951.  Definitions

As used in this chapter:

(1)  “Public information” means any state data that is included within the information deemed to be public pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act and other provisions of law providing for release of information to the public at large or to specified groups or recipients.

(2)  “Self-funded web portal” means the centralized electronic information system by which public information is disseminated or collected via the internet, supported entirely with fees collected for financial transactions through the portal. 

(3)  “State data” means any information stored, gathered, or generated in electronic or magnetic form by a state agency.

(4)  “Vermont web portal board” or “board” means the board established in section 952 of this title.

§ 952.  Vermont Web Portal; Vermont Web Portal Board;


(a)  There is created the Vermont web portal which shall be governed by a board consisting of ten members as follows:

(1)  The commissioner of information and innovation or his or her designee;

(2)  The secretary of state or his or her designee;

(3)  The secretary of administration or his or her designee;

(4)  The state librarian or his or her designee;

(5)  The court administrator or his or her designee;

(6)  One member or his or her designee who is an officer of the executive branch as identified in subsection 1003(b) of Title 32, other than of the department of finance and management, the department of information and innovation, and the department of libraries, and who shall be appointed by the governor;

(7)  Two members appointed by the Vermont state employees’ association; and

(8)  One member of the house of representatives who is also a member of the legislative information technology committee, appointed by the speaker of the house, and one member of the Vermont senate who is also a member of the legislative information technology committee, appointed by the committee on committees.

(b)  The board shall annually elect one of its members as chair of the board and may also elect a vice chair and a secretary.

(c)  Six members of the board shall constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of six members shall be necessary for any action taken by the board.  No vacancy in the membership of the board shall impair the right of a quorum to exercise all rights and perform all the duties of the board.

(d)  The board shall meet at least semiannually.

(e)  Members of the board, except for legislative members, shall serve without compensation but shall be eligible to receive reimbursement for mileage and for expenses.

(f)  Legislative members of the board shall be entitled to the same per diem compensation and reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses as provided members of standing committees under section 406 of Title 2.

§ 953.  Vermont Web Portal Board; DUTIES

(a)  The board shall:

(1)  Oversee the development of a self-funded web portal and establish charges for the services it provides;

(2)  Oversee development, implementation, and promotion, in cooperation with the department of information and innovation, of electronic commerce and digital signature applications involving the state of Vermont;

(3)  Serve in an advisory capacity to the agency of administration and other state agencies regarding the dissemination and collection of state data to and from the citizens and businesses of Vermont;

(4)  Seek advice from the general public, users of the web portal, professional associations, academic groups, and institutions and individuals with knowledge or interest in computer networking, electronic mail, public information access, gateway services, add-on services, and electronic filing of information;

(5)  Accept gifts, donations, and grants for the support of the Vermont web portal; and

(6)  Oversee drafting and implementation by the department of information and innovation of the contract with the web portal service provider.  This contract shall comply with state security and privacy standards.

(b)  All state agencies shall cooperate with the board in providing assistance as it may request for the achievement of its purpose.  Services and information to be provided by any agency shall be specified pursuant to a written agreement between the board and the agency.

(c)  Any charges created or changed by the board shall be approved by the joint fiscal committee before taking effect.


The Vermont web portal board shall file a report with the house and senate committees on government operations by January 1, 2007 which evaluates the achievements and shortcomings of the Vermont web portal and the board’s role in helping the Vermont web portal fulfill its purpose.

Sec. 3.  3 V.S.A. § 2222(a)(10) is amended to read:

(10)  The secretary shall also annually submit to the general assembly an overall a five-year information technology plan which indicates the state's anticipated information technology activities of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government for the second through the fifth fiscal years following the period covered by the one-year information technology program.  For purposes of this subdivision, "information technology activities" shall mean:

(A)  the creation, collection, processing, storage, management, transmission, or conversion of electronic data, documents, or records;

(B)  the design, construction, purchase, installation, maintenance, or operation of systems, including both hardware and software, which perform these activities.


This act shall take effect upon passage.

Approved:  May 30, 2006

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont