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H.615

AN ACT RELATING TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT AND APPLICATION OF THE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS PRIVILEGE

The Senate proposes to the House to amend the bill by adding Sec. 4 to read as follows:

Sec. 4.  LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL STUDY

The legislative council, in consultation with the state archivist, the public records specialists in the department of buildings and general services, the agency of administration, the division of vital records in the department of health, the Vermont league of cities and towns, the Vermont municipal clerks and treasurers association, and other interested parties, shall study the public records law of the state of Vermont as set forth in chapter 5 of Title 1, 3 V.S.A. § 218, and the numerous exemptions to the public records requirements throughout the Vermont statutes.  On or before January 15, 2007, the legislative council shall report to the house and senate committees on government operations.  The report shall include:

(1)  A summary of the statutory requirements and organization of the state public records requirements;

(2)  An analysis of the ease of access and use of public records under the existing state public records requirements and any recommendations to improve use of and access to public records;

(3)  An analysis of the need and justification for each of the existing exemptions in statute to the inspection and review requirements of the public records act;

(4)  A review of the management and administration of public records requirements by the department of buildings and general services, other state agencies, and municipalities;

(5)  A summary of the pending federal regulations for the administration, issuance, and inspection of vital records and a review of how such regulations will impact Vermont public records management and inspection;

(6)  A summary of the enforcement of public records requirements in the state, including the ability of an aggrieved person to appeal a decision of a public agency, and a summary of public records enforcement and appellate authority in other states; and

(7)  Proposed legislation to amend, reorganize, and simplify the public records requirements of the state of Vermont.

 



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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