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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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S.59

Introduced by Senator Sears of Bennington District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Common law; general rights; access to public records

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to clarify that videotapes, audiotapes, and digital versatile discs are public records if they are produced or acquired in the course of a public agency’s business.

AN ACT RELATING TO CLARIFICATION OF VIDEOTAPES, AUDIOTAPES, AND DIGITAL VERSATILE DISCS AS PUBLIC RECORDS

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

Sec. 1.  LEGISLATIVE INTENT

The general assembly finds that videotapes, audiotapes, and digital versatile discs (dvds) are public records if they are produced or acquired in the course of a public agency’s business.  This act aims to clarify this fact to ensure that public agencies and citizens are clear as to the public’s access to such documents in accordance with this subchapter.  

Sec. 2.  1 V.S.A. § 317(b) is amended to read:

(b)  As used in this subchapter, “public record” or “public document” means all papers, documents, machine readable materials, videotapes, audiotapes, digital versatile discs, computer databases, or any other written or recorded matters, regardless of their physical form or characteristics, that are produced or acquired in the course of agency business.  Individual salaries and benefits of and salary schedules relating to elected or appointed officials and employees of public agencies shall not be exempt from public inspection and copying.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont


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