Voices / Viewpoint We need more public access to our government — not less In Vermont, the Public Records Act has become such a joke, it seems beyond redemption. And now, here comes another proposed exemption.
Tom Kearney is part of the editorial leadership at the Stowe Reporter, Waterbury Record, the News & Citizen of Morrisville, the Shelburne News and The Citizen of Charlotte/Hinesburg. Kearney, the former executive editor of the Keene Sentinel, is a winner of the New Hampshire First Amendment Award, has participated in more than 100 legal actions and negotiated hundreds more settlements over open meetings and public records, served as a board member of New England First Amendment Coalition, is a charter member of the New Hampshire Committee on Judiciary and the Media, and serves on a steering committee for the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s task force on internet access to court records.
Originally published in The Commons issue #450 (Wednesday, March 14, 2018). This story appeared on page E1.
Forty-two years ago, Vermont adopted the Public Records Act, a groundbreaking law