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Vermont suit questions whether private contractors are subject to open records law

When a state contracts out a government function to a private contractor, does the contractor become subject to the state’s public records act? That’s the question posed by a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Vermont last week on behalf of Prison Legal News, a monthly periodical.

Vt. should pass new bill and bring the sunshine to the Green Mountain State

By Rosanna Cavanagh, Executive Director, New England First Amendment Coalition, Inc. For decades committed citizens, members of the press and non-profit organizations have been working to strengthen transparency and accountability in Vermont’s government without much to show for it.  A 2008 study, conducted by the Better Government Association ranked Vermont 49th in the nation for government transparency.  […]

New law blocks Conn. inmates from accessing guard files

By James H. Smith, executive editor, The Bristol Press and New Britain Herald Both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly passed legislation by unanimous acclimation and Gov. M. Jodi Rell signed it into law last week preventing inmates from reading the personnel records of prison guards. It is a wholly unnecessary law. The state Department […]

Censorship and the Phoebe Prince bullying case

By Bill Newman, director of ACLU’s western Massachusetts office, Northampton, Mass. The suicide of Phoebe Prince, the reports of bullying at the South Hadley High School, and the criminal indictments of six students. These emotionally charged issues, exponentially exacerbated by intense local and national media coverage, have roiled this western Massachusetts town. At the beginning […]