Openness and Transparency in State Government

legislative changes to increase public access. His research indicates that Florida, Washington, Texas, and California have the strongest open records laws and they include a provision whereby payment of attorneys fees are required, which acts as a deterrent to government holding back records.

4. Working with the new administration to issue a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government (perhaps as an Executive Order), instructing heads of departments and agencies to take specific actions to establish an open government based on the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration.

5. Working with state government to develop information technology that will enable people to access information online in a user-friendly way.

6. Meeting with town clerks and city and town boards to discuss the importance of open meetings and open records and encourage the same local polices

7. Updating and making readily available the Secretary of State handout, Matter of Public Record: A Guide to Vermont’s Public Records Law.

8. Working with the Legislature and the Administration to ensure that all state contracts include a provision whereby all contractors must abide by Vermont public records laws.

On the issue of open government, Condos points out examples as to where he believes his Republican opponent, who was a senior aide with the Douglas administration, falls short. The Douglas team:

In 2008 Condos was the lead sponsor a bipartisan Resolution (JRS 57) as a Senator to urge the Agency of Administration, in an effort to achieve the greatest ;possible transparency in the state’s fiscal transactions, to post the full text of its contracts and grants, in all fields of endeavor, in a searchable format on the Internet.

Jim has a unique and relevant background for the Secretary of State position. He has 20 years of elected public service including 18 years on South Burlington City Council, 8 years as a Vermont State Senator, and over 30 years of private sector business experience.

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