According to the Vermont State Legislator's website, Vermont is one of 14 states that maintain an open-records policy for any public records (defined as "all papers, documents, machine readable materials, computer databases, or any other written or recorded matters, regardless of their physical form, that are produced or acquired in the course of agency business”).
A visit to one of Vermont's town clerks provided me with so worrisome information. I was told that the government is fighting toward making Vermont a closed-records state. Upon a bit of online investigation I could not locate any information that verified this.
According to the Vermont State Legislator's website, a closed-records policy goes against the Vermont state constitution. And I quote:
It is the policy of [the Public Records Act] to provide free and openThe article, which can be read here, goes on to describe the issue of protecting people's privacy, and how it is not certain how a state can maintain privacy while providing open records. However, my understanding in reading this is that it does go against our state's constitution to become a closed-records state.
examination of records consistent with Chapter I, Article 6 of the Vermont
What this will mean in the future is uncertain. One can hope that we continue to be an open-records state.
Further information can be found at the Vermont State Archive's website.