Open Government

Last week was Sunshine Week; an annual celebration of the benefits of open government and how to safeguard and expand upon current transparency laws.  If the success of a representative democracy hinges on the informed consent of the governed, it is critical that the public know as much as possible about the information used and the processes by which its representatives spend tax dollars and act on policy recommendations.

The Shumlin administration and the state hospital association are both expressing opposition to a bill that would apply Vermont's open meetings law to hospitals.