Vermont House passes government transparency bill

first_imgThe Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.73, a bill increases transparency and accountability in state government.  The legislation will provide for greater access to public records and allow for better enforcement of the Vermont Public Records Act (PRA). The public records law as it currently stands is very complex and full of exemptions, making  enforcement inconsistent across agencies.  H. 73 seeks to make access to public records more readily available and the process understandable. The bill also sets up a process to review the necessity of current exemptions. ‘The current public records act is confusing for both individuals requesting access to records and those agencies providing the records,’ said Speaker Shap Smith.  ‘By clarifying current law, state government  will be more responsive to its citizens’with transparency, efficiency and accountability.’ Designed to address the current shortfalls of the PRA, H.73 contains the following provisions: ·        Creates public records training for all public agencies;·        Establishes a resource at the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration to provide guidance and advice to municipalities for complying with the PRA;·        Clarifies the agencies’ responsibilities to respond to a records request;·        Forms a study committee to evaluate and recommend changes to the 215 exemptions of the PRA. The bill advanced in the House to third reading yesterday, 134-5.  The bill passed this afternoon on a strong voice vote.  It has been sent to the Senate for its consideration.Source: Speaker’s office. 5.7.2011last_img read more

Shaqiri signs for Stoke

first_img Manager Mark Hughes told the club’s official website: “He’s a dynamic and explosive player who will bring something different to the group and at the age of 23 he still has a great deal of potential. “In the chats I’ve had with him it’s obvious that he’s excited about playing in the Premier League and showing what he’s capable of.” A switch appeared to be off in July when the club’s deadline for the move to be completed was not met and Hughes confirmed they had “stepped aside” to focus on other targets. Shaqiri has scored 17 goals in 46 appearances for Switzerland and helped Bayern Munich win the Champions League in 2013. Chief Executive Tony Scholes added: “It’s no secret that we have been pursuing Xherdan for some time now and we are delighted to have finally secured his signature. “He’s an exciting young player who is really looking forward to playing in the Premier League having played at the very highest level in Germany with Bayern Munich and in Italy with Inter. “Xherdan will be a fantastic addition to our squad and adds to the attacking options at the manager’s disposal.” Press Association The 23-year-old joins from Inter Milan on a five-year deal just weeks after the move appeared to be dead. The Switzerland winger could make his Stoke debut in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham. center_img Stoke have announced the completion of a club-record £12million deal for midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.last_img read more