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NEFAC Opposes Vermont Proposal to Extend Deadline for Posting Public Meeting Minutes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition today opposed a Vermont bill that would weaken the state’s open meeting law and make it more difficult for residents to obtain timely information about their government. House Bill 700 would allow state agencies and municipalities more time to post public meeting minutes around […]

In Vermont, Open Government is Good Government

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Jim Condos | State of Vermont It’s Sunshine Week, a national […]

In Vermont, a Mixed Bag of Open Government Rulings and Public Record Policies

The following blog post is one of several that the New England First Amendment Coalition will publish during Sunshine Week, highlighting the need for government transparency and addressing freedom of information concerns throughout the New England states. When posted, these articles can be read here. By Lia Ernst | NEFAC, ACLU of Vermont  It’s been an up-and-down […]

Proposed Rules Unreasonably Limit Press Freedom, Public’s Ability to Record in Vermont Open Courts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently expressed concern over proposed rules that would limit press freedoms in Vermont and prohibit the public from recording what occurs in the state’s open courtrooms. The Vermont Judiciary is considering rules that would prohibit anyone not defined as “media” from video recording or […]

NEFAC’s Michael Donoghue to Be Honored for Advocacy of Student Journalism Protections in Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefac.org The New England First Amendment Coalition is pleased to announce that Michael Donoghue, the coalition’s vice president, will be honored with a national award for his work to protect student journalists in Vermont. Donoghue, a former reporter for the Burlington Free Press, will receive a “Friend of Scholastic Journalism” award from the Journalism Education […]

After Year-Long Effort, New Vermont Law Provides Protection for Student Journalists

NEFAC, Media Groups Helped Advocate for Additional Safeguards for Students Reporting on Controversial Topics FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org Vermont Gov. Phil Scott recently signed into law legislation that provides greater First Amendment protections for student journalists and their teachers and advisers. The New England First Amendment Coalition is one […]

Vermont Press, Others Applaud New Shield Law

By Vermont News First Vermont Gov. Phil Scott recently signed legislation designed to protect journalists from having to give up their confidential sources and prevent government officials from conducting fishing expeditions on what reporters have been told. “A free press is essential to our democracy and this legislation protects the role of journalists as neutral observers,” Scott […]

NEFAC, Media Groups Argue Against Possible Loophole in Vermont Public Records Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently joined an amici curiae brief in a case that could determine whether public officials in Vermont can skirt the state’s public records law by communicating through private email accounts. The Vermont Supreme Court case, Toensing v. Attorney General […]

NEFAC Applauds Vermont Decision to Make Lawsuit Filings Immediately Available to Public

“The old provision of secret files, even when there had been a hearing, is just one of several outdated policies,” said Michael Donoghue, NEFAC’s vice president and a former Burlington Free Press staff writer. “Our coalition urged the Vermont Attorney General’s Office not to waste tax dollars trying to defend this policy when Vermont was the only state doing it this way.”

NEFAC Testifies in Support of Protections for Vermont Student Journalists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org The New England First Amendment Coalition recently testified in support of Vermont legislation that would protect student journalists at public high schools and colleges from being punished by administrators for stories they report. Senate Bill 18 codifies many of the First Amendment protections that already […]