Vermont Legislature to postpone action on record exemptions


MONTPELIER — The House takes up a short bill Tuesday morning that postpones decisions about public records exemptions until 2014 to allow for the Legislature’s legal staff to comb the statutes one last time and write a bill that would consolidate the exemptions — 239 at last count — in a single place in the law books.

“It should make it easier and more functional for everybody,” said Rep. Ron Hubert, R-Milton. He will make the case for the bill Tuesday.

The House Government Operations Committee had been working on a bill that would have made recommendations about keeping, clarifying or deleting exemptions, but decided instead to take more time, engage more legislators and produce a comprehensive bill rather than a piecemeal measure.