VSEA Will Oppose Legislation That Places Two-Hour Limit On State-Paid Public Records Research/Compilation

At a press conference this afternoon, Gov. Shumlin and several legislative leaders announced a joint effort to make Vermont state government more open and transparent. Most of the steps articulated were positive, including a designated State entity to resolve PRR disputes and staff training on PRR requests. However, also included is a plan to place a two-hour time limit on the amount of time state employees can spend on individual PRR work. The State would pay for the two hours but nothing more. Whatever that additonal time amount is, it would be up to the Vermonter requesting the info to pay for it. VSEA opposes this piece of today’s announcement. 

Question: How does the average Vermonter monitor the amount of time being spent on their specific PRR?