Senate bill would allow government meetings without locations, give sweeping election powers to Sec State, Governor - Vermont Daily Chronicle

Senate Gov Ops met this morning by teleconference to discuss and agree on C-19 changes to Vermont Open Meeting Law, 2020 election law.

“Significantly, these Open Meeting Law changes would not apply to the Vermont Legislature, which must meet physically together and in public to adopt legislation, Chair Jeanette White (D-Windham) said. However, the proposed changes would cover all other municipal, countywide, and state government ‘public bodies.’ A companion bill proposed sweeping 2020 election powers for the Secretary of State and the Governor, including requiring all town clerks to mail ballots to every registered voter in the state, count those ballots ahead of time, and require Australian rather than Town Meeting-style voting. These powers could be exercised during 2020 as a result of emergency conditions, but whether or not an actual, legal State of Emergency still exists, Secretary of State Jim Condos insisted after two senators expressed concern."


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