Changes to the Open Meeting Law-Effective July 1, 2024

The Vermont Legislature passed Act 133 (S.55) that amended Vermont’s Open Meeting Law, 1 V.S.A. effective July 1, 2024.

Highlights of Act 133 (S.55) include:

  • permits “advisory bodies” – those that do not have supervision, control, or jurisdiction over legislative, quasi-judicial, tax, or budgetary matters – to meet electronically without a physical meeting location (i.e., remotely);
  • requires all other public bodies (i.e., “nonadvisory bodies”) to record, in audio or video form, their meetings and post the recordings in a designated electronic location for a minimum of 30 days following the approval and posting of the official minutes of the meeting which was recorded;
  • allows all public bodies to meet remotely in response to a state of emergency or “local incident”;
  • requires all public bodies to provide local residents, members of the press, or members of the body itself electronic/telephonic or in-person meeting access options to a regularly scheduled meeting, if requested (unless it causes an undue hardship);
  • requires a municipality to post on its website (if it maintains one):
  • an explanation of the procedures for submitting notice of an Open Meeting Law violation to the public body or the Attorney General; and
  • a copy of the text of 1 V.S.A. § 314; and
  • imposes annual training requirements on selectboard chairs, town managers, and mayors.

Here’s a link to the text of 1 V.S.A.  § 314:

Here’s a link 1 V.S.A. § 310:

Procedures for submitting notice of an Open Meeting Law violation to the public body or Attorney General may be found in the  “Records”- “Ordinances”  section of this website.