A judge will determine if state redaction of records about the state’s EB-5 program complies with public records law.
VTDigger requested communications between the Vermont EB-5 Regional Center and a federal agency. The state at first refused to provide the records, citing pending litigation. VTDigger and the Vermont ACLU sued in October. The state subsequently released the documents, but redacted more than 30 percent of the material, all of which pertained to Jay Peak Resort.
Last summer the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service asked the state-run regional center to respond to questions about oversight of the projects. VTDigger is seeking public access to those questions, and the state’s responses.
Washington Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout will review the records in February after attorneys with the Vermont Attorney General’s office, which is representing the state, and attorneys representing VTDigger and the Vermont ACLU submit briefs and offer oral arguments.