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Details of Burlington trespass ordinance released

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Questions over how a no-trespassing ordinance on Church Street was ever passed prompted action from Burlington's City Council Monday night.

Last spring, the City Council enacted a no-trespass ordinance at the Marketplace for people causing public disturbances, but how and why the city attorney deemed that move constitutional was never made public.

Some, including a former city attorney John King and Progressive city councilors wanted the city attorney's memo made public after some questioned if the city had the legal authority to enact such an ordinance. Others called for more transparency in the process.

"Past city attorneys over a 40-year-- I think now I've understood to be a 50-year period-- actually always made their opinions public on policy issues," said Kurt Wright, a former Burlington City Councilor. "It appears to be a change in practice now that these decisions are going to be perhaps made confidential."

Monday night, the councilors voted 11-3 to make that memo public. In other words, the councilors voted to waive attorney-client privilege, keeping in line with the City Council history of consistently waiving that right to privacy.

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