How Virginia’s governor could veto a public records bill without vetoing it

Virginia lawmakers from both parties expressed concern Wednesday with action by Gov. Terry McAuliffe that they said would essentially veto a bill aimed at making sure public records are released.

The bill in question, SB494 by Sen. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax County, relates to redaction of public records.

If certain information in a public record is exempt from disclosure under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, state and local governments may redact the exempt parts but are required to release the parts that are public. Continue…