Virginia bill advances to keep more officials’ salaries secret

A measure aimed at keeping more information about public employees' pay out of the public eye won approval from a key Virginia Senate panel Tuesday, but the group narrowed the scope of legislation that could have kept secret all information about chemicals used in fracking.

The Senate General Laws Committee's Freedom of Information subcommittee asked for more study of legislation that would give two-thirds of Virginia counties and more than half of its cities twice as much time to respond to FOIA requests.

The public employee salaries bill, SB 202, says governments would not have to release salary or pay information about government employees who make up to twice the federal minimum wage. It bars the release of any database that includes public officials' names along with their salary. Continue…