Virginia FOIA Council vice chair’s bill would hide names, salaries of public workers

The vice chairman of the state FOIA Council has submitted a bill that would exempt from the public the names of people who earn their living from the public's pocketbook.

State Sen. Richard Stuart (R-28th), whose district includes parts of Stafford and Prince William counties, filed Senate Bill 202 on Jan. 5. The new language sharply reduces the salary figures that can be made public. It goes a step further, excluding the names of "any public officer, appointee or employee" from any database of public salaries.  Continue…