Virginia FOIA exemption plan draws strong criticism

From – Virginia Bureau:

ALEXANDRIA (January 14, 2013) — Virginia’s exemption-filled sunshine laws could turn partly to mostly cloudy.

A bill filed by Delegate Tag Greason, R-Lansdowne, would add the correspondence and working papers of taxpayer-supported legislative aides to the list of items the state can lawfully deny the public.
“In short, we oppose it,” Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Williamsburg-based Virginia Coalition for Open Government, told
Ken Bunting, executive director for the National Freedom of Information Coalition, said Virginia could be unique if it creates a staff-specific exemption.

Virginia Coalition for Open Government is a member of NFOIC.–eds.