The Worst Proposed FOI Exemption of 2011…Thus Far

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In Virginia, a state representative carrying the water for state employees has come up with this gem:

A bill introduced by Sen. Stephen H. Martin, R-Chesterfield, would prevent the names of public employees and officials from being released with information about their salaries.

As proposed, Senate Bill 812 would amend Virginia Freedom of Information Act laws to exclude names from release with compensation information.

“In my judgment, it’s not necessary for the public to know who makes exactly what,” Martin said by phone Tuesday.

Martin said the bill was introduced in response to a state salary database that the Richmond Times-Dispatchpublished online in October. The database included the names of employees earning above the average salary of $50,298.



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