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Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 08/20/2010

Panel debates opening Va. police records

By Washington Post editors

Virginia law enforcement officials and open-government advocates squared off in Richmond on Thursday over a proposal to make police documents more available to the public, WAMU reports.

But the two sides had little to agree upon.

A subcommittee of the Virginia Freedom of Information Council met Thursday to consider a controversial bill introduced by a state senator from Roanoke that would allow judges to decide whether documents should be open or closed. The bill is designed to increase the availability of everyday documents such as incident reports, which are widely available in most other states.

Read more details from the hearing from WAMU.

By Washington Post editors  | August 20, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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