VA: Judge's FOIA Ruling Creates More Questions Than Answers

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July 5, 2017 3:45 PM

How much information should the public have about members of the General Assembly? And how should they go about getting it?

A public records request for details of a state senator's Facebook page opened a can of legal worms in Henrico County. A judge determined that the clerk of the Senate, not the state senator, should be responsible for failing to comply with the request. Michael Matheson represented Republican Senator Siobhan Dunnavnat. “Unfortunately because of the technical grounds on which the case was disposed of, we don’t have an opportunity to really look at the interesting issue here, which is whether or not when a third party makes a post on a private Facebook page whether you can send a FOIA request for that.” Continue...