In Virginia the New Year always brings a flurry of interesting bills for the upcoming session of the General Assembly. One standout bill has been introduced in the House by Delegate Peter Farrell (R-Henrico). HB174 is crafted to limit public access to information about investigations of wrongdoing by public officials.
Virginia Freedom of Information Act; administrative investigations; local inspectors general. Adds a records exemption for administrative investigations conducted by a local inspector general or other local investigator appointed by the local governing body of any county, city, or town or a school board who by charter, ordinance, or statute has responsibility for conducting an investigation relating to allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse by any officer, employee, department, or program of the locality or school division. Amends § 2.2-3705.3, of the Code of Virginia.
Any bill having the potential to help hide misconduct by politicians has a real chance of passing quickly and is worth watching.