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Governor Beshear Vetoes Open Records Bill Shielding Lawmakers

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Kentucky’s governor has vetoed a bill he says would weaken the state's open records law.


Gov. Andy Beshear focused most of his criticism on a provision intended to remove the right for court appeals when requests to review legislative records are denied. The governor on Tuesday called it a “recipe for secrecy.” The bill generated a backlash from open-records advocates. But it passed the Republican-led legislature by comfortable margins — more than enough to override the Democratic governor’s veto. Lawmakers will reconvene next week for the final two days of this year’s session.

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