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Bill filed by FOIA Council vice chair would hide salaries, names of public workers

The vice chairman of the state FOIA Council has submitted a bill that would exempt from the public the names of people who earn their living from the public's pocketbook.

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Fredericksburg) filed Senate Bill 202 on Tuesday. The new language sharply reduces the salary figures that can be made public. It goes a step further, excluding the names of "any public officer, appointee or employee" from any database of public salaries.