Plaintiffs Assail Va. Public-Records Law On 2 Fronts
Posted: 10/8/2012 | By: Tony Mauro | First Amendment Center
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Oct. 5 to review a Virginia case that could put a stop to the increasing balkanization of state freedom-of-information laws.
At issue in McBurney v. Young
is a provision of the Virginia FOI law that limits access to state
documents under the law to Virginia residents — though it makes an
exception for out-of-state news outlets that circulate or broadcast
within the commonwealth. A growing number of other states, including
Arkansas, Tennessee, New Hampshire and Georgia, have similar provisions
or policies restricting access to state residents only.