RIGHT TO KNOW

The Freedom of Information Act Advisory Council will study a bill that would require universities to share the terms and conditions of donations from private entities.Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 2386 to create firm rules on when donors to public colleges and universities can be anonymous; what...
In late summer 2018, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted to impeach its Supreme Court's four sitting judges; the fifth one had resigned earlier.What started the whole ball rolling was a TV news report that found the justices had been throwing money around like newly signed professional athletes.Collectively,...
My first job at a daily newspaper, which I started 12 years ago this month in the swamps of south Louisiana, may have spoiled me as far as what to expect from public records laws.Louisiana, where I worked for five years and a place I dearly love, might not...
I once got a call from a journalist frustrated by a state law that allowed the government to withhold important information.He wasn’t just frustrated with the law, he was frustrated with me because — admittedly — I didn’t catch the bill that led to the law when it...
By Saffeya Ahmed/ Capital News ServiceA legislative panel rejected a bill protecting student journalists from administrative censorship on a tie vote Monday.House Bill 2382, sponsored by Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, would have protected free speech for student journalists in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public...
By Owen FitzGerald/ Capital News Service As legislators gather in Richmond for the 2019 General Assembly session, citizens in the far corners of the commonwealth might feel distanced from their elected representatives. But any computer or cellphone user with internet access can watch live and recorded video of state lawmakers in...
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, wants the Library of Virginia to work faster when cataloging documents from gubernatorial administrations.But without more staff, processing documents and making them available to the public faster will be difficult, said Sandra Treadway, the Librarian of Virginia.Gilbert filed a bill this week that...
Northern Virginia may have won half of Amazon’s HQ2, but Hampton Roads and the Richmond region made their own pitches to the corporate giant, touting cheap labor and housing prices and site plans that included corporate rallies at a new baseball stadium and massive transportation improvements like light rail lines.The...
Last week, environmental activists circulated a video of Dominion Energy CEO Tom Farrell leaving Gov. Ralph Northam’s office.The timing raised eyebrows, coming on the heels of Northam's much criticized decision to replace two members of the State Air Pollution Control Board, which was due to vote on a key permit...
Imagine if you were sitting down to dinner tonight and your spouse said she had something really important to talk with you about.You’re not totally surprised by this because she’s been gone a lot, taking whispered phone calls, sending late-night texts. But you still don’t really know what might...