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Va gov's curbs on local mandates relax FOIA law

Monday - 1/16/2012, 2:19pm  ET

McDonnell: Mandates not appropriate

WTOP's Hank Silverberg reports from Richmond

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By BOB LEWIS
AP Political Writer

RICHMOND - Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing to end 20 unfunded mandates on city and county governments including a new obstacle to people seeking government information through the Freedom of Information Act.

McDonnell called it a first step toward reducing burdens the state places on localities.

Among his recommendations are allowing school districts to set their own calendars, ending the mandate that teachers receive civics education, and ending the authority circuit courts have to order localities to build new courthouses.

He also wants to end the requirement that localities advertise bids for contract work in newspapers and double the time governments have to respond to an FOIA request from five days to 10. Governments could also take a 10-day extension to comply.


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