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The attorney general said he tells his office to fully adhere to the Freedom of Information Act.
KYLE GREEN | The Roanoke Times
Gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (at podium) addresses supporters during a visit to the Roanoke Regional Airport on Monday morning.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has told his staff to stop suggesting to people seeking public records that he isn’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
His office has been responding to FOIA requests saying a Virginia Supreme Court ruling that the act didn’t apply to the State Corporation Commission “could be similarly extended to include the Attorney General.”
The office has also been saying that “a good-faith argument could be posited that this Office is responsive to FOIA requests as a courtesy” when responding to FOIA requests.
Cuccinelli said he has told his staff to remove that recently inserted language.
“It has created confusion, and it does not comport with the office’s practice of fully complying with FOIA,” he said Monday.
“I have always instructed my staff to fully abide by FOIA,” Cuccinelli said. “Several staff members are assigned to work on FOIA requests, we have always complied with all FOIA requests, and we will continue to respond to every one of the hundreds of requests we get each year.”
Cuccinelli’s staff had said the language reflected its view that the office is not subject to FOIA because it is established by the state Constitution, while FOIA applies to public bodies.
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