Webinar explains how to access police records under new law

SPJVA and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government held a webinar today about House Bill 2004 — a new state law designed to provide a measure of access to inactive criminal investigative files. Here is video of the event, which features Megan Rhyne, executive director of VCOG, and Del. Chris Hurst, a former journalist who sponsored the legislation.

Megan compiled resources about the new law, which takes effect July 1. If you request records under the statute, please complete this survey that Megan has crafted. That way, VCOG will have data to help suggest how the law can be improved.

Published by SPJ Virginia Pro

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