Governor Beshear vetoes open records bill shielding lawmakers


FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addresses the media at a news conference at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. A Kentucky legislative panel has recommended that no further action be taken on impeachment petitions filed by citizens against Beshear and Attorney General Daniel Cameron. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky’s governor has vetoed a bill he says would weaken the state’s open records law.

Gov. Andy Beshear focused most of his criticism on a provision intended to remove the right for court appeals when requests to review legislative records are denied. The governor on Tuesday called it a “recipe for secrecy.”

The bill generated a backlash from open-records advocates. But it passed the Republican-led legislature by comfortable margins — more than enough to override the Democratic governor’s veto.

Lawmakers will reconvene next week for the final two days of this year’s session.

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