Governor Beshear vetoes open records bill shielding lawmakers

Kentucky

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.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories