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Panel Kills Bill that Sought to Make Police Names Secret

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative panel has killed a bill that would have allowed the government to keep the names of police officers secret from the news media and the public.
    
A House subcommittee voted unanimously to table Republican Sen. Cosgrove's bill Thursday, effectively killing the measure for the year.
    
The bill put open records advocates up against law enforcement groups in a fierce debate about government transparency.
    
It was introduced in response to a recent court ruling directing the state to turn over the names and employment dates of thousands of law enforcement officials to The Virginian-Pilot. Supporters of the bill said the release of such information could put officers in danger.
    
Open records advocates have said they're unaware of another state with a law of this scope.

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