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Gov. Beshear vetoes bill curbing records access

Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky.,...
Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear speaks to the press at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)(Bryan Woolston | AP)
Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 10:49 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has vetoed a bill that would have shielded an array of information about judges, police and prosecutors from public scrutiny in the state.

The measure passed shortly before the legislative session ended and had drawn a backlash from open-records advocates.

The governor’s veto kills the measure this year, since the Republican-dominated legislature won’t have a chance to consider an override.

In his veto message Thursday, Beshear said the bill was “overly broad” and “impractical.”

He says the public safety concerns that led to the bill’s passage were dealt with in a separate measure that he signed.

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