Republican Senator Danny Carroll of Paducah proposed legislation in mid-December that would hold public records custodians personally liable and open to fines if private information is released in records. The bill would also force records requesters to pay potential lawsuit fines if a request is found to be “frivolous.”
Senator Carroll says he is now pulling the bill and revising it because he feels recent media coverage has misconstrued the legislation’s meaning.
“So we’re just gonna look at the language and possibly to make sure it’s clear what the intent is, and that’s to protect the safety of police, firefighters, justices, social workers, prison guards, people like that.” (:15)
Senator Carroll says he plans on introducing a revised version after the three-week legislative recess.
Carroll told the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting he didn’t write the bill but says this isn’t unusual. He says the Secret Service agent who introduced the idea for the bill will most likely testify when the revised version reaches committee.