A Senate committee has advanced two bills that would restrict access to information about public employees' salaries.
Media outlets report that the General Laws and Technology Committee approved the bills Monday. One bill would bar publicly available databases of public employees' salaries from including names of public officers, appointees or employees and raise the threshold for making employee salaries public from $10,000 to about $30,000. Supporters say linking names and salary and job information increases identity theft risk, but opponents say the measure works against open government.
The committee also approved a bill that would exempt the records of state government and local law enforcement officers. Sen. John Cosgrove Jr. says it's meant to protect law enforcement officers engaged in investigations, but others argue it has broader application.