ALEXANDRIA — A bill that clarifies the Virginia Freedom of Information Act to include legislative aides in the lengthy list of exempted public servants is one step closer to becoming law.

A slightly amended version of Delegate Tag Greason’s HB 1639, which would allow legislative aides the same privacy protections as lawmakers when working on correspondence or working papers for their bosses, made it through the General Assembly’s FOIA subcommittee on Thursday with a 7-0 favorable vote.