A legislator has asked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate if Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s administration violated Virginia law by holding committee meetings of the government reform commission in secret — a practice the governor’s staff members say they have followed before with other panels.

Del. David L. Englin (D-Alexandria) wrote to Cuccinelli (R) after The Washington Post reported Saturday that committees that will make recommendations to the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring have been meeting out of public view and with no input from Democrats for two months.

“Virginia is routinely lauded for how our government is run, and a key aspect of that is remaining constantly vigilant about any potential misconduct in the name of the taxpayers of this Commonwealth,’’ Englin wrote in a letter dated Tuesday. “I hope you will investigate this matter and do your part to preserve that sterling reputation for good government.’’

Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein did not immediately respond to a message for comment. McDonnell’s staff said last week that the committees are not subject to Virginia law because they were formed by the governor and not by the commission.

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