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“OPEN FOIA” Bill Introduced as Sunshine Week Nears

The Sunshine Week blog announced that Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator John Cornyn introduced the OPEN FOIA Act, which would add new transparency and accountability standards when Congress considers adding new FOIA exemptions to the law.

According to Leahy’s press release, “The exemptions to FOIA addressed in the OPEN FOIA Act, known as (b)(3) statutory exemptions, are typically buried in complex and lengthy legislative proposals, making it difficult for requestors to determine whether access to information is subject to FOIA. The OPEN FOIA Act would provide more transparency when Congress includes such exemptions in legislation”.

This new act follows the passage of the Leahy-Cornyn OPEN Government Act, which the President signed into law in December 2007.

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