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OPEN FOIA Act awaits presidential signature

The Senate approved the OPEN FOIA Act Tuesday, legislation that would require Congress to openly and clearly state its intention to provide for statutory exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) in March.  Since the House of Representatives has already passed the bill, it will now be sent to the president’s desk.

The ALA — as a long-time protector and promoter of public access to government information — thanks Congress for this effort to safeguard the public’s “right to know.”

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