Bill Would End Sneaky FOIA Exemptions by Congress

July 3, 2008

A Senate bill would require members of Congress who add FOIA exemptions to legislation to flag them so that committees whose job is to oversee FOIA can find and challenge them before they are enacted.

The bill, S 2746, was introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX). It is currently pending before the Judiciary Committee.

A number of open government groups, led by OpenTheGovernment.org, are supporting the bill.