Freedom of Information Act gets a transfusion

We’ve been watching the Legislature try to make it tougher for Utahns, including nosy news reporters, to see public information. Thankfully, that move got cubbyholed in the last days of the 2009 session.

Now, fortunately, the federal government is allowing a little more sunlight to seep into the cavernous workings nationally. A memo from Attorney General Eric Holder orders federal agencies to be more liberal with the Freedom of Information Act and release more info without citizens even having to invoke the bureaucratic machinery of the FOIA. Huzzah.

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2 Responses to Freedom of Information Act gets a transfusion

  1. Bill says:

    This is a good thing. But, why do you specify Utahns? I am sure it is straight across the board. Why would they single out our state?

  2. Mark Shenefelt says:

    The federal FOI action applies not at all to the state governments. I mentioned both in the same item because it’s good to see a move toward openness nationally. In theory, it could cause state legislators to think twice before introducing more crackdown bills on Utah access and records. I’m not holding my breath.

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