EFF: Improve the Freedom of Information Act!

April 16th, 2007 3:27 pm by Kelly Garbato

Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

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Improve the Freedom of Information Act!

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) helps protect the public’s right to know, and new legislation would provide some much-needed updates to this crucial law. One open government bill has already passed the House — make sure a similar one passes in the Senate by writing to your representatives now.

H.R. 1309 and S. 849 [PDF] give federal agencies, like the FBI and the FCC, greater incentive to follow the law and make it easier for all FOIA requesters to access government documents. Among other reforms, the bills will help government watchdogs keep track of FOIA requests they’ve sent and ensure that more journalist requesters get preferred treatment under the law. The bills will also penalize agencies that don’t respond to requests within the time limits set by the FOIA.

Because veg*ns and eco-activists ♥ information, too.

Click here to learn more and take action.

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