[Libs-Or] INFORMATION Fwd: [District Dispatch] Bill to expand FOIA disclosures awaits president's signature

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 28 16:03:54 PDT 2010


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From: <jterry at alawash.org>
Date: Tue, Sep 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM
Subject: [District Dispatch] Bill to expand FOIA disclosures awaits
president's signature
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District Dispatch has posted a new item, 'Bill to expand FOIA disclosures
awaits president’s signature'

On September 23, the House of Representatives voted to pass S. 3717, a bill
amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Investment Company Act of
and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to provide for certain disclosures
under section 552 of title 5, United States Code, (commonly referred to as
Freedom of Information Act).

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows the public to petition for
to government documents and the amended laws were attempting to provide the
Security and Exchange Commission unwarranted exemptions.   FOIA was created
protect classified government information while at the same time providing
public with a way to access that information that is not classified.

The bill passed in unchanged in both the Senate and the House and is now
awaiting the President’s signature.

This is an important step to ensure that the Freedom of Information Act and
public’s right to know are not impeded.  As Sen. Leahy said, “The Freedom
of Information Act has long recognized the need to balance the government’s
legitimate interest in protecting confidential business records, trade
and other sensitive information from public disclosure, and preserving the
public’s right to know. To accomplish this, care must always be taken to
ensure that exemptions to FOIA’s disclosure requirements are narrowly and
properly applied. The bill accomplishes this important goal.”

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