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AFP Supports U.S. Senate’s Open and Responsive Government Act

08.05.19 02:30 AM

Bill raises the bar for government invoking ‘confidentially’ to deny FOIA requests, makes it easier for citizens to access information Americans for Prosperity (AFP) today voiced support for Senate Bill 2200, the Open and Responsive Government Act, which will raise the standard for the case government needs to make to withhold information from citizens seeking it. The 1967 Freedom of Information Act established a right of the public to request—and receive—information about their government. That’s exactly what journalists at South Dakota’s Argus Leader were doing when they submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of an investigation into fraud in the food stamp program. The agency refused to hand over details of its payments to businesses—the detail needed to understand the extent of the program’s abuse—citing an FOIA exemption for trade secrets and other confidential information. The Senate’s Open and Responsive Government Act would amend the law in response to the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader—a June decision that dramatically limited the amount of information journalists, watchdogs, and other engaged citizens can obtain under FOIA. Americans for Prosperity Senior Policy Analyst Billy Easley added: Citizen access to government information is […]

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