Sen. Leahy Introduces New FOIA Legislation

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 13, 2003

On March 12, Senator Patrick Leahy(D-VT), joined by Senators Levin (D-MI), Jeffords (I-VT), Lieberman (D-CT) and Byrd (D-WV), introduced new legislation, S. 609, the Restoration of Freedom of Information Act (“Restore FOIA”). See Leahy’s statement here. See Levin’s statement here.
See also this Letter to Senate leaders on the Restoration of Freedom of Information Act of 2003 from the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE), who are among 50 public interest organizations supporting the bill. The ASNE also provides a link to the Text of section 214 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and indicates the “Restore FOIA” legislation seeks “to clarify and alter language in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 that creates a damaging loophole in the Freedom of Information Act.”
OMB Watch has linked to a resource, A Side-by-Side Analysis of the Restoration of Freedom of Information Act 2003 and the Homeland Security Acy of 2002, that clearly highlights, via a chart format, the critical issues involved in this legislation.

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