States Pass Exemptions to Freedom of Information Laws

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 3, 2003

The USA Today reported that 22 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws that restrict public access to information that relates to homeland security. The exemptions to state freedom of information laws includes maps, evacuation and emergency plans, transportation services and infrastructure. According to the article, “Taken together, the measures passed in the states and in Washington represent the biggest rollback of open-government laws since they were passed in the 1960s and ’70s.”

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