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Open Government Act of 2005 Introduced Today With Bipartisan Support

The Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2005 (OPEN Government Act, S. 394) was introduced today by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont). For related documents on this bill which has bipartisan support on the Hill, as well as from associations, press, and think tanks, see the following:

  • From Senator Leahy’s website, this link provides access to two documents: 1) press release – Cornyn, Leahy Introduce Bill To Promote Openness In Government; 2) and Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, Introduction of the “Openness Promotes Effectiveness In our National Government Act”, February 16, 2005.
  • From the press release: “The Cornyn-Leahy legislation is not just pro-openness, pro-accountability, and pro-accessibility – it’s also pro-Internet. It includes a hotline enabling citizens to track their requests, including Internet tracking, and grants privileged FOIA fees for bloggers and writers for Internet outlets, providing the same status as traditional media.”
  • From the Project on Open Government, this backgrounder, which states: “If enacted, the legislation would substantially enhance and expand the accessibility, accountability, and openness of the federal government.”
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