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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Seattle Times Editorial on FOIA Legislation

"The federal Freedom of Information Act is 41 years old and showing its age. Technology has changed the landscape in and out of government. The backlog of FOIA requests is huge — The Seattle Times has a pending request with the Department of Energy dating to 1995. And it hasn't helped that the Bush administration switched federal policy and adopted a begrudging attitude toward FOIA requests for government information. Now, the U.S. Senate is poised, rightly, to vote on a worthy update that would modernize the law and create consequences for agencies slow to comply. But a stubborn Arizona senator has put a toe on the bill."

A request pending since 1995? FOIA is a joke. We hope the pro-disclosure FOIA legislation passes.