Open Government Chicago(-land) Message Board › State legislature leadership dilutes FOIA reform proposal
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Late last night Illinois House Democrats leaked their response to the Illinois Reform Commission's recommendations for FOIA reform.
Most egregious for our purposes is a proposed severe set-back for technology-enabled transparency: current IL FOIA law permits a requester to request records in the form they are kept. For example, if electronic records are available, you are entitled to them in electronic format.
The proposal revealed last night relaxes this; in other words, a government agency would be free to choose the format. A well-structured database could be printed out, one record per page, and you could be charged per page.
It's the anti-e-gov clause. Incredibly, this particular change is unrelated to any specific recommendation of the Reform Commission; this major retrenchment in our rights as citizens of Illinois is being proposed under the flag of FOIA reform!
Please contact your state reps and senators and express your strong desire for real freedom of information in Illinois.
Open-records advocates blast proposed changes to FOIA rewrite bill
By BRUCE RUSHTON, THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER
FOIA proposals diluted in legislation