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Fixing FOIA

Americans had a little something extra to celebrate this 4th of July. Right before the holiday weekend, President Obama signed the FOIA Im­provement Act of 2016. The timing was just about perfect: The original Freedom of Information Act was signed ...

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Governor backs away from FOIA stance (access required)

In a victory for open government advocates, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has backed down from a move to gut an open government bill aimed at overturning a Virginia Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court ruled in September that courts owe deference ...

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Supreme Court resists request for court data (access required)

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A newspaper’s dogged pursuit of a collection of Virginia court records raises questions about whether the state public information law applies to court documents and how difficult it is for officials to generate reports from a government database. The dispute ...

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Bill would require FOIA disclosures for SCC

Virginia Capitol

Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, wants to shine more light on the workings of the State Corporation Commission by making the state agency subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Surovell won a measure of success on Sept. 12, when the ...

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Lawyers can’t get driver information to solicit clients, says high court (access required)

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Lawyers who wanted to use drivers’ personal information to solicit new clients for consumer lawsuits could not rely on an exception to a federal privacy law, the U.S. Supreme Court said June 17. The “litigation exception” in the Driver’s Privacy ...

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Agency pulls public access to hospital reports

McLEAN (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health will no longer provide public access to its hospital complaint investigations after an Associated Press story found inconsistencies in the probe of a woman’s care at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The change in ...

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