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FOIA News: Interview with drafter of original FOIA

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Mark Schlefer and the Federal Freedom of Information Act

By Nancy A. Olson, Bennington Banner, Feb. 17, 2017

Mark Schlefer helped to make history.

Schlefer was one of the three lawyers who drafted the legislation that became the federal Freedom of Information Act, and he helped to guide it through Congress to President Lyndon B. Johnson's desk. Johnson signed the bill into law on July 4, 1966, to take effect one year later.

"In the drafting, we were adamant that you didn't have to have an interest to have access," Schlefer said in an interview. "You could just be a citizen. This was critical."

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