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FOIA News: Texas Sen. Cornyn joins push to strengthen public access to government records

FOIA News (2019)Kevin SchmidtComment

Texas Sen. Cornyn joins push to strengthen public access to government records

By Bill Lambrecht, Houston Chronicle, Aug. 9, 2019

A bipartisan alliance of senior U.S. senators, including Texas Sen. John Cornyn, is sponsoring legislation to counter a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June interpreting the word “confidential” in a way that further blocks the release of government-held information on businesses.

In Washington, Cornyn and three other Judiciary Committee heavyweights - chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, a former chairman, and Dianne Feinstein of California, now the committee’s ranking Democrat — plan to advance legislation after the Senate recess to counter the Supreme Court’s effects on the Freedom of Information Act.

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