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Coalition Successfully Blocks Restrictive FOIA Exemptions

After receiving opposition from open government advocates and support from Senators Patrick Leahy, John Cornyn, and Charles Grassley, the Senate has removed "b(3)" Freedom of Information Act exemptions from the Senate's transportation bill. The exemptions would exclude public access to important information about safety audits, trucking company safety scores, accident footage, and records related to hazardous train service. The final bill passed the Senate 65 to 34 without the controversial language, which Senator Leahy called "bad FOIA provisions" that should have been first reviewed by the Judiciary Committee. EPIC previously set out recommendations for FOIA reform.

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