Council Takes Up Bill To Speed FOIA Requests, Appeals | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Council Takes Up Bill To Speed FOIA Requests, Appeals

Play associated audio

By Peter Granitz

The D.C. Council is set to take up a measure that could make it easier for the public to access government information. Open government advocates hope the bill will speed up a process that can take years.

Councilmember Mary Cheh, the bill’s sponsor, says the District has failed to carry out existing freedom of information laws, so she wants to create an entirely new government agency to enforce them.

William Mulhauser is with the local ACLU and supports the plan. He wants to ensure the new agency will have the authority to force compliance. He says, under the current system, you can win an appeal and still not get what you want.

"That’s another problem with the process," says Mulhauser, "that the mayor’s office then directs the agency to comply, and that can take months or years too."

The bill is called the Open Government Act, which might explain why no one spoke out against it at today’s public hearing.

NPR

Between The Laughs, South African Comedian Hopes To Educate

Trevor Noah, a new international correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, turns a sharp eye on American policy — while answering the questions about world news that people are afraid to ask.
NPR

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
NPR

Republicans Gather To Galvanize, Share Ideas At 'Freedom Summit'

On Saturday, prominent Republicans from across the country headed to Iowa for the annual Freedom Summit, which supports "pro-growth economics, social conservatism and a strong national defense."
NPR

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.