Bill would strip universities of their FoIA exemptions

Thursday was the first day in more than a month lawmakers could file bills, as the General Assembly has been on a six-week recess.

In advance of the session set to resume Tuesday, several items came in Thursday afternoon.
House Bill 42, sponsored by Rep. John Kowalko, D-Newark, removes the Freedom of Information Act exemption from the state’s two main universities.

The University of Delaware and Delaware State University currently are immune from certain types of FoIA requests, in accordance with the Delaware Code. Until last year, however, they were almost entirely immune to FoIA filings. Presented in May 2014 by Rep. Kowalko and with several of the same co-sponsors, a nearly identical version of House. Continue>>>