National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Lawmaker seeks to remove UD and DSU from FOIA exemptions

For the third consecutive General Assembly, a bill to make the University of Delaware and Delaware State University subject to Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests has been introduced.

In 2011, House Bill 126 never made it out of committee. In 2014, House Bill 331 passed unanimously — but not in the form sponsors intended.

Now, lawmakers are taking another crack at it.
All three bills have sought to define the universities as public bodies, thus removing exemptions to FoIA requests.
Enacted nationally in 1966 and in Delaware in 1977, the Freedom of Information Act opened up government, allowing citizens to submit formal requests for information. Continue>>>