Opinion: A victory for open government

Government transparency is a favorite — and necessary — topic of the fourth estate. The push and pull for a more open government is constant here in Vermont and across the nation.

On Monday, a victory in this battle was won as the Senate passed The FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill aimed at easing disclosure of records under the Freedom of Information Act. The bill was introduced by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

Leahy, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told the Senate on Monday that passage of the FOIA Improvement Act, "will help open the government to the more than 300 million Americans it serves." Continue>>>