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.
Freedom of Information Act reform is dead for this Congressional session. As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) closed the last meeting of the 113th Congress, the FOIA bill was nowhere to be found despite pleas from both sides of the aisle.
The Senate last week passed updated bipartisan FOIA legislation and urged House lawmakers to pass the bill before the current session ends.