S. 849 (110th): OPEN Government Act of 2007


Mar 13, 2007
110th Congress, 2007–2009

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on August 3, 2007 but was never passed by the House.


Patrick Leahy

Senator from Vermont



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Last Updated: Aug 3, 2007
Length: 20 pages

See Instead:

S. 2488 (same title)
Enacted — Signed by the President — Dec 31, 2007

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in Government by strengthening section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Freedom of Information Act), and for other purposes.

Summary (CRS)

8/3/2007--Passed Senate amended.Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007 or the OPEN Government Act of 2007 - Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to revise requirements ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Mar 13, 2007

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Apr 12, 2007
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Aug 3, 2007
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 849”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


16 cosponsors (10D, 5R, 1I) (show)
Committee Assignments

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.


There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

Legislative action may be ocurring on one of these bills in lieu of or in parallel to action on this bill.

S. 2488 (Related)
OPEN Government Act of 2007

Enacted — Signed by the President
Dec 31, 2007

S. 2427 (Related)
OPEN Government Act of 2007

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 6, 2007

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