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S. 2220: Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 23, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2220

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 23, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Leahy, Mr. Cornyn, and Mrs. Feinstein) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To modify the exemption for trade secrets and commercial or financial information in the Freedom of Information Act, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019.

2.

Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act

Section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b)(4), by inserting before the semicolon at the end the following: , provided that the term confidential means information that, if disclosed, would likely cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the person from whom the information was obtained; and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

by striking This section does not authorize withholding of information and inserting

This section—

(1)

does not authorize the withholding of information

;

(B)

in paragraph (1), as so designated, by striking . This section is not authority to withhold information from Congress. and inserting a semicolon; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(2)

does not authorize the withholding of a portion of an otherwise responsive record on the basis that the portion is non-responsive; and

(3)

is not authority to withhold information from Congress.

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