Originally Published: July 27, 2015
Today, New York and national transparency groups released the letter linked here and below, urging Governor Cuomo to sign two commonsense bills that strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Law. The State Department of State’s Committee on Open Government recommended both bills.
S.1531 (Ranzenhoffer) / A.114 (Buchwald) reduces the total time government agencies in New York State have to appeal a judge’s decision ordering the release of public records to three months from ten.
S.533 (Gallivan) / A.1438B (Paulin) allows courts to require agencies to pay reasonable attorney fees when an agency has no reasonable basis for denying a FOIL request.
The groups’ letter notes that both bills passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and say they hope Governor Cuomo will sign them with enthusiasm.
Common Cause NY
Deputy Policy Director
Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic
League of Women Voters of NYS
Tri-State Transportation Campaign