|In one of his last executive actions of the year, President Bush signed into law the “OPEN Government Act of 2007” on December 31, 2007. The Senate unanimously passed the reform bill earlier in December, and it passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on December 18. The Associated Press is reporting that Bush signed the bill without comment.|
|As I explained in a post on the Citizen Media Law Project’s blog two weeks ago, the legislation substantially reforms the Freedom of Information Act and expands the definition of who is a “representative of the news media” under FOIA. This change would significantly benefit bloggers and non-traditional journalists by making them eligible for reduced processing and duplication fees that are available to “representatives of the news media.”…|
|The full text of the OPEN Government Act of 2007 is available here. The press release announcing the President’s signing is available on the White House website.|
|Who knew something so forward-looking could come out of this Congress and this president?|
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