Lawmakers in the Illinois House have shot down the governor’s veto of a bill impacting the state’s Freedom of Information Act. The measure, which lawmakers passed in the spring and the governor vetoed over the summer, would allow governments to charge higher fees to process Freedom of Information Act requests. The governor – in vetoing the bill – said that would reduce transparency.
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But the bill’s sponsor, State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), says the bill gives governments some leverage when dealing with excessive or harassing FOIA requests. The override attempt now moves to the Illinois Senate.