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Hello Mayor Brown and Peter Cutler: Senate passes bill to improve government FOIA response

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The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to pass an amendment to the Freedom of Information Act that is designed to speed up public records requests and investigate the sizable backlog of those still pending.

The bipartisan Faster FOIA Act, co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would establish a commission to investigate FOIA backlogs and recommend how to expedite future requests.