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House Bill 67: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V)

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House Bill 67: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V)

Author(s): Originally by Sir Salibaic and Renegalle; Revised by Tigslarlowducken and Sir Salibaic

Purpose: In order to provide the public with the right to request access to records from any governmental authority and to require those authorities to disclose any information requested under the FoIA, within reason.

Article 1: Government Authorities

1. A Government Authority shall be defined under this act as: “Any authority which has a legal mandate to govern or administrate an aspect of public life within the Union of Force.”

2. Government Authorities included in this act.

2.1. Any Federal Ministry or Executive Committee.
2.2. The House of Representatives of the Union of Force.
2.3. The High Court of the Union of Force.
2.4. The High Commission.
2.5. Any Territorial Authority.
2.6. Any Federal Governmental Programs.
2.7. Any Territorial Governmental Programs.
2.8. Any other Government Authority not mentioned herein.

Article 2: Right to a Request for Information

1. All Union citizens have the right to request information from any Government Authority as listed in this act.

Article 3: FoIA Request Process

1. In order to request access to information under FoIA, a citizen shall file a FoIA Request to the High Court.
1.1. A request must be made using the following format:

Name: [Name of the Nation Requesting]
Contact Information: [Method of contact, such as Discord tag or nation link]
Requested Information: [A detailed description of the information requested - for example, an individual might request all information on a given subject, a summary thereof, or a specific document held by a Government Authority.]
Justification: [Detailed statement as to why this information should be released.

2. After a FoIA Request has been made, the High Court shall have up to 5 days to determine whether or not the information should be released. If the Chief Justice so chooses, a hearing may be conducted in order to inform the High Court's ruling.
2.1. If the request is approved, the High Court shall notify the Government Authority/Authorities affected by the FoIA request, at which point they will have 72 hours to deliver the relevant information to the High Court, which will then deliver the document to the public. The High Court may choose to redact especially sensitive information, providing an explanation for why each passage was redacted and clearly marking where information has been redacted. Government Authorities may request that the High Court redact certain sections, but may not withhold information from the Court under penalty of perjury.
2.2. If the request is denied, the High Court shall provide an explanation as to why. Additional requests for the same information may not be made for one week.

3. In the event that a request is denied as detailed in §3.2:2.1, an appeal may be made.
3.1. The appeal shall go before an appellate tribunal comprised of the Founder, the Chief Justice, and one other High Court Justice of the Founder’s choosing.
3.2. The requested information shall be presented to the tribunal as well as the reason(s) for the denial. The tribunal will then deliberate and issue a decision as to whether the information should be made public.
3.3. If the appeal succeeds, then the information requested shall be released within 72 hours. The Founder may choose to redact especially sensitive information, providing an explanation for why each passage was redacted and clearly marking where information has been redacted.
3.4. If the appeal fails, then requests for the same information may not be made for two weeks. The appellate tribunal shall release a statement as to why the information should not be released.

Article 4: Government Logs and Updates

1. All ministers, as defined in the Constitution, shall be mandated to publish a public update on their fulfillment of duties every month.
1.1. The update must contain: what has been completed, what is currently being worked on, what remains to be done, and a summary.
1.2. Failure to perform these duties within 1 week of month passing shall be considered nonfeasance.

Article 5: FoIA Request Logs

1. The Chief Justice must keep a record of all FoIA Requests in a publicly accessible location.

Article 6: Repeal
1. House Bill 63 is repealed by this Act.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2022, 09:03:10 am by Renegalle »
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Offline Sir Salibaic

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Reply #1 on: January 19, 2022, 01:05:50 pm
Discord and Date of Vote: Tigward — 16/01/2022
Nation: Tigslarlowducken
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye > (edited)

Discord and Date of Vote: Krovx Belgium [IND-RGBN] — 16/01/2022
Nation: Krovx Belgium
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye > (edited)

Discord and Date of Vote: Imperator Battadia [UPP-HYP] — 16/01/2022
Nation: Battadia
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >

Discord and Date of Vote: Spadnorth [UPP-Canterbury] — 16/01/2022
Nation: Spadnorth
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >

Discord and Date of Vote: Sir Sumeka [Fed-Union] — 16/01/2022
Nation: Sumeka
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Nay > (edited)
17 January 2022

Discord and Date of Vote: Sir Lashnakia [IND-Force] — 17/01/2022
Nation: Lashnakia
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >

Discord and Date of Vote: Magic Azerubia [Suter - RGBN] — 17/01/2022
Nation: Suter
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye > (edited)

Discord and Date of Vote: Empire of Elysium [Fed-Heart] — 17/01/2022
Nation: Empire of Elysium
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >

Discord and Date of Vote: Hugh White [Fed-Heart] — 17/01/2022
Nation: The Scottish Republic
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >

Discord and Date of Vote: West Kronisia [UPP-CAD] — 17/01/2022
Nation: West Kronisia
House Bill X: The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) (Revised V): < Aye >


Total: 9 Ayes, 1 Nay, 0 Abstains


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Reply #2 on: February 01, 2022, 10:33:27 pm
I designate this bill as House Bill 67.
« Last Edit: February 02, 2022, 09:03:19 am by Sumeka »


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I sign this bill.