ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Assembly passed legislation Thursday to increase transparency in an effort to strengthen the Freedom of Information Law.
Freedom of Information Law, also known as FOIL, allows the public to request government documents. It’s something that journalists at NEWS10 ABC do all time. And it’s what organizations such as the Empire Center did to obtain New York State nursing home data during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In theory, it provides for a lot of transparency, but in practice,
the state and many of its agencies drag out requests for many months,
and really the only way you can force the law is by going through the
expense of litigation and it’s also time consuming,” explained Bill
Hammond, Empire Center Senior Fellow for Health Policy. MORE AT https://www.news10.com/news/ny-capitol-news/nys-assembly-passes-legislation-to-increase-transparency/