On April 29 the Supreme Court unanimously decided that that Virginia, and by extension any state, is not obligated to honor or respond to FOIA requests from people not residing in the state. OpenTheGovernment.org and several of our partners signed onto an amicus brief authored by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) that urged the Court to rule that the Constitution does not permit a state’s open records law to discriminate against citizens of other states.
Our partners at the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and Muckrock joined in a separate friend-of-the-court brief illustrating how laws like Virginia’s obstruct reporting.
According to research done by MuckRock, at least five states currently bar out-of-state requesters from using their open records laws. MuckRock has also recruited a network of volunteer requesters in states that restrict access who are willing to file requests for non-state residents. For more information, visit MuckRock.com.