Illinois House overrides FOIA legislation veto

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois House of Representatives has voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that allows governments to raise fees for large requests of public records.

On Wednesday, lawmakers voted 77-36 in favor of overriding the veto.  The bill will now go to the state Senate, where a three-fifths majority will be needed to override the veto.  Both the House and Senate approved the legislation, but Quinn vetoed it, stating the measure would reduce transparency.

Under the legislation, public bodies would be able to charge fees for providing electronic data if Freedom of Information Act requests are considered too frequent or voluminous.  Non-profit and academic organizations, as well as the news media, would be exempt from this measure.   

According to the bill's sponsor, state Representative Barbara Currie, it would give municipalities a way to address FOIA requests considered to be "spiteful" or "harassing."
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