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Respicio to work on new legislation for transparency

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Guam Legislative Freedom of Information Advisory Council was created to help improve transparency in the government, however, the council dissolved with the ending of the 32nd legislature. Senator Rory Respicio was the author behind the law to create the FOIA Council.

"Currently there is no remedy for an individual who seeks a Freedom of Information Act request from any branch of government other than that individual having to go to court," he said.

He said instead of using the council to address this issue, he will instead look to create new legislation to "provide the statutory authority for the attorney general to issue orders telling the agencies to respond". He is currently working with former members of the FOIA Council to draft this legislation.

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