Senate panel plans vote on FOIA update

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill to update the Freedom of Information Act as one of its first items once lawmakers return to Washington next week.

The committee is planning to vote on the FOIA Improvement Act on the morning of Nov. 13, it announced on Friday.

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The bill, introduced by panel Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyJustice, FBI to be investigated over Clinton probes Sessions: Grabbing a woman's genitals without consent is sexual assault Live coverage of Sessions confirmation hearing MORE (D-Vt.) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynFive things to watch in round 2 of Trump confirmation fights This week: Confirmation fights dominate ahead of inauguration Trump opens can of worms with blast at drugmakers MORE (R-Texas) earlier this year, would require federal agencies to adopt a “preemption of openness” when considering whether to release documents under the landmark transparency law.

It also gives additional independence and authority to an office dedicated to mediating disputes over the FOIA requests, among other changes.

Government transparency advocates have cited the bill as one of their top priorities for the rest of the year.