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Non-residents lose FOI battle

by Judy Russell May 6th, 2013 2:39 pm

Supreme Court upholds limits

Information access took a hit last week, when the United States Supreme Court ruled that states have no constitutional obligation to treat non-residents the way they treat residents under their freedom-of-information laws.

To be sure, most of the specific information at the center of the decision in McBurney v. Young, No. 12-17, slip opinion (U.S. Supreme Court, 29 April 2013), was not information near and dear to the heart of the genealogical community in general.

Still, it's sad to see the High Court -- unanimously -- come down on the side of freedom of information being a service provided by a state, and not a right enjoyed by the people -- all the people -- no matter where they live.

Read more at Freedom of information: residents only.