2007 FOIA Amendments: Legislative History

I.  Title

Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007 or OPEN Government Act of 2007

II.  Sponsors

S. 849 (110th Cong.) Introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy and Sen. John Cornyn, co-sponsored by Senators Specter, Kerry, Feingold, Isakson, Cardin and Brown.

H.R. 1309 (110th Cong.) Introduced March 5, 2007, by Reps. William Lacy Clay, Todd Russell Platts, and Henry A. Waxman

III. Congressional Consideration

March 12, 2007: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on H.R. 1309, Report 110-45 

March 13, 2007: Sen. Leahy introduces S. 849

March 14, 2007: House passed H.R. 1309

April 30, 2007: Senate Judiciary Committee on S.849, Report 110-59

August 3, 2007: Senate passed S. 849, Floor comments in Senate 

December 14, 2007: S. 2488 was introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy compromising between H.R. 1309 and S. 849. 

December 14, 2007: Floor comments in the Senate on S. 2488

December 14, 2007: S. 2488 passed in the Senate

December 18, 2007: Floor comments in the House of Representatives on S. 2488

December 18, 2007: S. 2488 passed in House of Representatives

December 31, 2007: President Bush signs S. 2488 into law

S. 2488 became Public Law 110-175