AG announces changes for FOIA amendments

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    The Government has changed its proposed amendments to the Freedom of Information Act.

    During a media conference this afternoon, AG Faris Al Rawi made the case that some extra time is needed to process requests, in order to prevent cases from being taken to court, which then results in unnecessary expenses for the State.

    The initial proposal would have allowed up to 120 days for requests to be considered, however Mr Al Rawi says this will now be reduced.

    The other major proposal is for the Attorney General’s Office to get involved, once the initial request is denied by the public authority.

    The previous amendment proposed that the Attorney General would be the Minister responsible for responding to FOIA requests.