Argentine Senate Passes Access to Information Bill

1 October 2010

The Argentine Senate Sept. 29 passed an access to information law bill.

The vote was 38 to 26.

La Nacion described the debate (in Spanish).

The House must now act. A House committee has been considering another version of the bill, but activists said the House is now expectd to vote on the Senate bill. They noted that a text of the Senate-passed bill is yet unavailable.

Nevertheless, earlier reviews of the Senate bill were favorable. It would cover the executive branch, Congress, Justice, the central bank and state-owned companies. Requests would have to be answered within 20 days.

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