Mexican House Passes FOI Law Modifications

27 November 2013

The Mexican House of Representatives by a vote of 424-16 Nov. 26 endorsed legislation recently approved by the Senate to amend the freedom of information law.

Among other things, the legislation provides full autonomy to the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Protection of Data (IFAI) , the regulatory and implementation authority. The members of IFAI will increase from five to seven. Other reforms extend the Federal Transparency Law to include for the first time unions, companies, political parties, and any organization that receives public resources, allowing for citizens to send information requests directly to these bodies.

Senate passage came last week. (See previous report.)

The reforms must be approved by at least 17 state legislatures.

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