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Supreme Court: VA Can Block Out of State Use of FOIA

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says it's legal for Virginia to block out-of-state people from using its Freedom of Information Act to get state documents.

The court unanimously upheld a Virginia Supreme Court decision validating that state limitation of its FOIA law to state citizens and some media outlets.

Men from California and Rhode Island wanted to use the Virginia FOIA law to get state documents, but were denied because they are not Virginia citizens. The two men argued that it was unconstitutional to not allow everyone access to the protections of a state's FOIA law.

Justice Samuel Alito says that Virginia made most of the information the men wanted available to them and its refusal to make the rest of it available did not violate their constitutional rights.

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