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Statutory Exemptions to FOIA Range Far and Deep

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There are more than 140 statutory exemptions to the federal Freedom of Information Act, including non-disclosure provisions protecting the names of people who grow watermelons and for the location of large caves, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported in a Sunshine Week report on the far-ranging exemptions to the act designed to provide the public access to government records. It noted that the exemptions are often tucked into appropriations bills or other catchall legislation. (3/21/08).