April 30, 2013
Virginia does not have to allow people outside its borders to take advantage of the commonwealth’s Freedom of Information Act, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.
Virginia’s law “provides a service that is related to state citizenship,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote for a unanimous court, and keeping others from using it does not violate the constitutional rights of those outside the state’s borders.
As a practical matter, Alito added, most information is available through other means.
“Requiring noncitizens to conduct a few minutes of Internet research in lieu of using a relatively cumbersome state FOIA process cannot be said to impose any significant burden” on those who live outside the state, Alito wrote, using an acronym for the law.