Under Virginia's FOIA Act, now upheld as constitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States, only Virginian citizens can file records requests. 

In a unanimous decision, issued today, the Court ruled that it is not unconstitutional for states to restrict access to public records only to their residents. 

Justice Alito, writing for the court, also noted that the Constitution does not guarantee the existence of Freedom of Information Laws, that "the right to access public information is not a 'fundamental' privilege or immunity of citizenship," and that the right to access public information is not "basic to the maintenance or well-being of the Union." 

I can't help but wonder how often this SCOTUS ruling will be cited to deny public access to records in the future. 

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