I think that since the tax payers are paying for all kinds of different things that they really dont know what they are paying for, they deserve the right to see what they are putting all their hard working dollars into. The more people that are informed means more people will know what is going on in the U.S.
The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act should be passed so other researchers can expand on the work of others. Technology is ever changing so additional research is always going to be needed. People who hoard their work are not allowing for the full benefit of their activities.
How do we expect to develop great technology and make important discoveries in science if we don't let everyone have the right to see what everyone is currently doing and learning. Maybe we could have cured cancer already if this were in place. What you don't know is just as important as what you do know.
The current state of scientific publications is downright ridiculous. Many articles require a hundred dollar a year subscription or a one time fee of fifteen dollars just to look at the article. When you consider that some of this research was performed using tax dollars given by the government, it just makes no sense to have to pay for something your taxes pay for. Student access to research should not be restricted to the publications that the school's library has decided to pay for.
Anything that supports the free exchange of ideas and advances in science I feel are a good thing. While I could understand people wanted to keep their findings private to maybe get all the credit for a discovery, any little idea could lead to 20 other little ideas that could one day solve the worlds bigger problems. It also would also help to know what that funding is going for.
Any legislation that makes information free and more accessible is good legislation. Even more, there is an issue of transparency in governance here. If the research was publicly funded, that means taxpayer money has been used. The taxpayers have a right to know what they are helping to pay for.