Michigan House Considers Public Records Reform

Expanding FOIA to include Legislature and Governor

Today the Michigan House Competitiveness Committee considers legislation (House Bills 4148-57) that would expand the requirement to disclose public records to both the Legislature and the Governor. We applaud this move; Mackinac Center experts have long recommended an expansion of public records law. We also offered several comments to improve the current legislation.

It’s uncertain whether these bills will reach the governor’s desk; the House passed similar legislation last year, but the Senate failed to take it up. During Gov. Rick Snyder’s first campaign he supported the idea of applying the Freedom of Information Act to the office of the governor. Just this year Lt. Gov. Brian Calley voiced support for the current bill package.

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