Section 1: MCL § 15.231 – Short title; public policy.
(1) This act shall be known and may be cited as the "freedom of information act".
(2) It is the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this act. The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.
Neither the title nor the policy behind FOIA requires amendment. The issues with FOIA do not stem from its purpose, which is both admirable and self-explanatory. The changes that are made to later sections are designed to ensure that FOIA is an effective way to obtain “full and complete” information, which is not currently the case.