Section 6: MCL § 15.236 – FOIA coordinator.
(1) A public body that is a city, village, township, county, or state department, or under the control of a city, village, township, county, or state department,
shall must designate an individual as the public body's FOIA coordinator. The FOIA coordinator shall must be responsible for accepting and processing requests for the public body's public records under this act and shall must be responsible for approving a denial under section 5(4) and (5). In a county not having an executive form of government, the chairperson of the county board of commissioners is designated the FOIA coordinator for that county.
(2) For all other public bodies, the chief administrative officer of the respective public body is designated the public body's FOIA coordinator.
(3) An FOIA coordinator may designate another individual to act on his or her behalf in accepting and processing requests for the public body's public records, and in approving a denial under section 5(4) and (5).
(4) The Senate majority leader shall designate the Senate’s FOIA coordinator. The Speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate the House of Representatives’ FOIA coordinator. The Governor shall designate the FOIA coordinator for the Governor’s office.
(5) A public body which has designated a FOIA coordinator must make the FOIA coordinator’s official e-mail address, official mailing address, and official telephone number publicly available. Public bodies which directly or indirectly maintain an official internet presence must conspicuously post this information in a location that is available to the public. This subdivision also applies to any individual designated pursuant to subdivision (3) of this section.
- MCL § 15.236(4): This amendment is necessary due to the fact the Legislature and governor would be made subject to FOIA by earlier amendments.
- MCL § 15.233(5): Although rare, some public bodies do not have easily accessible contact information for their FOIA coordinators. To encourage greater transparency, this information should be freely accessible to the public. Only the FOIA coordinator’s official contact information should be provided — personal contact information need not be listed under this amendment.