Mackinac Center, MPA Protecting FOIA

The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and the Michigan Press Association jointly filed an amicus brief at the Michigan Supreme Court seeking to protect the Freedom of Information Act, according to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

"The Freedom of Information Act provides Michigan residents with an affordable and effective way to monitor the actions of public officials," Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, said, according to the Livingston Daily. "When the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that public employee communications, such as e-mails on a government e-mail system, can be barred from public access simply by declaring the communications 'personal,' FOIA was largely gutted."

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The case involves a citizen activist's request for e-mails between teachers union officials in Howell Public Schools.