Detroit News Highlights Mackinac FOIA Fee Case

FOIA laws in need of reform

An article in The Detroit News on FOIA law reform highlighted a current Mackinac Center Legal Foundation case. The lawsuit against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission disputes a $1,500 fee being charged for an electronic transfer of an already prepared file.

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“High FOIA fees read more like the thwarting of our request than a legitimate business practice,” LaFaive said. “The idea that sticking a thumb drive in the computer and clicking ‘save’ should cost $1,500 strains the bounds of credulity.”

The Mackinac Center has worked with groups like the Michigan Press Association and the ACLU to improve FOIA law in Michigan.