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Bipartisan Bills Would Extend Open Records Law To Governor and Legislature

Melissa Benmark, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could move forward this week in the state legislature. 

The 40-year-old law covers local governments and state departments, but not the governor’s office or the Legislature.

A bipartisan effort to open up the law was spurred in part by public interest in the events leading up to the Flint water crisis. A state House committee is expected to vote tomorrow to repeal exemptions that shield the governor and legislative offices from records requests.

Open government advocates say the bills are a good start, but would like to see some changes. One of them is how to appeal denials – allowing them to go to court instead of a legislative employee.

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
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