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Bipartisan Plan Would Extend Open Records Law To Michigan Governor And Legislature

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An effort to expand Michigan’s Freedom of Information Actcould 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. 

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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