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State Lawmakers introduce bills to expand Freedom of Information Act

Posted at 7:58 AM, Feb 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-02 08:45:32-05

The Michigan legislature is looking to shine a little light on itself and the Governor.

A bi-partisan plan to expand the Freedom of Information Act was introduced Wednesday afternoon. It would allow the public to request documents from the House, Senate, Governor and Lieutenant Governor. Michigan is one of only two states that doesn't currently allow it.

Republican Representative Tom Barrett of Eaton County said that has to change. "I think this is providing more accountability, more openness, more transparency for people at home to have a better sense of what their government and why we may be going in a particular direction. I think people have that right to know and have that expectation of their government."

The package of bills makes the Freedom of Information Act apply to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The House and Senate would be covered by the Legislative Open Records Act. It would keep letters to and from constituents exempt from public requests.

We'll let you know if the bills come up for a vote.