The Freedom of Information Act, commonly referred to as FOIA, is one of the best ways for the people to keep an eye on what their elected officials are doing. It’s how folks can request and review public documents related to government.
Unfortunately, Michigan is only one of two states where the governor’s office and state legislature are exempt from FOIA. This is a bipartisan problem and needs to change. There’s no reason the governor and legislature should not be subject to the state transparency laws as local governments and state departments.
Our Proposal Would:
Open the governor’s office to FOIA
Open up the legislature to FOIA
Expand FOIA to include Democratic and Republican caucuses in the legislature
Ensure people have the right to go to court to secure public documents from the governor’s office and state legislature
We’ve heard enough talk. Now is the time for action. Together, we can finally bring FOIA reform to Michigan.