State House passes freedom of information bills

Mar 20, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers in the state House unanimously passed a group of bills they say will make state government more transparent. 

The bills would, in some cases, open the Governor’s office up to Freedom of Information requests. They would also create a new Legislative Open Records Act to allow for some records requests from state lawmakers.

Republican Representative Daire Rendon is a bill sponsor. She says Michigan is one of only two states that doesn’t allow for records requests from the governor and Legislature.

“It was necessary for us to be like everyone else and make government more accountable to the state of Michigan,” she says.

The leader of the Republicans in the Senate, Senator Mike Shirkey, says their chamber will do something to improve transparency, but it probably won’t look like the bills the House passed.