Panel votes to open governor, lawmakers to records requests

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in the Michigan House would subject the governor and lawmakers to public-records requests.

The bipartisan bills were approved Thursday by a Republican-led House committee. The votes set the stage for passage in the House next week during Sunshine Week — a celebration of access to public information.

Advocates have said Michigan is one of just two states to wholly exempt the governor from open-records laws. It’s among eight states where the legislature is explicitly exempt. The legislation would exempt communications between legislators and their constituents from being disclosed, except if the constituent is a lobbyist.

Once the bills clear the House, they will face opposition in the GOP-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof opposes efforts to subject the governor’s office and the Legislature to open-records requests.

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1 Comment

  • Little Mary

    I understand why Majority Leader Meekhof wants to remain as Governor Geek’s favorite suppository, but they all like to yap about transparency and this is their chance to show it.