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House OKs open records plan as Senate shows opposition

 

The House unanimously approved Thursday an 11-bill package to subject the offices of the governor and state lawmakers to open records requests.

But even as the Senate proceeds with a similar plan to shine a light on shielded documents at the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder’s office, the issue could die in Senate because Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof is opposed.

Michigan FOIA expansion bills tweaked in committee

 

The House Competitiveness Committee is expected to act Thursday on bills expanding public records acts to the governor's office and legislature under new, tightened language.

Michigan is one of two states that currently does not subject the legislature or governor to its open records laws, which helped the it earn the bottom spot on a 2015 ranking of transparency among the states.

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