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How the Flint water crisis and a statehouse scandal gave a boost to FOIA reform in Michigan

 

A succession of high-profile scandals in Michigan over the last year have cast a spotlight on the high cost of secrecy in state government. Now, there’s an opportunity for open records reform with a bipartisan 10-bill package that passed unanimously through a House committee this spring—and it’s championed by a young lawmaker who once trained as a reporter.

2016 Candidate Interview 35th District State Representative Jeremy Moss

 

Democratic Incumbent Jeremy Moss is running for re-election to be State Representative for the 35th District which includes Southfield, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin and Lathrup Village.  He has been in office nearly two years.  Moss has no competition for the primary, but will face Republican Robert Brim on Nov. 8, 2016.

Redrawing America: Why Gerrymandering Matters

 

"I live in ground zero of gerrymandering in Michigan,” State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), an Oakland County native, told the HPR. “You don’t even need to know that much about Michigan or about Oakland County to look at a map and wonder: ‘Why are three districts in Oakland County literally spiraling around one another?’ ‘Why do neighboring towns called Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and West Bloomfield all reside in different congressional districts?’"

Panel OKs added transparency for governor, legislators

 

Michigan’s governor, lieutenant governor and state legislators would be subject to public-records requests under bills advanced Thursday to the floor of the state House.

The bipartisan package, spearheaded by House Oversight Committee Chairman Ed McBroom and Rep. Jeremy Moss, seeks to lift blanket exemptions under Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, which applies to other government officials around the state.

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