This week, a bipartisan group of Representatives introduced a bill package making reforms to transparency laws in state government. Currently, Michigan is one of only a few states that exempts its governor, lieutenant governor, and the Legislature from sunshine laws. This package would remove those exemptions, something which the sponsors state would increase accountability. Under the plan, a new Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) would be created, which the legislature would be subject to, and the governor and lieutenant governor would fall under the Freedom of Information Act. The new LORA will exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the district, human resources files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits. The legislation has been referred to the House Government Operations Committee for consideration.
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