In January, legislation was introduced exempting certain records related to procurement from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In our first blog post on the bill, MLC’s procurement expert, Tony Des Chenes, provided an overview of the legislation as introduced and why it’s important to our clients during the procurement process. In addition to certain records, the legislation also exempt trade secrets and certain proprietary information. As Tony stated in our previous blog post, this is an important change for vendors who do business with the State of Michigan, allowing them to protect trade secrets, while keeping a competitive advantage during the negotiating process. In addition to vendors, this legislation is helpful to the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) allowing them to be better positioned to negotiate contracts with the various vendors. The legislation received unanimous final support in both the House and Senate. It was presented to Governor Rick Snyder for consideration on March 27, he has fourteen days to consider the bill.
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