CNN gets FOI fee waiver from Michigan Health Dept.

The Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services wanted to charge CNN a hefty Freedom of Information fee of $11,071 to locate and review emails and documents from state officials on the Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak in Flint likely linked to the
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FOIA and the Anatomy of the Flint water story

Read the timely article about the efforts of Flint Journal reporter Ron Fonger who covered the Flint water crisis from almost the first drop. http://bit.ly/1OVKpZi. Using his sources and the state Freedom of  Information Act, Fonger exposed the crisis as it
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Ten Dems seek to add Gov and Legislators to state FOIA

Kudos to ten Democratic Michigan state senators for introducing SB 716 Thursday (January 21, 2016) that would amend the state Freedom of Information Act to include the Governor and the Legislature. This is a step towards addressing one of the
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Appeals court must decide if MCCA is public, subject to FOIA

State Supreme Court rules Michigan’s Constitution requires if one law modifies another, that other law must be amended, too. Michigan’s high court on Friday reversed a Court of Appeals ruling and ordered that lower court to determine if the legislatively
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E-filing funding on Tuesday Senate Com. agenda

The proposed SB 531 is a good first step in the plan to create a statewide e-filing docket management system moving Michigan’s court system into the 21st Century. We support this effort to address funding. But important issues need to
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Michigan House tackles two important FOIA, OMA issues

Two actions in the state House of Representatives could result in greater transparency and accountability by Michigan’s 15 public universities (House Joint Resolution O) but bar public disclosure of the video and audio recordings of police wearing body cameras (HB4234
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House Judiciary Committee considers bill to exempt police body cam recordings from FOIA

MiCOG has grave concerns about proposed substitute HB 4234, known as the Law Enforcement Body-Worn Camera Privacy Act.” Our suggestions for change and comments were submitted in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee in advance of its scheduled hearing
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