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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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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NFOIC and SPJ join effort to defray legal costs of FOI suits

NFOIC and SPJ combine war chests to fight for Freedom of Information. The Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition are joining forces – and legal war chests –  to help citizens and journalists fight for
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MiCOG Op-Eds support Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week OpEds by MiCOG board members Charles Hill and Garry Gilbert ran in newspapers and on news sites across Michigan. Thanks to the excellent, persuasive writing of MiCOG board members Charles Hill and Garry Gilbert, a lot of readers
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Senate Majority leader blocks FOI bill

Lame duck Senate majority leader Republican Randy Richardville seems determined to block public access to the people’s governments by refusing to bring HB 4001 for a vote in his Governmental Affairs Committee and to the Senate floor. It is a
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Monroe Evening News joins push for FOIA bill

Kudos to the editor and publisher of the Monroe Evening News for editorially supporting HB 4001 currently stalled in the Senate Government Operations Committee, chaired by Republican Senator Randy Richardville, the Majority Leader and Monroe’s elected state senator. The editorial,
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