House passes Legislative Open Records Act

Michigan’s House of Representative on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed the Legislative Open Records Act that amends and expands the state’s FOIA to correct omissions that have made Michigan an outlier among  other states across the nation. Under the proposed legislation (HB
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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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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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Improved FOIA bill blocked in Senate

In the nearly 40 years since Michigan’s legislature passed the Freedom of Information law (FOIA), that belief and practice of open access to the workings of government is challenged again with loopholes, laws, foot dragging and excuses that deliberately thwart
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No clear outcome in Monday’s meeting on court access, fees in proposed e-filing bills

Court transparency and accountability were among the concerns raised at Monday’s meeting with State Court Administrator Chad Schmucker along with counsel Anne Boomer. MiCOG and other interested groups attended a 75 minute meeting set up by Flint private investigator Patrick
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MiCOG and others to meet Monday with Supreme Court administrator

MiCOG will be among several groups in a meeting Monday with the state Supreme Court Administrator to discuss proposed legislation impacting court access and transparency. Other groups include the Michigan Court Officers Association, Michigan Creditors Bar Association, the Michigan Process
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Mich. House Oversight Committee considers banning release of 911 tapes

The state Legislature is considering exemption to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act would prohibit the release of 911 emergency audio calls. Monitoring the responsiveness of police, fire, EMT and dispatchers is a vital part of transparency and accountability in government.
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