LORA bills earn unanimous approval in State House

Michigan’s 108 state representatives sent a powerful message on Thursday, March 16 by passing the Legislative Open Records Act unanimously. To approve this legislation during National Sunshine Week reflects the commitment and interest these elected officials have in open and
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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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Help make FOIA stronger, make Sunshine Week last all year

Welcome to National Sunshine Week. The Michigan Coalition for Open Government board has worked hard to get the word out about the importance of FOIA to all of the state’s citizens. Opinion columns have run in the Detroit Free Press, 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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Holland Sentinel urges aproval of HB 4001

Kudos to the Editorial Board of the Holland Sentinel for its strong, persuasive editorial in support of HB 4001 urging the State Senate to move this bill out of committee and approve it. The editorial was headlined: Our View: Don’t let bill to improve
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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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