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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State news media push Senate to approve FOIA expansion

The drumbeat pushing the state Senate to approve the Legislative Open Records Act has begun. One of the opening salvos came from Mlive.com in an editorial headlined: “State Senate needs to heed House’s call for a more transparent government”. Michigan
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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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Michigan Senate Committee approves Student Press Rights bill

It’s a first step 28 years in the making. On Tuesday, the state senate’s Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to support SB 848 the Student Free Press and Civics Readiness Act. The bill, co-sponsored by three Republicans and one Democrat, was introduced
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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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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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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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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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