Bill Calls for University Reporting of Legal Settlements

State Rep. Jim Runestad (R-44) is working to introduce legislation that would require the state’s public universities and colleges to report legal fees to Michigan Legislature.

According to a report in Gongwer, the upcoming bill would require a report of all costs incurred with any civil or criminal case, filed or anticipated, against the university or any of its officials, agents or employees. The fees would include legal settlements, attorney fees, witness or other fees and court costs.

“Current events have shown the necessity of requiring information from universities on their expenditures pertaining to lawsuits,” Runestad said in a statement. “Without legislative oversight universities have demonstrated they are emboldened to violate free speech rights of students as well as potentially abuse the public trust.”

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