Bills Expand FOIA to Legislators, Governor

Several bills introduced last week would expand the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include State Legislature and the Governor’s office, two entities currently exempt from FOIA. The goals of the bill are to add more transparency to the Legislature and the Governor’s office. House Bill 5216, introduced by State Representative John Bizon (R-62), would expand FOIA to State Legislature. The bill has been referred to the Michigan House Government Operations committee. Senate Bill 716, introduced by State Senator Coleman Young II (D-1), expands FOIA to the State Legislature and the Governor’s office. SB 716 was referred to the Michigan Senate Committee on Government Operations. Michigan is one of three states that exempts their governor and legislature from the state freedom of information law. MAB is tracking.