Whitmer Signs Directive Strengthening FOIA Requirements for State Departments

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

According to a report in MLive, Governor Whitmer announced an executive directive to strengthen state agencies’ procedures relating to the Freedom of Information Act requests and make them more user- friendly. The directive designates a transparency liaison within state departments and agencies to facilitate public records requests, encouraging requests to be fulfilled by or before the deadline and prohibiting text communication conducting business during public meetings.

The directive also tasks the Department of Technology, Management and Budget to create an online system for public notices and records, and encourages live-streaming of state public meetings.

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