Michigan and Louisiana are the only two states that don’t apply their public records laws to the legislature and the governor’s office. A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers have rolled out bills to change that.
The Freedom of Information Act could be changing in Michigan.
A House committee approved a bill Thursday that prevent public bodies like the government from suing someone that requests information through a FOIA request. A package of bills designed to take away the governor’s exemption from FOIA is also making its way through the legislature. Continue reading
Michigan State University has asked the state Supreme Court to put a hold on an order to release the names of student-athletes who were suspects in criminal cases.
A federal appeals court says criminal booking photos may be embarrassing, but, for now at least, they are available to the public.
The Detroit Free Press in 2012 filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the booking photos of 17 police officers facing federal corruption and civil rights charges. Continue reading
State lawmakers are moving forward with a bill they hope would make public information requests easier and cheaper.
A state House panel unanimously approved House Bill 4001 Tuesday. It would put limits on how much government offices could charge for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Continue reading