Flint water crisis highlights why FOIA should apply to governor, Democrats say

Gov. Rick Snyder released thousands of pages of staff emails over the weekend pertaining to the Flint water crisis, but Democratic leaders say that information doesn't supplant the state's need for a more robust Freedom of Information Act that applies to the governor and legislature.

Currently the governor's office is specifically exempt from having to disclose records under Michigan's FOIA. The legislature is exempt via an Attorney General opinion.

But the Flint water crisis, in which an unknown number of children were exposed to lead, has prompted a unprecedented release of information. Continue…