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Mackinac Center Sues Michigan Liquor Control Commission Over FOIA Fees

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in Midland County Circuit Court against the Michigan Liquor Control Commission over illegal fees the government agency attempted to charge the Mackinac Center for copying spreadsheet data onto a flash drive.

“This is information that an MLCC employee had already told us existed electronically,” said Derk Wilcox, senior attorney for the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation. “It would be like trying to charge for making photocopies when the photocopies already exist.”

On Nov. 7, 2014, Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive visited the MLCC offices to do research on the issue of “post and hold” rules for alcohol prices. He was told that 2.5 months’ worth of data he was seeking existed on a spreadsheet and that he could have that data if he could provide a USB flash drive. Continue>>>