Many FOIA bills on deck in Michigan Legislature

The battle over access to public records has had fits and starts in Lansing, with mixed results as the Legislature has taken up bills that would expand or restrict access.

All that have passed restrict access to information, while measures that would make access easier and less expensive have stalled. ìIn this era of online access to records, itís so easy to make public records available,î said Jane Briggs Bunting, president of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government. ìBut the Legislature seems hell-bent on making the public less aware and less knowledgeable.î

For example, the Michigan Press Association is trying to work with the Legislature to open sealed records if a person with a sealed juvenile record commits a crime as an adult. Continue>>>