Michigan FOIA expansion bills tweaked in committee

The House Competitiveness Committee is expected to act Thursday on bills expanding public records acts to the governor's office and legislature under new, tightened language.

Michigan is one of two states that currently does not subject the legislature or governor to its open records laws, which helped the it earn the bottom spot on a 2015 ranking of transparency among the states.

House Bills 4149 through 4157 would subject the Governor to the existing Freedom of Information Act and establish a separate Legislative Open Records Act that covered the legislative branch.