Michigan Legislature: Bills focus on roads, transparency

Limits on transparency in government and the germs of plans to fund road improvements began emerging in bills introduced by members of the state House of Representatives and Senate last week.

One bill would exempt information about pipeline and energy infrastructure from Freedom of Information laws, while another would exempt certain state boards from Open Meetings Act requirements.

Two bills dealing with fixing Michigan's roads were introduced in the wake of a crushing defeat of Proposal 1 on Tuesday — voters rejected the ballot proposal by an 80%-20% margin — which would have raised the sales tax to improve roads and provide funding for schools, local governments and working poor people. Continue>>>