New law in Michigan keeps FOIA requests cheap

Last week, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law changes to the Freedom of Information Act. That’s the law that allows people to access government records — everything from how much the mayor makes to police reports to information on your local school district.

Any Freedom of Information Act request — or FIOA — comes with a cost. Whoever files the request has to pay for the time it takes the government agency to gather the information and the cost to get it to them.

Previously, the public body decided the price. But the new law creates rules to prevent the government from overcharging and keeping information from people who ask for it. Continue>>>