Michigan Gov Snyder signs FOIA exemption bill for fair bidding, proprietary information protection

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law legislation that will exempt in-progress bids for public contracts from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests last week.

The legislation had been introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge) in an effort to combat what he said has been abuse of the FOIA system to undercut Michigan businesses.

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State streamlines Freedom of Information Act requests

A new law that was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in January will ensure local governments cannot charge excessive fees for requests under the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

The bill, which was introduced by Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey, limits the per-page amount a municipality or other public body can charge for documents requested under the act, or FOIA, to 10 cents.

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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.

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