Opinion: Senate should promote accountable government with FOIA bill

Submitted by LDieringer on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:52am

A useful filter for evaluating a public policy idea is to ask whether the idea serves the interests of the public or serves the interests of government.

House Bill 4001 is a good example of a policy that serves the interests of the public while facing opposition from government agencies.

The bill revises Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, a good-government law that requires public agencies to disclose government records upon request. The law was adopted in the post-Watergate era and it allows taxpayers, public policy advocates and the media to evaluate the decisions and actions of public employees. Continue>>>

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