Recently I supported legislation that would help increase transparency within state government.
The legislation, which was introduced in the House of Representatives, would add to the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and create the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).
LORA mirrors the FOIA rules and processed while maintaining the principle of Separation of Powers Clause so that each co-equal branch of government maintains its independence. Like FOIA, LORA would exempt certain legislative records to protect personal records and communications, as well as material that could be highly sensitive for security purposes.
Good governance is built on a bedrock of transparency. The more open government is, the better it can serve Michigan taxpayers. I appreciate the leadership of my House colleagues and I am happy to partner with them on this important issue.
I have always been a supporter of increasing transparency in government and these bills take a large step in the right direction.