Rep Yaroch votes for more government accountability

first_img Categories: Yaroch News Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Jeff Yaroch, of Richmond, has voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and the Legislature from open records laws. The bipartisan solution approved today would end these exemptions and increase transparency in state government. The House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“I’m proud to support a measure giving the people of Michigan greater opportunities to hold their government accountable,” Yaroch said. “The Freedom of Information Act has applied to local government for decades, and now it is time for state government to do the same.”The proposal will subject the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and hold state representatives and senators to the same high standard by creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA).While LORA mirrors FOIA in many ways, there are exemptions for constituent inquiries to ensure that personal information is protected and kept private. Other types of communications – including those lawmakers have with state departments and lobbyists – would not be exempt.House Bills 4007-13 and 4015-16 now advance to the Senate for consideration.### 20Mar Rep. Yaroch votes for more government accountabilitylast_img

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