Rep Hernandez New proposal empowers the people by expanding FOIA

first_img Categories: Hernandez News,News State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today joined a bipartisan effort to make Michigan’s state government more accountable by broadening public records disclosure laws.Hernandez joined House members unveiling legislation to make state representatives and senators subject to a law paralleling the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation also broadens FOIA to include the governor and lieutenant governor.The bills are similar to ones approved by the House last session, but the legislation did not reach the governor’s desk for approval.Michigan is one of a very few states where Freedom of Information laws do not apply to the governor’s office or Legislature in the same way they do to local governments and public schools.“We are way behind the times in this area,” Hernandez said. “These new bills are a way to empower the people, and give them the tools they need to help find out what’s going on in their state government.”The Michigan House already has moved to make more information easily available to the public. Last month, the House posted the salary of every representative and employee on its website.### 01Feb Rep. Hernandez: New proposal empowers the people by expanding FOIAlast_img read more