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2017 House Bill 4155: Expand open records law to legislature
Introduced by Rep. Joseph Bellino, Jr. (R) on February 2, 2017 To define the records that would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests to the state legislature. These include standard provisions regarding records dealing with security matters, active contract bidding, personal or proprietary matters, ongoing litigation, etc. The bill would also exempt records of exchanges between a lawmaker and a constituent. Notably, the bill would exempt records held by the Republican and Democratic caucus staffs, including their communications and public relations operations. Unlike open record requests denied by other government bodies, a person could not sue the legislature to force a record’s disclosure. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4148 to 4157 that would extend the state’s open records law to the legislature.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Michigan Competitiveness on February 2, 2017
Reported in the House on March 14, 2017 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 108 to 0 in the House on March 16, 2017.
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(same description)
To define the records that would be exempt from Freedom of Information Act requests to the state legislature. These include standard provisions regarding records dealing with security matters, active contract bidding, personal or proprietary matters, ongoing litigation, etc. The bill would also exempt records of exchanges between a lawmaker and a constituent. Notably, the bill would exempt records held by the Republican and Democratic caucus staffs, including their communications and public relations operations. Unlike open record requests denied by other government bodies, a person could not sue the legislature to force a record’s disclosure. This is part of a package comprised of House Bills 4148 to 4157 that would extend the state’s open records law to the legislature.
Received in the Senate on March 21, 2017
Referred to the Senate Government Operations Committee on March 21, 2017

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