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2021 House Bill 4448: Prohibit limiting government open records disclosures during emergency
Introduced by Rep. Steven Johnson (R) on March 4, 2021
To establish that an executive order, proclamation, or directive issued under the law that authorizes the governor to declare an emergency may not lengthen the required government agency response times or otherwise limit the scope of a public body's duties under the state Freedom of Information Act.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on March 4, 2021
Reported in the House on April 15, 2021
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Received in the Senate on April 28, 2021
Referred to the Senate Oversight Committee on April 28, 2021
Reported in the Senate on May 19, 2021
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
To establish that an executive order, proclamation, or directive issued under the law that authorizes the governor to declare an emergency may not lengthen the required government agency response times or otherwise limit the scope of a public body's duties to provide records requested under the state Freedom of Information Act. Such an order was imposed in April 2020 and rescinded that June.
Received in the House on June 3, 2021
Referred to the House Oversight Committee on June 3, 2021
Reported in the House on June 10, 2021
With the recommendation that the bill pass, the objections of the Governor to the contrary not withstanding.
Vetoed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 3, 2021

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