Rep Hornberger People deserve complete transparency from state government

Rep Hornberger People deserve complete transparency from state government

first_img Plan extends open record requirements to governor, LegislatureState Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted to approve a bipartisan plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan.Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, said the House unanimously approved the multi-bill proposal.“We have a responsibility to give the people of Michigan full access to information about the way their public tax dollars are spent,” Hornberger said. “These reforms will allow the public to fully understand all of the decisions made inside the Capitol so they can hold their elected officials accountable.”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 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. 19Mar Rep. Hornberger: People deserve complete transparency from state government Categories: Hornberger News,Newslast_img

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