State Rep. Triston Cole voted today on bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.
Cole, of Mancelona, said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.
“Transparency has been and will continue to be a priority of mine. The public deserves to know about their state government, especially how taxpayer dollars are being spent,” said Cole. “This meaningful change will move us forward in being more accountable to our citizens.”
The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills never made it to the governor for signature.
Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.