State Rep. Ben Frederick on Thursday voted in favor of a bipartisan 11-bill legislative package to make the Legislature and executive branch of state government more transparent to the public.
Frederick, of Owosso, 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.
“As mayor of Owosso, our city government was subject to transparency laws, and I am more than happy to apply similar accountability requirements to state government,” Frederick said. “The House has made increasing accountability a priority, and these bills are yet another step forward in our efforts toward more open government.”
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.
Frederick said 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.