State Rep. Beth Griffin voted for the people of Michigan and making government more accountable on Thursday, supporting all 11 bills in a landmark transparency reform package.
Griffin, of Mattawan, said the legislative package makes the executive branch, which includes the governor and lieutenant governor, subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It also creates the Legislative Open Record Act (LORA), which applies provisions of FOIA to the state legislators.
“State government has a responsibility to be accountable to the public, and these bills move that effort another step forward,” Griffin said. “The hard-working taxpayers of Michigan deserve to see how we use the dollars they entrust to the state, and this legislation accomplishes that goal.”
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.
Griffin said Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House also recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.