State Rep. Shane Hernandez today voted on a bipartisan legislative package that makes state government more accountable to the people it serves.
Hernandez, of Port Huron, said the 11-bill legislative package 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.
“This is common-sense legislation that extends transparency provisions that apply to local officials to state government,” Hernandez said. “As public servants, we should be accountable to the people we represent, and this is another move forward towards increased transparency.”
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.
Today’s vote follows the recent expansion of the House website to include a salary database of all House employees to provide more accountability to taxpayers.