Rep. Hornberger praises House for increasing transparency

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State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted for bipartisan legislation that will make Michigan’s government more accountable to the people it serves.

Hornberger of Chesterfield Township said the 11-bill legislative package will make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act while also creating a similar disclosure requirement, called the Legislative Open Records Act, for state representatives and senators.

“All elected officials should be subject to scrutiny by the people they serve. That’s common to school boards and certainly should be extended to state government,” Hornberger said. “Michigan residents deserve to know how their hard-earned taxpayer dollars are being used, and this bill achieves 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.

Hornberger said Michigan is currently one of 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.