State Rep. Jim Lilly voted today for a more open state government, approving sweeping legislation that makes the legislature and governor’s office more transparent.
Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. However, the 11-bill package would address this and make the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act while creating a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.
“This new transparency standard will help citizens to further participate in the democratic process by providing them with comprehensive information regarding the actions of their state elected officials,” said Lilly, who is vice chair of the Michigan Competitiveness Committee, where testimony on the bills was heard. “By expanding FOIA and constructing the mirroring LORA regarding the legislature, we can improve government transparency and promote a culture of openness and accountability in all parts of state government.”