Rep. Lower votes to open state government to more scrutiny

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State Rep. Jim Lower today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to make state government more accountable to Michigan residents.

Lower, of Cedar Lake, said the 11-bill 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.

“Government transparency should be the norm, not the exception, and Michigan is one of just a handful of states that does not place its Legislature and governor under open records laws,” Lower said. “I am proud to vote for legislation during Sunshine Week that gives people the ability to see how their hard-earned tax dollars are used.”

The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.

The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.