Rep. Filler’s transparency plan approved by Michigan House

Legislation extends open record requirements to governor, Legislature State Rep. Graham Filler’s plan to make state government more accountable to the people of Michigan was unanimously approved today by the Michigan House. Filler, of DeWitt, said Michigan is one of just two states that still exempts its governor and state legislators from open records laws….

COLUMN: Sunshine Week: A reminder of the importance of open government

Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate the laws that keep our government open and accountable to the people. We should also use this week to take an honest look at areas where our laws our weak and think about solutions that could better ensure the public has access to information about how its tax…

Rep. Filler sets local coffee hours

State Rep. Graham Filler has announced his next set of local coffee hours. Continuing Filler’s goal of holding them on the second Friday of each month, the in-district meetings will be held on Friday, March 8 at the following times and locations: 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Big Boy, 1408 Old U.S. 27 in St….

Rep. Filler renews call for criminal justice reform following State of the State

State Rep. Graham Filler, of DeWitt, reflected on Tuesday night’s State of the State address by reiterating the need for responsible criminal justice reforms. As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Filler is focused on ensuring Michigan’s laws are fair and clearly defined, making it easier for law enforcement officers to carry out their duty…

Reps. Hauck, Filler call for critical juvenile justice reforms

‘Raise the Age’ plan treats 17-year-olds as minors for most criminal offenses State Reps. Roger Hauck and Graham Filler are spearheading a bipartisan plan to transform the way 17-year-olds are treated in Michigan’s criminal justice system. Michigan is one of just four states in the country to automatically prosecute 17-year-olds as adults when they’re accused…

Rep. Filler to chair influential House Judiciary Committee

State Rep. Graham Filler today was appointed by Speaker Lee Chatfield to serve as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Filler, of DeWitt, said he is honored to play a leading role in the effort to improve Michigan’s criminal justice system. “I’m looking forward to delving deep into this issue,” said Filler, who previously served…

Rep. Filler introduces plan to ban child marriage in Michigan

Bipartisan solution establishes 18 as minimum age of consent State Rep. Graham Filler has introduced legislation as part of a bipartisan plan to ban child marriage in Michigan. Filler, a Republican from DeWitt, said Michigan law currently allows minors to be married if they have permission from a parent or guardian. The plan he introduced…

Rep. Filler announces opening of Lansing office, sets coffee hours schedule

State Rep. Graham Filler’s legislative office officially opened on Jan. 2 and is prepared to serve the people of Clinton and Gratiot counties. “The people in our communities deserve a government that works for them,” Rep. Filler said. “I am committed to having an office that is open, accessible, and responsive to the residents of…

Rep. Filler’s first bill demands government transparency

State Rep. Graham Filler, alongside a bipartisan group of Michigan House colleagues, today introduced a comprehensive plan to increase the transparency of state government. “Michigan is one of the few states in this country that gives a free pass on FOIA to its most prominent officeholders—namely, the governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature. It’s time…