The Michigan House today approved state Rep. Luke Meerman’s plan to require the audio recording of every meeting of a state licensing board, state commission panel or state rule-making board.
Under the state’s Open Meetings Act, the right to attend a public meeting includes the right to tape-record, videotape, broadcast live on radio and telecast live on television the proceedings of a public body at the public meeting. A board may establish reasonable regulations governing the recording to minimize any disruption to the hearing, but it may not prohibit such coverage. The act does not, however, require the recording of a meeting of a public body that is a state licensing board, commission panel, or rule-making board.
“This legislation helps hold government more accountable,” Meerman said. “Promoting openness and transparency in government ensures responsible decision-making from members of state boards and commissions.”
The measure states that the meetings must be recorded in a manner that allows for the capture of
sound in any of the following formats:
- A sound-only recording
- A video recording with sound and picture
- A digital or analog broadcast capable of being recorded
The plan now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
“The innocent lives of the unborn are threatened by the passage of Proposal 3 and this bill package goes even further than what Michigan voters approved in November,” Meerman said. “The mislabeled ‘Reproductive Health Act’ not only eliminates health and safety standards in abortion clinics, it also removes protections that ensure women are not coerced into receiving an abortion.”
“The governor’s radical energy policy comes at a time when Michiganders are forced to tighten their budgets and brace for rising costs everywhere form the grocery store to the fuel pump. The timeline laid out by the governor and Lansing Democrats is untenable and will come at a cost to our economy, agricultural production, and the authority of local governments.”