State Rep. Timothy Beson, of Bay City, issued the following statement in support of the Legislature’s passage of a comprehensive transparency package, including House Bills 4383-92, which would create a new Legislative Open Records Act and expand the existing Freedom of Information Act:
“This 10-bill plan boils down to one thing: good governance. As elected representatives, we have a responsibility to our constituents, and that includes being held accountable for our actions taken while in office. It is unacceptable that of all 50 states, Michigan is one of only two that exempts the governor and lieutenant governor from open records requests, and one of six to exclude state legislators.
“There are many reasons I am proud to be a Michigander, but Michigan’s ranking as the least transparent state in the nation is not one of them. Public business – conducted on taxpayers’ dimes – should be open and freely accessible through record requests. We owe it to our constituents to use their resources responsibly.
“Transparency in our government will only strengthen our democracy and increase voter confidence in our abilities as elected officials. I am proud of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, for voting to pass this package of sunshine laws, and I join them in urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign her name to this legislation when it reaches her desk. ”
State Rep. Timothy Beson yesterday introduced legislation, House Bill 4683, that would create a bipartisan ethics committee as part of a sweeping reform plan put forward by the Michigan House. This legislation will increase transparency and improve ethical standards for government officials.
State Rep. Timothy Beson, of Bay City, today blasted Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for vetoing a bill that would encourage the expansion of broadband services to rural parts of the state through incentives offered to internet companies.
State Rep. Timothy Beson will host office hours on Friday, April 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Wenonah Park pavilions across from the Bay City Chamber of Commerce, located at 111 Center Avenue, Bay City. State Senator Kevin Daley will be a co-host for the event.