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 has been signed into law.
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 did not, however, require the recording of a meeting of a public body that is a state licensing board, commission panel, or rule-making board. Meerman’s plan changes that.
“Government serves the people best when it is open and accountable, and that’s what this new law will require,” Meerman said. “This change to the Open Meetings Act will result in more 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
House Bill 4705 is now Public Act 63 of 2022.
“Office hours are the best way for folks to let me know about the issues that matter most to them,” Meerman said. “It’s also a great opportunity for me to communicate all that’s been happening in Lansing. I’d encourage everyone to attend so we can discuss how to make Michigan the best it can be.”
Rep. Meerman today shared his disappointment with the governor’s recent proposal to divert $670 million from the Michigan Public School Employee’s Retirement System (MPSERS), which is currently $30 million in debt.
“We have a duty to prioritize the well-being and security of our state and the people we represent,” said Meerman. “The Ford-CATL project warrants careful reassessment in light of the alarming information emerging about CATL’s operations and affiliations.”
I had the profound displeasure of witnessing the Governor’s State of the State address. To hear the Governor tout progress at a time when mothers and fathers in my district are questioning whether they must find a second job just to keep up with their grocery bill shows her utter disconnect from the working families of Michigan.