State Rep. Bryan Posthumus today announced House passage of a government transparency bill he introduced.
“This transparency legislation is central to our democracy,” said Rep. Posthumus. “We work in the capital on taxpayers’ dimes and have an obligation to use their resources responsibly. They deserve to know what goes on behind closed doors on state time.”
The Freedom of Information Act currently allows Michiganders to request access to public records pertaining to local governments, school districts, and state departments. Michigan is one of only two states to exclude the Legislature and governor’s office from these laws.
“Michiganders become skeptical of government operations when politicians abuse their power to buy the silence of state directors,” said Rep. Posthumus. “It shouldn’t take a wave of national backlash for a record to be opened, it should just be standard procedure.”
The Michigan House today approved Posthumus’ legislation, House Bill 4387, with unanimous bipartisan support. The bill creates new Legislative Open Records Act provisions to address the fees a public body may charge for searching and copying public records, mirroring Section 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill authorizes a public body to charge fees for the actual cost of mailing and duplication or publication of records, including legal counseling and administrative costs associated with requests.
With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House Judiciary Committee yesterday approved a plan by Rep. Bryan Posthumus to help restore confidence in Michigan elections by bolstering the authority for election challengers and more comprehensive training for election workers.
Representative Posthumus Official Vote Record May 25-27 Date Bill Number Summary Sponsor Committee Representative Posthumus explanation (Official Vote) Y/N Tuesday, May 25 HB 4295 Allow issuance of a state operating license to an applicant whose spouse is a governmental employee, with certain exceptions. Alexander Rules Yes. People should not be penalized because their spouse is […]
Representative Posthumus Official Vote Record Date Wednesday, June 2 Wednesday, June 2 Bill Number HB 4377 (Message from the Senate) HB 4376 (Message from the senate) Summary would add a new section to the Skilled Trades Regulation Act, which regulates the building trades (e.g., electricians, plumbers, mechanical contractors, among others), to House Fiscal Agency HBs […]