Rep. Reilly on board with new state government transparency initiative

State Rep. John Reilly of Oakland Township says he supports bipartisan legislation introduced today to make state government more transparent.

“This is another sign of the House’s commitment to be more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan,” Reilly said.

Reilly joined colleagues in the announcement of the bill package to make Michigan’s governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposal also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators, called the Legislative Open Records Act.

“I believe government should be held accountable to the people they serve,” he said.

Michigan is one of just two states where public records disclosure does not apply to the governor’s office.

The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.

Today’s bill package introduction comes in the wake of the House’s recent announcement that its website now includes the salary information of every representative and employee, another move toward increased transparency.

 

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