Legislature’s taxpayer-funded contract with GOP-connected firm in Whitmer suit raises transparency concerns

BY: - June 2, 2020

For months, Republican legislative leaders have slammed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, alleging a lack of transparency while she exercised emergency powers, even going so far as to create a special oversight committee to investigate her administration’s COVID-19 response.   One of the issues Republican lawmakers have zeroed in on is the Democratic administration last month awarded contracts […]

FOIA requirements relaxed for 2 months under gov’s order

BY: - April 7, 2020

If you’re looking to file an open records request in Michigan, it might be awhile until you get some answers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-38 Sunday relaxing requirements for responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is now in effect and […]

Michigan Press Association wary of Whitmer electronic meeting order during COVID-19

BY: - March 19, 2020

A new state directive on how public bodies should conduct meetings during a pandemic quickly garnered praise from the Michigan Municipal League (MML) and Democratic lawmakers, while the Michigan Press Association (MPA) and GOP state leadership expressed concerns about public transparency. As part of the state’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on […]

Michigan Supreme Court hears case on former AG Schuette’s alleged private email use

BY: - January 8, 2020

The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a government transparency case that both parties argue goes far beyond the state’s public records law.  Liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan alleges it has evidence that Republican former Attorney General Bill Schuette and his staff used private email to conduct state business. Progress Michigan is […]