Group Says State AG Overcharges for FOIA

Aug 6, 2015

A liberal organization says Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to block an inquiry into his office by charging hefty fees for public records.

Progress Michigan says it’s asking the Republican attorney general to reconsider the decision to ask for more than $19,000 for records.

The group wants to examine communications between members of the AG’s staff and lobbyists in an effort to uncover instances of inappropriate conduct. The inquiry was inspired by a New York Times story on other attorney generals.

Melissa Benmark, WKAR

The public would not be able to obtain certain information about pipelines and other infrastructure under legislation in the state House. Supporters of House Bill 4540 say it’s an attempt to protect critical infrastructure from being attacked.

Democrats Unveil Bills to Increase Transparency

Mar 17, 2015
Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent. Among other things, the Democratic bills would ban the state from awarding contracts to some campaign contributors. 

Melissa Benmark, WKAR

(Lansing-MPRN) A state lawmaker says it’s time to subject the governor’s office and the Legislature to Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) says he’ll introduced the bill soon. 

Changes take effect July 1