Webber Bipartisan bills provide access to government

first_img01Feb Webber: Bipartisan bills provide access to government Categories: News,Webber News Representative says accountability a prioritycenter_img State Rep. Michael Webber today joined his colleagues in a Capitol news conference to unveil bipartisan legislation that gives people access to public records and continues to make state government transparency a priority.Webber, of Rochester Hills, co-sponsored the 11 bills that create the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and subjects the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bills are similar to a legislative package that Webber supported last session that passed the House but never made it to the governor’s desk for signature.“The government works for the taxpayers, and people deserve access to public records that show how the money entrusted to the state government has been used,” Webber said. “Michigan and Massachusetts are the only two states that do not allow this type of transparency. It’s high time we changed that.”Webber said local governments are subject to FOIA provisions, and state government should not be exempt.“During my time as a Rochester Hills City Councilman, I was always subject to FOIA,” Webber said. “The fact that, as a state legislator, I am not subject to the same requirement just doesn’t make sense. These bills work to address that concern.”The LORA bill exempts some records, among them letters to and from people in the district, human resources files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits. Only one other state exempts its legislature and governor from FOIA-like scrutiny.#####last_img read more