Governor Whitmer Promotes Transparency in New Freedom of Information Act Executive Directive

LANSING - Today, February 1, Governor Whitmer issued an executive directive (ED) that makes it clear that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is important to her administration and encourages state departments to work with residents who request information. The ED includes ways in which state departments could enhance their transparency, including holding more publically accessible meetings. It also asks for departments to name a liaison who will provide assistance for people navigating the FOIA process and to create advocates in transparency when available. Michigan Environmental Council issued the following statement in support:

“We applaud Governor Whitmer for emphasizing the importance of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and encouraging more transparency in our state government,” said Michigan Environmental Council Policy Director James Clift. “The state of Michigan clearly has a transparency problem -- look no further than the Flint water crisis or PFAS to find examples of this. To efficiently address these public health threats, as well as prevent them from happening in the first place, Michigan needs to place a greater emphasis on keeping its residents informed. This is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to working with Governor Whitmer and the legislature to further increase transparency, including ensuring that FOIA covers the legislature and the Governor's office.”


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