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Posted on 09.22.2016 Under Legislative

Legislative Report for MAT

Judy Augenstein, Legislative Consultant

September 2016

This week the House voted to expand and mirror FOIA to include legislative and gubernatorial documents.  The 10 bills mostly end the exemption the Governor has always had from the Freedom of Information Act, with some exemptions, and create the Legislative Open Records Act that declares what records of the Legislature would become newly public and what would remain exempt, similar to FOIA.  The bills are a bi-partisan product of Rep. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan and Rep. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield who have championed the package for much of the legislative term.  Rep. Moss commented “It is time to apply transparency to how we do business in the Legislature”.  The bills now move to the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive does not support the bills.
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Posted on 09.21.2016 Under Legislative

Legislative Report for MAT

Judy Augenstein, Legislative Consultant

September 2016

On Monday of this week our friend Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle was killed in a motorcycle accident in Montmorency County as he was traveling to Lansing for House session.  The crash involved another car driven by a 59 yer old woman as her car turned left into Rep. Pettalia, he died instantly.  The Senate was not in session this week.  The House canceled fundraisers, committee meetings and its normal session for Tuesday.  A memorial service was held today, Friday, Sept. 16, at the Presque Isle Lighthouse from noon to 5:00 PM.  Shuttle buses ushered mourners to and from their cars to and from the site.  Donations can be made to the “Lighthouse Restoration Fund”, 12653 E. Grand Lake Rd., Presque Isle, MI. 49777.
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