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Bipartisan plan would extend open records law to governor, Legislature

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act could be extended to the governor and the state Legislature under a bill that could be voted on this week by a state House committee.

The 40-year-old law applies to state agencies and local governments, but not the governor or legislative offices.

The Flint water crisis spurred public interest in expanding the public’s ability to examine public records.

A state House committee could vote this week to reverse exemptions that shield the governor and legislative offices from records requests.

Open government advocates say the bills are a good start, but would like to see some changes.

One of them is to let appeals of denials go to court instead of a legislative employee.

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