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Governor Whitmer vetoes bill drafted providing greater transparency during a State of Emergency

Rep. Steve Johnson, (R-Wayland) portrait

Michigan House Bill 4448 was introduced by State Representative Steven Johnson. It would prohibit the suspension of Freedom of Information Act requests during a State of Emergency.

During the pandemic, emergency orders extended FOIA requests response times.

Forty House Democrats voted in favor of the bill with Republicans with 11 Democrats voting against the measure. In the Senate, the vote was 21-15 in favor.

The Wayland Republican says the bipartisan legislation is necessary, “Government should not be able to decide when it wants to be transparent.”

Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed the legislation Thursday saying she will not sign bills that constrain the governor’s ability to protect people.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.
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