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Campaign to expand freedom of information laws on hold

Campaign to expand freedom of information laws on hold

The petition campaign to expand the state’s open government laws is on hold while it decides what’s next.

The Campaign to Close Lansing Loopholes says dragged-out litigation created a timing problem with collecting enough signatures to get a question on the ballot this year.

Lonnie Scott is with Progress Michigan, which is part of the coalition. He says there’s no final decision, but it might make sense to wait. He says the Legislature could also adopt the proposal, but that seems unlikely.

“We wish that the Legislature would do it, but it’s become more and more clear all they can muster is to talk about it.”

The campaign seeks to extend freedom-of-information laws beyond state agencies and local governments, so they also cover the Legislature and the governor’s office.

Scott says a final decision will be made in the next week or two.