Rep Glenn introduces measure calling for state agencies to fulfill FOIA requests

first_img Categories: Glenn News 14Mar Rep. Glenn introduces measure calling for state agencies to fulfill FOIA requests promptly State Rep. Gary Glenn of Williams Township today introduced legislation requiring state departments to fulfill Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests within 60 days of the initial requests.Glenn’s measure is in response to a public statement issued by Attorney General Bill Schuette in December 2017 outlining how Michigan’s FOIA does not specify a particular timeline for when a state department must fulfill a request for information.“Under Michigan’s current FOIA setup, state agencies have no deadline when processing FOIA requests,” Glenn said. “We need to ensure taxpayers receive the information they request from a state department promptly. Allowing state agencies two months to fulfill FOIAs is entirely reasonable and it forces government agencies to respect the people’s right to know.”The measure to increase transparency comes during Sunshine Week, which celebrates the importance of open government and freedom of information.House Bill 5733 will be formally read into the record Thursday.last_img