Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is being sued for using private emails for state business. Progress Michigan has filed the lawsuit against the AG and his staff. Executive director Lonnie Scott says even though it is not illegal to conduct business through private email, their requests to receive all of the emails through the Freedom of Information Act has been denied twice.
“When you are using a personal email, even if it's personal email that does not exempt you from the Freedom of Information Act if you're conducting state business. The Freedom of Information Act in Michigan, it has a lot of flaws, but it's very clear that you have created a public record even if you're using a private email address there's no exemption for private email,” he says.
Scott adds the public is entitled to a transparent an accountable government. The lawsuit asks the court of Claims to say private emails used by public officials to conduct public business should be subject to open records laws.