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Increasing transparency,  that's what's behind a public records proposal submitted by members of the Michigan House that would subject the governor and lawmakers to public records requests.

 

Freshman State House Representative Michele Hoitenga of Manton said of the proposal; 

 

“Michigan is one of just two states that still exempt the governor, lieutenant governor, senators and state representatives from open records rules,” Hoitenga said. “I was more than happy to be open and transparent when I served as mayor, and I should be held to the same standard of accountability as a state representative.”

 

The proposal is a bi-partisan effort. It's the second attempt at such a measure, which has been spurred on by Flint's water crisis and the sex scandal that forced two legislators from office.

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