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Lawmakers look to hide bids for state contracts



Some lawmakers in Lansing want to exempt certain state business transactions from the Freedom of Information Act.


Senator Rick Jones argues that FOIA requests discourage businesses from bidding on government work because it could reveal trade secrets.


He want to see tighter restrictions on access to bids for state business.


However, the Michigan Press Association says Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act already protects sensitive, proprietary information and the proposed legislation would interfere with the public’s right to examine how government contracts are approved.




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