Bill would establish FOIA request timeline

Mar 19, 2018

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that would speed up Freedom of Information Act requests. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says the bill would require state departments to fulfill FOIA requests within 60 days. He says the measure is in response to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s statement that Michigan’s FOIA law doesn’t specify a timeline in which information requests must be fulfilled.

The bill now moves to the House Oversight Committee for consideration.

LaFave also sponsors one of 11 bills introduced in February 2017 making Michigan’s governor, lieutenant governor, and the state legislature subject to the FOIA. The Michigan Senate has yet to take up the bill package.