In a significant move towards fostering transparency and accountability in Michigan’s government, Michigan Initiatives has completed the draft of a groundbreaking Citizens’ Initiative called “The Transparency Act.” This proposed amendment aims to hold the Governor’s office and the legislative branch subject to public information requests, effectively eliminating the existing exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Transparency Act represents a vital step forward in ensuring an open and accountable government that serves the interests of all Michigan residents.

Transparency in government is not just a lofty ideal; it is a fundamental necessity for a healthy society.

Currently, the Governor’s office and the legislative branch in Michigan enjoy exemptions from public information requests, limiting citizens’ access to crucial governmental records. This lack of transparency undermines the public’s ability to hold elected officials accountable and erodes trust in our process. The Transparency Act seeks to rectify this imbalance by establishing a framework of openness and accountability for all branches of government.

Key Features of “The Transparency Act”:

“The Transparency Act” is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Ending Exemptions: The amendment will ensure that the Governor’s office and the legislative branch are no longer exempt from public information requests under FOIA. All government entities, including the highest offices, should be held to the same standard of transparency.

  2. Empowering Citizens: By opening up access to public records, “The Transparency Act” will empower citizens to stay informed about government activities, participate in the decision-making process, and actively engage with their elected representatives.

  3. Strengthening Accountability: Transparency breeds accountability. With increased access to information, citizens will be better equipped to hold their elected officials responsible for their actions, decisions, and policies. This promotes a culture of accountability and enhances the integrity of our system.

What Can You Do?
Michigan Initiatives invites all concerned citizens to actively participate in this monumental campaign for government transparency. Here’s how you can get involved:

  1. Stay Informed: Visit the Michigan Initiatives website ( to learn more about “The Transparency Act” and its progress. Stay updated on the latest news, events, and opportunities for engagement.

  2. Support the Initiative: Show your support for transparency and accountability by signing the petition for “The Transparency Act.” Your signature will help demonstrate the widespread demand for government transparency.

  3. Spread the Word: Share information about “The Transparency Act” with your friends, family, and community members. Use your voice and social media platforms to amplify the message and build awareness.

  4. Volunteer: Join the dedicated team of volunteers working tirelessly to gather signatures, organize events, and promote “The Transparency Act” across the state. Every effort counts in our journey towards a more transparent government.

The completion of the draft of “The Transparency Act” by Michigan Initiatives marks a significant milestone in the quest for a more accountable government in Michigan. By holding the Governor’s office and the legislative branch subject to public information requests, this proposed Citizens’ Initiative aims to enhance transparency, empower citizens, and strengthen values. Together, let’s stand up for government transparency and work towards a future where the people of Michigan have the information and access they deserve.

3 Responses

  1. This is exactly what we need. Transparency means more politicians will be held accountable for their actions. No more hiding behind the red tape!

  2. Do you have a link to the actual language of the transparency act. May be here I just couldn’t find. I’m all for FOIA, but I’ve seen a few of those that took two brand new sharpy markers to black out. Like watching the FBI not wanting to answer so its protecting sources and methods.

  3. It’s about time. The MI House has introduced legislation for the last few years that would expand FOIA and transparency, but it would sie in the Senate, thanks (most recently) to Mike Shirkey and Arlen Meekhof. Bring it on!

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