Rep Tedder votes to expand state government transparency

first_img16Mar Rep. Tedder votes to expand state government transparency State Rep. Jim Tedder today voted to extend transparency laws to include the legislative and executive branches of Michigan’s government.Tedder, of Clarkston, said the 11-bill legislative package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“The public has the right to know how its state government works, and as public servants we must ensure that people have that access to this information,” Tedder said. “As a vocal advocate for government transparency, I am proud to vote in favor of this bipartisan legislation that gives residents of our community more of a voice in government.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.“The government is under an obligation to serve the taxpayers,” Tedder said. “This legislation works to fulfill that obligation by ensuring accountability and transparency from our elected officials.”##### Categories: News,Tedder Newslast_img read more