Rep Bellino lauds bipartisan passage of transparency bills

first_img16Mar Rep. Bellino lauds bipartisan passage of transparency bills Categories: Bellino News State Rep. Joe Bellino voted today in favor of bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.Bellino, of Monroe, introduced one of the 11 bills to make 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.“We are public servants, and the people we represent deserve to have access to information about our actions,” Bellino said. “People are trusting us to make the best use of the money they pay in taxes, and I see no reason why they should not see how we are using those tax dollars.”Bellino’s legislation addresses minimal exemptions to LORA, such as redacting personal identity information communicated between a representative’s office and a constituent.The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills never made it to the governor for signature.Bellino said 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.#####last_img read more