LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive today to ensure the executive branch’s compliance with Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act laws. The directive includes the addition of new transparency liaisons to increase transparency within state agencies. In response to the directive, House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) issued the following statement:

“After years of ranking last in government transparency, it is long past time for us to shed light on what our state officials do on behalf of the families we serve. Emphasizing the need for greater transparency and accountability is critical for state government to be effective, and I applaud Gov. Whitmer for taking the lead on this issue. That is also why some of the first bills introduced this session would subject the Legislature and the Governor’s Office to FOIA and open records laws; every branch of government must become more accountable to the people we serve so that we can build a stronger Michigan for us all. It’s time we pass this legislation and get the job done for Michigan families.”