Abortion rights petition drive sets record in Michigan-- what we know
Supporters of a petition to make access to abortion a part of the Michigan constitution submit a record number of signatures Monday. The group submitted 753,000 signatures, well above the threshold, to get the issue on the November ballot.
Live stream: Reproductive Freedom for All submits 753K signatures in favor of Michigan abortion rights
Groups seeking to codify the right to abortion care in Michigan have submitted a record number of signatures in favor of a ballot initiative that would put the vote up to Michiganders this fall. Watch them speak live.
Michigan ballot drive would subject governor, lawmakers to FOIA
LANSING, Mich. – Advocates for open government said Monday that they will launch a 2022 ballot drive to subject Michigan's governor and Legislature to public-records requests. Michigan is one of just two states that wholly exempt the governor's office and is among eight states where lawmakers are explicitly exempt. “The public is sick of it and we're done playing games.”The legislation that received unanimous House approval two years ago would have removed a specific exclusion of the governor and lieutenant governor from FOIA requests. But various records and information would be exempt, including those related to gubernatorial appointments; pardons and commutations; budget recommendations and spending cuts; the executive residence; constituent communications; and information or records subject to executive privilege. Unlike with other FOIA requests, however, people seeking legislative records could not have gone to court.