Michigan Freedom of Information

In Michigan, the Freedom of Information Act regulates and sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all “public bodies.” The Michigan Freedom of Information Act is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of government bodies at all levels in the state.  The law was enacted by the Michigan state legislature in 1977.  The provisions of the law are included in the Michigan Compiled Laws, Sections 15.231 to 15.246.  The enacting legislation states that “it is the public policy of this state that all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees, consistent with this act.  The people shall be informed so that they may fully participate in the democratic process.”

Furthermore, as part of the freedom of information, the Michigan Open Meetings Act (OMA) requires that governmental meetings be conducted in public with certain exceptions. The OMA provides the procedures by which the public must be notified of meetings.  The Act is provided under MCL 15.261, et seq.  Pursuant to MCL 15.263, “all meetings of a public body shall be open to the public and shall be held in a place available to the general public.  All persons shall be permitted to attend any meeting except as otherwise provided in this act. The right of a person to attend a meeting of a public body includes the right to tape-record, to videotape, to broadcast live on radio, and to telecast live on television the proceedings of a public body at a public meeting.”


Inside Michigan Freedom of Information