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Secretary of State Announces Transparency Agenda

Mar 19, 2021

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced her legislative agenda, named “From Worst to First,” which aims to increase government transparency. Michigan regularly ranks in the bottom nationwide in terms of transparency laws. Specific items within the agenda include:

    • Expanding the Freedom of Information Act to apply to the governor and legislature
    • Require personal financial disclosures from elected officials
    • Require more frequent campaign disclosure than the current quarterly requirement
    • Ban foreign money in Michigan elections
    • Enforce the Conflict of Interest Act (PA 318) to identify legislative conflicts of interest

Additionally, Secretary Benson announced the Bureau of Elections will launch a new campaign finance filing system on its website this year, which aims to make it easier for the public to track the finances of candidates.

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