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Governor Whitmer Signs Legislation Strengthening Government Transparency


November 22, 2021  



Governor Whitmer Signs Legislation Strengthening Government Transparency 


LANSING, Mich. - Governor Whitmer today signed House Bill 4778 which will strengthen government transparency. The governor also signed House Bill 4711 and House Bill 4694.   


House Bill 4778 will require the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to ensure that all state departments and agencies do not use any app, software, or other technology on an electronic device that prevents the maintenance or preservation of a public record.   


"In order for Michiganders to have full faith in our state government, is critical that state departments and agencies are transparent," said Governor Whitmer. "Trust is critical for our democracy to be successful, and House Bill 4778 is another step in ensuring that our state is working for the best interests of Michigan communities." 


House Bill 4778 was sponsored by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland Twp. and a copy can be found here 


The governor also signed House Bill 4711 and House Bill 4694.  


House Bill 4711 would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Code to allow the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to issue a license to a private entity to sell alcohol at baseball stadiums at Eastern Michigan University and Oakland University under certain circumstances. This will help attract high-level college summer teams to Ypsilanti and Rochester Hills. 


House Bill 4711 was sponsored by Rep. Matt Hall, R - Marshall, and a copy of the bill can be found here 


House Bill 4694 would streamline the process in the Uniform Commercial Code to require a filing office to accept certain financing statement forms approved by the International Association of Commercial Administrators and adopted by the Secretary of State (SOS) and any other form adopted by the SOS.  


House Bill 4694 was sponsored by Rep. Jack O'Malley, R - Lake Ann, and a copy of the bill can be found here