State democrats want to let the sunshine in with conflict of interest laws

Mar 14, 2017

Michigan Representative David LaGrand
Credit mlive.com

House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation they say will make Michigan a model for transparency and accountability – instead of at the bottom where it currently ranks in those areas. 

It’s Sunshine Week – a time of year when issues of transparency and open government are put front and center.

Legislation in Lansing would, among other things, require elected state officials to disclose their personal finances and require presidential candidates to release their most recent tax returns to get on the state ballot.

Representative David LaGrand is a bill sponsor.

“Michigan is really on the bottom of the barrel as far as ethics and accountability in the legislature. And I think that’s something we should change.”

The State House is also expected to vote this week on whether to subject the governor and legislature to freedom of information laws.