FOIA and the City Attorney

The Michigan Supreme Court recently decided BISIO v THE CITY OF THE VILLAGE OF CLARKSTON. The city attorney attempted to shield certain documents from a citizen, claiming he was not a public body and his communications with a developer were not public records. The Supreme Court disagreed, making clear that those who serve in offices of state and local government are subject to public oversight.

Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act was passed to provide to the people of Michigan full and complete information regarding the affairs of government. Outside of very narrow exceptions, the business of government is open to the people to review and inspect.

If you need assistance requesting public records from your local government or the State of Michigan or if your request was denied, contact Stoltman Law, Pllc to assist you with your FOIA request.