Senate approves Rocca legislation protecting public right to know


LANSING―Michigan residents will be better informed about public and legal notices under legislation approved by the state Senate on Wednesday.

Senate Bills 163 and 164, sponsored by Sen. Tory Rocca, ensure that the public will continue to have access to information about how the government is managing their issues, as traditional news media face a changing environment.

“Economic conditions and technological advances have changed the way news is reported and consumed, but the public still has a right to know what government officials are up to,” said Rocca, R-Sterling Heights. “With state and local budgets being strained, and dramatic changes coming to the way governments will have to operate, citizens need accurate, timely information more than ever.”

The bills revise state law to require that certain legal or procedural notices, such as land sales, be provided to the public, even in areas of the state where the local newspaper has gone out of business.

SBs 163 and 164, which received unanimous support, now go to the state House for consideration.

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