Michigan Municipal League
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 4, 2022
Michigan Municipal League Statement in Advance of the Upcoming Sunshine Week
League Supports Modernization of Open Meetings Act and Public Notice Laws
ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League is issuing the following statement in relation to the upcoming national Sunshine Week, March 13-19. The statement can be attributed to League Board President Barb Ziarko, Sterling Heights City Councilmember.
“The Michigan Municipal League wholeheartedly supports the need to have open and transparent government on all levels, particularly for the members we represent at the local level. It’s in the name of transparency that the League calls for a modernization of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act and related public notification requirements. The laws that our local governments must now follow were written decades ago and long before current technologies, such as the Internet and two-way virtual communications, became as prevalent as they are today. The League would welcome the opportunity to engage in further conversation with the media and state lawmakers to come up with ways to streamline and modernize our state laws so that they better align with the technologies now available.”
For additional information, contact Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League assistant director of strategic communications, at [email protected] and (810) 874-1073.
Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at mml.org.