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ERIC Number: ED140367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
"Sunshine" in Michigan.
Parks, Carl L.
This report examines the rationale for opening deliberative processes to the public and discusses, specifically, the Michigan open-meetings law. The following topics are addressed: the definition of public business; the components of a free press; the relationship between open meetings, community expertise, and civic consciousness; and protection against wrongdoing, fraud, and misrepresentation. In addition, the conflict between the right to know and the right to privacy, secrecy and the public welfare, and governmental secrecy in general are discussed. Analysis of the Michigan law of 1976 includes treatment of the historical underpinnings of the law, as well as discussion of relevant case law and media response. It is concluded that the actual application of the Michigan open-meetings law can bring about greater access to public deliberations. In the face of ever-changing case law, however, it is evident that the open-meetings law is not without exception. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Freedom of Information Center, Columbia, MO.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan