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Act 442 of 1976
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Act 442 of 1976

AN ACT to provide for public access to certain public records of public bodies; to permit certain fees; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain public officers and public bodies; to provide remedies and penalties; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.

History: 1976, Act 442, Eff. Apr. 13, 1977
Popular Name: Act 442
Popular Name: FOIA

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Section 15.231SectionShort title; public policy.
Section 15.232SectionDefinitions.
Section 15.233SectionPublic records; request requirements; right to inspect, copy, or receive; subscriptions; forwarding requests; file; inspection and examination; memoranda or abstracts; rules; compilation, summary, or report of information; creation of new public record; certified copies.
Section 15.234SectionFee; limitation on total fee; labor costs; establishment of procedures and guidelines; creation of written public summary; detailed itemization; availability of information on website; notification to requestor; deposit; failure to respond in timely manner; increased estimated fee deposit; deposit as fee; failure to pay or appeal deposit; request abandoned.
Section 15.235SectionRequest to inspect or receive copy of public record; response to request; failure to respond; damages; contents of notice denying request; signing notice of denial; notice extending period of response; action by requesting person; law enforcement records management system; alternate responses.
Section 15.236SectionFOIA coordinator.
Section 15.240SectionOptions by requesting person; appeal; actions by public body; receipt of written appeal; judicial review; civil action; venue; de novo proceeding; burden of proof; private view of public record; contempt; assignment of action or appeal for hearing, trial, or argument; attorneys' fees, costs, and disbursements; assessment of award; damages.
Section 15.240aSectionFee in excess of amount permitted under procedures and guidelines or MCL 15.234.
Section 15.240bSectionFailure to comply with act; civil fine.
Section 15.241SectionMatters required to be published and made available by state agency; form of publications; effect of matter not published and made available; exception; action to compel compliance by state agency; order; attorneys' fees, costs, and disbursements; jurisdiction; definitions.
Section 15.243SectionExemptions from disclosure; public body as school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy; withholding of information required by law or in possession of executive office.
Section 15.243aSectionSalary records of employee or other official of institution of higher education, school district, intermediate school district, or community college available to public on request.
Section 15.244SectionSeparation of exempt and nonexempt material; design of public record; description of material exempted.
Section 15.245SectionRepeal of MCL 24.221, 24.222, and 24.223.
Section 15.246SectionEffective date.
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