PA 563 of 2014 (“PA 563”) amended the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) effective July 1, 2015. PA 563 amends FOIA in several major respects including the manner in which fees and costs may be charged for responding to FOIA requests. Pursuant to PA 563, all municipalities in Michigan must have in effect by July 1, 2015 new written procedures and guidelines to implement the amended FOIA. If a municipality does not comply with these new requirements by July 1, 2015, that municipality will still be required to process and respond to FOIA requests but will not be permitted to charge fees and costs for those responses unless and until the municipality comes into compliance. If your municipality needs assistance with establishing and implementing the new procedures and guidelines required by PA 563, please contact Bloom Sluggett Morgan, PC.
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