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Transparency legislation proposed in Michigan.

2011

New reporting requirements went into effect Jan. 1 for production companies that take advantage of tax credits for filming in Michigan. Michigan's film incentives refunds approximately 42 percent of production costs.[1]

As Michigan lawmakers begin to examine redistricting, government watchdog groups are calling for more transparency in the process. Michigan will lose a congressional seat, so the other 14 will be reconfigured.[2]

Rep. Jim Townsend, D-Royal Oak, introduced a pay-as-you-go plan for Michigan. The legislation would require the state to have a plan to pay for any legislation before passing it.Townsend’s plan will require the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies to rate any legislation based on its five-year impact on the state budget. In order to be voted on, any legislation with a negative impact on state revenues would need to include provisions to pay for its cost. There is no bill number yet assigned.[3]

2010

2009

See also: Michigan Freedom of Information Act and Michigan state budget

House Bill 4043[4] would create a searchable database of state expenditures. Referred to Committee on Oversight and Investigations on January 22, 2009 and reassigned to the Committee on Urban Policy on February 4, 2009.

House Bill 4121[5] would require certain budget expenditures to be posted on the state website and provide a penalty for non-compliance. Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Investigations on January 27, 2009.

House Bill 4150[6] would create a searchable database of state expenditures. Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Investigations on February 4, 2009.

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