Rep Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universities

first_img State Rep. Martin Howrylak last week introduced a bipartisan measure requiring the governing boards of Michigan’s public universities to open all of their meetings to the public.“Currently, the state constitution is interpreted to allow the governing boards of public universities to decide when to hold formal and informal sessions,” said Rep. Howrylak, R-Troy. “It’s unfair to Michigan citizens and students that university board members can avoid the public eye and hold secret meetings. While it’s sometimes difficult to have to face the public when making tough decisions, it’s a moral obligation of elected officials to ensure that their actions are made in a public forum.”Rep. Howrylak said informal meetings allow public university governing boards to meet in private with a voting quorum in order to make collective decisions without the input of the public. House Joint Resolution O will add language to the constitution to ensure that these meetings are subject to the Open Meetings Act.Rep. Howrylak said: “This amendment will not only increase transparency and accountability in our public universities, but it will also hold our universities’ governing boards to the same standards as other elected officials in Michigan. This will help ensure that the boards partner with residents and students in crafting the highest quality public policy.”The constitutional amendment requires approval from two-thirds of the members in both the House and the Senate. Upon receiving the necessary votes from the Legislature, the measure would be decided upon by Michigan citizens via ballot proposal.HJR O has been referred to the Committee on Oversight and Ethics for consideration.### Categories: Howrylak News 24Apr Rep. Howrylak introduces proposal to increase transparency in Michigan public universitieslast_img

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