Lawmakers honored with 'Sunshine Award'

The Michigan Press Association is honoring State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton) and State Rep. Peter Pettalia (R-Presque Isle) for their support of sunshine and transparency in government at all levels.

Both have been stalwart supporters of the public's right to know during their legislative careers. They have worked closely with the MPA public policy team to help improve open government in Michigan.

MPA is pleased to announce these awards during the national celebration of Sunshine Week March 15-21. This award recognizes Michigan legislators who have made a significant contribution to the cause of furthering open government.

Schuitmaker and Pettalia are receiving the award based on their support of last year's FOIA reforms and their ongoing understanding of the importance public notices in newspapers play in keeping Michigan's citizens informed about the activities of their government. These actions directly support the MPA charge of defending free speech, promoting an open and responsive government and the fostering of an informed citizenry.

Published: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

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