Below is a press release from the Governor's Office last night regarding Executive Order 2020-38. A link to the full executive order is here.
LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-38, which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. This action will protect workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.
Under the Executive Order, a public body must respond to a request received at its physical office via U.S. mail or fax within 10 business days after an employee receives and views the request. If a request requires a search of physical records it will be deferred until after the state of emergency and disaster declared in Executive Order 2020-33 is lifted.
The Executive Order also requires public bodies to communicate in writing with the person filing the request if they are unable to fulfill the request without a search of physical public records. The person filing the request then has the option to amend their request to include electronic records only. If a public body is unable to fulfill a request in the timeframe they specified because of remote work and social distancing, then a written notice will be sent to the person filing the request to explain why there is a delay.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form
View Oakland Township's FOIA policy summary here.
View Oakland Township's FOIA policy here.
FOIA requests may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure a prompt response, requests should contain the term "FOIA" or "FOIA Request" in the subject line.