How the Flint water crisis and a statehouse scandal gave a boost to FOIA reform in Michigan


A succession of high-profile scandals in Michigan over the last year have cast a spotlight on the high cost of secrecy in state government. Now, there’s an opportunity for open records reform with a bipartisan 10-bill package that passed unanimously through a House committee this spring—and it’s championed by a young lawmaker who once trained as a reporter.

Redrawing America: Why Gerrymandering Matters


"I live in ground zero of gerrymandering in Michigan,” State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), an Oakland County native, told the HPR. “You don’t even need to know that much about Michigan or about Oakland County to look at a map and wonder: ‘Why are three districts in Oakland County literally spiraling around one another?’ ‘Why do neighboring towns called Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and West Bloomfield all reside in different congressional districts?’"

MDEQ should heed concerns over drilling in Southfield

[The following is a Detroit Free Press editorial by Jeremy Moss]

Southfield is not a community under state emergency management – but you wouldn’t know it based on a recent Michigan Department of Environmental Quality decision.

The same MDEQ of Flint water crisis infamy approved a permit this month to drill for oil at the corner of 9 Mile and Evergreen Road despite the fact that the Southfield City Council issued a lawful moratorium against such activity within the city’s borders.

Greig, Moss, Wittenberg to run for re-election to Michigan House


Moss, a former Southfield City Councilman, is the minority vice-chair of the House Local Government Committee and is the Democrats’ point-person on legislation affecting local municipalities.

“I’m proud to be a strong voice in Lansing for our most local concerns at home,” said Moss, who served as acting chairman of the committee just six months into his tenure as state representative, marking the first time in recent years that a member from the minority party has chaired an entire legislative committee meeting with action items on the agenda.

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