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Wed Apr 3, 2013, 12:19 PM

Michigan: Right-to-work challenge alleging OMA violation will move forward

from the Detroit Free Press:

MASON — An Ingham County judge this morning rejected Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to dismiss a lawsuit by labor supporters who allege Michigan’s new right-to-work laws were passed in violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act.

Judge William Collette said in Ingham County Circuit Court a coalition of labor unions presented enough evidence to warrant the legal challenge but he fell short of declaring whether any open meetings violation actually occurred when the Capitol was closed in December 2012 as lawmakers took up right-to-work legislation for the first time.

“I don’t know if you have a good case,” Collette told attorneys for the labor unions. “You have a real uphill battle but there are some haystacks on fire around the field.”

Collette also criticized the state, questioning Assistant Attorney General Michelle Brya about whether Republican leadership ordered staff aides to take up seats in the House gallery Dec. 6 to prevent the public from observing initial action on right-to-work legislation. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.freep.com/article/20130403/NEWS06/130403006/Judge-considers-lawsuit-against-Michigan-right-to-work-law

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