Judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit challenging how Michigan's right-to-work law was passed
Lawsuit: Law should be struck down because people were locked out of Capitol while measure was debated
An Ingham County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that says Michigan's right-to-work law should be struck down because people were locked out of the Capitol for hours while the measure was debated in December.
Circuit Judge William Collette on Wednesday said plaintiffs in the case have a "real uphill battle" but should be allowed to depose witnesses and collect evidence.
He ruled after hearing arguments from the state attorney general's office and the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan on whether the case should be tossed.
Unions and others say the law should be invalidated because the Open Meetings Act was violated. The state says people already inside the Capitol were allowed to stay, and the public had access to the proceedings on TV and through media coverage.
The suit by unions and others doesn't contest the substance of the law that prohibits requiring workers to make union payments. A decision by a public body can be invalidated if the body violates a law requiring government transparency.
Collette ordered the Capitol to be reopened Dec. 6 after a legal challenge was brought.
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