Michigan Court of Appeals rules Review teams not subject to Open Meetings Act

Complaints involving Detroit, Flint dismissed

Published On: May 22 2012 08:44:40 AM EDT   Updated On: May 22 2012 09:55:17 AM EDT
LANSING -

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that state-appointed teams that reviewed the finances of Detroit and Flint weren't subject to the Open Meetings Act.

The ruling was released Tuesday morning after the appeals court heard arguments earlier this month.

READ: Michigan COA open meetings act ruling May 22 2012

Lower court judges had ruled that the review teams must meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.

Flint has an emergency manager. In Detroit, city and state officials reached an agreement to tackle financial matters through a consent agreement rather than the appointment of an emergency manager.

Statement from the Department of Treasury

“We are pleased with the court's ruling and the affirmation that the review teams followed both the letter and the spirit of the law in reaching their conclusions. It's time to move forward and continue the work of ensuring strong, financially stable and vibrant communities that our state needs and citizens deserve.”