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Lawsuit To Toss Out Right-To-Work Goes To Court This Week

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A lawsuit aimed at repealing Michigan’s new right-to-work law will have its first day in court Wednesday.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher reports, state officials hope an Ingham County Judge will immediately dismiss the suit.

The A-C-L-U of Michigan says lawmakers deliberately shut out members of the public as they passed the right-to-work law in December.

A-C-L-U Attorney Dan Korobkin says that’s a violation of the state’s Open Meetings Act, and the law should be tossed out.

“We’ve had a lot of controversial laws in Michigan, but never before have we seen the public locked out of the process,”  he says.

But state Attorney General Bill Schuette says hundreds of citizens were in the Senate and House chambers as lawmakers voted on the legislation. He says police were protecting public safety when they stopped letting more people into the building for about four hours.

Both sides will make their case to Judge William Collette in Mason.

Jake Neher is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He covers the State Legislature and other political events in Lansing.
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