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Judge Dismisses Right-To-Work Challenge


A judge has ruled there was no violation of Michigan’s open meetings act when the state Capitol was closed while the Legislature debated and voted on a right-to-work law.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

Democratic lawmakers and union activists filed the challenge. They wanted the law thrown out because two years ago, Republican leaders and the State Police ordered the doors to the Capitol locked. Republicans say it was a safety issue. Democrats say it was to keep out demonstrators during debate about the controversial law.

An appeals judge said people already in the building were not thrown out, and the public was still able to follow the proceedings online.

Gideon D’Assandro is the state House Republican spokesman.

“We were confident that once the facts were made clear, the court would agree with us that    we complied with the letter and the spirit of the open meetings and that everything would be upheld,” he says.

Republican leaders called the lawsuit a waste of time and money.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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