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DETROIT (WWJ) – The future of the state’s emergency manager law is still up in the air.

The Michigan Court of Appeals will decide if a lower court’s ruling that the Detroit review team violated the state’s Open Meetings Act should stand.

Union activist Robert Davis initially filed the complaint saying these state-appointed review teams, sent in to decide if an emergency manager is needed, have been violating the Act by meeting in private.

Agreeing with Davis, Ingham County Circuit court Judge William Collette put a hold on the closed-door meetings. Collette said also  that a review team and Treasurer Andy Dillon shall not execute or sign a consent agreement or its equivalent with the city of Detroit until Collette makes further orders.

The state, which supports the closed-door meetings, has appealed.

On Friday, Davis said he believes Judge Collette’s ruling will be upheld.

“The state agreed to the adjournment based upon certain restrictions put forth by Judge Collette. And the case law is very clear that Judge Collette has a right to set forth a hearing for civil contempt brought against the defendants,” Davis said. “And, as a result, they have to answer Judge Collette’s order and show cause.”

These court challenges come as the city of Detroit and state leaders work on a consent agreement that both sides can support.  The deadline for that is Monday.

RELATED: Review Team Declares ‘Severe Financial Emergency’ In Detroit

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