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Court: Review Teams Not Subject To Open Meetings Act

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – 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. Lower court judges had ruled that the review teams must meet the requirements of the Open Meetings Act.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said this is a big win for Gov. Rick Snyder and the state treasurer’s office.

“And that’s a set back for Robert Davis, the activist out of Highland Park who’s been fighting this through the courts,” said Skubick. “We expect him to take this to the Supreme Court. The betting money is he’ll probably lose there too.”

State Department of Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton said in a statement that the agency was pleased with the ruling, which supports its position.

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.

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