Judge says "Right to Work" lawsuit can continue

Apr 3, 2013

Protesters demonstrate against "Right to Work" (file photo)
Credit The Associated Press

A judge in Lansing says a lawsuit challenging Michigan’s “right to work” law can go ahead. The Gongwer News Service says Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette issued the ruling Wednesday.

The suit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other “right to work” opponents says lawmakers broke the state’s Open Meetings Act when the legislature passed the law in December. That’s because the Republican majority temporarily closed the Capitol Building to people protesting the bill.

Gongwer says Collete rejected a request by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette to dismiss the case. The Open Meetings Act allows judges to overturn decisions by elected officials if they are made during sessions that violate the Act.