MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union seeking to invalidate Michigan’s new right-to-work law over an alleged violation of the Open Meetings Act is moving forward.
M-Live is reporting that an Ingham County Circuit Court Judge today denied the state’s motion to dismiss the case for lack of merit or improper jurisdiction.
The report says the decision will allow plaintiffs to collect evidence and depose witnesses in an attempt to prove that the state violated the law by locking the Capitol doors in early December as lawmakers considered the controversial legislation inside.
The Ingham County case is one of at least three pending legal challenges to the new law, which prohibits new labor contracts requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
The judge has ordered the state to submit an official response to the ACLU’s complaint by Monday.
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