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|Latest News Updates from MLive.comMichigan solicitor general says Flint, Detroit financial review teams 'not subject to Open Meetings Act'
[Posted by Ron Fonger | RFONGER1@mlive.com May 22, 2012, 7:57 AM] FLINT, MI -- The Michigan Court of Appeals says Flint and Detroit financial review teams are not subject to the Open Meetings Act, a decision that will likely keep Flint emergency manager Michael Brown in charge of the city.
Michigan Solicitor General John Bursch announced the ruling in a Twitter posting this morning.
The Court of Appeals was considering was considering whether state-appointed financial review teams have to meet in public, a decision that could have sweeping effects here and in other financially troubled cities.
A three-judge panel heard oral arguments earlier this month in three separate lawsuits against financial review teams appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in Flint and Detroit.
The court could overturn an earlier ruling from Ingham County District Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who removed Flint's emergency manager from office and declared the eight-member Flint review team violated the Open Meetings Act when it recommended Brown's appointment.
The state attorney general's office appealed Aquilina's ruling to the Court of Appeals, which reinstated Brown pending the outcome of this case.
The state argued that the Flint and Detroit review teams are not public bodies because they don't have final decision-making authority
Attorneys representing the plaintiffs said the review teams are public bodies because they have the power to make recommendations that affect public policy.
Flint city union president Sam Muma had filed the lawsuit against the Flint review team.