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If you would like to help our coverage grow, consider donating to Ballotpedia. The Michigan Open Meetings Act legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. Act of defines the law. Here is a list of open meetings lawsuits in Michigan. For more information go the or go to Michigan sunshine lawsuits.
The cases are listed alphabetically. To order them by year please click the icon to the right of the Year heading. The law states that meetings are any gathering of a quorum of a public body with the intention of deliberating or deciding on public matters. The act defines government body as all state and local bodies which were created by the state constitution, statute, charter, ordinance, resolution, or rule and which exercise government authority or function.
The legislature falls under the definition of public body found at Michigan CodeAct of Public bodies are required to post notice of all meetings at their main office.
Regularly scheduled meetings are to be posted within 10 days of the first meeting of the year, at which the meeting times are to be established. If one of these regular meetings is changed, then the public body must post notice of this within 3 days of deciding to change the meeting time. Notice must be posted 18 hours before a changed regular meeting, 6 hours before a conference committee meeting and 1 hour before a second conference committee meeting.
A public body may reconvene a meeting within 36 hours of original meeting without posting notice. Any individual has the right to attend a public meeting and record or broadcast that public meeting.
The public body may not require the registration of individuals attending a public meeting. Meetings cannot be held at residential locations unless no alternative is open.
Minutes must be taken at both open and closed meetings. Minutes from closed meetings are to be sealed and can be destroyed 1 year and 1 day after the meeting, assuming that no legal action requires them to be maintained.
The minutes of open meetings must be available within 8 days after the minutes were taken and official minutes must be available within 5 days of the minutes approval. Anyone may file suit if they believe a violation of the open meetings law has occurred. A court may invalidate decisions of the public body if it finds a violation of the law and the suit was filed within 60 days of the release of official minutes and within 30 days regarding matters relating to contracts.
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