Emergency Managers — February 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Reporting on Emergency Manager financial review teams violating Open Meetings Act was wrong



Yesterday in my Emergency Manager news round-up, I linked to reporting by WXYZ saying that a Lansing judge had “ruled” that meetings by financial review teams, in a lead up to imposing an Emergency Manager on a school or municipality, violated the Open Meetings Act. Turns out that WXYZ had it quite wrong and Judge Collette made no such ruling. Michigan Radio, who reported the same thing based on the same WXYZ report, has since corrected their error.

In this morning’s status conference, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette told the attorney for State Treasurer Andy Dillon that he would rather the state not hold any financial review meetings until he rules whether these meetings have to adhere to the state’s Open Meetings Act.

The judge said he’s inclined to rule that closed door state financial review meetings violate the Open Meetings Act, but he’s waiting to hear the state’s argument. State attorneys have not filed their paperwork yet.

The state agreed to the judge’s wishes saying they weren’t planning to hold any financial review meetings prior to next week’s hearing anyway.

More on this at the Detroit News.

Looks like bloggers aren’t the only ones to jump too quickly with “breaking” news, eh? Journalism!

[H/T to Eclectablog reader Amy H. who brought this to my attention.]