Open Meetings Act & Freedom of Information Act
Herald Newspapers v City of Bay City
463 Mich 111 (2000)
Issue: Open Meetings Act (OMA) & Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The local newspaper sued, claiming that actions of the city manager and his committee were required to be conducted in public under the OMA. (The paper also claimed that the city violated the FOIA for failing to release the identities and other information of the seven finalists.) The circuit court held for the city; the Court of Appeals reversed, finding that the city commission and the city manager, acting together, constituted a public body for OMA purposes.
|Why did the LDF get involved?
The Court of Appeals’ decision that the city manager is a public body under the OMA when making recommendations to the commission would have disastrous consequences for local government.What action did the LDF take?
Filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Court of Appeals
Filed an amicus brief with Michigan Supreme Court
What was the outcome?
Who prepared the amicus brief?