Know the Michigan Open Meetings Act and Keep Government Open and Honest

Over the years, I’ve received several questions on the Open Meetings Act (OMA).  OMA sets rules to keep government open and honest.  Taxpayers ought to see the full process leading up to decisions that affect how their tax dollars are spent.  The courts have said that interpretations of OMA should be broad to protect the public’s right to know.  It takes a 2/3 vote for a public body to go into ‘closed’ or ‘executive’ session and the purpose for the closed session must be stated.  Permitted … [Read more...]