Michigan Supreme Court won’t define ‘public official’ in Open Meetings Act

The Michigan Supreme Court decided not to define a public official under Michigan's Open Meetings Act, with two justices dissenting, according to a court order.

In a lawsuit ongoing for more than two years that alleged violations of Michigan's Open Meetings Act by Oakley village clerk Cheryl Bolf, the Michigan Supreme Court heard arguments April 6 and denied the application, an April 25 order states, "because we are not persuaded that the question presented should be reviewed by this Court."

Five justices, Robert P. Young, Jr., Brian K. Zahra, Bridget M. McCormack, David F. Viviano, and Joan L. Larsen, agreed on the decision. Continue…