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News organizations sue Michigan redistricting commission

The Supreme Court
Mark Sherman
The Supreme Court

Seeking access to legal documents the panel has kept hidden from the public.

News organizations and the Michigan Press Association are suing the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, and they’re taking their case directly to the state Supreme Court.

The news organizations say the commission is violating a transparency provision in the voter-approved amendment that created it. They want the state’s highest court to issue an order this month for the commission to release legal memos and a recording of a closed-door meeting. Lisa McGraw is with the Michigan Press Association.

“This is a core part of the democratic process, making these maps. So, it should be very, very open.”

Commissioners say they needed privacy to get legal advice as they draw up new congressional and legislative district boundaries.

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