LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Waucedah Township, issued the following statement Tuesday on Attorney General Dana Nessel’s legal opinion that the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) closed session held Oct. 27, 2021, should have been an open meeting:
“I am pleased with the legal assessment that the MICRC’s Oct. 27 meeting should have been open, according to the state constitution. I am also grateful that legal clarity has been given regarding an issue that on its face seemed clear to most observers. I look forward to the relevant documents from the meeting being made public and, more importantly, that a mistake like this does not happen again.”
The commission shocked observers by holding a closed session on Oct. 27. McBroom, who serves as chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee, formally asked Nessel to provide a legal opinion on whether the commission’s closed meeting violated Article 4, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution, which says the commission’s meetings shall be open.