Court of Appeals rules Detroit and Michigan can enter into a consent agreement

DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has issued a ruling reversing an Ingham County judge's order barring the city of Detroit from entering into a consent agreement with the state of Michigan.

The order was issued just before 10:00 p.m. on Friday.

It says that Michigan law does not authorize the court to prevent future acts without a finding that they would continue to violate the Open Meetings Act.

The ruling goes on to halt any further action by the court pending another ruling by the Court of Appeals. It is not clear when such a ruling could come.

The city is facing a March 26 deadline, at which point the Financial Review team will present its recommendation to Governor Snyder. The team recently found that a severe financial emergency exists in the city.

Based on that, the review team is expected to either recommend a consent agreement or an emergency manager for the city.

The Ingham court ruling would have prevented the implementation of a consent agreement, at least until a show cause hearing was held on March 29.

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