Judge to hear challenge to Michigan right-to-work law

MASON, Mich. (AP) - A judge is considering a lawsuit that says Michigan's right-to-work law should be struck down because people were locked out of the Capitol for hours while the measure was debated in December.

Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the suit should be tossed. Michigan's attorney general says people already inside the Capitol were allowed to stay when police decided not to allow more in due to safety concerns.

The suit by unions and others doesn't contest the substance of the law that prohibits requiring workers to make union payments. A decision by a public body can be invalidated if the body violates a law requiring government transparency.

Collette ordered the Capitol to be reopened Dec. 6 after a legal challenge was brought.

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