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Supreme Court Rejects Gov's Request For Opinion

The Michigan Supreme Court won't tell Governor Rick Snyder whether the so-called "Right To Work" laws are constitutional.

Governor Snyder, who signed the bills into law after several contentious days of protests and meetings in December, had asked the court for an "advisory opinion" on Public Acts 348 and 349 - which took effect at the end of March.

But the court won't do it.

In an order released Friday, the court said "the request by the Governor for an advisory opinion on the constitutionality of 2012 PA 348 and 2012 PA 349 is again considered, and it is DENIED, because we are not persuaded that granting the request would be an appropriate exercise of the Court's discretion."

Snyder wanted the justices to especially decide whether the law applies to state employees who belong to unions and are under the authority of the Michigan Civil Service Commission. Contracts expire this year.

Since Snyder made his request, unions have sued in state and federal courts challenging the law. A lawsuit on whether the law applies to state employees is pending in the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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