MSC schedules arguments in Oakland County redistricting case

The Michigan Supreme Court scheduled arguments to determine whether or not it will grant leave or take other action in a dispute over the way that Oakland County Board of Commissioners districts are drawn.

The case involves a challenge of 2011 PA 280.

After the 2010 census, the apportionment commission for Oakland County adopted a reapportionment plan for the board. Part of the plan was to reduce the number of commissioners from 35 to 21. The plan was submitted to the legislature, which approved it as Public Act 280 of 2011.

The circuit court determined the plan was unconstitutional on three grounds: It is a local act that the legislature failed to enact in compliance with the state constitution; it is an unfunded mandate; and it would not allow a proper opportunity for judicial review of the new apportionment.

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s decision.

The Michigan Supreme Court ordered today that it will hear arguments next week.

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