The Michigan Court of Appeals has told state education officials that they can’t interfere with local libraries that charge fees to patrons who live in other communities.
In a unanimous decision released Wednesday, the three judges said the Michigan Department of Education had overstepped its role in 2009 when it passed rules saying local libraries could lose state funding if they didn’t treat all library users alike.
Here’s the full text of the opinion (13 Pages; PDF) direct from the Michigan Court of Appeals
HERRICK DISTRICT LIBRARY, Plaintiff-Appellee,
LIBRARY OF MICHIGAN and DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION,
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, ARTS, and LIBRARIES,