My knee jerk is that, under Michigan law, WIBs are public boards and thus are subject to open meetings and freedom of information act requirements (I believe that WIA makes the boards subject state "sunshine" laws). Moreover, our state constitution prohibits public bodies from assuming debt unless specifically authorized by our constitution. Private corporations (not for profit or profit) are free to assume as much debt as they want. Thus, I am reluctant, under Michigan law, to conclude that a WIB may operate as a non profit corporation. Sante >>> "John L. Yeary" <jyeary@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 4/25/2005 12:31:01 PM >>> Jane - I believe a couple of our LWIBs have incorporated into domestic not for profit corporations in order to formalize their existence (Kansas lacks any State WIA legislation). John Yeary Deputy Chief Attorney Kansas Department of Commerce 785-296-1913 -----Original Message----- From: wiaattorneys-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:wiaattorneys-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Pomerantz, Jane C. (GC-LI) Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 11:00 AM To: wiaattorneys@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [wiaattorneys] Question on Incorporating One Stop Consortiums A consultant for a local area's one stop consortium has advised it to incorporate for several reasons. Has any of the organizations in your state, i.e. WIBs, One stops and or one stop consortiums incorporated. If so, why and into what? If they have not is it because of any laws in your state. PA Constitution states that the Commonwealth cannot become a joint owner or stockholder in any company, corporation or association. I'm not sure if this would, according to case law, prohibit the Commonwealth from being part of a non profit corporation for the public purpose of administering the WIA. Can I get some help please? Thanks JP Jane C. Pomerantz Deputy Chief Counsel Department of Labor & Industry Phone: 717-787-4186 Fax: 717-787-1303 Wisdom is knowing the right road to take. Integrity is taking it.