I. STATUTE -- BASIC APPLICATION.

Unlike Michigan's Freedom of Information Act, which complements existing laws, the Open Meetings Act ("OMA"), Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 15.261, et seq., was, in part, intended to resolve conflicting provisions of law and expressly provides that it "shall supersede all local charter provisions, ordinances, or resolutions which relate to requirements for meetings of local public bodies to be open to the public." Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 15.261(2). The purpose of the OMA "is to promote openness and accountability in government; it is therefore to be interpreted broadly to accomplish this goal. Because the OMA is interpreted liberally in favor of openness, we construe the closed-session exceptions strictly to limit the situations that are not open to the public. The burden of establishing that a meeting is exempt from the OMA is on [the]defendant." Booth Newspapers Inc. v. University of Michigan Board of Regents, 192 Mich. App. 574, 481 N.W.2d 778, 782 (1992).