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AG Takes Aim at Challenge to State EM Law

Group wanting a federal judge to strike down the EM law claiming a violation of voting rights

Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office is back at it today, this time taking on those challenging the state’s Emergency Manager Law.

The Detroit News is reporting that they will file a legal brief today urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the controversial law.  The lawsuit, filed on behalf of nearly two dozen plaintiffs, claims the law violates the rights of collective bargaining, voting and due process.

Public Act 436 allows state-appointed emergency managers to take a number of steps to return a community or school district to solvency, including reworking contracts. It also gave elected officials four options in dealing with deficits.

If the lawsuit to strike the law down is successful, EM’s in communities all over Michigan, could be relieved of duty, putting elected officials back in power.

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