Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson speaks in front of City Hall announcing a lawsuit challenging the state's "emergency manager" law which passed the Michgian Legislature during the Winter of 2011. (Photo: Abayomi Azikiwe), a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Emergency manager law proponents appeal to Michigan Supreme Court
1:02 PM, June 29, 2012
Detroit Free Press
LANSING – A group that opposes the repeal of Michigan’s emergency manager law, Public Act 4, appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court today in a bid to keep the question off the ballot.
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled earlier that the petition from Stand up for Democracy to ask voters to repeal the emergency manager law should be put on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Another group, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, is fighting the petition, arguing that the group used the wrong font size on some of the type in the petitions it circulated.
The State Board of Canvassers, which has two Republican and two Democratic members, did not certify the petition after members deadlocked 2-2 on whether it was valid.
A consent agreement in Detroit and emergency managers in Flint, Benton Harbor, Pontiac and Ecorse could all be affected by the ruling.
If the question is certified for the ballot, the law will be suspended until the election.
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