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Emergency manager law rewrite could spring this week

The city of Benton Harbor is under the control of an emergency manager.
The city of Benton Harbor is under the control of an emergency manager.

Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders are talking about a possible replacement to the emergency manager law that was rejected by voters nearly a month ago.

The governor says he’d like to see it done before the Legislature wraps up its “lame duck” session.

Governor Snyder says a new law would have to respect voters’ decision that the old emergency manager law was too sweeping. 

Under one version being discussed, local governments in financial trouble could ask the state for an emergency manager – otherwise, they would face the prospect of federal bankruptcy.

The governor said he is still working out details with Republican leaders in the Legislature.

“I’m not sure when I would expect to see something passed. I would think it could be possible to see what the legislation looks like sometime in the next week,” Snyder said.

Despite the referendum, eight cities and school districts remain under state management. That is being challenged in court. 

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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