INGHAM COUNTY, Mich. — A lawsuit seeking to undo Michigan’s
emergency financial manager law has been filed in Ingham County Circuit Court, the
fourth challenge to the measure since it was passed in March, according to
The 28 plaintiffs in the latest suit allege that the revised
law is an unconstitutional “power grab,” the Michigan Information &
Research Service Inc. reported.
The law gives appointed managers greater authority to reform
financially troubled cities and school districts, including the power to break
existing union contracts, MIRS reported. The law does not allow managers to
remove elected officials from office, according to MIRS.
Regarding its constitutionality, Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville,
the bill’s sponsor, pointed out that the state has had an emergency manager law
on the books since 1990, MIRS reported.
An attorney with Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social
Justice, which filed the suit, said that the plaintiffs would be satisfied to
revert to the previous version, MIRS reported.
This is the second lawsuit challenging the law, and two
petition drives are under way to repeal it, according to the Lansing State
Michigan Information & Research Service Inc., “Lawsuit Filed to
Overturn Emergency Manager Law,” June 22, 2011 (Subscription required)
Lansing State Journal, “New
suit challenges Michigan’s emergency manager law,” June 23, 2011
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Acts of God,” April 20, 2011