1st hearing set for emergency manager replacement

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A proposed replacement for the emergency manager law rejected by Michigan voters is getting its first legislative hearing.

The House Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee is scheduled on Thursday to consider what's known as The Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders said when they unveiled it on Wednesday that it aims to provide more choices and control to cash-strapped local governments and school districts.

The plan that gives four choices to communities and school districts found to be in a financial emergency: accept an emergency manager, bankruptcy, mediation or a consent agreement with the state like the one in Detroit.

Voters decisively rejected Proposal 1 in November. The state since has been operating under a previous law that gives managers fewer powers.

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