Preparations Begin for Emergency Manager Vote

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A state board will meet Wednesday after being directed by the Michigan Supreme Court to put a possible repeal of the emergency manager law on the November ballot.

Once the referendum is placed on the ballot, the 2011 law will be suspended. An older law that grants fewer powers to managers will take its place.

A union-backed group called Stand Up for Democracy collected more than 200,000 signatures to get the referendum in the Nov. 6 election. In a 4-3 decision last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the group in a dispute over type size on the petitions.

Emergency managers are appointed by the governor to turn around poor cities and schools. The Board of State Canvassers will meet Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the Capitol.

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