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Supreme court declines case on Michigan emergency manager law

(MGN Online)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't take up a challenge to a controversial Michigan law that allows the state to take away local officials' authority and appoint an emergency manager.

Many critics of the law claim it was partially responsible for the Flint water crisis.

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case means the Michigan emergency manager law will remain in place and while there was some disappointment most people we talked to say they aren't surprised.

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Emergency managers have been a heated debate since Governor Snyder expanded the law in 2012, giving the State the power to reassign the governing powers of local officials to a state-appointed emergency manager as a way to rescue financially stressed cities and school districts.

A group of elected officials and residents from around the state challenged the law back in 2013 saying it violates voter rights.

The case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, but they decided not to hear it.

This means the lower courts ruling that the law does not violate voter rights remains.


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