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Governor Snyder Signs New Emergency Manager Bill into Law

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Governor Snyder has signed a new emergency manager bill into law. According to the Detroit News, the bill was one of 19 Snyder signed into law Thursday.

In a press release, Snyder said “these new laws recognize the vital importance of financially stable, economically vibrant communities to Michigan’s future.”

The governor’s press release adds that the new law strengthens the current emergency financial manager law to handle severe financial stress in some communities  but also takes the voters concerns into consideration regarding the previous emergency manager law that was repealed in November.

Cities and school districts deemed to be in financial distress by the state will now have four options to choose from: mediation, a state supervised financial consent agreement, an emergency manager or Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy.

Emergency managers appointed under previous versions of the law, such as Flint, could remain in place.

The new law will go into effect 90 days from Thursday.

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