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Thu April 7, 2011
ACLU wants to know more about the genesis of Michigan's emergency financial manager law
The American Civil Liberties Union wants to know more about the creation of Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law. The legislation gives broad new powers to managers appointed by the state to run financially troubled cities and school districts. Those powers include voiding union contracts.
Kary Moss is with the ACLU of Michigan. She says the ACLU is filing Freedom of Information requests to learn more about who wrote the law.
“This legislation was passed and signed pretty quickly. And all that we are trying to do right now is get some more information about ‘What prompted it?’, ‘How is it going to be implemented?’, just so the public can have more information."
Moss says they also want to know who was involved in drafting the legislation.
"Who was really at the table…when it was drafted...andconceived and discussed.”
Governor Snyder says the law encourages cities and school districts to make financial changes, before an Emergency Financial Manager would be appointed.
The governor’s office has not commented on the ACLU request.