Michigan's governor signs revised emergency manager law

Dec 27, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder has signed an updated local emergency manager law to replace the one rejected last month by voters.

The governor says the new law is an improvement because it gives local governments more options to come up with a plan to dig out of a financial crisis.

Critics say it's not very different from what voters said "no" to. It still grants emergency managers sweeping authority over local governments that are taken over by the state.

The new law cannot be challenged by a referendum the way the old law was.  That's because the Legislature added an appropriation to it, which means it's shielded from a referendum challenge.