LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A petition drive aimed at giving Michigan voters a chance to decide whether the state’s tough emergency manager law should be repealed is moving ahead.

The Detroit News reports Wednesday that the group Michigan Forward that’s organizing the drive has more than 155,000 signatures and needs about 161,000 signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

The group’s founder Brandon Jessup says he hopes to gather 200,000 signatures by January, two months before the March deadline.

The update comes as state review of Detroit’s finances is taking place. On Tuesday, State Treasurer Andy Dillon said he expects a decision on whether there is financial stress in the city before the 30-day period ends next month. (Read more, here)

The state says the current law could be suspended pending a vote if backers get enough verified signatures. The previous emergency manager law would be in place and an emergency manager still could be appointed for Detroit.

Michigan Congressman John Conyers is also asking the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review and possibly challenge the constitutionality of the new Emergency Manager law. (Read more, here)

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Comments (6)
  1. Harvey cares about Detroit says:

    Conyers has no more a conscience or care about Detroit than his wife had. If the city needs an Emergency Manager to help put the city back in the black then so be it. Conyers only cares about his next election. Unfortunately that is the way politics is run in Washington DC. Get elected, to hell with all else.
    Mr. Conyers put Detroit back in the Black!

  2. Randy says:

    If you read the actual wording in the Emergency Manager Law it would scare the pants off any normal citizen in Michigan. The bill just goes way too far! Period!

  3. Randy says:

    Andy Dillon himself admitted that this would be a money maker for business people and government officials and their cronies. Any entity taken over by an EFM must pay the salary from their own funds and the salary of the staff and expenses of the EFM starting at $250,000. Only the Gov himself can remove one once they are in and you can’t sue them or take legal action to have a corrupt manager removed. READ THE LAW and then feel free to comment once you see that it is draconian!

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