LANSING (WWJ/AP) –  A referendum hoping to overturn Michigan’s emergency manager law is headed to the fall ballot — unless the state supreme court steps in to put a stop to it.

The Michigan appeals court says it will not take a second look at a decision that gives voters a chance to overturn the law. The decision means the referendum will appear on the ballot if the Michigan Supreme Court does not intervene.

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Critics of the proposal had challenged the petitions saying the print size was incorrect. The petitioners have disputed that.

A three-judge panel at the appeals court said the issue should go on the ballot. But the panel also had invited the full court to take a look. The court declined Thursday.

The manger law would be suspended if the referendum survives legal challenges and goes on the ballot.

Under the emergency manager law, state-appointed emergency managers have the power to bypass collective bargaining and restructure union contracts as an avenue to civic cost-cutting. Opponents say the law is unconstitutional.

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Meantime, Detroit City Council moved ahead with the appointment of two members to the Financial Advisory Board, as called for in a in consent agreement city leaders hoped would help Detroit avoid a manager.

Managers are currently in place in Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac and Ecorse, as well as schools in Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights.

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