Mich.'s emergency manager law goes into effect, opponents sue - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Mich.'s emergency manager law goes into effect, opponents sue

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Opponents of Michigan's new emergency manager law are seeking to block it in federal court, saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The tougher emergency manager law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder in December, takes effect Thursday. It gives state-appointed managers authority, among other things, to modify or throw out union contracts.

Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy turnaround expert, began his role as Detroit's emergency manager on Monday. "He can sell city assets, he can fire elected officials," says FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton. "The real kicker of this law is that after 18 months, the city can get rid of Kevyn Orr with a two-thirds vote."

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have joined a coalition of unions, clergy groups and Michigan residents in the filing of a federal lawsuit to halt the state's new emergency manager law.

Sharpton was in Detroit Thursday to announce they're seeking an injunction from a U.S. District Court judge in Detroit.

Snyder defends the new law, saying it is needed to fix city finances. Detroit recently got an emergency manager.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices