Bill bars sale of Detroit museum's art collection

A top Republican in the Michigan Legislature wants to prohibit the sale of the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection to help with the city's financial crisis.

A bill introduced Wednesday says art institutes must adhere to the American Alliance of Museums' code of ethics. The code says museums must sell collections solely to advance their mission.

Proceeds can only be used for "acquisition or direct care of collections."

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville introduced the legislation after Detroit's emergency manager said the DIA's collection could face sale if Detroit seeks bankruptcy protection.

Governor Rick Snyder told The Associated Press on Thursday that talk of selling the art collection is "premature" and under one form of bankruptcy, some assets are deemed too important to the public to be sold.