Emergency manager opponents challenge courts to weaken law


pponents of

Michigan's emergency manager law
are using court challenges as a way to weaken its effect until state elections officials decide if a measure repealing the law should go on the November ballot.

A coalition turned in more than 226,000 voter signatures last

month to state election officials that

could lead to the law being

suspended until the election if state election officials next month

find at

least 161,300 of the signatures are valid.

Meanwhile, the law's opponents are trying to keep emergency

managers from exercising broad

powers to run financially troubled

cities and school districts.

Two judges have said the appointment of some emergency managers

were illegal because financial

review teams met in secret.

The state is fighting the decisions.