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      No immediate changes following effective emergency manager law

      The new emergency manager law is now in effect but according to Flint officials there will not be many changes.

      Public Act 436, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, was signed into law last December and replaces Public Act 72.

      It took effect Thursday.

      Like the old law, Public Act 436 allows the state to intervene in financially struggling cities and municipalities.

      But it also gives local officials the ability to choose another form of intervention.

      According to Flint Emergency Manager, Ed Kurtz, he plans to continue to serve in Flint, but city leaders say they are ready to take back control.

      They plan to position an advisory board to transition out of an emergency manager.

      "Nothings changed with our request to get this transition advisory board in place with public safety and jobs but we need to move on ," says Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.

      In a statement today, Governor Rick Snyder says, "It is critical that the State have the ability to assist a municipality or school district deemed to be in a financial emergency and that an emergency manager, if one is necessary, have the right tools to do the job. Equally important is the ability for local officials to have a strong voice in how the financial emergency is addressed."

      Reverend Al Sharpton led a protest against the new law in Detroit today. He is supporting a lawsuit to overturn Public Act 436.