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Some State Legislators In Favor Of Repealing Emergency Manager Law

Feb 3, 2016

  

Michigan State Rep. David Rutledge (D-Superior Township)
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A state legislator from Washtenaw County is advocating a revisit of the emergency manager law after Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley’s resignation announcement Tuesday morning.


54th District State Representative David Rutledge says Earley’s resignation is the latest event to renew criticism of the emergency manager law in Michigan. The Superior township Democrat says no legislation has been scheduled, but it is in the works, “One bill by Representative LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) ...would be a full repeal of the EM law.”

Rutledge says the majority of Michigan residents never supported passing the law.

“The interesting thing about looking at the whole emergency manager situation is, in my opinion, when we forget about our democratic principles it always leads to trouble.”

 

Earley will step down as DPS emergency manager at the end of the month.

 

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— Amanda LeClaire is an assignment reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu