DETROIT, Mich. -

Michigan's Court of Appeals is hearing arguments in a lawsuit challenging a vote that kept the fate of the state's emergency manager law off November's ballot.

Stand Up for Democracy will make its case Thursday morning in Detroit.

The state Board of Canvassers voted 2-2 last month on a request to place the year-old emergency manager law before voters. The tie vote kept the measure off the ballot.

Under the law, state-appointed emergency managers have the power to bypass collective bargaining and restructure union contracts as an avenue to civic cost-cutting.

Emergency managers are in place in Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights public schools. They're also running the financial operations of the cities of Benton Harbor, Flint, Pontiac and Ecorse.