Detroit City Council to meet despite activist's lawsuit
Activist Robert Davis seeks injunction with lawsuit
Detroit's City Council met Tuesday despite a lawsuit saying that would violate Michigan's new emergency manager law.
Activist Robert Davis filed a lawsuit Monday seeking an injunction. He cited wording in the state's recently-enacted Public Act 436.
Read: Davis' letter to Attorney General seeking removal of mayor, Council members
"Upon appointment, an emergency manager shall act for an in the place and stead of the governing body and the office of chief administrative officer of the local government," the act reads.
Under the law, state-appointed emergency managers are given fiscal authority over cities and public school districts deemed to be in financial emergencies. The law also allows managers to modify or throw out union contracts and maintain automatic pay cuts for elected mayors, city council and city commission members and school boards.
Kevyn Orr, Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager, announced last week he would restore the salaries of the mayor and council.
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"Well, since the Council cut the deal with the governor and Mr. Orr in order to have their salaries restored, now they have to adhere to every single provision of Public Act 436, which includes the eliminations of their positions," Davis said.
Orr's spokesman, Bill Nowling, said the emergency manager believes City Council can continue to meet and take action on business that comes before it.
"The only thing the law says is that any action by City Council or any action by the mayor must be approved by the emergency manager," Nowling said.
Despite Orr having veto power over any of the City Council's decisions, City Council President Charles Pugh has said he doesn't see anything wrong with members continuing to meet.
Detroit has a $327 million budget deficit and more than $14 billion in debt.
Six Michigan cities and three school districts have emergency managers.
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