LANSING, Mich. -

Gov. Rick Snyder has asked the Michigan Supreme Court to quickly get involved in a legal challenge over the state's revised law granting new powers to emergency managers appointed to run financially struggling cities and schools.

The Republican governor's move could speed up legal challenges filed by opponents of the new law. The Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice said Thursday that Snyder's request is "troubling" and an attempt to bypass normal court procedures.

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Snyder supports the new law and says it's constitutional.

The revised law lets emergency managers strip power from locally elected leaders and scrap union contracts. A lawsuit filed in Ingham County claims the law is unconstitutional in part because it takes away citizens' rights to petition local government on certain matters.