Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments on putting emergency manager law before voters
Stand Up for Democracy coalition, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility want issue to go on November ballot
The Michigan Supreme Court has finished hearing oral arguments over whether a ballot petition that would repeal a state law designed to right financially troubled cities should go before voters.
Attorneys for Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility argued Wednesday against allowing the emergency manager issue on the November ballot. Attorneys for the Stand Up for Democracy coalition argued it should go to voters.
A crowd of about 100 gathered outside the Hall of Justice chanted, "The people will never be defeated!"
The Stand Up for Democracy coalition submitted over 200,000 valid signatures to put the issue on the ballot. Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility claimed the font size on the petitions was too small.
State canvassers deadlocked and Michigan's Appeals Court allowed the signatures, prompting the appeal to the state's high court.
The deadline to get the wording on the ballot is Sept. 7.
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