Michigan Emergency Manager Bill Signed Into Law

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This is a follow up to our recent blog post discussing then pending Michigan legislation known as the “Local Financial Stability and Choice Act” or Public Act 436 (the “Financial Stability Act”), which will replace Public Act 72 and overhaul Michigan’s emergency manager law.  On December 27, 2012, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the Financial Stability Act into law.   As described in the prior post, the Financial Stability Act requires that a local government experiencing a financial emergency select one of the following options to address such emergency:

a)    Consent agreement;

b)    Emergency manager;

c)    Neutral evaluation process (i.e., mediation with creditors); or

d)    Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

The Financial Stability Act will not become effective until March 28, 2013.   Until that time, Public Act 72 remains in effect