For Immediate Release
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Contact: Matthew Morgan – 202-226-5543
DaVonne Darby – 313-961-5670
Conyers to Hold Forum on Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law
John Conyers, Jr.
Currently, there are six emergency managers in place under the Michigan Emergency Law (Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint, Pontiac, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park School District) and a review for an appointment is ongoing with respect to the cities of Detroit and Muskegon Heights. Due to the controversial nature of the law, several lawsuits have been brought challenging its constitutionality, and a petition drive is pending which would suspend the law subject to a statewide referendum in November. At the same time, other states such as Indiana are considering adopting emergency manager laws similar to Michigan’s statute. This forum will consider a range of issues, including the EM law’s possible impact on voting rights, representative form of government, and the right to contract; as well as the legality and appropriateness of effort in Lansing to reinstate the law notwithstanding the referendum process. Witnesses will include preeminent constitutional, voting rights, and bankruptcy legal experts as well as representatives of impacted communities, safety officials, and unions.
In December, Representative Conyers wrote the U.S. Department of Justice to ask the Attorney General to review the law’s constitutionality. That same month, Representative Conyers along with Representatives Clarke and Peters, 55 State Legislators (9 State Senators and 46 State Representatives) and 8 Detroit City Council Members, wrote a letter requesting a meeting with Governor Snyder to discuss the Emergency Manager Law.
WHAT: Forum to Discuss the Legal Implications of Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law
WHERE: Soul Harvest Ministries
16300 Woodward Avenue
Highland Park, MI, 48288
WHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2012. 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Honorable John Conyers, Jr.
Michigan’s 13th Congressional District
Michigan’s 2nd Senate District
The Honorable DeAndre Windom
Professor Kenneth N. Klee
UCLA School of Law
Professor Jocelyn Benson
Wayne State University Law School
Officer Joe Duncan
President, Detroit Police Officers Association
Chairman, Michigan Forward
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