Updated: Opponents of Emergency Manager Law Clear Hurdle in Court

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Updated: Opponents of Emergency Manager Law Clear Hurdle in Court

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Jun 14, 2012

LANSING -- Barring intervention from the Michigan Supreme Court, a referendum to repeal the controversial emergency manager law will be placed on the November ballot.

The full state Court of Appeals on Thursday ruled it will not take a second look at a panel's decision last week to allow the petition to stand.

The petition, which would repeal Public Act 4, came under scrutiny after challengers argued before the Board of State Canvassers that the font size was too small.

Two Republicans on that board rejected the petition based on that argument, which threatened to deadlock the initiative and keep it off the November ballot.

A three-judge panel on the Court of Appeals subsequently ruled precedent would indicate a font-size issue isn't substantial enough to keep an issue off the ballot, but they asked the full Court of Appeals to allow them to override that precedent.

The full court declined to do so.

Challengers to the petition will likely appeal to the state Supreme Court.

If the petition survives and heads to the ballot, the emergency manager law would be suspended immediately.

Seven towns and school districts currently have emergency managers.