Schuette clarifies manager lawPublished 6:04pm Sunday, March 4, 2012
LANSING — Attorney General Bill Schuette released the following statement in response to news reports addressing the formal filing of citizen petitions in an effort to repeal Public Act 4 of 2011, the Michigan Emergency Financial Manager Law.
“Until the petitions are ultimately certified as sufficient by our state election officials, Public Act 4 of 2011 will remain in effect,” Schuette said. “If the petitioners achieve the proper certification, Public Act 4 will be suspended pending the outcome of the referendum vote in November and the previous state law governing emergency financial managers, Public Act 72 of 1990, will govern in the interim.”
According to state law, once the Secretary of State formally accepts the petitions, the Board of State Canvassers has 60 days to canvass the petitions and certify whether they meet the requirements of state law, including the necessary number of valid signatures.